Students Recognized for Academic and University Achievements

May 20, 2004 — Some 148 students were recognized for academic and other university-wide achievements at a May 19 awards ceremony attended by family, friends, faculty, and senior administration.

Norman Adler, dean of Yeshiva College, which organized the ceremony in Belfer Hall’s Weissberg Commons with the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies (MYP), kicked-off the event. He introduced President Richard M. Joel, who joked: “I’m here by mistake – I thought I had a child graduating, but it’s an off year.”

President Joel told parents and grandparents that YU students – especially its high achievers – form the foundation upon which the university shapes its future.

“Today we honor exemplars,” he said. “Those amongst us who have made extraordinary achievements. Mazal tov.”

Awards in academics, athletics, character, and campus and community service were awarded to 50 MYP students and 98 YC students.

Yeshiva College Awards:

Isaac Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible
Adir Posy

Professor Meyer Atlas Memorial Award for Excellence in Biology
Netanel E. Berko
Mordechai David Raskas

Dean Isaac Bacon Award for Excellence in Humanities/Jewish Studies
Benzion Noam Chinn
Shlomo Y. Rydzinski
Anthony C. Wexler

Mina Belkin Memorial Award for Service and Dedication to the College
Fredrick S. Goldman
Seth Jacobson
Evan A. Schottenstein
Ariel Weinstock

Professor Michael Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible, Jewish History or Semitic Languages
Kevin Deutsch
Corey Goldfeder
Jason Koslowe

Professor Daniel Block Memorial Award for Excellence in Computer Science
Emanuel A. Lazar
Toby S. Lazar

Stanley Broff Memorial Award for Excellence in Economics
Johnathan A. Kahn-Rose

Jacob David Cohen Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics (Juniors)
Jonathan D. Grossman

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Danishefsky Torah Umadda Award
Michael Borenstein
David Wise

George and Bertha Fisch Award for Excellence in Philosophy
Emanuel A. Lazar
Joel Arieh Oz

Lawrence P. Fischer Memorial Award for Best Hebrew Paper in Jewish History
Yonatan S. Miller

Malka Fishhaut Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies
Benzion Noam Chinn
Harris E. Kilimnick
Akiva Koenigsberg

Professor Jekuthiel Ginsburg Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics
David Arthur Jaffe

Steven Gladstein Memorial Award for Service to Jewish People – General
Ariel R. Bayewitz
Yaniv Kerem
Yisroel Schachter

Mendel and Sarah Gottesman Memorial Award for Scholarship, Ethics, and Character
Amitai Yisrael Bin-Nun
Elad Cnaan
Tobiah David Mintz
Neil Michael Wolfe

Joseph Gunner Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Tobiah David Mintz

Histadruth Ivrith of America Award for Excellence in Hebrew Language and Literature
Michael Noam Lipshitz
Yonatan S. Miller
Moshe M. Stavsky
Brahm Michael Weinberg

Chaplain Joseph I. Hoenig Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology
Ariel R. Bayewitz
Noam Eliyahu Wittlin

Joseph Prize for Excellence in economics, Character and Service to the Economics Department
Elad Cnaan

Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize
Alan Goldsmith (1st Place)
Benyamin Yisrael Moalem (2nd Place)
Benzion Noam Chinn (3rd Place)

Benjamin and Bertha Lebzelter Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible
Matan Y. Wexler

Samuel and Emily Granet Lemler Memorial Award for Excellence in Pre-Med
Ari I. Berger
Mordechai Pavlovsky
David S. Rabin
David Wise

Philip Lieberman Memorial Award for Character/Personality/Service to School – General
Joshua Reuben Goldman

Ezra Lightman Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies
Avi Schachter

Professor Irving Linn Memorial Award for Excellence in English
Zvi Shlomo Schindel
Anthony C. Wexler

Professor Arnold N. and Bertha Lowan Memorial Award for Excellence in Physics
Amitai Yisrael Bin-Nun
Louis R. Nemzer

Professor Arnold N. and Bertha Lowan Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in Physics
Sioan Zohar

Professor Aaron Margalith Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Science
Joshua Moser

Masmid Award for Outstanding Service to the Student Body
Yakov Agatstein
Evan Jonathan Renov
Yisroel Schachter

Professor David Mirsky Memorial Award to the Student Best Exemplifying the University’s Ideal of Torah Umadda
Stephen Tsvi Sinensky
Brahm Michael Weinberg

National Council of Young Israel Award for Excellence in History
Joshua Alan Weiner

Ya’akov Yehuda Nirenstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Hebrew
Eitan Bitter
Adiv Pachter
Adir Posy
Daniel Z. Rosenfeld
Yousef David Sasson

Gertrude Nissenbaum Memorial Award for Excellence in Computer Science
Aryeh Polsky
Yaacov Rydzinski
Yaniv Schiller

Gertrude Nissenbaum Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Daniel M. Raymon

Emile Offenbacher Memorial Award for Excellence in Athletics
Jack Yulzary

Norman Palefski Memorial Award to the Most Outstanding Graduating Male Varsity Scholar-Athlete
Vadim Monisov

Samuel and Jennie Raucher Memorial Award for a Worthy Student at Yeshiva College
Geoffrey L. Butler
Alec M. Fisch
Ouriel Hassan
Benjamin David Kessler

Jerome Robbins Memorial Award for Best Original Short Story
Aaron Roller

Sidney P. Rosenblum Award for Excellence in Jewish History
Zachariah Abramowitz
Menachem M. Hecht

Edward A. Rothman Memorial Award for Best Essay on Orthodox Judaism
Menachem M. Hecht
David A. Stern

Chaim Fischel Rothstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Drama
Zalman Abramchik

Dean Samuel L. Sar Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible
Daniel M. Raymon

Fanny and Asher Scharfstein Memorial Award for Best Essay on Gemilat Chesed – English
David Kastner

Chaya and Hershel Schneider Memorial Award for Excellence in Hebrew
Dov Huff
David Arthur Jaffe
Aaron Zuckerman

Jeffrey Seelenfreund Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies and Character
Ariel R. Bayewitz
Albert Jacob
Daniel Z. Rosenfeld
Yaacov Rydzinski

Professor Morris Silverman Memorial Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the Jewish Community
Khashayar Yigal Hakimian
Steven L. Krul
Yitzchak Isaac Winkler

Professor Morris and Gilda Silverman Memorial Award for Excellence in History
Brahm Michael Weinberg

Dr. Samuel Soloveitchik Prize in Natural Science (from the Academic VP Office)
David Wise

Professor Abraham Tauber Memorial Award for Excellence in Speech and Drama (Junior)
Jason Gevertzman

Professor Abraham Tauber Memorial Award for Excellence in Speech and Drama (Senior)
Eli D. Guterman

Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Economics
Joshua Erez

Louis Werfel Memorial Award for the Junior with the Highest Ranking GPA
David Evan Sudney
Harold Mark Sultan

John Wiley Book Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Daniel Kazhdan

David and Rebecca Wolstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology
David J. Berger
Adir Posy

Women’s Branch of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies
Stanley Isaac Ozarowski
Jeffrey E. Schrager

Yeshiva College Alumni Association Award for Service to the College
Ariel R. Bayewitz
Yaniv Karem

Yeshiva University Women’s Organization Award for Excellence in English
Avi Mermelstein
Jonathan Alon Milner
Scott M. Peretz

Yeshiva University Women’s Organization Award for Excellence in Ethics and Character
Chaim Ariel David
Yonatan S. Miller

Monis and Chaya Zuckerman Memorial Award for Best Research Paper in Jewish History
Yaacov Rydzinski
Moshe M. Stavsky

Departmental Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Sammy Sultan

Departmental Award for Excellence in Economics
Shilo Kramer
Simeon R. Sherman

Departmental Award for Excellence in Political Science
Geoffrey L. Butler

Departmental Award for Excellence in Sociology
Jason Pruzansky
Steven A. Weg

Departmental Award for Excellence in Speech and Drama – Public Speaking
Eli D. Guterman

Departmental Award for Excellence in Speech and Drama – Theatre Arts
Dov Medinets

B’nai Zion Foundation Award
Aryeh L. Stavsky

Joseph Grunner Memorial Award for Excellence in Computer Science
Corey Goldfeder

The 2003-2004 Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year Award
Alan Brill

Valedictorian, Yeshiva College
Ariel R. Bayewitz

Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies Awards (For Excellence in Talmud):

Max and Sophie Manicoff Memorial Award
Yaacov Rydzinski
David Preil
Ranan Amster

Rabbi Oscar and Shirley Fleishaker Award
Menachem Hecht
David Berger

President Samuel Belkin Memorial Award
Jeremy Rosenbaum

Samuel G. Rothman Memorial Award
Lewis Posy
Daniel Klein
Ephraim Polakoff

President Bernard Revel Memorial Award
Moshe Stavsky

Isaac Araten Memorial Award
Gidon Lemberger
David Lessin
Daniel Rosenfeld
Naphtali Lavenda

Meyer and Bella Rhine Memorial Award
Jonathan Chambre
Aryeh Dienstag
Allan Farkas
Adam Karoll
Stephen Sinensky

Rose Rachel and Lewis Siegel Memorial Award
Jeremy Brand
Eric Ifrah
Philip Moskowitz
Simeon Sherman
Neil Wolfe

Yechezkel and Channah Leipziger Memorial Award
Yousef Sasson

Rabbi Solomon Polachek Memorial Award
Avery Kohn
Tobiah Mintz

Rose Rachel and Lewis Siegel Endowment Foundation Award
Alan Hochman
Mitchell Davis
Judah Eizikovitz
Joseph Friedman

Louis and Lena Lankisky Memorial Award
Jeremy Hartstein
Harris Kilimnick
Ian Lichter
Elon Soniker

Joseph and Lena Hoenig Memorial Award
Aaron Feigenbaum
David Sher
Joshua Ross
Geilan Grant
Menachem Borenstein
Daniel Feit

Frank Shavitz Memorial Award
Rotem Shemesh
Stuart Karp
Mark Kurzman
Joshua Mahler
Adiv Pachter
Jona Rechnitz
Marc Schiowitz
Mark Slovin

Valedictorian, Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies
Yaacov Rydzinski

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