Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg ’74YUHS, ’77YC,’81R Helps Kids Kick Fear Out of Cancer
Yeshiva University alumnus Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg has recently been named a 2014 Top 10 CNN Hero for his work advocating the use of martial arts as therapy for children struggling with cancer and other childhood illnesses. His non-profit, Kids Kicking Cancer, uses the mind-body techniques of martial arts instruction, breath work and meditation to empower children beyond their pain. Fondly known as “Rabbi G” by the thousands of children his organization has helped over the years, Rabbi Goldberg, of Detroit, Michigan, also serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Voting for CNN Hero of the Year continues through Sunday, November 16, and all of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Sunday, December 7 (8:00 p.m. ET) on the global CNN networks.
YUNews spoke to Rabbi Goldberg ’74YUHS, ’77YC,’81R about his time at Yeshiva and his work helping children battle the fear and pain of cancer.
Q. Tell us about your experience as a student at Yeshiva University.
I went to Yeshiva University High School for Boys directly from public school in September, 1970, and then did early admissions to attend Yeshiva College, where I graduated from summa cum laude with a degree in political science. Following that, I obtained semicha [ordination] from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1980. Read the rest of this entry…
Sheon Karol is a YUHS board member, and a graduate of Yeshiva College, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yale Law School. He previously practiced law and is now a restructuring advisor and director at Deloitte. Sheon is the former vice president of Religious Zionists of America – Mizrachi in the United States. Rena, an alumna of Yale University, works in early childhood education. The Karols are active members of the Riverdale Jewish Center, where Sheon served as an officer and is a longtime gabbai, and Rena is co-head of the Chevra Kadisha and treasurer of the local mikvah. Their oldest daughter is a Central graduate, their son is a junior at MTA and their younger daughter will attend Central in the fall. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University High School for Boys’ Ori Putterman Wins 2014 National Merit Scholarship
Ori Putterman, a senior at Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys/ Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (YUHSB), has been named a winner of the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is one of just 2,500 designees nationwide chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists who were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
“Ori is a brilliant student who has made incredible contributions to YU High School for Boys, both academically and in terms of extracurricular activities,” said Dr. Seth Taylor, principal of general studies at YUHSB. Read the rest of this entry…
YU High School Students Document Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies Through Oral History Project
YU High School for Girls students documented the testimony of Holocaust survivor Joe Rosenfeld (seated with his wife).
For many seniors at Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS), one of the most memorable parts of their educational experience takes place outside the classroom—not with their teachers or classmates, but behind a video camera, recording the first-person narrative of Holocaust survivors.
As participants in “Names, Not Numbers,” students have the unique opportunity to delve into the history of the Holocaust, hone their interviewing skills and filming techniques and have a one-on-one encounter with a Holocaust survivor—taping and editing his or her testimony into a short clip which later becomes part of a longer film that includes the firsthand accounts of other survivors.
Now in its 10th year, “Names, Not Numbers” is an oral history documentary project founded in 2003 by Tova Rosenberg, director of Hebrew language studies and Israel Exchange Programs at YUHS, who has organized and overseen the project since its inception. To date, she has helped more than 450 Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans share their stories.
“It’s an experiential, collaborative project that allows for each student’s creativity to shine,” said Rosenberg. “Nobody really understands what the number six million means, but everyone can understand what one story means. It makes the Holocaust relevant to the students and I have seen over and over how the project really touches their souls.” Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva High Schools Face Off at Sarachek Basketball Tournament
Yeshiva University’s 23rd Annual Red Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus. The tournament, named after legendary former Maccabees coach Bernard “Red” Sarachek, features 20 Jewish high school basketball teams from across North America in a dramatic five-day tournament before live crowds and broadcast audiences in the thousands.
“We see value in bringing together all these incredible high school athletes from across the country to join in a healthy and energetic competition, while seeing all that Yeshiva University has to offer them in their future,” said David Miller, chief operations officer of undergraduate admissions at YU.
YU High School for Boys Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Great Debate Tournament
When Harriet Levitt began teaching English at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) / The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy in 1982, she saw a tremendous opportunity to enrich her students’ education through a competitive sport that had long been her passion: debate. “The degree of intellectuality that exists at the high school was amazing to me,” she said. “Our students argue gemara back and forth every morning. I realized the activity of debate would push that even further.”
Harriet Levitt, along with her husband, Dan, formed the Yeshiva Debate League in 1988.
Having loved her own experience as a high school and college debater, Levitt wanted YUHSB students to be able to participate in the National Forensic League. But there was a problem—the League’s debates all took place on Saturdays. Read the rest of this entry…
Six Yeshiva University High School for Boys Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Six seniors at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program after performing extremely well on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests (PSAT/ NMSQT). The students are Elliot Fuchs, Asher Guigui, Daniel Jaroslawicz, Aryeh Klein, Yitzchak Lindenbaum and Ori Putterman.
YUHSB’s six National Merit Scholarship semifinalists: Yitzchak Lindenbaum, Elliot Fuchs, Daniel Jaroslawicz, Aryeh Klein, Ori Putterman and Asher Guigui.
“We are proud that our Yeshiva has so many semifinalists this year,” said Dr. Seth Taylor, principal of general studies at YUHSB. “Moreover, this figure is quite similar to the amount of semifinalists we had last year and the year before that. That’s confirmation of the fact that a lot of bright young men decide to come to our school because of the superior education they know they will receive.” Read the rest of this entry…
Basalely Will Serve as Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach in YU Sephardic Community Program
Rabbi Simon Basalely has been appointed the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach for the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University. Basalely, a graduate of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, also known as the Beren Kollel Elyon, will assume his new role at the start of the fall semester, providing guidance to the Sephardic students on the Wilf campus. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University High Schools to Honor Community Leaders and Beloved Faculty Members at May 22 Dinner
Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will present their Annual Dinner of Tribute on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Park, NY. This year’s honorees include Guests of Honor Louis and Naomi Tuchman and faculty honorees, Lynda Smith and Dr. Seth Taylor.
Guests of Honor Louis and Naomi Tuchman
“The Board of Trustees joins the Yeshiva University High School community in paying tribute to two inspiring, beloved and dedicated faculty members,” said Miriam Goldberg, chair of YUHS. “Our guests of honor, Naomi and Louis, are a rare blend of community leaders who graciously give their time from their professional and person lives.” Read the rest of this entry…
Yishai Eisenberg is First Non-Israeli in 20 Years to Win International Bible Competition
On April 16, Yishai Eisenberg, a freshman at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB), became the first non-Israeli in 20 years to win the Chidon HaTanakh, Israel’s annual International Bible Competition for high school students. Eisenberg, of Passiac, NJ, dominated the competition from the outset, becoming the first champion in its 50-year run to share the winner’s circle when he finished the final round tied with Elior Babian of Beit Shemesh.
Rabbi Shai Peron, minister of education; Yishai Eisenberg; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and Elior Babian.
An illustration of the country’s desire to connect Jewish independence to Jewish values, the annual contest took place on Yom Ha’atzmaut at The Jerusalem Theater, under the auspices of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron. Read the rest of this entry…