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Rabbi Hyman and Ann Arbesfeld, longtime supporters of YU, were honored by President Richard M. Joel.

Mar 26, 2009 — The Yeshiva University High Schools Annual Dinner of Tribute at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on March 22 honored Rabbi Hyman and Ann Arbesfeld, YU Benefactors with deep roots in the YU community.

Rabbi and Mrs. Arbesfeld endowed the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and the Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon in memory of Rabbi Arbesfeld’s parents. They also established a Kollel Fellowship at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in memory of Ann’s parents, Benjamin and Rose Berger.

Rabbi Arbesfeld graduated from Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) and Yeshiva College, and received semikhah [ordination] from RIETS. Mrs. Arbesfeld served as the president of YU Women’s Organization for 10 years and continues her involvement as a member of its executive council. The Arbesfeld children are alumni of YUHS and the Arbesfeld grandchildren currently attend the high schools.

“We could not be more satisfied with what the schools have done for our children’s education, ego and esteem,” Saul Stromer YH’78, who has two children at the high schools, said in his welcoming remarks. “A Yeshiva University High School education is like vitamins—it fortifies you for the rest of your life.”

The program also singled out the hard work of two faculty members: Rabbi Baruch Pesach Mendelson, in his bar-mitzvah year at YUHSB, and Deena Rabinovich at YUHSG.

Rabbi Mendelson serves as the rebbe of the Advanced Honors Masmidim track in 11th grade at YUHSB. He was awarded the Joseph S. and Caroline Gruss Excellent Teachers Fund Award and the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education from the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York.

Mrs. Rabinovich serves as the YUHSG Israel guidance coordinator and teaches Chumash to the 11th grade. A graduate of Stern College for Women, she is an EdD candidate at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Mrs. Rabinovich is a 2007 recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and the 1996 Joseph S. and Caroline Gruss Excellent Teachers Fund Award.

In his address, President Richard M. Joel told the enthusiastic crowd that everyone in the room was partners in the continuum of building the next generation of the Jewish people. “There’s nothing more important for us, for Klal Yisroel [the people of Israel], or for the world,” President Joel said. “It’s a lot of work, a lot of money, and a lot of staying on the course, but we’re going to do it together.”



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Sep 23, 2008 — Nearly 700 people attended Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) Annual Dinner of Tribute, held this evening at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, dean emeritus of RIETS and special advisor to the President on Yeshiva Affairs, was honored for his extraordinary achievement in Torah learning and leadership over 35 years as the seminary’s dean.

Herbert Smilowitz and his son, Rabbi Mark Smilowitz, were the inaugural America/Israel Dor L’Dor [generation to generation] Award recipients. RIETS also paid recognition to members of its tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth anniversary classes (1958, 1983, and 1998). More than $1 million was raised for the Seminary.

The evening was marked by warm tributes and a celebration of RIETS. In recognizing Rabbi Charlop, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel said, “You have raised all of us to be your wonderful family, and you’ve done it just by being Rabbi Zevulun Charlop.”

“He has set the pattern for the needs, and for filling the needs, of the modern rabbi in the modern community,” said Rabbi Julius Berman, chairman of the board of trustees of RIETS.

“Rabbi Charlop has left us with a legacy of excellence, a legacy of integrity, a legacy of erudition, a legacy of honor, and a legacy of kindness and compassion and sensitivity towards all students,” said Rabbi Yona Reiss, who succeeded Rabbi Charlop this year as Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS.

“I wouldn’t be who I am without the support of Rabbi Charlop,” said Rabbi Reuven Brand, a RIETS alumnus who came to the dinner from Illinois, where he is rosh kollel of The Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Kollel in Skokie. “There’s a magic in RIETS, and a magic in what we have in this room. Thank you, Rabbi Charlop, for helping us to share this magic with others.”

President Joel announced that a wing of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study – now under construction on YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights – would be named for Rabbi Charlop, thanks to gifts from a group of YU supporters.

“The Smilowitz family has a deep and long-standing connection to RIETS,” said Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University. “Blessed is the father who has such a son, and blessed is the son who has such a father.” Dr. Lamm hailed Herbert Smilowitz as “a quiet giant,” and noted that Mark Smilowitz is “a superb politician – not in the vulgar sense of the word, but in the Arisotelian sense: he has an intuitive knowledge of human relationships.

Herbert Smilowitz, honored tonight as “a humble man of faith,” joined the RIETS Board of Trustees in 1994 and now serves as its vice chairman. He received the RIETS Eitz Chaim [Tree of Life] award in 2002. Mr. Smilowitz and his wife, Marilyn, are Benefactors of YU and reside in West Orange, NJ.

Rabbi Mark Smilowitz, who was cited for his rabbinic leadership and educational commitment, graduated from Yeshiva College in 1992 and earned his master’s degree from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He received semikhah from RIETS in 2002. Rabbi Smilowitz resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel with his wife, Michelle, and four children.

Founded in 1896, RIETS is the leading center for education and ordination of Orthodox Rabbis in North America. For more information or to support RIETS, please call 212-960-0852 or visit www.riets.edu.

For over a century, RIETS has educated and trained the Rabbis who have shaped our Jewish world. Combining the highest levels of Torah learning in the legacy of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik zt”l, an unmatched program of professional preparation for the rabbinate, and an impassioned commitment to impact the Jewish community, RIETS continues to produce the finest rabbinic leadership for the next generation and beyond.

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Honorees at the dinner were (L-R) Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, and Herbert Smilowitz and his son, Rabbi Mark Smilowitz.

Sep 19, 2008 — Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, dean emeritus of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and special advisor to the President on yeshiva affairs, was honored for his extraordinary achievement in Torah learning and leadership over 35 years as the seminary’s dean at Yeshiva University’s RIETS Annual Dinner of Tribute on September 17. Almost 700 people attended at the event at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Herbert Smilowitz and his son, Rabbi Mark Smilowitz, were the inaugural America/Israel Dor L’Dor [generation to generation] Award recipients. RIETS also paid recognition to members of its 10th, 25th and 50th anniversary classes (1958, 1983, and 1998). More than $1 million was raised for the seminary.

The evening was marked by warm tributes and a celebration of RIETS. In recognizing Rabbi Charlop, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel said, “You have raised all of us to be your wonderful family, and you’ve done it just by being Rabbi Zevulun Charlop.”

“He has set the pattern for the needs, and for filling the needs, of the modern rabbi in the modern community,” said Rabbi Julius Berman, chairman of the RIETS Board of Trustees.

“Rabbi Charlop has left us with a legacy of excellence, a legacy of integrity, a legacy of erudition, a legacy of honor and a legacy of kindness, compassion and sensitivity towards all students,” said Rabbi Yona Reiss, who succeeded Rabbi Charlop this year as The Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS.

“I wouldn’t be who I am without the support of Rabbi Charlop,” said Rabbi Reuven Brand, a RIETS alumnus who came to the dinner from Illinois, where he is the director of the Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Chicago Kollel in Skokie. “There’s a magic in RIETS, and a magic in what we have in this room. Thank you, Rabbi Charlop, for helping us to share this magic with others.”

President Joel announced that a wing of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study–now under construction on YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights–would be named for Rabbi Charlop, thanks to gifts from a group of YU supporters.

A 1951 Yeshiva College graduate, Rabbi Charlop received his semikhah [rabbinical ordination] from RIETS in 1954. He was appointed The Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS in 1971 and served in that position until this past July. Rabbi Charlop has also served as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway in his native Bronx for the past 54 years.

Rabbi Charlop comes from a long line of rabbinic leadership and Jewish scholarship. His father, Rabbi Jechiel Michael Charlop, was ordained at RIETS in 1921 and served as the spiritual leader of the Bronx Jewish Center for 46 years. His grandfather, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Charlop, was an associate of Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and rosh yeshiva of Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem from its inception.

Visibly moved by the many tributes he received, Rabbi Charlop thanked all the speakers, and added of the evening’s other honorees, “I’m extremely happy that I can share this evening with my very good friends, Herbert and Mark Smilowitz.”

The Smilowitz family has a deep and long-standing connection to RIETS. “Blessed is the father who has such a son, and blessed is the son who has such a father,” said Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University. Dr. Lamm hailed Herbert Smilowitz as “a quiet giant,” and noted that Mark Smilowitz is “a superb politician–not in the vulgar sense of the word, but in the Aristotelian sense: he has an intuitive knowledge of human relationships.”

Herbert Smilowitz, honored at the dinner as “a humble man of faith,” joined the RIETS Board of Trustees in 1994 and now serves as its vice chairman. He received the RIETS Eitz Chaim [Tree of Life] award in 2002. Mr. Smilowitz and his wife, Marilyn, are Benefactors of YU and reside in West Orange, NJ.

Rabbi Mark Smilowitz, who was cited for his rabbinic leadership and educational commitment, graduated from Yeshiva College in 1992 and earned his master’s degree from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He received semikhah from RIETS in 2002. Rabbi Smilowitz resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel with his wife, Michelle, and four children.

The America/Israel Dor L’Dor Award recognizes parents and children who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of higher Jewish education in the Torah Umadda model and who have made a meaningful impact in communities in both the United States and Israel.

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Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University

Sep 8, 2008 — Yeshiva University (YU) has established the Lamm Heritage in celebration of the 80th birthday of its chancellor, Dr. Norman Lamm. The Heritage will honor Chancellor Lamm’s almost 60 years of exceptional scholarly, spiritual, and leadership contributions to the university and world Jewish community. The Lamm Heritage consists of four initiatives; the Lamm Heritage Web site, the Norman Lamm Prize, Yad Lamm, and an endowment to the Rabbi Norman Lamm Kollel L’Hora’ah (Yadin Yadin).

Visitors to the Lamm Heritage Web site – the first component to launch – will be able to access Chancellor Lamm’s numerous scholarly works through the Lamm Archives, which include over 800 digitized sermons and will eventually contain audio and video of his lectures.

“With their exquisite language, brilliant homiletic insights, and powerful messages, Dr. Lamm’s sermons excite, inspire, and edify—no less today than when they were delivered,” said Dr. David Shatz, professor of philosophy at YU’s Stern College for Women and editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, who heard many of the sermons as a teenager growing up on Manhattan’s West Side. “They also provide a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of a great spokesman, thinker and leader who always speaks with relevance and timeliness.”

The Lamm Heritage will also present the Lamm Prize, a substantial financial award, to select leading scholars who embody the values of the chancellor. As visiting scholars at YU, Lamm Prize winners will give lectures, teach courses, and lead discussions within the YU community.

In addition, Yad Lamm, a permanent visible tribute, will be established to tell the story of Dr. Lamm’s 27 years as president of YU through pictures, memorabilia, and other displays. As part of the Lamm Heritage, YU will endow and enhance the Norman Lamm Kollel L’Hora’ah (Yadin Yadin), an advanced juridical rabbinic ordination program at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).

“Norman Lamm is a visionary of Torah Umadda who continues to guide and invigorate us,” said YU President Richard Joel. “Those of us who are inspired by his leadership and seek to build on his achievements need to be surrounded by his ongoing contributions to Jewish thought and learning.”

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1927, Chancellor Lamm graduated YU’s Yeshiva College in 1949 summa cum laude and was class valedictorian. In 1951 he was ordained at RIETS and followed that with a PhD in Jewish philosophy at the university’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1966. In 1976 he was elected as the third president of YU, the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive Jewish institution of higher learning, and served in that capacity until 2003, when he was installed as Chancellor.

Dr. Lamm has gained worldwide recognition for his writings and discourses on interpretation of Jewish philosophy and law, especially in the fields of science, technology, and philosophy in the modern world. He has authored ten books, including The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary, which won the coveted Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Book Council.

“The Jewish world is indebted to Dr. Norman Lamm for his outstanding contributions and the phenomenal accomplishments and success during his 27 years as president of YU,” said Morry J. Weiss, chairman of the YU Board of Trustees.

To share a personal memory, view the archives, or to help support the Lamm Heritage, visit www.yu.edu/lammheritage.

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the heritage of Western civilization and the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools –– Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business ––– offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.

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Aug 29, 2008 — Yeshiva University’s (YU) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will honor Rabbi Zevulun Charlop for his extraordinary achievement in Torah learning and leadership at its Annual Dinner of Tribute on September 17 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. Rabbi Charlop, who served as the seminary’s dean for 35 years, is dean emeritus of RIETS and special advisor to the President on Yeshiva affairs.

The dinner will also honor Herbert Smilowitz and his son, Rabbi Mark Smilowitz, as the inaugural America/Israel Dor L’Dor [generation to generation] Award recipients. The award recognizes parents and children who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of higher Jewish education in the Torah Umadda model and who have made a meaningful impact in communities in both the United States and Israel.

RIETS will also pay recognition to members of its tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth anniversary classes (1958, 1983, and 1998).

A Yeshiva College graduate of 1951, Rabbi Charlop received his semikhah [rabbinical ordination] from RIETS in 1954. He was appointed The Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS in 1971 and served in that position until this past July. Rabbi Charlop is also the longtime spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway, in his native Bronx, for the past 54 years.

“Under Rabbi Charlop’s nurturing leadership and guidance, RIETS and Yeshiva have experienced enormous growth that has directly impacted Jewish communities around the world,” said Julius Berman, chairman of the RIETS Board of Trustees. “His love of learning, acute intellect, and broad vision has inspired and developed thousands of rabbis, educators, and Jewish scholars of impeccable quality.”

Rabbi Charlop comes from a long line of rabbinic leadership and Jewish scholarship. His father, Rabbi Jechiel Michael Charlop, was ordained at RIETS in 1921 and served as the spiritual leader of the Bronx Jewish Center for 46 years. His grandfather, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Charlop, was an associate of Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and rosh yeshiva of Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem from its inception.

“Rabbi Zevulun Charlop is the scion of a distinguished rabbinic dynasty, fiercely representing Torah, confident of its role in the modern world, and insistent that its message is one for our time and all time,” said Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel. “For more than 35 years, Rabbi Charlop led RIETS with a brilliant mind, a gentle hand, and a sensitive heart. We are excited that his experience and wisdom will continue to benefit the entire university as he joins my cabinet as dean emeritus and special advisor on Yeshiva affairs.”

Herbert Smilowitz joined the RIETS Board of Trustees in 1994 and now serves as its vice chairman. He received the RIETS Eitz Chaim [Tree of Life] award in 2002. Mr. Smilowitz and his wife, Marilyn, are Benefactors of YU and reside in West Orange, NJ.

Rabbi Mark Smilowitz graduated from Yeshiva College in 1992 and earned his master’s degree from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He received semikhah from RIETS in 2002. Rabbi Smilowitz resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel with his wife, Michelle, and four children.

Founded in 1896, RIETS is the leading center for education and ordination of Orthodox Rabbis in North America. For more information on the RIETS Annual Dinner of Tribute or to make a reservation please call 212-960-0852 or email rietsdinner@yu.edu.
For over a century, RIETS has educated and trained the Rabbis who have shaped our Jewish world. Combining the highest levels of Torah learning in the legacy of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik zt”l, an unmatched program of professional preparation for the rabbinate, and an impassioned commitment to impact the Jewish community, RIETS continues to produce the finest rabbinic leadership for the next generation and beyond.
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Dr. Edward Berliner will receive the Faculty Member of the Year award

Jun 11, 2008 — Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS), comprised of The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG), will bestow Dr. Edward Berliner with the Faculty Member of the Year award. Dr. Berliner will be honored at the YUHS Annual Dinner of Tribute on Monday, June 23 at 6 pm at The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Prominent members of the West Orange, NJ community, Dr. Berliner and his wife, Debbie, are proud parents of three YUHSB alumni: Avi ’99, Josh ’01, and Jon ’04.

Since joining the YUHS faculty in 2002, Dr. Berliner has enriched the lives of his students and colleagues, both academically and personally. In addition to teaching AP calculus and AP physics at YUHSB, Dr. Berliner serves as the Executive Director of Science Management and Clinical Professor of Physics at Yeshiva University and played an integral role in the construction of YUHSG’s science lab. Dr. Berliner is also director of the newly formed YUHSB Honors College — a program that offers select students an enriching cultural, educational, and religious experience.

“It is a privilege to be honoring Dr. Edward Berliner,” said Miriam Goldberg, chairman of the YUHS Board of Trustees. “He is a wonderful example of a committed faculty member who perpetuates our high standards and encourages our students to reach their greatest potential.”

Both students and Dr. Berliner are appreciative of their time in the classroom together. “I learn so much from all of the students and am constantly amazed at their insights and ingenuity,” says Dr. Berliner. “Because of them, I come into school each day looking forward to learning something new.”

For further information about the YUHS Annual Dinner of Tribute please contact Mindy Schachtman at yuhsdinner2008@yu.edu or 212-960-5279.

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Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz (left) and Rabbi Norman Lamm, Chancellor of YU (right).

Nov 9, 2007 — Considered one of the most distinguished poskim (halakhic decisors) of our time, HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC) and a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), was honored for his 20 years of service to the CRC and to the Chicago Jewish community during a national dinner on Oct. 28. Dr. Norman Lamm, Yeshiva University chancellor, was the keynote speaker.

“Rabbi Schwartz is a full product of YU,” said Rabbi Lamm in his address, adding that Rabbi Schwartz also received a YU Kollel fellowship and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. “He has attributed his success in elevating the spiritual and intellectual level of modern Orthodoxy in Chicago to his rabbis and teachers at YU. The fact that Rabbi Schwartz is the recognized halakhic authority for all groups in the Chicago area is a tribute to his accessibility, friendliness, and YU education.”

Since 1991, Rabbi Schwartz has also been the Rosh Beth Din, chief presiding judge, of the National Beth Din of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), of which he has been a member since 1972. Under his leadership, and with the assistance of learned colleagues, he is the posek for thousands of people who turn to the Beth Din for adjudication of financial disputes, kashruth supervision and family law. This united Beth Din — active in both New York and Chicago — is widely recognized as the most reliable Beth Din in the country.

“Rabbi Schwartz’s greatest communal achievement is this prestigious Beth Din,” said Rabbi Lamm. “His greatest personal achievement is his warmth, his utter lack of prejudice, his vast learning — and his fame as a warm and compassionate advisor to all who seek his succor in their personal as well as religious lives.”

Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Rabbi Schwartz is the first second-generation American rabbi to publish an original halakhic work, Divrei Regesh, which received the endorsement of the late Gaon HaRav Aaron Kotler, of blessed memory. His second sefer, Migdanos Eliezer, was endorsed by HaRav Dovid Lipshitz. A third, soon-to-be-published sefer, Shaarei Gedulah, contains questions and answers from the Rav, a historical perspective of the Orthodox American scene from 1850 to the present, as well as an extended biography. Since 1972, Rabbi Schwartz has also been the editor of the RCA Torah journal HaDarom.

“Above all, and encompassing these achievements, is Rabbi Schwartz’s quality of chesed,” says Rabbi Lamm. “This is an essentially untranslatable term which embraces goodness, love, humility, sweetness, and gentleness. How fortunate are we, in New York and especially in Chicago, to be blessed with his presence.”

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Top row, L-R: Honorees Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, and Rabbi Mordechai Besser. Bottom row, L-R: Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS; YU President Richard M. Joel; Rabbi Norman Lamm, YU Chancellor and Rosh HaYeshiva of RIETS; and Julius Berman, chairman of the RIETS Board of Trustees.

Jun 11, 2007 — Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an affiliate of Yeshiva University, honored distinguished RIETS rosh yeshiva (professor of Talmud) Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, along with Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg and Rabbi Mordechai Besser, at a dinner celebrating Torah excellence at YU on Sunday, June 10, in New York City. More than 500 rabbis, lay leaders, congregants, family members, and friends from the tri-state area attended the event.

President Richard M. Joel called the three honorees “pillars of the rabbinical community.” The dinner program featured rousing tributes to the rabbis. “The phrase ‘Torah excellence’ needs no full explanation,” said Julius Berman, chairman of the RIETS Board of Trustees, to the attentive crowd. “It is the desire and all-encompassing drive to share their Torah knowledge with others.”

Rabbi Goldwicht, who is the Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva and a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies, is a prominent Israeli scholar and educator. He is head rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program. A popular lecturer who delivers over 1,000 inspiring shiurim (lectures) every year, Rabbi Goldwicht was described as “an absolute phenomenon” by Rabbi Zevulun Charlop for his colorful style that captivates the Yeshiva student body, communities around the United States and in Israel. “He’s a shiur machine with a heart,” said President Joel.

Rabbi Hochberg, who leads the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates and is mashgiach ruchani (spiritual advisor) of Stern College for Women, received the RIETS Distinguished Rabbinic Leadership award. He was recently elected president of the Rabbinical Council of America, an organization of Orthodox rabbis established in 1935. “Rabbi Hochberg is filled with an overwhelming sense of mission and devoted to the service of his people,” said Julius Berman.

Rabbi Besser, principal of Manhattan Day School, received the RIETS Educator of the Year award for his exemplary leadership and guidance to hundreds of students every year. He resides in Kew Gardens Hills, NY. President Joel called Rabbi Besser “an educator par excellence” and a model for generations of educators.

“The most important thing is to love the child,” said Rabbi Besser. “It’s more important than mathematics, than anything else. That will motivate him or her to do so much more.”

Rabbi Hochberg and Rabbi Besser are musmakhim (rabbinical graduates) of RIETS. The tribute dinner also recognized the 25th and 50th anniversary classes of RIETS.

Yeshiva College Board member A. Richard Parkoff introduced Rabbi Dr. Gilbert Klaperman, who presented the first annual Rabbi Dr. Gilbert Klaperman Prize in Talmud and Comparative Law to Shmuel Segal, a student attending both RIETS and Harvard Law School. Mr. Segal is the grandson of the renowned Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik and the grandnephew of Rabbi Dr. Joseph Soloveitchik, “The Rav” — the Talmud scholar, philosopher, author, and teacher, who ordained some 2,000 rabbis in his 45 year affiliation with RIETS.

RIETS Board member Rabbi Joel Schrieber spoke of RIETS’ new outreach program, which is part of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. “CJF is the brainchild of Richard Joel,” he said. “It’s a leadership incubator that is creating a global movement.”

General chairman of the dinner was Steven Adelsberg, secretary of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Honorary chairman was Maria Finkle, who established, with her late husband Joel, the RIETS Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva Program.

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President Richard M. Joel with Sylvia Herskowitz, director of the YU Museum (left), and Jo Anne Anguilo (right), a systems analyst in Management Information Systems, who both celebrated 30 years of service.

Mar 26, 2007 — With more than 1,431 years of service behind them, the 78 members of staff and faculty at Yeshiva University’s Service Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, March 4, had much to celebrate. The event honored employees marking their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, and 40th anniversaries at YU.

“The ultimate lesson of education—to build community—is in the hands of the people in this room,” said President Richard M. Joel. “This is a community that stands as a model for how our students should treat the world.”

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Forty years ago, when Ethel Orlian and Rabbi Robert Hirt started working at YU, gas cost just 32 cents a gallon and the top show on TV was Bonanza. In 1966, Mrs. Orlian, now associate dean of Stern College, had just graduated from Stern and began teaching chemistry in the lab there and Rabbi Hirt, senior advisor to the president, began his fruitful career at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, rising from administrator to various leadership positions, including dean of the Max Stern Division of Communal Services.

By 1976, when Jo Anne Anguilo and Sylvia Herskowitz joined the University, gas cost 59 cents a gallon and movie audiences flocked to see Rocky. Ms. Anguilo, now a systems analyst in Management Information Systems on the Wilf Campus, began working as an assistant in the registrar’s office at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ms. Herskowitz worked as director of the recently opened YU Museum, a job that she said launched her third career and changed her life.

Members of the “classes” of 1966, 1976, 1981, 1986, and 1991 received service certificates and special recognition was given to three of YU’s longest-serving employees: Reuben Heisler, production database manager, who began YU’s production department as a student and returned to work there 51 years ago; Jacob Blazer, supporting services administrator with 53 years of service—35 as facilities manager; and Joseph Ellenberg, who was awarded the Presidential Medallion at commencement last year for his 62 years of service as director of budgets and costs.

The following staff and faculty members were honored:

40 Years of Service
Rabbi Robert Hirt Ethel Orlian

30 Years of Service
Jo Anne Angiulo Sylvia Herskowitz

25 Years of Service
Judith Bacher
Edith Fein
Hilda Garcia
Florence Littwin
Filiberto Lopez Jr.
Luis Quintanilla
Julio Rodriguez
Avis Thompson
Franco Vitiello
Galina Vovchuk

20 Years of Service
Shulamith Berger
Zelda Braun
George Bruno
Zahava Cohen
Herman Colon
Albert Ephraim
Norma Feld
Raphael Fernandez
Terry Gair
Adam Gleicher
Norman Goldberg
Dale Hochstein
Gloria Marin
Raphael Montas
Joseph Motta
Alexander Ratnovsky
Sondra Solomon
Toby Stone
Judy Tashji
Errol Thompson

15 Years of Service
Richard Brown
Hallie Cantor
Irina Derzhavets
June Glazer
Lancelot Green
Nadav Greenspan
Joseph Horowitz
Bryan Kartzman
Bettye Knight
Brian Shanblatt
Albert Stulman

10 Years of Service
Rochelle Brand
Rose Calka
Victor Campos
Luis Caraballo
Orlando Castillo
Bienvenido Castro
Louis Chillino
Frank Del Vecchio
Ursuline Destouche
Stuart Donner
Francisco Garcia
Wendy Ingram-Nunes
Leonard Judson
Angel Landeta
Matthew Levine
Ruben Lopez
Malka Micznik
Tonnie McRae
Verol Nelson
Chaim Nissel
Frances Nitschke
Anselmo Pena
Diane Paul
Roy Ramprasad
Neury Rodriguez
Jose Ruiz
Henry Sokoler
Jose Velazquez
Kecheng Yu
Walter Zee

Special Recognition
Jacob Blazer (53 years)
Joseph Ellenberg (62 years)
Reuben Heisler (51 years)

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Former YU basketball players young and old gather for the first-ever basketball reunion Dec. 14.

Dec 16, 2005 — It was a bittersweet occasion. But more sweet than bitter. The first-ever reunion of men’s basketball alumni attracted more than 30 former players Dec. 14 and was marked by broad smiles of recognition and good memories, pats on the back, and bear hugs. The event also honored the memory of beloved former basketball coach Bernard “Red” Sarachek, who passed away in November at age 93.

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The gathering, conceived by current and longtime YU basketball coach Jonathan Halpert, reunited cagers from the 1940s up until 2001. The event was sponsored by Yeshiva College.

Anyone attending the occasion witnessed real camaraderie among this band of brothers, many of whom were coached by Red Sarachek. A special tribute was paid to Coach Sarachek at the reunion dinner in Weissberg Commons and later during halftime of the regular-season game between the current YU Maccabees and conference rival Mt. St. Vincent. YU won the game 76-54.

During the reunion, Elihu Levine, YC ’54, who has lived in Israel for many years, described a side of Coach Sarachek that Elihu said few people probably knew.

“Whenever there was a terrorist attack in Israel, Red would call and say, ‘Eli, are you okay? Are your kids okay?’ That’s the kind of person Red was,” Mr. Levine said.

Sarachek coached and served as athletic director at YU from 1942-43 and then again from 1945-1969. To read more about coach Sarachek, please click here.

More than 30 former basketball players attended the reunion, which was open to other alumni and attracted 63 grads. Spouses and children put total attendees at close to 100. The oldest basketball alumni was Donald Geller, ’49, and the youngest was Nachum Palefski, ’01.

Former brother basketball stars Lior Hod ’88 and Ayal Hod ’89 were on hand, as were three generations of the Orlian family: Mitchell, ’54, Moshe, ’86, and Moshe’s young son, Yosef, perhaps a future YU roundballer.

In addition to the tribute to Coach Sarachek, halftime also featured a special honor to members of the 1955-56 squad that recorded YU’s best single-season winning percentage to date with a record of 16-2.

Players on hand from the ’55-’56 team were: Irwin “Red” Blumenreich ’57, Herman Bursky ’59, Allan Helfer ’57, Barry Hochdorf ’57, Irving Listowsky ’57, Herbert Schlussel ’57, and Abraham Sodden ’56, who received a heartfelt standing ovation from the crowd and from this year’s team.

Two deceased members of the ’55-’56 team are Marvin Teicher and Norman Palefski, both of whom have family ties to YU. Mr. Teicher’s children attended YU, and Mr. Palefski, who died in a car accident in 1955 at age 18, had a brother, Paul, and three nephews who attended YU. One of those nephews is Nahum, the youngest basketball representative at the reunion.

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