TEDx Returns to Yeshiva University

Back in 2016 and 2017 (whoever thought that those would be the good ol’ days?), Yeshiva University hosted two TEDx events with topics that ranged from therapy and magic to the power of names, from how we view poverty to what’s missing in our pursuit of happiness.

TEDx Yeshiva University is now back, hosted by the Sy Syms School of Business and presenting another fascinating evening of provocative ideas. Six experienced and professional speakers took to the stage at Koch Auditorium on the Beren campus on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in front of 250 students to give six short-format talks about Jewish Values in Action, this year’s TEDx Yeshiva University theme.

The idea for the return of this popular event was initiated by Sapir Amir ’24YC, and Jonah Loskove ’22SB, Jonah Chill ’22YC and Abigail Lerman ’22SB handled all the on-the-ground preparations, from interacting with the TED organization for license permissions to making sure the flowers were set up properly on the stage.


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(l-r): Jonah Loskove, Michael Strauss, Mark Finkel, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, Sruli Fruchter, Adam Neuman, David Siegel, Shoshi Tuchman, Abigail Lerman, Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin, Jonah Chill, Sapir Amar


Shoshi Tucman spoke about her experiences in working with nonprofits.

Opening remarks were given by Lerman and Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, followed by Sruli Fruchter ’22YC (currently the 100th editor-in-chief of The Commentator) on “To Make Our Work Meaningful, We Need To Tell A Better Story”; David Siegel (CEO of Meetup) on “The Value of Community in Business”; Prof. Mark Finkel (clinical associate professor of management) on “Cultural Intelligence and Identity: Being A Proud Jew in The Worldwide Workplace”; Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin (clinical assistant professor of Jewish values) on “Values Are Never on The Signage”; Shoshi Tuchman ’22SB on “Allowing Your Values to Impact Your Career”; and Adam Neuman ’13YC (chief of staff, strategy and operations at the Big Ten Conference) on “‘Don’t Do You’ and Other Lessons From Inside The World of Sports.”

TED (an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design) began its talks in 1984, and since that time, TED Talks have become the standard for short, powerful lectures designed to spark conversation.

The TEDx program was created to help communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. These events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a free license from TED.

See the playlist of the talks.