Oct 23, 2008 — A group of 13 Yeshiva University (YU) graduates from the class of 2008 enjoyed their studies so much that they will stay on for a year after graduation, serving as Presidential Fellows. The prestigious group includes New Jersey residents Abigail Atlas, Highland Park; Danit Golubtchik, Paramus; Meyer Laniado, Oakhurst; and Victoria Stone, Teaneck.
The Fellows will build their professional skills while assisting in administrative and service roles in various departments and schools across the institution. Since it was established by YU President Richard M. Joel in 2004, the Presidential Fellowship in University and Community Leadership has played a major role in transforming the University into a leadership laboratory, training top graduates and expanding YU’s service to the Jewish community.
“The program has motivated its participants to reflect on the positive experiences they have had at Yeshiva University and examine the opportunities in the Jewish community––both for lay leaders and professionals—in light of their interests and skills,” said President Joel. “The fellowship inspires them to reach for the nobility and responsibility that comes with leadership.”
The Fellows were chosen after an intensive screening process based on academic performance, campus leadership, and involvement with the Jewish community. For the duration of the year, each fellow is mentored by a senior administrator within their assigned department and work on projects of importance to the University. Throughout the year, the Fellows attend a graduate-level weekly leadership seminar covering key topics in university administration and Jewish communal leadership.
Some of this year’s Presidential Fellows are considering careers in Jewish communal service and see their participation as a good way to test the waters. Others will use their new skills and experiences as future lay leaders in the Jewish community.
“The Fellowship is a great opportunity for me to continue to develop my strategic planning skills, specifically in a capacity that will allow me to create real meaning,” said Mr. Laniado, who will be assisting the Office of the Dean, Center for the Jewish Future (CJF).
Ms. Stone, who will be working for the Office of the Dean, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, believes that this year will help formulate her long-term goals. “My career path is uncertain, which is why being able to take a year off after graduation and work as a Presidential Fellow really appealed to me,” said the psychology major. “I am confident that this year will teach me a lot about myself and what I want to do with my future.”