On the Future of Modern Orthodox Education

Israel Panel Featuring President Joel Will Discuss 21st Century Israeli and American Perspectives 

Yeshiva University in Israel, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and the YU S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program will cohost a panel discussion titled “Modern Orthodox Education in 21st Century Israel and America: Lessons from the Past, Building the Future,” on Friday, January 15, at Heichal Shlomo, 58 King George Street in Jerusalem.

The program, which is open to the public but geared towards YU’s robust alumni population in Israel, will begin with remarks from Dr. Karen Bacon, the Mordecai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yeshiva University, and feature a lively discussion between YU President Richard M. Joel; Esti Rosenberg, founder and Rosh Beit Midrash of the Stella K. Abraham Migdal Oz Beit Midrash for Women; and Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at YY. Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh, Rosh Yeshiva and the Ruth Buchbinder Mitzner Chair in Talmud and Jewish Law at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), will moderate the panel discussion.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and the program will run from 10-11:30 a.m.

“Over 4,000 YU alumni live in Israel, contributing to Israeli society in many meaningful ways, including significant contributions in the field of education,” said Stephanie Strauss, director of Yeshiva University in Israel. “This panel, which reflects our University’s core mission and values, will be presented by Jewish educational luminaries in both Israel and America, and will center upon timely issues of national significance.”

During the panel discussion, President Joel will offer insights into the role YU plays in the modern Orthodox world; Rosenberg will discuss the profound impact made by her father, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein z”tl, on the Dati Leumi in Israel and the global YU family; and Rabbi Soloveichik will examine the role that modern Orthodox Jews play in America.

“We are very proud of our alumni who have chosen to make their home in the State of Israel and are delighted that we can share quality programming like this with them,” said Seth Moskowitz, vice president of Institutional Advancement at YU. “The more that we can connect and come together to discuss matters of importance to us all, the stronger our global YU community will be.”

Space is limited and advanced registration is recommended. To RSVP, please e-mail tamar.schwarzbard@yu.edu.