YU Builds Ties With Los Angeles Jewish Community at Gala Dinner

Article Photo From left to right: President Richard M. Joel, Presidential Fellow Menachem Menchel, Joey Small, and Shuli and Avi Steinlauf, who received an award for their support in hosting the gala event.

Feb 28, 2007 — Yeshiva University brought Los Angeles and New York closer together when it held a gala reception and dinner in LA for the Jewish community at Edmunds.com on Feb. 11.

The dinner featured a live video-conferenced town hall meeting connecting LA students on YU’s campus in New York City, with YU President Richard M. Joel, YU staff, and other attendees of the dinner. During the video hookup, students spoke to the LA audience from the heart about what the YU experience means to them.

The event—hosted by the Yeshiva University Los Angeles Community Council and the YU Office of Alumni Affairs—was part of a broader effort to build stronger ties with the Jewish community in LA, where there is a vibrant network of more than 2,000 YU alumni, parents, and friends.

The Office of Community Affairs for Yeshiva University, and more recently the Office of Alumni Affairs, has worked with the LA Community Council for some time, developing a partnership between the alumni, the larger LA Modern Orthodox community, and YU.

“We may be situated on different coasts, but we share a yearning for Torah values, Jewish education, and meaningful engagement with the world,” President Joel told the 125 alumni, donors, prospective students, and friends at the dinner.

Past and prospective students and their parents learned more about the latest developments at the university from President Joel and from Dr. David Srolovitz, the dean of Yeshiva College, and Dr. Karen Bacon, The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Stern College for Women, who presented awards of recognition to more than 25 scholarship donors during the dinner and met with high schools students in the area during their trip.

Joey Small ’06Y also spoke during the dinner about the Give Back Fellowship, which he created so that undergraduate alumni can return to their home communities and teach at the high school they attended, in turn gaining valuable work experience in the field of education.

The gathering took place at the newly designed offices of Edmunds.com, a resource for the automotive market owned by the Steinlauf family, including YU alumni Avi ’93Y and Shuli Steinlauf YH, ’95SB.

“The event was a great step towards strengthening the relationship between YU and the LA-based alumni and friends of YU,” Mr. Steinlauf said. “People were enthusiastic about the program and the exciting things going on at the university.”

Funds raised at the event will support need-based scholarships for students from the West Coast and The Fund for Yeshiva University.

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