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Yeshiva University Announces Micro-Grants for Student Social Entrepreneurs

Yeshiva University recently announced a new fund that will provide micro-grants to student social entrepreneurs founding startups that will benefit the broader Jewish and global communities.

Called “Neal’s Fund,” the initiative was created by the family of Neal Dublinsky. Dublinsky grew up in Queens, NY, and graduated as valedictorian with top honors from Yeshiva College before attending the New York University School of Law. He was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of lymphoma in 1987 at the age of 24, just as he was beginning his career as a corporate attorney in Los Angeles, CA. Despite medical setbacks, he fought his illness and went on to live a full life for another 23 years. Neal’s Fund was established by family, friends and colleagues of Dublinsky and commemorates his entrepreneurial spirit and sense of social responsibility.

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Hundreds Convene for Student-Run Yeshiva University National Model UN Conference

Over 450 delegates convened from February 9-11 for the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN) conference, held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, CT. YUNMUN XXIV brought together student ambassadors from 46 yeshivas and community day schools across three continents, hailing from 15 states and 39 cities around the world. In addition, 60 YU undergraduates and 65 faculty advisers joined the conference, which is a student-run simulation of the workings of the real United Nations that allows participants to learn about the complex landscape of international diplomacy.

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On Four CJF Winter Missions Around the World, YU Students Get Closer Look at Jewish Leadership

More than 90 Yeshiva University students spent this winter break engaged in the hands-on study of—and contribution to—vastly different Jewish communities around the world.

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A student on the CJF’s “Counterpoint Israel: Winter Camp” mission teaches English at an educational camp in Kiryat Gat.

As participants on winter missions organized by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future, students traveled to Kharkov and Sumy in the Ukraine; Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat and Dimona in Negev region of Israel; areas of New York that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and cities across the Midwestern United States to make an impact and hone their leadership skills.

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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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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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YU Named a 2014 Best Private College by Kiplinger’s Based on Academic Quality and Affordability

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Yeshiva University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands November 5. YU came in at number 33 overall on the list.

YU_rankingYeshiva University and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. 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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Hundreds of Community Leaders Gather to Share Ideas and Inspiration at Annual ChampionsGate Conference

More than 350 rabbinic, educational and lay leaders from 73 communities across North America and around the globe came together for Yeshiva University’s Eighth Annual ChampionsGate National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Fla., July 25-28.

This year’s theme, “Kehilla: What We Bring to It,” explored the broader narrative of community, inviting participants to journey through four separate realms of communal leadership as they gained practical tools and fostered new collaborative partnerships to address pressing issues facing their communities at home and Orthodox Judaism as a whole.

“The future of our community is dependent on our commitment to Torah values and gifted leadership who support those values throughout our community,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbinic Conference is First Organized by UK’s New Chief Rabbi-Elect

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From left, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt; Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis; and Rabbi Kenneth Brander.

Rabbi Kenneth Brander, Vice President for University and Community Life and the David Mitzner Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University, delivered three lectures at a rabbinic conference organized by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi-Elect of the United Kingdom.

A hundred rabbis from across the UK attended the two-day conference from July 9-10, which also featured presentations from Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow, and current Chief Rabbi of the UK Lord Jonathan Sacks, among others. Brander gave three lectures: “Exploring the Role and Best Practices for a Contemporary Synagogue,” “Lessons for Living Life: Inspirational Words for the Role of the Rebbetsen,” and “The Center for the Jewish Future.”

“Having the occasion to engage in conversations with the Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Saks and Chief Rabbi Elect Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was a pleasure,” said Brander. “Their vision for Anglo Jewry and its rabbinate is inspiring. Too often the ‘pond’ that separates us deters us from benefiting from each other’s experiences and the community know-how that we have acquired.”

He added, “A continued relationship between the rabbis of the United Kingdom and Yeshiva University will benefit both American and Anglo Jewry – I look forward to this opportunity.”

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Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education, Now in its Third Year, Seeks to Revolutionize Field

At their final seminar in Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education, 21 educators from across the map in every sense—geographically, denominationally and generationally—reflected on their own spiritual journeys and backgrounds in an attempt to answer these questions: What influences Jewish identity and engagement? And how, as educators, could they create positive experiences and lasting impact for others in those areas?

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Presenter Naomi Less of Storahtelling and Cohort III member Elise Loterman of Hillel of Greater Toronto take part in a storytelling workshop.

“We need to be focused on the whole sense of individual journeys, which call for different questions and measures of success,” Shuki Taylor, the program’s director, told the group.

Those kinds of questions and measures are at the heart of the Certificate Program. Now graduating its second cohort and inaugurating a third, it is one of the few professional programs to focus on the unique role experiential Jewish education plays in the transmission of Jewish values and traditions—and to arm practitioners with research, methodology and skills to increase their effectiveness on the job. Read the rest of this entry…

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