First Multidisciplinary Research Day Highlights Undergraduate Students’ Work in Wide Range of Fields
On November 15, Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women hosted their first joint Research Day across multiple disciplines. The event celebrated the research of undergraduates in fields ranging from the humanities to natural and mathematical sciences and allowed students to share their work and hone their presentation skills, while providing attendees an opportunity to learn from their peers and get a taste of the rich, exciting world of research.
A student explains her research to Dr. Rachel Mesch, one of the event’s judges.
The program began with keynote presentations from students representing the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities. Yael Farzan, a Stern College student whose research focused on religion and expressive writing as predictors of prosocial behavior, noted that despite their differences, researchers in these fields shared similar qualities. “To be a good psychologist you need to ask questions, open your eyes and be curious about the world around you,” she said. “We are all by nature psychologists and sociologists.”
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Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Appointed the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University
The Honorable Danny Ayalon, Israeli diplomat and politician, has been appointed the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University for the spring 2014 semester. Ambassador Ayalon will teach on both the Wilf Campus at Yeshiva College and the Israel Henry Beren Campus at Stern College for Women, and will participate in public lectures and events.
Ambassador Ayalon has been appointed the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies
“Ambassador Ayalon will surely bring to his professorial role at Yeshiva the same commitment to the State of Israel, to integrity, to thoughtful discourse and careful analysis of the geopolitical world, that he brought so successfully to his assignments in the foreign service and foreign ministry,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “We are delighted to welcome Danny as a visiting professor.” Read the rest of this entry…
Dr. Bella Tendler Delves into Roots of Conflict at Inaugural “In Plain Words” Honors Program Event
Want to understand the complicated roots of the civil war in Syria? According to Dr. Bella Tendler, visiting assistant professor of history at Yeshiva College, you’ll need to go back to the origin of the Sunni and Shi’ite split in Islam more than 1,000 years ago.
Dr. Bella Tendler, visiting assistant professor of history at Yeshiva College, explains the roots of the Syrian uprising.
On October 30, Tendler helped YU students do just that with a talk titled, “Mystery Religions, Missionaries, and Lost Manuscripts: Understanding the Alawites and the Current Political Crisis in Syria.” The talk was the first in a new series of events launched by the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program, “In Plain Words,” which draws on faculty expertise to break down complex and timely topics to provide students with an understanding of the issues and background involved. Read the rest of this entry…
From Counseling and Career Planning to Networking and Job Placement, Career Center Offers Students Keys to Success
As new students begin their journeys at Yeshiva University, one of the first places they often visit on campus is the Career Center, which offers a multitude of resources from career planning, resume building and interview coaching to informational events, site visits and recruiting fairs. Over the last few years, the Career Center has helped more than 90 percent of graduates find jobs or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.
YU students on a recent Career Center site visit to Sirius XM.
Part of that success is due to the valuable connections that students can make through a variety of events and networking opportunities provided by the Career Center.
“Our students and the team at the YU Career Center have been able to achieve a certain level of success in great part due to our relationships with our alumni, tapping this amazing resource of professionals as mentors and employers for now and years to come,” said Marc Goldman, executive director of the Career Center. Read the rest of this entry…
Lecture Presented by Yeshiva College and Revel Offers Insight into the Linguistic and Cultural Process of Becoming Frum
Dr. Sarah Benor, an expert on the social science of American Jews, discussed several key concepts from her book, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012), at an October 15 lecture on YU’s Wilf Campus. The talk was presented by Yeshiva College’s Department of Jewish Studies and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Dr. Sarah Benor, addresses Yeshiva College and Revel students.
Based on her research studying the members of a Jewish community in Philadelphia for a year, Benor explored their distinctive culture and language and explained how ba’alei teshuva [newly religious] acquire those speech patterns as part of the process of joining the Orthodox community. Read the rest of this entry…
Humanities Dialogue Series Showcases Faculty Publications; Rachel Mesch Discusses New Book
How should women balance family life with professional aspirations?
Dr. Rachel Mesch holds up an issue of early 20th century French women’s magazine La Vie Heureuse.
It’s a discussion that resonates with many women today, but began long before they may realize. That’s what Dr. Rachel Mesch, associate professor of French and chair of the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at Yeshiva College, found when she discovered that conversation already taking place in women’s magazines in early 20th century France while following up a lead for another research project. Intrigued by the magazines’ mix of demure, feminine aesthetics with forward-thinking literary content, Mesch had to learn more.
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Alumni Offer Insight into Israeli Entrepreneurial Success at Sy Syms Event
On October 9, Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business hosted its second event in its annual “Leading with Meaning” initiative, which seeks to provide business ethics and entrepreneurial education programming to students and alumni. Called “The Silicon Valley of the Middle East: Understanding Israeli Entrepreneurial Success,” the evening featured presentations from two YU alumni who made the move to Israel—and made it big—that offered advice from their own professional and personal journeys about how to get involved in Israel’s business landscape.
Yeshiva College graduate Michael Eisenberg is a partner at the $140 million Israeli venture capital fund Aleph.
“Our connection to Israel is usually spiritual or political, but there’s another side to Israel, a side that is making the greatest investors in the world get on a plane and invest billions in this country,” said Charlie Harary, clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at Sy Syms and director of the Leading with Meaning initiative. “There are people in Israel making a difference by changing the economics of the country and the world, and those people are our people.” Read the rest of this entry…
Presidential Fellowship in University and Community Leadership Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
With more than 150 alumni in an array of professional and communal careers and 15 stellar new graduates taking the reins this fall, Yeshiva University’s Presidential Fellowship in University and Community Leadership is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The highly competitive program was established by President Richard M. Joel in 2004, shortly after his arrival at YU, with the goal of transforming the University into a leadership incubator for the Jewish people. Under the supervision of YU Senior Vice President Rabbi Josh Joseph, the Fellowship places accomplished top-level YU graduates in key departments and schools throughout the institution, where they develop and oversee thoughtful and innovative projects to improve the University. They also receive close mentorship from senior University staff and cultivate a broad knowledge base and skill set to engage with the larger Jewish community.
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Students of All Stripes Find Their Voice at YU’s Belz School of Jewish Music
Once a week for the past seven years, New York State Supreme Court Justice Martin Schulman has made the trip from his courthouse chambers in Jamaica, Queens to Yeshiva University’s Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music on YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus.
Cantor Joseph Malovaney provides instruction to Judge Martin Schulman. (Photo: David Khabinsky)
Joined in a classroom by students who run the gamut from undergraduates and aspiring rabbis to doctors, lawyers, security guards and bus drivers, Schulman studies nusach ha-tefillah [prayer chants] and the theories, music and techniques of chazanut [cantorial singing], a critical Jewish skill which is fast being forgotten. But it’s not just about singing: at its core, chazanut is about channeling the voice of a community.
That skill is the main emphasis at Belz, a division of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Read the rest of this entry…
New Students Embark on Their YU Journey as Undergraduate Orientation Kicks Off
This week, Yeshiva University will welcome hundreds of new students to its Wilf and Israel Henry Beren Campuses as they settle in for their first year of study in fields ranging from biology to marketing, political science to Jewish education, mathematics to studio art and beyond. The students’ backgrounds are as diverse as their interests: this year’s incoming class includes natives from across the United States and countries around the world, including Switzerland, Argentina and France, among others. But all of them are united by their decision to inaugurate one of the most important periods of their lives here, at the only institution where they can receive an unmatched academic education and launch their professional careers while deepening their understanding and commitment to Judaism.
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