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YU Women’s Basketball Team Comes Together On and Off the Court

It’s nine o’clock on a Wednesday night and the Yeshiva University women’s basketball team is practicing basketball drills in a midtown high school gym. Poised on the sideline, guard Stephanie Greenberg holds a basketball close to her chest, scanning the court for an open teammate.

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First-year Head Coach Nesta Felix has instilled the Lady Macs with a sense of confidence and cohesiveness.

Greenberg, a Stern College for Women sophomore, inbounds to Naomi Gofine, who curls around a defender and fires a pass to a cutting Rebecca Yoshor, who effortlessly lays it in the hoop. “I like that!” calls out Coach Nesta Felix. “When you do it right, basketball is like beautiful music. That was pretty.”

Felix, first-year head coach of the Maccabees, has worked rigorously, alongside Assistant Coach Garianne Brown, to mold the 2012-13 squad into one of the most hard working, tightly knit and cohesive teams to set foot on court for YU.

A native of St. Lucia, Felix was a two-sport Division I athlete, playing basketball and volleyball for Iona College. Her coaching career began right out of college in 2001, with Felix serving as an assistant coach for seven seasons at Monroe College, where she helped lead the team to four regional championships. In Fall 2012, Felix brought her discipline, determination and passion to Stern College—traits she has found in the Maccabees, as well. “One of the things I love about coaching here is the focus and work ethic of my ladies,” she said. “I’m driving them like they’ve never been driven before, but they are so committed because of who they are.” Read the rest of this entry…

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YU Students Engage in Volunteer and Service Learning Missions Around the World

This winter break, 90 Yeshiva University students took part in an array of hands-on community building projects in Israel, the United States, Nicaragua and Mexico.

Counterpoint Israel participants conducted English language and art camps for Israeli teens.

Organized by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future, the missions differed widely in focus, ranging from service-learning and experiential education to humanitarian aid. Building on the success of the Counterpoint Israel summer program, 39 YU students ran a series of winter camps for 500 Israeli teens in Jerusalem, Kiryat Malachi and Dimona that sought to strengthen their English language skills and facilitate self-exploration through art.

In Mexico, 16 students assisted with farming and harvesting in local private and public gardens, building pools for aquaculture development and contributing to the community’s ecotourism project, in collaboration with a local non-profit organization that works within the Mayan community to promote environmental sustainability, advance the integration of women in the economy and strengthen the capacity of grassroots groups.

A group of 16 students also volunteered in Nicaragua with Servicios Medicos Comunales, an NGO that promotes community-based sustainable development in the southwestern district of San Juan del Sur, by assisting with the construction of a public library—a project started by previous CJF winter mission participants. And 19 students traveled across Texas—from Houston to San Antonio to Dallas—on the CJF’s “Jewish Life Coast to Coast” program, meeting with local rabbis, educators and communal leaders to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges faced by these diverse Jewish communities. Read the rest of this entry…

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Students Present Seforim Sale February 3 to March 3; North America’s Largest Jewish Book Sale will Benefit Victims of Sandy

The students of Yeshiva University will present their annual Seforim Sale, North America’s largest Jewish book sale, from February 3 to March 3 in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave on YU’s Wilf Campus in Manhattan. The sale—operated entirely by YU students—supports various initiatives, including student activities on campus and undergraduate scholarships.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Seforim Sale will benefit a shul or school affected by Sandy.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s sale will also benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. As part of their #Seforim4Sandy campaign, sale organizers will help replenish a depleted library of a shul or school affected by the storm. Based on the results of online voting, one participating organization will be selected to receive up to $10,000 worth of books and seforim. Members of the general public will be able to vote at www.facebook.com/seforim. The Seforim Sale website will also provide online registries for contributions to assist additional shuls or schools devastated by Sandy.

“The Seforim Sale has always focused on its charitable responsibilities,” said Yehuda Kaminer, CEO of the Seforim Sale. “This year, we decided nothing was more appropriate than helping rebuild libraries damaged by Sandy. We are incredibly excited to be giving back to the community.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Student Leaders to Spend Winter Break Making a Difference, Deepening Relationships in Israel, Nicaragua, Mexico and the U.S.

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will be sending 91 outstanding undergraduate students on service learning, experiential education and humanitarian aid missions across three continents during the University’s upcoming winter intersession.

Students on a previous mission to Nicaragua set the foundation for a library in San Juan del sur.

From January 10-20, the student leaders will take part in an array of hands-on community building projects in Israel, the United States, Nicaragua and Mexico while developing their own leadership, teaching and advocacy skills.

Building on the success of the “Counterpoint Israel” summer program, 39 YU students will run a series of Counterpoint “Winter Camps” for over 450 Israeli teens in Jerusalem, Kiryat Malachi, and Dimona that will focus on English enrichment and self-exploration through art. Throughout the 10-day service learning mission, the students will guide Israeli teens through the process of developing a personal narrative and using multiple mediums to create multidimensional autobiographies. Read the rest of this entry…

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A Look Back at Some of the Memorable Moments of 2012 at Yeshiva University

From Orientation, the Celebrate Israel Parade and Commencement to Purim Chagigot, the Ring Family Film Festival, and Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut celebrations, 2012 proved to be another memorable and eventful year at Yeshiva University.

2012: Year in Review from Yeshiva University on Vimeo.

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Students Light Up Campus with Communal Celebration

As Jews celebrate Hanukkah all over the world, Yeshiva University’s Wilf and Beren Campuses were alight with exciting events, a festive spirit and a feeling of unity this week. “Our mission is to create a vibrant Judaism and cultivate a strong religious life on campus, and Hanukkah is the perfect time to make that happen,” said Margot Reinstein, president of Stern College for Women’s Torah Activities Committee. “Whether it was through daily communal tefilah with hallel and breakfast, ‘Latkes and Learning’ with Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mordechai Willig, baking and decorating Hanukkah cookies to sell for charity, handing out menorahs in Times Square with Chabad, or our unbelievable glow-in-the-dark chagiga that brought more than 400 students together, YU is an unbelievable place to be during the holidays.”

Uptown, nightly communal lightings in the dormitories and a lunch that brought the entire campus together to celebrate with roshei yeshiva, among other events, created a warm and joyful environment.

“This year’s sensational programming culminated on Thursday with one of student government’s biggest events of the year – the annual YU Chanukah Concert,” said Yosef Hoffman, president of the Yeshiva Student Union. Featuring Shalsheles, the Y-Studs, Neshoma Orchestra and “America’s Got Talent” star Edon Pinchot (son of Dov Pinchot ‘90YC), the concert drew students, families and fans from across the tri-state area. “The fantastic lineup of performers and sold-out audience of over 1,000 people made the concert an electrifying experience,” Hoffman said.

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Shalsheles and Edon to Headline December 13 Annual Chanukah Concert

Edon Pinchot headlines YU’s annual Chanukah Concert on Dec. 13.

Edon Pinchot, the teen music sensation who burst onto the scene this year as a semifinalist on the TV show “America’s Got Talent,” and veteran Jewish music group Shalsheles, will headline this year’s annual Yeshiva University Chanukah Concert on Thursday, December 13 at 8 p.m. YU a cappella group, the Y-Studs, will open the show. The concert will take place at YU’s Lamport Auditorium, 2540 Amsterdam Ave. in Washington Heights. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is organized by Yeshiva University’s undergraduate student councils. Read the rest of this entry…

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Gilad Shalit, Accompanied by His IDF Unit, Makes Appearance at Yeshiva University

Thousands of students and members of the Yeshiva University community poured into Lamport Auditorium on the school’s Wilf Campus on October 16 to welcome Gilad Shalit and members of his unit who came to share their experiences.

“Tonight we celebrate the fact that these soldiers have come to visit us in the exact place where, three years ago, Noam Shalit stood and prayed with us for the safe return of his son,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future.

On June 25, 2006, Shalit was captured by Hamas in an attack that also killed two soldiers in his unit. Shalit’s captivity lasted five years, during which Jews all over the world campaigned for his release and organized prayer on his behalf. Shalit’s commander, Yoav B., told the crowd, he and his unit, now reservists, hoped to find closure by telling their story. Read the rest of this entry…

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Dedicated Residence Life Staff Create a Home Away from Home for Students

At Yeshiva University, campus life is about building a home together—in more ways than one.

Resident advisers help construct a house for Habitat for Humanity.

Each August, resident advisers (RAs) on both campuses undergo rigorous training to get ready for new students’ arrival. That means learning how to handle everything from medical emergencies to party planning and meeting with a wide range of University officials to brainstorm the best ways to help newcomers find their way and place at YU.

But this summer, the Wilf Campus residence life staff also honed their skills by sawing and sandblasting as they helped build a house with Westchester County’s Habitat for Humanity.

“We wanted to drive home the idea that you never do anything alone here,” said Sean Hirschhorn, Wilf’s assistant director of university housing and residence life. “There’s always someone to help you, whether you need to put together a planter box or choose a course for your major.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Panel Discussion and Memorial Explore September 11 in Multiple Dimensions

On September 11, more than 150 Yeshiva University students gathered in Weissberg Commons on the Wilf Campus to mourn, commemorate and deepen their understanding of the horrific attacks that toppled the World Trade Center 11 years ago.

The night began with an emotional recitation of a kel maleh prayer by Rabbi Yona Reiss, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary for those killed in the tragedy. Read the rest of this entry…

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