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Students Gain Unique Perspective of Germany And Connect With Local Jewish Community on CJF Program

As the spring semester drew to a close, a select group of 16 students traveled to Germany May 25-June 2 as part of Germany Close Up, a week-long program organized by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) for participants to learn about Germany’s contemporary Jewish community and the effects of the Holocaust on its growth.

Germany Close Up is a youth encounter program administered by the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace in cooperation with the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation and is funded by a grant from the German Government’s Transatlantic Program, which draws on funds from the European Recovery Program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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The group at the remains of the Berlin Wall

Accompanied by Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, associate dean of the CJF, and Aliza Abrams, director of the CJF’s Department of Jewish Service Learning, students enjoyed a unique multi-dimensional experience that allowed them to reflect on their own Jewish identity on an intellectual and emotional level, while connecting to the local Jewish community as well.

“Traveling to Germany is an emotionally charged experience,” said Abrams. “As a Jew you are confronted with many questions and think about every step you take in Germany and every person you interact with. Our group had very meaningful interactions with both the Jewish community and members of the non-Jewish community who are committed to sharing their country’s history in an effort to ensure that a Holocaust will never happen again.” Read the rest of this entry…

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CJF-RIETS, in Conjunction With Cardozo, Present Conflict Resolution Workshop For Rabbis

A group of 15 rabbis convened in New York City for a three-day seminar, May 19-21, on mediation training, organized by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) – Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), in conjunction with the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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Adam Berner, seated, and Sequoia Stalder presented a workshop for rabbis on conflict resolution

The training was presented by attorneys Adam Berner and Sequoia Stalder, both expert trainers in the field of mediation and conflict resolution.

“By definition, rabbis here and in all places are serving so many different roles—in the pulpit, as teachers and as educators, working with many people, and people have differences,” said Berner, an alumnus of RIETS and Cardozo and an assistant professor at Cardozo. “This workshop is a frame of how best to help these leaders deal with differences, how to manages the realities of being in a community and how to take conflict and see it is an opportunity for growth, learning and change, for themselves and for others.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Center for the Jewish Future’s #EmpoweredLearning Program Aims to Engage and Inspire Torah Learners

What gets people excited about learning Torah? How can we harness technology to engage a worldwide audience of learners and inspire them to want to learn more?

Those are some of the questions Rabbi Ari Sytner, director of Community Initiatives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), set out to answer when he created a new online program that aims to bring an interactive Torah-learning experience to a wide group of users within the YU community and beyond.

“We wanted to come up with a revolutionary idea to engage people in learning,” said Rabbi Sytner. “We found that the most exciting part of learning is the question.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Rakeffet’s Bernard Revel Biography Republished; Yeshiva University Presents May 4 Book Launch and Lecture

Yeshiva University Press, in conjunction with OU Press, announces the republication of two landmark books by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, professor of rabbinic literature at YU’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute, Bernard Revel: Builder of American Orthodoxy and The Silver Era: Rabbi Eliezer Silver and His Generation.

Out of print but in demand for many years, these biographies tell the stories of two of the most important leaders of American Orthodox Judaism in the 20th century. Rabbi Dr. Bernard Revel, the founder of Yeshiva University and its first president, and Rabbi Eliezer Silver, the president and moving force behind Agudath HaRabanim and Vaad Hatzalah, stand as representatives of different communities within Orthodoxy, but they transcended partisan labels. They were each recognized as leaders beyond their own communities because of their passionate dedication to the Jewish people as a whole. Through the lives of Revel and Silver, Rakeffet brings to life the fascinating history of Orthodox Judaism in America, in all its diversity. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Students Pack Mishloach Manot for Kharkov’s Jewish Community 

After spending their winter break volunteering in Ukraine’s Jewish community, a group of Yeshiva University students decided to send their support and some Purim cheer to their friends in the troubled region. On Tuesday, March 11, students packed dozens of mishloach manot packages to ship to the Jewish community in Kharkov, Ukraine, in time for the upcoming holiday.

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“We wanted to do something special for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters,” said Lauren Elefant, program coordinator at the Center for the Jewish Future, who led the January mission. “When we were in the Ukraine, they made us a part of their lives for a week, so we felt the need to show our love and support for them during this stressful period. By sending these mishloach manot packages we hope to enhance their Purim celebrations and continue the long lasting friendships that we made.”

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Second Annual CJF Winter Break Service Learning Initiative to Empower 850 Underprivileged Teens

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future announced today that its “Counterpoint Israel” winter break program, a 10-day mission that aims to empower Israeli teens from low socio-economic backgrounds, has doubled in size with the addition of four new “Winter Camps” in Kiryat Gat and the expansion of the existing program in Kiryat Malachi.

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YU students will impact hundreds of underprivileged Israeli youth this winter break as part of Counterpoint.

With the program returning to the community of Dimona as well, Counterpoint Israel will serve 850 teens in seven student-run camps January 9–19.

Throughout the mission, 42 YU students from North America, Panama and Colombia will guide the Israeli teens through a curriculum focused on English enrichment and self-exploration through art.

“Counterpoint continues to grow in size and expand its influence, impacting entire communities and changing countless lives along the way,” said Kiva Rabinsky, programs director of the CJF’s Department of Service Learning and Experiential Education. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Presents Kollel Yom Rishon Dedicated to Torah Leader’s Legacy on November 24  

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon will present a tribute event dedicated to the legacy of HaRav Ovadia Yosef zt”l on Sunday November 24, from 9:15-11:30 a.m.

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Rabbanit Bar Shalom

The event will feature special remarks by Rav Yosef’s daughter, Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, founder, chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors of the Haredi College of Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry…

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Student-Run Medical Ethics Conference Explores Interplay of Halacha and Medicine in Israel

As Americans across the country debated the ethical, legal and practical ramifications of Obamacare, Yeshiva University’s Student Medical Ethics Society (MES), a student club mentored by YU’s  Center for the Jewish Futue (CJF), looked to the Israeli medical system as the framework for a very different kind of conversation: What does universal health care look likein a country bound by Jewish law?

That question was at the heart of MES’ eighth annual Fuld Family Conference, titled “Prescribing for a Nation: Examining the Interplay of Jewish Law and Israeli Health Care.” The October 20 event explored the ways in which Israeli medical institutions utilize Jewish law to form national policy as well as important ethical and halachik [Jewish legal] questions that emerge from practicing medicine in Israel. Read the rest of this entry…

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Student Medical Ethics Society Present Oct. 20 Conference Exploring Interplay of Jewish Law and Israeli Health Care 

Yeshiva University’s Student Medical Ethics Society (MES) will present its eighth annual Fuld Family conference, titled “Prescribing for a Nation: Examining the Interplay of Jewish Law and Israeli Health Care”, on Sunday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YU’s Wilf Campus, 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY.

The conference will explore the ways in which Israeli medical institutions utilize Jewish law to form national policy as well as several important ethical and halachic questions that emerge from practicing medicine in Israel. Read the rest of this entry…

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In its Fourth Decade, Torah Tours Enriches Holiday Celebrations in Communities Across North America

This Simchat Torah, nearly 300 Yeshiva University students and alumni traveled to 60 communities across North America as part of the Center for the Jewish Future’s Aaron and Blanche Schreiber Torah Tours program.

Now in its fourth decade, the program sends hundreds of young men and women to synagogues all over the United States Read the rest of this entry…

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