Now in Video: “Modeling the Flood Story: Midrash and Movie”

In Fall 2014, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies partnered with Yeshiva College and the YU Museum in hosting  “Modeling the Flood Story: Midrash and Movie,” an interdisciplinary symposium examining the biblical flood account and how the story has been read, interpreted, reconstructed – and modeled – through Midrash, medieval and modern texts, art, and film, with a particular focus on the 2014 Hollywood film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Rabbi Elie Abadie Appointed Director of the Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies

Rabbi Elie Abadie, MD has been appointed director of Yeshiva University’s (YU) Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies. Rabbi Abadie will coordinate all activities of the Academic Sephardic Studies Program and will also offer courses on Sephardic halakhah (Jewish law) and tradition at Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women. The Safra Institute prepares students for leadership roles in Sephardic communities.

New Jewish Studies Program Holds Retreat

More than a dozen students enrolled in the Mechinah Program of the James Striar School of General Jewish Studies (JSS) joined faculty members and their families as well as student mentors from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) for a weekend retreat at the Homowack Hotel, last week. The getaway, which included Selikhot services Saturday night, was an opportunity for participants to become acquainted in a relaxing Shabbat atmosphere and to prepare for the upcoming High Holidays.