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.
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…
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…
YU Named a 2014 Best Private College by Kiplinger’s Based on Academic Quality and Affordability
Kiplinger’sPersonal 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.
Yeshiva 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…
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…
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…
Rabbinic Conference is First Organized by UK’s New Chief Rabbi-Elect
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.”
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?
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…
Film Produced by Center for the Jewish Future and OU to be Screened at Synagogues Worldwide July 16
Once again this year, Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and the Orthodox Union will combine efforts on programs for the Three Weeks and Nine Days leading to Tisha B’Av, to be followed by a variety of shiurim on Tisha B’Av itself.
YUTorah offers various resources for the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av.
In this year of extremely early Jewish observances, the Three Weeks begin on Tuesday, June 25 — the Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz, the Fast of the 17 of Tammuz, with its restrictions on levity. The Nine Days , with its deeper restrictions, begin on Monday, July 8, Rosh Chodesh Av. Tisha B’Av itself, the Ninth of Av, extends from Monday evening July 15, until nightfall Tuesday, July 16. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University Commemorates the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik
On April 14, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) commemorated the 20th yahrtzeit [anniversary of death] of “the Rav,” Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt”l, Torah luminary and YU Rosh Yeshiva, with a full-day learning program that took place in the Lamport Auditorium on YU’s Wilf Campus. Thousands attended in-person or followed the event online to gain insight into the Rav’s life and legacy through lectures, discussions and presentations given by his family and closest students.
“I experience a sense of déjà vu standing in this room today, for in this very room we waited with baited breath for the Rav to enter and deliver his famous shiurim on his father’s yahrtzeit each year,” said Rabbi Joel Schreiber, Chairman of the RIETS Board of Trustees, in his opening remarks to the participants. “In this room thousands of men and women had their hearts, minds and souls lifted to unimaginable heights by the Rav.”
The program kicked off with “Multiple Faces of the Rav,” a panel that brought together Rabbi Soloveitchik’s daughter, Dr. Atarah Twersky, and several students of the Rav, including Rabbi Herschel Schachter, RIETS Rosh Yeshiva; Dr. David Shatz, YU professor of philosophy; and Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the CJF, to examine the many and varied roles played by the Rav during his lifetime. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and Institute for University-School Partnership hosted their annual Jewish Job Fair on YU’s Wilf Campus on February 28. More than 50 Jewish day schools and 20 community organizations from across North America, including the Orthodox Union, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Repair the World and others, participated in the event, which was free and open to the public, with YU students and alumni given one hour of priority access.
“Our annual Jewish Job Fair is a natural outgrowth of our mission to support and strengthen Jewish communities and organizations around the world,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. Read the rest of this entry…