Having an Impact as a Straus Scholar

Noam Josse
Noam Josse

Originally hailing from London, England, and now residing in New York City, Straus Scholar Noam Josse (Cohort III) arrived at Yeshiva University and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought in 2019 after spending two years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Sha’alvim.

Inside the walls of the classroom, Josse studies political science and government. However, it is outside the study hall where Josse makes his impact.

On campus, Josse serves as the founding president of the Alexander Hamilton Society—Yeshiva University chapter, where he facilitates discussions, debates, and guest lectures on questions of American security, foreign policy and economic statecraft. In the past, he interned at Konner, Teitelbaum & Gallagher Attorneys at Law.

“AHS is a unique organization. The opportunities, access and ability to learn from figures in foreign policy and national security are unparalleled and make AHS an invaluable resource for students interested in international relations,” Josse said of the YU chapter.

This past summer, Josse participated in the Hoover Institution’s virtual Summer Policy Boot Camp, consisting of two days of highly focused sessions with world-class scholars like H.R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor. Seminar topics included economics, foreign policy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Josse participated in the First Principles Seminar at Princeton University’s Witherspoon Institute. The intensive seminar program explored moral questions in social, philosophical, legal and political thought, taught by leading scholars in the United States and Great Britain.

“In two weeks at the seminar, I learned just as much as I would learn over the course of a semester-long class,” Josse added. “At Witherspoon, you discover what a liberal education entails and gain the tools to continue that education outside of the classroom.”

The texts that have inspired Josse include Plato’s Republic and Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Halakhic Man. He aspires to become a practicing lawyer and continue his Torah learning.