Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to President Barack Obama for Economic Policy, will be the keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s (YU) 85th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Sunday, December 13 at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Prior to his appointment by President Obama in 2008, Dr. Summers served as the Secretary of Treasury under President Clinton and as president of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006, making him the first Jewish president in the institution’s history.
Dr. Jacob Wisse has been appointed director of the Yeshiva University Museum, as announced by Yeshiva University Provost Morton Lowengrub, PhD. Dr. Wisse, a tenured Associate Professor, has been head of the art history program at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University since 2005. His appointment follows the retirement of Sylvia A. Herskowitz, who served as director for 33 years.
Dr. James Otteson, professor of economics and philosophy and director of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College, has been named the first place winner of the 2007 Templeton Enterprise Awards for his seminal book Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006). The awards are among the largest in the publishing industry, with the top prize of $50,000 exceeding that of both the Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Awards.
Rabbi Yona Reiss, a noted Torah scholar, attorney, and jurist who has served since 1998 as director of the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States, has been appointed dean of Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. RIETS is one of the leading centers for Torah learning and training for the rabbinate in the world.
Rabbi Elie Abadie, MD has been appointed director of Yeshiva University’s (YU) Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies. Rabbi Abadie will coordinate all activities of the Academic Sephardic Studies Program and will also offer courses on Sephardic halakhah (Jewish law) and tradition at Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women. The Safra Institute prepares students for leadership roles in Sephardic communities.
Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel today announced the appointment of Richard C. Bieler to the post of Senior Executive Director for Community Affairs, effective immediately.
Mark Lehrman has been appointed director of YU’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. Mr. Lehrman has been at the university’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Israel since 1995 where he was most recently assistant director of admissions. In the past decade, he has led YU’s recruitment efforts in Israel and has helped bring about a significant increase in enrollment in the Israel Program.