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Dr. Berman speaking in the beit midrash

“Every generation has its own form of teshuva—ours is not different.”

During his pre-selichot presentation in the Glueck Beit Midrash, Dr. Berman called upon each of us to consider two core values in our collective process of repentance. Our core of Torat Emet requires us to acknowledge the immutability of Torah, and that our past can make moral claims on our present. “Our core of Torat Chesed requires that we be caring and compassionate in the way we treat others within our communities. This season of self-reflection is a time for us to measure whether we live up to both of these ideals.”

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YU Giving Day Raises Over $5 Million to Support Student Scholarships

Mitch Cohen of Google speaks at TechUcation

Mitch Cohen, Software Engineer at Google, Gives the Keynote Lecture at the 2nd Annual YU TechUcation Career Event

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Highlights on Campus


Dr. Danielle Wozniak

Dr. Danielle Wozniak, dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, talks about Wurzweiler’s educational program for social workers in Israel.

Dan Beaudry speaks with international students

Author Dan Beaudry helped YU’s international students learn tools and strategies to navigate the American workplace.

Joseph Moinian speaks with Michael Stoler

Joseph Moinian of The Moinian Group talks about New York real estate for the YU Professional Networking Group.

Joe Bednarsh at anti-Semitism in sports conference

Joe Bednarsh, YU athletics director (center), speaks at a conference on the impact of anti-Semitism in sports.

Dr. Mark Steiner on Hume and Maimonides

Dr. Mark Steiner explored the link between Hume and Maimonides at an event hosted by the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Group shot: Alex Reinert, Daniel Rynhold, Debbie Akerman speak about reinventing the self.

Dr. Debbie Akerman, Alex Reinert, and Dr. Daniel Rynhold discuss “reinventing the self” from the worlds of addiction, prison reform and Jewish philosophy.

MTA students in their engineering lab

MTA is expanding its academic programs for sophomores with three new concentrations: Torah Leadership, Engineering+ and Entrepreneurship.

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Students get ready for Rosh Hashanah with inspirational lectures, selichot, chessed activities, charity and music

(l-r): Dr. Avi Muschel, and three members of the Nefesh Early Professionals Committee: Barry Horowitz, LCSW-R, Dovid Katzenstein, DSW, LCSW-R, and Deborah Marchuck, LCSW

Dr. Avi Muschel, staff psychologist at YU’s Counseling Center, wins the grand prize at Nefesh International for his presentation on premarital education.

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Download the inspiring Rosh Hashanah To-Go 5780, sponsored by the Center for the Jewish Future and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Faculty News of Note


Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez

Ferkauf’s Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez gets a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research on prediabetes in Black and Latino men.

Dr. Jonathan Feldman

The work of Ferkauf’s Dr. Jonathan Feldman studying panic attacks and asthma is cited as “offering important insight into panic-fear mechanisms.”

Joshua Waxman, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Stern College’s Dr. Joshua Waxman went to the Netherlands to present his work on data and Torah at a digital humanities conference.

Dr. Michelle Levine

Dr. Michelle J. Levine of Stern College returns to her Kew Gardens Hills community to begin her yearly adult lecture series on Bible topics.

Daniel Pollack, Professor, WSSW

Wurzweiler’s Daniel Pollack published articles on the scarcity of attorneys in rural America and how to manage angry clients.

Dr. Van Kelly

Dr. Van Kelly, clinical professor of computer science at Yeshiva College, wins a distinguished alumni award from his alma mater.

Alumni Snapshots


Rep. Dafna (Kalish) Michaelson Jenet

Rep. Dafna (Kalish) Michaelson Jenet ’95S looks to Judaism for inspiration and guidance for her work and the way she lives her life.

Isaac Telio-Bejar

Isaac Telio-Bejar ’16YC took his architectural education at YU to an international level when he worked in Barcelona, Spain.

YU in the News

Aaron Wright, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Cardozo Blockchain Project at Cardozo Law School, spoke with William Hinman, director of the Division of Corporate Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission, on the regulation of digital securities (Forbes).

Yeshiva University announced plans to open the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Jerusalem Post).

Prof. Jessica Roth, co-director of the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, commented upon the college admissions scandal on MSNBC.

Julie Golding, a PhD student at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and curator at the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education in Suffern, New York, took part in a ceremony burying ashes of Holocaust victims found in the Museum’s archives (Jewish Standard).