New York, NY, November 15, 2007 – Philanthropist Elizabeth (Suzie) Wilf will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel at YU’s 83rd Annual Hanukkah Dinner Convocation on Sunday, December 9 at the Waldorf=Astoria.
Mrs. Wilf, along with her husband Joseph Wilf, is an ardent supporter of YU. In 2002, in recognition of a magnanimous gift, YU’s Washington Heights campus was renamed “The Wilf Campus” in their honor. She is also a member of YU’s Stern College for Women Board of Directors.
Born in Lvov (Poland), Mrs. Wilf survived the city’s German occupation and the Holocaust. She and Mr. Wilf were married in 1949 and came to the United States the following year. They have two children and nine grandchildren.
In addition to YU, Mrs. Wilf’s philanthropic activities include the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
Mr. Joseph Wilf will serve as this year’s convocation chairman.
Dr. Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University in New Orleans, will be the keynote speaker at the event and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In addition to Dr. Cowen and Mrs. Wilf, President Joel will confer the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Dr. Henry Kressel, managing director at the private equity firm of Warburg Pincus; philanthropist Mary Smart; and real estate developer Samuel G. Weinberg.
The convocation and dinner will be the culmination of a weekend devoted to YU activities at five major Manhattan synagogues – Congregation Ohab Zedek, the Jewish Center, Lincoln Square Synagogue, West Side Institutional Synagogue, and Young Israel of the West Side. President Joel, along with Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, university professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought and senior scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) at YU, David Pelcovitz, PhD, Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and Ari Berman, rabbi of the Jewish Center, will be speaking on Hanukkah-related topics. For a complete schedule, see attached or visit our web site at www.yu.edu/Hanukkah.
Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the heritage of Western civilization and the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools –– Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business –– offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.