Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies Celebrates New Graduates

Annual Year-End Reception Applauds Student and Faculty Accomplishments

The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies honored graduates and faculty at its annual year-end reception on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Sky Café in Belfer Hall.

The celebration marked the conferring of 15 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree as well as the publication of six books by various Revel faculty.

(l-r): Dr. David Berger, dean of Revel; Chaya Sima Koenigsberg; Dr. Ari Berman

Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, opened the event by highlighting the fusion of innovation and tradition in Jewish scholarship. In honor of Pesach Sheni [second Passover], Dr. Richard Hidary, associate professor of Judaic history, presented a mini-lecture on the historical development of the prohibition of owning leaven on Pesach, titled “Possessing Hametz in Halakha and History: A Pesach Sheni Perspective.”  PhD graduate Chaya Sima Koenigsberg shared highlights from her doctoral dissertation, “Prayer as a Prism: The Interconnectivity of the Written and Oral Torah in the Thought of R. Eleazar of Worms.”