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Yeshiva University Joins Global Jewish Community in Keeping Shabbat Together October 24 – 25

This week, Yeshiva University students will join Jewish communities in more than 212 cities across 33 countries for a Shabbat dedicated to Jewish unity and identity as part of The Shabbos Project.



The brainchild of South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, the international grassroots initiative hopes to bring Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations together to observe a single Shabbat on October 24-25.

After a successful inaugural Shabbos Project last year united South African Jewry in a complete Shabbat experience—from preparation to praying to hosting meals, the Shabbos Project movement has gone global this year with participating communities worldwide.

“There was a mass movement, a people’s experience, it was a people’s spring,” said Rabbi Goldstein. “The whole campaign went viral and the people owned it.”

Shabbos Project 2014

This year, The Shabbos Project chose October 24-25, 2014 to once again create an inspirational and engaging Shabbat where Jews worldwide will be “Keeping it Together.” This specific weekend was chosen because it immediately follows a month full of Jewish holidays to encourage Jews that may only attend shul [synagogue] on the High Holidays to remain engaged and connected. The Yeshiva University community has taken an active role in this initiative by creating a weeklong Shabbat experience for its students and neighbors. Read the rest of this entry…

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Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman Delivers First YU Lecture on October 28

Former United States Senator Joseph Lieberman will deliver his first public seminar as a member of the Yeshiva University faculty on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Weissberg Commons,  2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City. Lieberman’s lecture, titled “Judaism and Public Service,” will be followed by a Q & A session with students.

Lieberman will deliver his first lecture as a member of the YU faculty on October 28.

Joseph Lieberman will deliver his first lecture as a member of the YU faculty on October 28.

“I am very much honored to begin my work at Yeshiva University this semester,” said Lieberman. “I see this as a great opportunity to share my experiences in government and politics with the students and hopefully engage and spark their interest in public policy and public service.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt Discusses the Moral Psychology of Political Polarization at Event Sponsored by Honors Program and Psychology Department

What is the most serious problem facing the United States today? According to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, the answer is “hyper-partisanship,” the extreme, unprecedented polarization between Democrats and Republicans that Haidt says has been escalating since the 1980s and 1990s. Haidt considers this growing gap—between politicians and citizens alike—a “national crisis.”

NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt  speaks about how morality varies across cultures, religions and political groups at Belfer Hall on the WILF, men's campus on August 27,  2014. The lecture was a partnership between the Honors Program and the Psychology Department.

NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt speaks about how morality varies across cultures, religions and political groups.

Haidt, a leading researcher of moral psychology and how morality varies across cultures—including American liberals, conservatives and libertarians—spoke to a packed Wilf Campus lecture hall on September 16, at an event titled “The Moral Psychology of Political Polarization and Paralysis,” co-sponsored by the Yeshiva College Department of Psychology and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program.

Hyper-partisanship, explained Haidt, the New York Times bestselling author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, “turns politics into a zero-sum game: if the other side fails, you win.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbis David Horowitz and Dovid Miller to Deliver Annual NYC – Jerusalem Kinus Teshuva Lectures on September 30

Rabbi Dr. David Horwitz and Rabbi Dovid Miller, Roshei Yeshiva at Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), will be the featured speakers at the 30th Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva Lectures. The lectures, given between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, will take place in New York City and Jerusalem on Tuesday, September 30, the seventh of Tishrei. Read the rest of this entry…

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President Joel and Rabbi Penner Address Undergraduate Torah Studies Students on Wilf Campus

Undergraduate Torah Studies on the Wilf Campus officially kicked off on Monday, August 25 with an opening kennus to mark the beginning of a new zman at the Yeshiva University.

The kennus, which took place in the Lamport Auditorium, featured remarks from President Richard M. Joel and Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS),  all connected to the themes of ahavat Yisrael and the upcoming month of Elul.  In attendance were students, Roshei Yeshiva, faculty, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Henry Kressel.

“On the one hand, the zman already started because this morning the beit midrash was louder than ever before,” said Rabbi Penner. “But to establish something kodesh, we must have this special kennus.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University High Schools to Honor Community Leaders and Dedicated Faculty at June 17 Dinner

Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will present their Annual Dinner on Tuesday, June 17 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Sheon and Rena Karol are the guests of honor, and Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz will receive the parents of the year award. Faculty honorees include Rabbi Gary Beitler from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and Miriam Borenstein from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central).

Rena and Sheon Karol

Rena and Sheon Karol

Sheon Karol is a YUHS board member, and a graduate of Yeshiva College, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yale Law School. He previously practiced law and is now a restructuring advisor and director at Deloitte. Sheon is the former vice president of Religious Zionists of America – Mizrachi in the United States. Rena, an alumna of Yale University, works in early childhood education. The Karols are active members of the Riverdale Jewish Center, where Sheon served as an officer and is a longtime gabbai, and Rena is co-head of the Chevra Kadisha and treasurer of the local mikvah. Their oldest daughter is a Central graduate, their son is a junior at MTA and their younger daughter will attend Central in the fall.   Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Celebrates at 83rd Commencement Ceremony

More than 600 students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools were presented with their degrees at YU’s 83rd commencement exercises, held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Thursday, May 22.

A celebratory spirit was in the air as graduates clad in black caps and gowns chatted excitedly, embracing one another and posing for pictures with friends and family. Blue and white balloons and YU insignia adorned the walls and guests stopped to admire the dozens of posters featuring pictures of students, which lined the entrances to the arena.

“I am so happy to be celebrating today with my family – my immediate family and my YU family,” said Seth Feuerstein-Rudin, who was graduating from Sy Syms School of Business with a degree in business marketing. “It’s bittersweet because I learned a lot here and really developed as a person and I’m sad that my experience is drawing to a close. But I’m also looking forward to being involved in the future and giving back to the school in any way I can.”

President Richard M. Joel challenged the new graduates to value their time and this “momentous moment,” as members of a generation that are “nostalgic for the past, savoring the present and anticipating the future.”

“How do we count time to make sure that time counts?” President Joel asked. Read the rest of this entry…

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Students Commemorate Israel with Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut Programs

Hundreds of students filled the Wilf Campus’ Lamport Auditorium May 5 for Yeshiva University’s Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) ceremony honoring Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The student-led event featured a candle lighting ceremony and video presentation, as well as remarks from Yehuda Avner, former Israeli diplomat; President Richard M. Joel; Dr. Wolf Lebovic, Canadian communal leader and recent YU honorary degree recipient; and Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva.

After the moving program, students proceeded to the Max Stern Athletic Center for a night of dancing and refreshments at the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Chagigah celebrating Israel’s 66th birthday. Read the rest of this entry…

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Business School Honors Students and Faculty at Annual Awards Dinner

Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business celebrated its 27th anniversary and the graduating class of 2014 with a gala awards dinner on April 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The evening honored students and faculty who excelled academically and professionally, demonstrated exceptional character and exemplify the significant strengthening of Sy Syms.

The accomplishments of the past three years, as noted by Associate Dean Michael Strauss in his opening remarks, include Syms receiving AACSB accreditation in March 2013, one of only 672 out of 10,000 business schools to be so accredited; the creation of the Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) program, now welcoming its third cohort; an increase in enrollment from 412 to 575 students;  four new tenure track positions; and new courses like “Managing a Growing Business,” which gives students the unique opportunity to work as a consulting team together with a faculty adviser to develop solutions for a business client on a chosen project. Read the rest of this entry…

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Israeli Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Survivor Pola Jasphy and Students Reflect at Yom HaShoah Ceremony

In a darkened Lamport Auditorium at Yeshiva University’s annual Yom HaShoah ceremony, Stern College for Women student Michal Kupchik began an evening of Holocaust remembrance and reflection with a plea to the next generation.

“Each and every Jew was a world, and we lost 6 million worlds,” she said, standing before six figures on the stage, each wearing a sign that simply read ‘Jew.’ “There are no words to describe how I feel that my children will never know a survivor, but this reality is impending, so we must use our words and use them strongly—for the word ‘history’ is made up of the words ‘his story’ and ‘her story,’ and we are destined to repeat it if we forget.”

The theme of the ceremony, organized by YU’s Student Holocaust Education Movement, was “Continuing the Conversation,” emphasizing the need to keep the memory and dialogue about the Holocaust alive for future generations even after the original survivors are gone. Throughout the evening, speakers referred to the members of the audience as the “bridge” generation whose responsibility it would be to internalize and convey the experience of survivors to their own children or grandchildren. Read the rest of this entry…

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