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Tenure Awarded to Faculty From Schools Across University

Continuing to build an intellectually diverse and rich scholarly community on campus and bolstering its top-level academic offerings, Yeshiva University has granted tenure to eight faculty members from across its undergraduate and graduate schools, in fields ranging from art history to mathematics and Judaic studies.

“After an arduous review, these newly tenured professors join an outstanding faculty who testify to the quality of Yeshiva University,” said Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at YU. “Along with our recent reaccreditation and commendation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, faculty such as these exceptional educators, who bring distinction to our institution while dedicating themselves to student success and research excellence, are the hallmarks of a great university.” Read the rest of this entry…

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From World-Class Faculty to Unique Opportunities, Seniors Reflect on Yeshiva University Experience

On May 22, some 600 new graduates will march across the stage at the Izod Center to receive their diplomas during Yeshiva University’s 83rd Commencement Exercises, completing a foundational chapter in their educational journeys and moving on to exciting new opportunities. Before they toss their caps in the air, members of the Class of 2014 shared some of their favorite moments and the profound experiences that shaped their undergraduate careers, as well as dreams that started here but which they will carry with them all their lives.

“Yeshiva University created opportunities that I never dreamed of,” said Yosefa Schoor, of Monsey, New York, who hopes to attend medical school. Read the rest of this entry…

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YU Rosh Yeshiva Will Also Headline 41st Annual Nitzotzot Conference With Discourse on Ethics and Halacha

Rabbi Moshe David Tendler, Rosh Yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and Professor of Biology at Yeshiva College, will receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in the framework of its 59th annual meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Moses D  TendlerRabbi Tendler will also headline the  41st Nitzotzot Conference of Bar-Ilan’s Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies on Sunday, May 18,with a discourse on “Value Judgments in Bioethics: Halakhic and General,” a summary of his life’s work.

The Nitzotzot Conference will explore the ways in which Jewish law affect bioethics and the halakhic questions that emerge from practicing medicine in Israel.  Bar-Ilan University President Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, a former Israel Minister of Science and Technology, will open the conference, and Dr. Tzuriel Rashi, of the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University, will moderate the event.

“With scientific advancement evolving before our very eyes, we must continue to view halakha as a guideline to answer any difficult questions that arise.  In truth, a new Torah thinking should be born of every scientific discovery,” said Rabbi Shabtai Rappaport, the Director of the Jesselson Institute Beit Midrash.

“Rabbi Tendler’s life and career are built upon this philosophy, and there is no one more qualified to guide our scientific experts, rabbinical scholars and outstanding PhD candidates through the exploration of this theme than him.”

A world renowned posek and scholar, Rabbi Tendler was ordained at RIETS in 1949, and earned a PhD in biology from Columbia University in 1957.  Rabbi Tendler has written and lectured widely on medical ethics and is known as an expert on the relationship between Jewish medical ethics and halakha.

Additional conference sessions include “Judaism as a Religion, Law and Responsibility,”

“Jewish Bioethics: Between Chazal and Today’s Reality “and” The Righteous Person Shall Live by his Faith: The Added Value of Belief in Halakhic Ethics.”

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Dr. John Ruskay to Keynote May 22 Commencement; Joshua Gortler, Dorothy Schachne and Dr. Morton Lowengrub to be Honored

Dr. John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University’s 83rd Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. YU President Richard M. Joel will also confer honorary doctorates upon Joshua Gortler, president of The Kline Galland Center Foundation and alumnus of YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and YU Benefactor Dorothy Schachne. Dr. Morton Lowengrub, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, will receive the Presidential Medallion. Read the rest of this entry…

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Stern College Biology Professors Alyssa Schuck and Jeffrey Weisburg Engage Students in Novel Cancer Research

What’s in an apple? Maybe, just maybe, the secret to kicking cancer.

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Dr. Jeffrey Weisburg and Dr. Alyssa Schuck

According to research by Dr. Alyssa Schuck and Dr. Jeffrey Weisburg, Doris Kukin Chair in Molecular Biology—both clinical assistant professors of biology at Stern College for Women, apples, along with cranberry juice, pomegranates, and green and black tea, contain common cancer-fighting compounds: nutraceutical polyphenols. Found in natural foods and plants, these polyphenolic extracts were proven by Weisburg’s and Schuck’s studies to be selectively toxic to cancer cells, leaving normal cells unaffected.

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Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s Next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Yeshiva University announced today that Dr. Selma Botman will serve as the University’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1. Botman joins YU from The City University of New York, where she served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and university provost and most recently as professor of Middle Eastern history at the Graduate Center. The appointment was unanimously approved by the YU Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of a search committee comprised of faculty, students, administrators and trustees.

Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost beginning July 1, 2014

Dr. Selma Botman will serve as YU’s next provost

In making the appointment, YU President Richard M. Joel said: “Attracting a higher education professional with the experience, the humanity, and the academic probity of Selma Botman is an achievement that reflects Yeshiva University’s stature as one of the nation’s leading universities. I believe that she will provide enormous academic leadership to the wonderful team that supports me as we work together to build a strong, sustainable Yeshiva University. Education is about tomorrow and Dr. Botman’s experience and commitment to quality and exploring different paths of learning will enable us to build an environment that supports the best educational practices of today and anticipates even greater innovation in the future.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Wurzweiler Students Turn Focus Inward at Self-Care Day

On December 12, students at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work learned a few techniques to treat some of their most important clients: themselves.

20131212_ wurzweiler_self_care_037“Because of the kind of work social workers do every day, it is very important that they put aside time to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “Vicarious traumatization can occur when a social worker takes in the clients’ experiences and it begins to affect their lives. Finding ways to relax, socialize, exercise, and have fun is essential to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Today was Wurzweiler’s way of helping students and faculty take care of themselves.”

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Rabbi J. David Bleich’s The Philosophical Quest of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakhah to be Inaugural Volume of RIETS Hashkafah Series

Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary (RIETS) will be launching its English-language hashkafah [Jewish philosophy] series with the publication of Rabbi J. David Bleich’s work, The Philosophical Quest of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakhah, a collection of essays on a variety of topics relating to Jewish philosophical thought.

Bleich Book Cover - YU-KorenThe volume, sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press, is scheduled for release by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, on December 16, 2013. Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbi Lord Sacks to Serve as Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom has been appointed to a dual professorship at New York University (NYU) and Yeshiva University (YU).

Rabbi Sacks FullA world-renowned scholar, philosopher, religious leader, prolific author and a leading moral voice, Rabbi Lord Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from September 1991 until September 2013­–only the sixth incumbent of the position since it was formalized in 1845. During his tenure, Anglo-Jewry was reinvigorated through a series of innovative communal projects in the fields of education, cultural creativity and leadership development, together with a call for a renewed commitment to the ethical dimension of Judaism.

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Thirty New Professors Join Yeshiva University’s Distinguished Faculty

Thirty new professors have joined the distinguished faculty at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate schools, teaching a variety of courses in mathematics, science, business, liberal arts and Judaic studies.

“These new colleagues are dedicated and skilled teachers whose involvement in important research will give our students the chance to share in the excitement of discovery,” said Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education at YU. “We look forward to welcoming them to our community of learning.”

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