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…
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.
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, YUNewssat 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?
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.
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…
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…
Yeshiva University Celebrates Israel with Largest Contingent at Annual NYC Parade
More than 1,500 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Yeshiva University marched up Fifth Avenue, cheering and greeting the crowds as they celebrated Israel’s 64th year of independence at the annual 2012 Celebrate Israel Parade on Sunday, June 3.
Ten Undergraduate Valedictorians Recognized for Their Academic Achievements by Respective Schools
More than 750 students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools were presented with their degrees at YU’s 81st commencement exercises, held at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on May 24. Ten received the distinction of valedictorian, an honor that reflects their exceptional academic achievement.
Valedictorians (L-R): Elana Sand, Chana Zuckier, Jennifer Lazaros, Yair Saperstein, Gregory Kupsin, Yehuda Safier, Anosh Moshe Zaghi, Avi Libman and Jesse Bernstein. Not pictured: Sultana Shoshani.
As the new graduates prepared to take their drive, creativity and dedication to a range of exciting careers and challenges, from medical school and finance to academic law and communal leadership, they recalled the close relationships with faculty, vibrant Jewish life and rich academic and extracurricular experiences that shaped their undergraduate years at Yeshiva. Read the rest of this entry…
On Brink of Professional and Academic Careers, New Graduates Reflect on Undergraduate Experience
They are art historians, human capital consultants and biotechnologists. They come from Jerusalem, Montreal and Miami. They’ll be pursuing cutting-edge graduate work at first-class institutions like Harvard and New York University. They’ll build their own businesses from the ground up. And they’ll also be giving back by teaching at schools for children with special needs and developing innovative educational programs about world issues.
They’re the Yeshiva University Class of 2012.
On May 24, more than 750 students will march across the Izod Center stage at Yeshiva University’s 81st Commencement Exercises, as they celebrate the completion of their undergraduate careers. However, these new alumni know their education is far from over.
As they begin the next chapter of their lives, members of the graduating class reflected on the good times, the defining moments and the takeaways of their unique YU experiences. Read the rest of this entry…
Ambassador Yehuda Avner to Speak at May 24 Commencement; Honorees Include Alan Willner, Eleazer Hirmes and Ethel Orlian
Former Israeli diplomat, Ambassador Yehuda Avner, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University’s 81st Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 24, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
Ambassador Yehuda Avner
Avner, an author of two books, served as speechwriter and secretary to Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, and as an adviser to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres. Read the rest of this entry…