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.
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…
“The quality of the faculty at Yeshiva meets its academic and civilizational aspirations,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “The scholars who now comprise the faculty of this University bring the elegance of thought, the rigor of research and the commitment of service that can serve as a model to all of our students.” Read the rest of this entry…
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.
“I am constantly reminded that people go into the field of psychology because they want to build civilization, they want to explore ideas and they’re wise enough to know that they don’t want to live in an enclosed bubble,” said YU President Richard M. Joel in his opening remarks to students. “They want to break down silos, bring their disciplines to play with other disciplines and inspire young people to explore their dreams and make those dreams come true.”
Graduate Profile: Eli Shapiro, Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration
A common spirit runs throughout Yeshiva University: the mandate to matter.
Students of all ages and backgrounds come here to pursue a range of professional and personal dreams, from scientific research and medicine to law, Jewish education or public policy. Our students seek to harness their unique talents and YU education to make a lasting impact on the world around them. This spring, when they graduate from YU, these new alumni will hit the ground running.
In the weeks leading up to Commencement, YU Newswill feature one remarkable graduate from each school, reflecting, in their own words, on their time here, their passions and their dreams for the future.
Meet the Class of 2013.
Azrieli’s Eli Shapiro hopes to professionalize the Jewish education landscape.
Jewish education is the foundation of our community and the basis of our future, but we often approach it in a “this is what’s done” fashion that causes us to miss out on best practices. I feel very strongly that if in some way I can effect a positive change and bring more deliberate practices to such a significant component of Jewish life, I have an obligation to do so. To quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Read the rest of this entry…
From Welfare Reform to Taxes, Richard Caputo Explains Hot Button Issues of 2012 Election
With the debates over and the presidential election around the corner, YU News sat down with Dr. Richard Caputo, professor of social policy and research and the director of the PhD program in social welfare at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, to sort through all the campaign rhetoric. Breaking down each candidate’s stance on issues ranging from Social Security and Medicare reform to income inequality and tax cuts, Caputo provides an in-depth look at some of the issues that will weigh on the minds of voters on November 6. Read the rest of this entry…
Dr. Joan Beder will oversee the new certificate program.
American military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq has lasted more than a decade, and advances in medical technology and Kevlar armor have led to unprecedented numbers of soldiers surviving battle wounds to return to civilian life in the United States. Many must learn to adapt to a life with physical injuries or disabilities, while an estimated 20 percent of returning service members are diagnosed with major mental health problems. This has created an overwhelming strain on Department of Defense hospitals and Veterans Affairs facilities, which soldiers typically turn to for care.
Wurzweiler hopes to relieve some of that burden by equipping its graduates to treat veterans in their agencies as well as in outpatient mental health settings and private practices. Read the rest of this entry…
Carmen Ortiz Hendricks has been appointed dean of YU's Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Hendricks came to Wurzweiler in 2005 as professor of social work and associate dean. She has been serving as interim dean of Wurzweiler for the past year. In that time, she has worked with faculty, chair Froma Benerofe and the Board of Overseers, President Joel and Provost Mort Lowengrub to advance the school in critical directions: increasing enrollment, fundraising for scholarships and special projects, working with the Jewish Community, partnering with the Washington Heights community, and collaborating with other departments throughout the University. Read the rest of this entry…
Wurzweiler Block Program’s Common Day Turns Healing Inward
The theme at this year’s Common Day definitely hit home for more than 100 Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work students who attended the July 2 event.
This year's Common Day focused on the physical and emotional strains encountered by new social workers and offered helpful solutions.
Situated near the mid-point of the Block Program’s intensive summer semester, during which Master of Social Work (MSW) students take classes at Wurzweiler’s Wilf Campus that complement three years of fieldwork in their hometowns, Common Day is a collaborative learning experience intended to bring students and faculty together for self-reflection and rejuvenation. This year’s theme, “Helping Us Help Us,” was chosen by students and focused on the physical and psychological strains of caring for clients, seeking to provide both an outlet for new social workers’ emotions and a toolbox of coping mechanisms. Read the rest of this entry…
"Bullycam" cast and crew take questions from the audience.
Nearly 100 people from across the New York area came together on the Wilf Campus to see the film, which was presented in collaboration with the Museum of Tolerance New York. “Bullycam”is a fictional narrative which purports to be the camcorder diary of Kelly Wilson, a teenager seeking to expose the bullies who torment her by capturing their abuse on video with the help of her best friend. The film is the feature debut of New York City filmmakers Brian Sizensky, Mike Marshall and Vera Hadzi, and has won awards at the Metropolitan Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival and the Buffalo/Niagra Film Festival. It has not yet been released to theaters. Read the rest of this entry…