Twenty-two assistant rabbis from across North America recently gathered for two one-day seminars presented by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). The seminars, which took place on June 8 and 22, featured presentations on topics ranging from “Relationship to the Senior Rabbi” and “Assistant Rabbi vs. Senior Rabbi” to “Programming and Best Practices” and “It’s Not Too Early: Building your Financial Future.”
President Richard M. Joel (YU) has appointed Rabbi Josh Joseph as Vice President in addition to his role as Chief of Staff of Yeshiva University.
Three outstanding Yeshiva University students—Michael Cinnamon, Michael Emerson and Avi Miller—have been awarded the coveted Wexner Foundation Graduate Study Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year. The fellowships, launched by The Wexner Foundation in 1988, are bestowed upon 20 candidates interested in pursuing graduate training for careers in the cantorate, Jewish education, Jewish professional leadership and the rabbinate.
Addressing the more than 5,000 people in attendance at Yeshiva University’s 79th commencement, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael B. Oren declared that the bond between his country and the U.S., as well as between Israel and YU, is inextricable.
Alfred H. Moses, a philanthropist, communal leader and former U.S. ambassador to Romania from Washington D.C., was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Yeshiva University. YU President Richard M. Joel bestowed this honor upon Moses at YU’s 79th Commencement ceremony held Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership convened 14 principals of Jewish day schools from across the country for a Critical Friends Group retreat on May 9-10. The two-day conference in Ridgefield Park, NJ, was the first of what will be an ongoing process of leadership support and growth opportunity for this group. Similar retreats have been facilitated by the School Partnership in the past and others are being planned for the future.
Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will hold their Annual Dinner of Tribute on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt. Zev and Judy (Hecht) Berman will be the guests of honor. Special tribute will be paid to their parents, Rabbi Julius and Mrs. Dorothy Berman and Rabbi Michael and Mrs. Sara Hecht. Mrs. Vera Glatt will be awarded Faculty Member of the Year and Rabbi Elie Weissman will receive the Young Leader of the Year award.
More than 320 mental health providers, researchers in the social sciences, fourth-year RIETS rabbinical students, YU roshei yeshiva, and clergy attended a seminar on couples therapy presented by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman at Yeshiva University. The event—organized by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and Nefesh, an international network of Orthodox mental health professionals—brought the prominent husband-wife team to YU for a two-day workshop covering a range of topics aimed at helping couples to compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy and share their life purpose.
A strange aroma filled the Washington Heights air as hundreds of students, faculty and curious visitors filed into Yeshiva University’s Weissberg Commons on March 11 for the 2010 Cholent Cook-Off. Sixteen teams made up of 64 students from the men’s undergraduate schools, Yeshiva College and Sy Syms School of Business, went head-to-head in a culinary battle to proclaim a true Cholent Champion.
Yeshiva University will honor Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as the inaugural recipient of the Norman Lamm Prize, March 16-21.