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President Richard M. Joel: ‘University Must be About Not Just Making a Living But Building a Life’

Rising tuitions, stagnant job markets and bleak economic realities have finally compelled universities and their students to ask some tough questions: Is a college education worth it? Does a college degree actually offer value beyond an impressive wall ornament? And as universities across the nation carry on their struggles to stay afloat, why even bother?

President Richard Joel

President Richard M. Joel

Years ago, I had the honor of taking part in a meeting at the White House convening educational leaders for an open discussion with then President George W. Bush. At one point, the President remarked that “the purpose of higher education is to prepare our children to compete in the global economy.” I mustered the courage to respectfully respond: “Mr. President — at Yeshiva University, we take a slightly different view. We believe the purpose of education is to ennoble and enable our students.” “Ennoble and enable,” he said, smiling. “I like that.”

In many ways, the American university is in danger of losing its soul. Now we must ask ourselves: Long after students forget how to determine the number of valence electrons in a Palladium atom or how exactly to apply the law of diminishing returns, which ideas and ideals will stand the test of time and inform the remainder of their adult existence? Read the rest of this entry…

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Reception Honors Yeshiva University Employees Celebrating Milestone Anniversaries

On Thursday, December 12, President Richard M. Joel and the Human Resources Department hosted a program and reception honoring YU employees on the Manhattan campuses who celebrated milestone anniversaries during 2013. The ceremony, held in Weisberg Commons on the Wilf Campus, recognized milestones ranging from ten to 50 years of service.

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David Brooks Delivers Keynote Address; Jack Belz, Dr. Susan Horwitz, Harvey Kaylie and William Zabel Honored

Acclaimed journalist and New York Times columnist David Brooks delivered the keynote address at Yeshiva University’s 89th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner on Sunday, December 8 at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City. President Richard M. Joel bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Brooks, calling him “a noble exemplar of what we hope our students will become” and drawing on the words of American poet Robert Frost to praise the morality in Brooks’ writing: “In a world which has moved inexorably down a path paved with hyperbole, cynicism and categorical one-dimensionality, you have mustered the courage and integrity to take the road less traveled.”

“How fitting it is to host you tonight at this annual assembly honoring Yeshiva University and the value which it adds to the world,” said President Joel. “Ultimately, the mandate of Yeshiva University boils down to this belief: our responsibility is to partner with God, not in retreating from but engaging with the wide world around us, forever informed by the eternal values of our tradition. That, too, is a road less traveled by, a road which necessitates patience, sensitivity and bravery.” Read the rest of this entry…

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David Brooks to Keynote December 8 Convocation; Jack Belz, Dr. Susan Horwitz, Harvey Kaylie and William Zabel to be Honored

David Brooks, acclaimed journalist, author and New York Times columnist will be the keynote speaker and receive an honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University’s 89th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner on Sunday, December 8, at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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New York Times columnist David Brooks will keynote YU’s Hanukkah convocation.

In addition to Brooks, YU President Richard M. Joel will confer honorary degrees upon Jack A. Belz of Memphis, TN, chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises and a Benefactor and Trustee of Yeshiva University; Harvey Kaylie of Great Neck, NY, founder, president and CEO of Mini-Circuits International and a YU Benefactor; and William Zabel of Manhattan, founding partner of Schulte, Roth & Zabel and head of the Individual Client Services Group. President Joel will also present the Presidential Medallion to Dr. Susan B. Horwitz of Larchmont, NY, Rose Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research and co-chair of molecular pharmacology at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University and Jewish Publication Society Present Dec. 3 Event Celebrating Publication of Monumental Anthology

Yeshiva University and the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) will host a Hanukkah event on December 3 at the Yeshiva University Museum to celebrate the publication of Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (JPS, December 2013).

Outside the BibleThe book, a three-volume anthology of Second Temple literature, was edited by Dr. Louis H. Feldman, the Abraham Wouk Family Chair in Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University; Dr. James L. Kugel, director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar-Ilan University; and Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of Judaic studies at YU. Read the rest of this entry…

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Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Appointed the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University

The Honorable Danny Ayalon, Israeli diplomat and politician, has been appointed the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University for the spring 2014 semester. Ambassador Ayalon will teach on both the Wilf Campus at Yeshiva College and the Israel Henry Beren Campus at Stern College for Women, and will participate in public lectures and events.

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Ambassador Ayalon has been appointed the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies

“Ambassador Ayalon will surely bring to his professorial role at Yeshiva the same commitment to the State of Israel, to integrity, to thoughtful discourse and careful analysis of the geopolitical world, that he brought so successfully to his assignments in the foreign service and foreign ministry,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “We are delighted to welcome Danny as a visiting professor.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Wurzweiler’s New Certificate Program Provides Professional Training in Jewish Philanthropy

Change. Meaning. Opportunity. Mitzvah.

In a classroom at Yeshiva University’s Beren Campus on  a recent Wednesday night, these were a few of the words 20 professionals used to describe the passion that drove them to pursue Jewish communal work and ultimately, to enroll in a new Certificate Program in Jewish Philanthropy at YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

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Andrea Wasserman shares a presentation on “The Culture of Philanthropy” with Certificate Program students.

“Remember that passion and those values and bring them to work with you,” guest lecturer Andrea Wasserman, a philanthropic and organizational development strategist, told students. “What we’re doing boils down to so much more than a financial transaction. We’re fostering partnerships that make the world a better place by helping your missions thrive.”

As Jewish causes face more fundraising challenges than ever before—including increased competition both within the Jewish world and with other nonprofits and donors hit hard by the economic recession—Wurzweiler launched the new Certificate Program to provide talented Jewish communal professionals with the tools they need to succeed in the modern philanthropic arena. Read the rest of this entry…

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YU Hosts Panel Discussion on Iran, Israel and Assimilation

On October 22, Yeshiva University hosted a panel discussion organized by This World: Jewish Values Network, featuring President Richard M. Joel, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson. The forum, “Will Jews Exist? Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival” was moderated by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of This World, which runs a series of events that convene political and business leaders to discuss critical issues facing the Jewish community.

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Two-Week Trip Strengthens YU Ties with South African Jewish Community

President Richard M. Joel recently returned from a visit to South Africa, speaking at various communal functions and meeting with a wide range of Jewish leaders in hopes of establishing strategic partnerships between Yeshiva University and South African Jewry.

President Joel addresses high school students at Cape Town's Herzlia School.

President Joel addresses high school students at Cape Town’s Herzlia School.

President Joel began his two-week long trip in the scenic coastal city of Cape Town, where he delivered the keynote address at the annual Cape South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies Conference. The conference, titled “SAFE SPACES: Making Room for Your Views,” featured an array of impressive speakers and panel contributors, including former President F. W. de Clerk, widely credited along with Nelson Mandela with helping to end apartheid in South Africa. President Joel’s address focused on the importance Jewish education in securing a strong Jewish future. Read the rest of this entry…

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NYC’s Republican Mayoral Candidate Meets with President Joel, Speaks to Students

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota paid a visit to Yeshiva University’s Israel Henry Beren Campus, where he was greeted by YU President Richard M. Joel and Andrew Lauer, vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel.

Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota toured the Beren Campus and met with President Richard Joel.

Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota toured the Beren Campus and met with President Richard Joel.

After touring the campus, Lhota spoke to students in President Joel’s Leadership in the Non-Profit World class about his experiences as a leader in both the public and private sectors. Read the rest of this entry…

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