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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…


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.


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…


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…


Helpful Advice for New Students from Dr. Chaim Nissel

With hundreds of new undergraduate students arriving on Yeshiva University’s campuses this week for Orientation, YUNews sat down with Dr. Chaim Nissel, YU’s recently-appointed University Dean of Students, to talk about his new role on campus and how incoming students can get off to the best start as they embark on their academic journey at YU.

Q: What is the role of the Dean of Students?

The dean of students oversees student life that occurs outside of the classroom—everything from the dormitories and student health to support services. I’m also happy to meet with any student to find out about their Yeshiva University experience and discuss ways to improve it. How are you adjusting to YU? How are you adjusting to life in New York? I want to hear how you’re doing.

Q: What’s your advice for new students beginning their college careers?

Make thoughtful decisions about how you spend your time to ensure your life is well balanced. Read the rest of this entry…


Students Arrive on Campus for Undergraduate Orientation

They come from Morocco, Panama, Austria, Switzerland and countries across the globe.

They dream of becoming first-rate biochemists, artists, teachers, business leaders and Jewish thinkers.

In all, more than 650 new students will arrive at Yeshiva University’s Wilf and Israel Henry Beren Campuses this week to begin their academic journeys at the only institution where high-level Judaic studies and cutting-edge academics go hand in hand.

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Fall 2012 Orientation kicked off on Wednesday, August 22 with exciting and informative activities to help students feel at home. Newcomers learned their way around YU’s uptown and downtown campuses on interactive tours led by student guides, who introduced them to key faculty, staff and resources dedicated to their academic and personal success. Read the rest of this entry…


Dr. Chaim Nissel Appointed University Dean of Students

Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel has announced the appointment of Dr. Chaim Nissel as University Dean of Students.

Dr. Chaim Nissel has been appointed University Dean of Students

In his new role, Nissel will direct all undergraduate student life, including counseling and health services, academic support, disability services, judicial affairs and housing, as well as working on student governmentactivities and campus programming.

Nissel came to Yeshiva University 16 years ago and has held several positions in both clinical and supervisory roles, including serving as director of the Counseling Centers-Manhattan Campuses and as associate dean of students for health affairs for the past six years. He also introduced the YU community to the YU-SOS (YU Supports Our Students) program where Counseling Center staff train University employees to better respond to students in distress. Read the rest of this entry…