Sy Syms School of Business Honors New Dean and Three Alumni at Annual Gala Dinner

Deborah Ifrah, vice president of investment banking at J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc, was one of the alumni honored at the dinner.

May 2, 2008 — Sy Syms School of Business (SSSB), Yeshiva University’s undergraduate business school, officially welcomed Dr. Michael J. Ginzberg as the school’s new dean and honored distinguished alumni at its student and alumni gala dinner on Wednesday, April 30, at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport.

To see photos from the event, click here.

Dr. Michael J. Ginzberg, who was named dean of Sy Syms in July 2007, told how he came to the school because it had the “potential to be a great business school. All I have seen has convinced me that I was right.”

The dinner honored Rabbi Moshe (Martin) Blech of Teaneck, NJ, director of international taxation at Deloitte LLP; Deborah Ifrah of Buffalo, NY, vice president of investment banking at J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.; and J.J. Sussman of Israel, director of business development at SanDisk Corporation.

The honorees spoke about how the school’s distinctive ethics-based education had impacted their careers.

“Caring for others and being sensitive to surrounding circumstances will give you a balanced platform to make more compassionate, ethical business decisions,” said Blech, a graduate of Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys, Sy Syms School of Business, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Ifrah, a 1999 graduate of Syms, urged the students and recent graduates to “apply the lessons and skills that Yeshiva University and Syms’ unique education affords, and be a living example of a true God-fearing leader.” Ifrah serves on the board of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, specifically supporting its Mishkon Division, serving the needs of individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.

Sussman, a 1997 Syms graduate who is head of the Modiin Chapter of YU Israel Alumni, reminded the guests that “success is about turning our ideals into practice.”

“Living in Israel makes other ideals increase in significance as we build up our promised land,” he said, praising Dean Ginzberg for creating opportunities to prepare students for life in Israel.

The Sy Syms School of Business Student and Alumni gala dinner began last year as a student- and alumni-initiated celebration of the schools 20th anniversary and is now an annual event to recognize its achievements and reach for new levels of accomplishment.

To watch the video that was shown at the dinner, click here.

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