Dr. Ronnie Perelis Appointed Director of Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International AffairsDr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced the appointment of Dr. Ronnie Perelis as director of The Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs at Yeshiva University.
Founded in 2004, the Center advances international understanding and stimulates discussion of important global issues. Dr. Perelis holds the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies and is Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies. His research and teaching situate the Sephardim within the context of global trade and the international exchange of ideas. Dr. Perelis is keenly interested in the ways that people, culture and ideas cross borders and transform communities through human encounter and dialogue.
“Dr. Perelis will lead the Center with distinction,” said Botman, “advancing cross-cultural understanding and bringing to light the complex challenges that exist throughout the globe. The Schneier Center’s programs will continue to enhance the University by providing students, faculty and staff the opportunity to discuss and debate the moral, political, spiritual and social problems of the day.”
Dr. Perelis succeeds Dr. Ruth Bevan, who has retired from Yeshiva University after many years of leadership and service to the Center.