Oct 15, 2004 — Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel today announced the appointment of Rabbi Kenneth Brander of Boca Raton, FL, as the inaugural dean of the Center for the Jewish Future, effective July 1, 2005.
The Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will serve as the nucleus and central focus of YU’s educational and human-capital efforts to impact the Jewish future. The CJF will work with the university’s colleges, schools, and affiliates to shape programs–within and without the institution–that will train Jewish lay and professional leadership, develop initiatives and strengthen existing ones, create interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary synergies, as well as deliver services to its students and the broader Jewish communities.
CJF is the first of a series of envisioned multidisciplinary centers at YU that will utilize the rich resources of its colleges and faculty, and focus on an array of guiding principles, including ethics, leadership, community, and Israel. The CJF will be a think-tank for Jewish public policy, leadership and partnership strategies, community strengthening in Israel and throughout the Diaspora, and lifelong Jewish education.
Rabbi Kenneth Brander is uniquely qualified to serve as CJF’s founding dean. A learned and visionary rabbinic leader, he is a 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College. He received ordination from YU’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1986, as well as special ordination in 1999 in Israel from Machon Puah and Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in the field of infertility, gynecology, and Halakhah. Rabbi Brander has galvanized the Boca Raton Synagogue and extended community, and in 13 years has led its extraordinary growth to encompass multiple synagogues, schools and community services.
Rabbi Brander and his wife Ruchie Tambor Brander, a 1984 alumna of Stern College for Women, said President Joel, are exceptionally committed to a rich Jewish future for all members of our community. “Rabbi Brander’s insight, inspiration, and sense of leadership and empowerment will serve him well in his new post and will be vital to the success of this model university center,” said President Joel.