Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business Celebrates New Dean, Three Alumni at Gala Dinner April 30

Apr 29, 2008 — The Sy Syms School of Business (SSSB), Yeshiva University’s undergraduate business school, will host a gala dinner officially welcoming new Dean, Dr. Michael J. Ginzberg, and honoring three distinguished alumni, Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport (11 Fulton Street).

The alumni honorees are Rabbi Moshe (Martin) Blech of Teaneck, NJ, Director of International Taxation at Deloitte LLP, Deboral Ifrah of Buffalo, NY, Vice President of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., and J.J. Sussman of Israel, Director of Business Development at SanDisk Corporation.

Co-chairs of the event are: Jo Ann Catalano, Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Northeast International Tax Group; Warren Eisenberg, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO at Bed, Bath & Beyond; Yehuda Feldman and Michelle Laufer, Student Council Presidents at SSSB; Ezra Lightman, Senior Vice President at Jefferies & Company; Alexander P. Lynch, Chairman of North American Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.; and Cyrus Schwartz, President of Dora’s Naturals Inc.

Rabbi Moshe (Martin) Blech is a four-time graduate of Yeshiva University schools. After graduating from Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, he received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Sy Syms School of Business. He earned his rabbinical ordination from the University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and law degree from YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He advises students to appreciate YU’s unique blending of the secular with Judaism.

At JP Morgan, Deborah Ifrah focuses on clients within the business services and industrial technology industries. She joined the bank in 1999 as an analyst in mergers and acquisitions. Promoted to vice president in 2006, she spent three months in Mumbai, India as global integration manager for JP Morgan’s investment banking offshoring efforts. She received her Bachelor’s degree in finance from the Sy Syms School of Business in 1999. Active in the Jewish community, she currently serves on the board of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, specifically supporting its Mishkon Division, serving the needs of individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.

J.J. Sussman is responsible for building strategic partnerships and content acquisition at SanDisk. He began his career at Jerusalem Global, raising capital for early stage technology companies. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Sy Syms School of Business in 1997 and earned a MBA in 2003 from Kellogg/Recanati, the Joint MBA Program of Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University. He is currently head of the Modiin Chapter of YUIA (YU Israel Alumni) and president of his synagogue, Beit Knesset Ashkenaz, in Buchman, Modiin.

Dr. Michael J. Ginzberg was named Dean of SSSB in 2007. He is a nationally prominent expert and prolific author on management information systems and the international aspects of business. He helped build both the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management into world-class research, teaching, and training departments.

The Sy Syms School of Business offers a complete business curriculum together with an intensive Jewish studies component. Students take their liberal arts requirements through Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women, and complete their mandatory Jewish studies component through the appropriate Jewish studies programs at the University.

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