The View from YU: Jan. 6, 2020

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A Tribute to Yeshiva University

Dr. Naomi Azrieli offered a powerful tribute to Yeshiva University at the 95th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation.

$18 Million Donation

The Azrieli Foundation donated $18 Million to Yeshiva University at the 95th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation.

YU Celebrates Talmud Learning

Students, staff members and roshei yeshiva [deans] participated in the various siyumim [gatherings celebrating the completion of a unit of Torah study] occurring in the United States and Israel.

Two Faiths Join Together

Jews and Muslims came together at YU to discuss “Tradition and Modernity: Religious Identity and Civic Engagement in the United States.”

From the Locker Room to the Boardroom

Five former YU student-athletes spoke about how their athletic experiences shaped their careers.

Highlights on Campus

Faculty News of Note

  • Dr. Lea Ferreira dos Santos receives major awards from the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation.
  • Visiting professor Dr. Dara Horn provides an answer to the question, “What are Stories For?” in a lecture to Stern College honors students.

YU in the News

  • Michael Sweetney overcame his darkest moments with the New York Knicks at Yeshiva University: “I’m changing lives” (New York Post).
  • Dr. Sharon Poczter opines about “Why the Wealth Tax Would Almost Assuredly Slow Startup Growth in America” (Inc.)
  • YU alumni turn to students to manage new $10 million investment fund (Jerusalem Post).
  • Yeshiva University reached out to the Jewish community in Jersey City, New Jersey, to provide what comfort and solace it could after the tragic shooting on Dec. 10, 2019: News12, The Times of Israel,
  • Dr. Elizabeth Seng, associate professor of psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, was quoted in Shape Magazine on how to find migraine relief during the holiday season.
  • Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, director of The Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, worked with UNISINOS Human Rights Centre in Brazil to conduct an environmental and human rights impact assessment for the indigenous population in Autazes facing displacement due to a potash mine being considered for the area (Mongabay).