Dec 15, 2003 — More than 700 Yeshiva University leaders gathered Sunday evening (Dec. 14) at Manhattan’s Waldorf=Astoria for YU’s 79th Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation. The combined events recognized prominent philanthropists, recorded the success of YU’s $400 million capital campaign, and unveiled several major gifts.
Highlighting the Convocation was President Richard M. Joel’s presentation to Karen Bacon, Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Stern College for Women, of the University’s first Presidential Medallion for her dedication to Stern.
President Joel also conferred honorary doctorates upon: Ruth L. Gottesman, professor emerita of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; J. Ezra Merkin, managing partner of Gabriel Capital Group and chairman of YU’s investment and Israel committees; Marcia Robbins-Wilf, a noted reading expert and founding member of Stern College board of directors; and Josh S. Weston, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. and a chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Sy Syms School of Business.
Ronald P. Stanton, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, used the occasion to thank benefactors in helping YU reach $405 million in capital campaign gifts, surpassing its $400 million goal two years ahead of schedule. He cited a number of academic and student life projects made possible by these gifts.
In his remarks, President Joel recognized Muriel Block for her $15 million gift to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine—among the largest ever received by YU—towards construction of the Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion, on the Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus in the Bronx.
Another proud moment came with President Joel’s announcement that YU’s Midtown Campus will be named the Israel Henry Beren Campus in memory of Robert M. Beren’s late uncle. Robert Beren, chairman emeritus of the YU board of trustees, is among the leading contributors to the campaign.