Dr. Jonathan Backer Appointed Director of Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies

Dr. Jonathan M. Backer has been appointed the next director of the Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Allen Spiegel, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of the medical college, announced the new appointment. Dr. Backer succeeds Dr. Allan Wolkoff, who is stepping down after his five-year term as director.

Rabbi Yona Reiss, Director of the Beth Din of America, Appointed Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

Rabbi Yona Reiss, a noted Torah scholar, attorney, and jurist who has served since 1998 as director of the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States, has been appointed dean of Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. RIETS is one of the leading centers for Torah learning and training for the rabbinate in the world.

Mark Lehrman Appointed Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Mark Lehrman has been appointed director of YU’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. Mr. Lehrman has been at the university’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Israel since 1995 where he was most recently assistant director of admissions. In the past decade, he has led YU’s recruitment efforts in Israel and has helped bring about a significant increase in enrollment in the Israel Program.