Looking Back at a Remarkable Year at Yeshiva University
For Yeshiva University, 2016 was a year filled with exciting achievements and new beginnings. From the founding of The Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies, the goal-shattering $6 million raised during the University’s first-ever Day of Giving to the election of a new University president, YU continues to move forward.
Innovative programming like the introduction of new intensive mental health training at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a hackathon positioning students at the cutting edge of technology, and the establishment of a new Center for Rights and Justice at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law took our community to new frontiers. The creation of the Maccabees Hall of Fame honored YU legends like basketball coach Bernard “Red” Sarachek and fencing coach Arthur Tauber, while our present-day athletes generated plenty of buzz, including the men’s tennis team winning its third consecutive conference championship.
In Israel, our students organized summer camps for underprivileged youth, explored trauma and resilience on a Wurzweiler School of Social Work course, conducted advanced research with top scientists, and strengthened their connection to the country on solidarity missions. They enriched holiday celebrations in 48 communities across North America and took part in flood relief efforts in Louisiana. Closer to home, The Mendel Gottesman Library underwent the first major restoration in its history, and ground was broken on a 20,000 square-foot pedestrian plaza on West 185th Street. For our distinguished faculty, it was a year of discovery and exploration; for our students, it was one of spiritual growth and broadening horizons.
2016 also brought outstanding leaders to our campuses to share their wisdom with our community, from New England Patriots owner and renowned philanthropist Robert Kraft, who delivered the Commencement keynote address, to the Honorable Nir Barkat, mayor of Jersusalem, who spoke at the annual Hanukkah dinner and convocation.
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