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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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New Hires, Programs Bolster Yeshiva University Men’s Undergraduate Torah Studies

In a continued effort to strengthen Yeshiva University’s Undergraduate Torah Studies Programs, a group of new administrators, faculty members, rabbis and mashgichim [spiritual advisers] have been hired to deliver shiurim [lectures], teach Judaic studies classes and forge connections with students that go beyond the classroom.

Torah Studies2“These past five years have seen an unprecedented period of growth in the Undergraduate Torah Studies Programs,” said President Richard M. Joel.  “There has been an enhanced atmosphere of high-level Torah learning, structure, discipline, warmth and individual student attention, coupled with new learning programs and educational formats.”

Changes are being implemented in the organization of the four morning programs: Yeshiva Progam/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies (MYP), Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP), Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies (IBC) and the James Striar School (JSS). The programs are now consolidated under the official umbrella of undergraduate Torah studies, while administrators are maximizing their current resources to best meet the needs of the 1,100 students enrolled. Read the rest of this entry…

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Earlier today, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP released its report marking the completion of the firm’s eight-month investigation into allegations of past abuse at Yeshiva University High School for Boys. There are findings set forth in this report that serve as a source of profound shame and sadness for our institution. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire University community, I express my deepest and most heartfelt remorse, and truly hope that our recognition of these issues provides some level of comfort and closure to the victims. Although we cannot change the past, we remain committed to making confidential counseling services available to those individual victims in the hope they can achieve a more peaceful future.

It is with them in mind that we move forward in continuing our efforts to lead our community away from a culture of apathy regarding issues of abuse and toward one of action, change and growth.

Today, the University is a safe place infused with a culture of warmth. For years we have enacted and enforced policies and procedures to protect our students and community members. We will continue to regularly review and, when appropriate, enhance those policies and procedures to ensure they always meet the standard of “best in class.” YU must continue to foster a culture of integrity, caring, responsiveness and, above all, place the safety of our students first. Read the rest of this entry…

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New Students Embark on Their YU Journey as Undergraduate Orientation Kicks Off

This week, Yeshiva University will welcome hundreds of new students to its Wilf and Israel Henry Beren Campuses as they settle in for their first year of study in fields ranging from biology to marketing, political science to Jewish education, mathematics to studio art and beyond. The students’ backgrounds are as diverse as their interests: this year’s incoming class includes natives from across the United States and countries around the world, including Switzerland, Argentina and France, among others. But all of them are united by their decision to inaugurate one of the most important periods of their lives here, at the only institution where they can receive an unmatched academic education and launch their professional careers while deepening their understanding and commitment to Judaism.

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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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School of Social Work Pays Tribute to Faculty Member’s 47-Year Career

In 1958, newly-ordained Rabbi Norman Linzer decided to do something different with the semicha he had just received from Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).

Rather than lead a congregation, Linzer wanted to pursue a career in Jewish communal work. So he turned to YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, which had opened its doors the year before, to pursue a degree that would equip him with all the right tools to accomplish his dream.

Linzer has been there ever since.

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Rabbi Josh Joseph Appointed Senior Vice President of Yeshiva University

President Richard M. Joel has appointed Rabbi Josh Joseph as senior vice president of Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Josh Joseph

Rabbi Josh Joseph

In addition to his current responsibilities as chief of staff, Joseph will launch the next phase in the University’s strategic planning process and guide its university-wide implementation. He will also work to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of various departments around the University, developing collaboration opportunities and proper partnerships between and among faculty, administration, staff, students and trustees. Read the rest of this entry…

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