Yeshiva University to Honor Four Educators Who Have Furthered the Goals of Torah Umadda in Israel

Mar 13, 2006 — Yeshiva University (YU) will hold an inaugural academic convocation in Israel on March 23, honoring four Israeli educators who embody YU’s philosophy of Torah Umadda, which balances the interaction between tradition and modern society –– the hallmark of Modern Orthodoxy.

The academic convocation will award honorary doctoral degrees to Rabbanit Malke Bina, founder and educational director of MaTaN, The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in Jerusalem; Victor B. Geller, a retired Jewish communal administrator, author, and lecturer, who played a leading role in YU’s Max Stern Division of Communal Services; Prof. Moshe Kaveh, an internationally renowned physicist who serves as president of Bar-Ilan University; and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the city of Efrat and founder of the Ohr Torah Stone educational institutions.

The convocation is the closing event of a weeklong colloquium: “Torah Umadda in the 21st Century: Engaging Israel, Engaging the World,” that begins March 17. A family Shabbaton, hosted by YU President Richard M. Joel and featuring Chancellor Norman Lamm as the keynote speaker, will open the week’s activities.

For more on the week’s events click here.

The YU Israel Colloquium and Convocation have been made possible with the support of the Jesselson Family.

The remainder of the week will explore the synthesis of professional careers and the principles of Torah Umadda, with special programs throughout Israel focusing on medicine, social work, law, and education. Speakers during the week will include President Joel, Prof. Gerald Blidstein, Dr. Susan Bressman, Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Frank Margolese, Dr. Reuven Schindler, Dr. Stanley Schneider, Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Prof. Avraham Steinberg, and Dr. Ronald Wachtel.

Sunday afternoon will be a special opportunity to honor Yeshiva University’s 32 musmakhim (rabbinic graduates) in Israel with a Yom Iyun (day of learning) and a Chag HaSemikhah (celebration of Rabbinic ordination). The Israeli musmakhim are part of a group of 185 rabbis –– the largest in the history of YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary –– who will celebrate their formal ordination on Sunday, March 26, at the quadrennial Chag HaSemikhah in New York.

A panel discussion on the relationship between Torah Umadda and Religious Zionism will be held Sunday evening, sponsored by the nearly 3,000 alumni of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools living in Israel.

For more information about the convocation or the week’s events, contact Ellen Clyman in the Israel Alumni Office, 011 972 2 531-3015 or email

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