“What’s a Catholic priest from France doing in the killing fields of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia?” That was the opening question posed by Father Patrick Desbois—a priest who has dedicated his life to identifying and documenting the sites of mass executions in Eastern Europe—to an emotional crowd at the 2009 Hillel Rogoff Lecture at Yeshiva University.
On February 24, the students and rabbis at Yeshivat Mercaz Ha’Rav and Yeshivat Yerushalayim LeTze’irim in Jerusalem will commemorate the first anniversary of the tragic massacre of eight young students in a shooting spree last year with the dedication of eight Torah scrolls, one for each victim. They won’t be alone: thanks to an initiative called B’lev Echad, spearheaded by YU student Jeremy Joszef, the event will be broadcast live from Israel to schools, communities, and institutions around the world.
A two-day symposium, ‘Treasured Possession: Jews and Christians in a Medieval City,’ co-sponsored by the Yeshiva University Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will look at various aspects of medieval culture Nov 5-6. The special symposium is in conjunction with ‘Erfurt: Jewish Treasure from Medieval Ashkenaz’ on view until Jan. 29 at the YU Museum, the only North American venue for this exhibition of medieval gold and silver jewelry, tableware, and rare coins, culled from a personal treasure hoard.
When filmmaker David Vyorst decided to make “The First Basket,” a documentary about Jews and basketball, his research led him to Yeshiva University’s legendary coach Red Sarachek. The late Sarachek, deeply loved and immensely respected by his players, was also a major figure in the development of the game.
The topic, Dr. Gerald Feldman acknowledged, seems almost blasphemous. But the financial aspects of the Holocaust, he said, are integral to the history of the Holocaust.
Yeshiva high school students from around the United States gathered Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at a retreat center in the Poconos for “One Nation Under God,” a leadership development conference sponsored by Eimatai, an initiative of Yeshiva University. This project is designed to help teens balance their dual identities.
In the final scene of the 1926 Broadway production, The Day of Atonement, Al Jolson’s character scrubs his Broadway debut to chant the Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service at his father’s synagogue. In The Jazz Singer, the 1927 movie remake, a new final scene has Jolson back on stage, his stint as cantor merely a detour on the road to stardom—and the American dream.