Ambassador Oren to Deliver Keynote Address; Dr. Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller to Receive Presidential Medallion; Senator Joseph Lieberman to Deliver Invocation; Rabbi Haskel Lookstein Will Present the Benediction

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael B. Oren, will deliver the keynote address at Yeshiva University’s (YU) 79th commencement ceremony at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT) who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university in 1989, will deliver the opening invocation and Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, spiritual leader of Cong. Kehilath Jeshurun, a 2008 honorary doctorate recipient, will present the closing benediction.

David Shatz, Beloved Professor of Philosophy and Recipient of Presidential Medallion, Will Keynote Commencement

r. David Shatz, professor of philosophy at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, will deliver the keynote address at YU’s 78th Commencement Ceremony at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater in New York City on May 14 at 11 am. Shatz, editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal and series editor of MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Essays of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, will receive the YU Presidential Medallion, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the faculty or administration for excellent service.

Abraham Foxman, Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Addresses Graduates and Rabbi Zevulun Charlop Receives Presidential Medallion

Calling “Never Again” the 11th commandment “etched in the aftermath of Auschwitz,” Abraham Foxman—national director of the Anti-Defamation League and keynote speaker at YU’s 77th Annual Commencement Exercises Garden on May 22—exhorted the graduates gathered at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square to turn that message into a universal mandate to speak out and act against bigotry in all its forms. Foxman, a world-renowned leader in the fight against anti-Semitism received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from YU President Richard M. Joel.