Yeshiva University and RIETS Present December 25 Yarchei Kallah
Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will present a communitywide Yarchei Kallah [gathering for Torah study] Thursday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Studies, 515 West 185th Street, New York City.
Sessions will focus on current issues facing the land of Israel, including shemittah [the Sabbatical year], the Temple Mount, halachic [Jewish law] ramifications of Israel’s proposed conversion bill, archeology in Jerusalem, as well as communal and social matters. Read the rest of this entry…
YU High School for Girls Computer Science Club Gives Students Competitive Edge in Male-Dominated Field
For today’s high school and college students, technological skills are more important than ever. Demand for computer science degrees has skyrocketed, with employers across industries seeking candidates who can program and code on any level. But for women, the future isn’t as bright: despite making up more than half of the workforce, only 25 percent hold jobs in technical or computing fields, and in a room of 25 engineers, only three are likely to be women.
Students at Yeshiva University’s Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls (Central) are planning to change that equation.
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First Ever National Finals Outside of Israel Scheduled for November 30
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future and the Orthodox Union will be co-sponsoring the U.S. National Bible Contest for Adults, an event that will determine which outstanding Bible scholars will represent the United States at the International Chidon HaTanach [Bible Contest] for Adults in Jerusalem in December.
Scheduled for Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street in Manhattan, the event will mark the first time in the contest’s history that national finals are taking place outside of Israel. In addition to the Bible competition, the event will include a musical performance and remarks by Israeli Consul-General Ido Aharoni and YU President Richard M. Joel.
“The International Bible Contest for Adults was developed to encourage the study of the Bible, strengthen ties with the Land of Israel, and deepen connections with Jewish heritage. As such, it is a natural partnership for Yeshiva University,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, YU’s vice president for university and community life. “We are thrilled to co-sponsor the event, and proud that so many of the participants have ties to the University.” Read the rest of this entry…
YU High School for Girls Renames Program Dedicated in Memory of Joy Rochwarger Balsam z”l
Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) recently dedicated their Israel guidance program in memory of Joy Rochwarger Balsam, a beloved teacher who touched the lives of hundreds of students in Israel and the United States. The program will now be known as the Joy Rochwarger Balsam Israel Guidance Program, thanks to funds donated by Joy’s family.
Joy Rochwarger Balsam z”l
“Joy’s relationship with Central, her devotion to the State of Israel and contributions to Jewish education were remarkable,” said CB Neugroschl, head of school at Central. “Her cheerful disposition, tremendous faith, love of Israel and infectious devotion to learning lishma [for its own sake] inspired countless students, making it particularly appropriate that the Israel Guidance Program be dedicated in her memory. I know our students’ learning will continue to honor her memory.” Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University High Schools to Honor Community Leaders and Dedicated Faculty at June 17 Dinner
Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will present their Annual Dinner on Tuesday, June 17 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Sheon and Rena Karol are the guests of honor, and Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz will receive the parents of the year award. Faculty honorees include Rabbi Gary Beitler from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and Miriam Borenstein from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central).
Rena and Sheon Karol
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…
Michal Leibowitz Captures Top Prize for Project on Bedbugs
Michal Leibowitz of White Plains, a senior at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG) won first place at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair for her project, “Engineering A Novel Cimex Lectularius (bedbug!) Trapping Mechanism Utilizing Electrospun Recycled Polymers,” which was chosen out of 200 other submissions. The project, which she worked on with Jacob Plaut from Rambam Mesivta and Daniel Rudin from Half Hollow Hills High School West, also won “Second Award” in Environmental Management at the International Science and Engineering Fair and earned a $1,500 prize. In addition, she and her fellow students will have an asteroid named after them.
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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…
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…
YU High School for Girls Team Takes Fourth in Urban Barcode Project Finals
A team of four students from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) triumphed over 40 other groups to compete in the final round of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s NYC Urban Barcode Project, in which research teams use DNA technology to explore biodiversity in New York City. Vying for the $20,000 grand prize, the Central team of Faigie Feiner, Michal Leibowitz, Miriam Rosen and Mindy Schwartz placed fourth, winning honorable mention and a crimson ribbon in the finals at the Museum of Natural History on June 5. Read the rest of this entry…
YU High School for Girls Students Learn Design and Construction as part of ACE Mentor Program
Mock trial, debate, basketball and drama are all standard extracurricular activities found in many day schools, but less common is the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program of America, which exposes high school students to the different elements involved in design, engineering and construction careers. Read the rest of this entry…