YU In The News

Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at YU, noted in an article about income inequality and the university that the Sy Syms School of Business teaches its students “to conduct business using Jewish principles of justice, humanity, compassion and service to others” (Inside Higher Ed).

Robert Tufts, who played major league baseball and now teaches management courses at Sy Syms, argued that, given the current collective bargaining agreement, executives in the Players Association must establish a position which helps the players offset the owners’ advances (Sporting News).

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work will offer an 18-credit certificate program in gerontology and palliative care for rabbis, cantors and rabbinic and cantorial students. Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean, sees the program helping spiritual counselors meet the needs of their charges (Jewish Link of New Jersey).

Dr. James Kahn, Henry and Bertha Kressel University Professor of Economics and chair of the department of economics, described the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep rates unchanged but possibly raise them later as a way to prepare markets for rate hikes (CNN Money, The Washington Post, Market Watch & Business Insider).

Tech companies, reliant on innovation, are taking notice of the patent gap, which is “most severe for the minority groups, especially African-Americans and Hispanic women,” said Jeanne Curtis, director of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Google Project for Patent Diversity (The Star).

Dr. Matt Miller, associate professor of English and a board member of the Walt Whitman Initiative, is urging the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate poet Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn home a historic landmark (New York Times, NBC New York).

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work presented a special Care Café for the Bronx community following the tragic death of 15-year-old Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz in an attack by alleged gang members (Bronx Times, ABC 7, News12 & CBS New York).

Edward A. Zelinsky, the Morris and Annie Trachman Professor of Law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, told Bloomberg Tax that the lawsuit brought by four states against the federal government’s new cap on state and local income tax deductions “has little chance of success.”

Dr. Dawn Buse, associate professor of neurology at YU affiliate Albert Einstein College of Medicine and assistant professor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, told Neurology Advisor how families can be damaged when one member suffers from chronic migraine.

Rabbi Marc Penner, The Max and Marion Grill Dean at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, explains the challenge insects poses to certifying fresh produce kosher in a story about one New Jersey farmer’s innovative solution (Spectrum News Austin).

Dr. Ariel Malka, associate professor of psychology, has co-authored a chapter in The Politics of Social Psychology describing methodological and interpretive problems in research on personality and political conservatism  (New York Magazine).

Dr. Steven Fine, Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History and director of the YU Center for Israel Studies, offered his reflections on Tisha b’Av during a recent trip to Germany and a visit to a museum exhibition on “Peace from Antiquity to the Present” (The Times of Israel).

Turn to the Bible for migrant stories not very different than those in today’s news and answers on how best to treat those fleeing their homelands, according to Rabbi Saul J. Berman, professor of Jewish studies at Stern College (The New York Jewish Week).

Edward A. Zelinsky, the Morris and Annie Trachman Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, tells Bloomberg BNA that New York and other states should use the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on online sales tax in South Dakota as a model.

The natural limit of the human lifespan may be 115, according to findings by a team of investigators led by Dr. Jan Vijg, chair of the department of genetics at YU-affiliated Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who looked at data on aging and life expectancy from around the world (Nature).

According to Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock, the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, the synagogues in New York City’s Garment District served Jewish workers rather than permanent residents. As the clothing industry shrunk, so have the congregations (Jewish Daily Forward).

A pioneering joint mental health counseling certificate program offered to students in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in conjunction with the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology recently marked the graduation of its second cohort (The Jewish Link of New Jersey).

In a letter to the New York Times, Gabor Rona, visiting professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, explains that the Pentagon’s account of civilians killed by American military action is unreliable.

Isaiah Rothstein ’14W felt like an outsider growing up biracial in an Orthodox community, but that experience inspires his community work now (New York Jewish Week).

Daniel Pollack, professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, spoke to the National Association of Social Workers’ HelpStartsHere.org about his work on the commission examining the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Dr. Sharon Poczter, chair of strategy & entrepreneurship at the Sy Syms School of Business, credits traditional Jewish values for the resilience of Jewish family-owned businesses (JMore).

Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at YU-affiliate Albert Einstein College of Medicine, told attendees at The Biotech Project that pharmaceuticals that slow aging may do more to extend human lifespan than drugs that treat diseases (Rockland/Westchester Journal News).

Daniel Pollack, professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, will serve on an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. He spoke about how his work on the commission can help the nation address sexual abuse in athletics and how social workers help the nation address this issue (NASW).

Shmuli Goldis ’18YC doesn’t care if you throw him a fastball or a curveball. “You give me a pitch, I’m gonna hit it.” But the Hollywood, Florida, native said baseballs coming at him are nothing compared to the bullets that flew over his head as an IDF soldier during Operation Protective Edge (Jewish Press).

The Yeshiva University Women’s Organization will hold its annual benefit gala on June 13 at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Arlene Fox will be honored for more than two decades of service to the organization as a board member and active volunteer (Jewish Link of New Jersey).

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, told attendees at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio, that the acceptance of the study of American Jewish history into mainstream academia parallels the immigrant experience (The American Israelite).

The Class of 2018 celebrated YU’s 87th Commencement on May 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered the keynote address and received an honorary degree (Jewish Link of New Jersey, Jewish Link of Queens, 5 Towns Jewish Times).

Six members of the YU community have been included in The Jewish Week‘s “36 under 36,” who are “changemakers reaching across divides and edging the Jewish community forward.” They are Dan Eckstein ’07SB; J.R. Rothstein ’01YUHS; Dr. Bat-Sheva Lerner Maslow ’09E; Kimberly Hershenson ’08C; Mijal Bitton ’11S; and Stern College student Shanee Markovitz.

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall, clinical professor of psychology at YU, contributes a pithy definition of the concept of happiness to a feature on what Jewish teachings have to say about its importance (Hamodia).

Rabbi Zev Reichman, director of the Mechina Program at YU, and Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva at YU’s Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies, praise the work of Rabbi Menachem Bombach, founder of Torah Academy-Midrasha Chasidit, a new yeshiva system in Israel focused on reducing poverty in the Charedi community (Jewish Link of New Jersey).

Broadway World reports that “(Still) Just Between Friends,” a comedy and music revue starring Sally Sherwood and Yeshiva College Dramatic Society’s Lin Snider, is returning to Guild Hall in New York City for one night, June 14.

Brent Weinberg, valedictorian of Yeshiva University’s the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies class of 2018, tells The Texas Jewish Post what makes a YU education special: “The opportunity to befriend so many Jews from all over the world who share in the same values as you do is a gift that no other university can offer.”

New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres served as the keynote speaker at Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s 60th commencement ceremony on May 8 (Bronx Times).

The Jewish Link of New Jersey reviews Illuminating Jewish Thought, a new book by Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank, maggid shiur at YU, which explores core philosophical issues of Judaism.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Vice Dean Myriam Gilles was interviewed on WNYC Radio’s The Takeaway, in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling this week that workers who sign arbitration agreements cannot band together to sue their employers.

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman explains how the Israel-Diaspora gap can be bridged through compromise in The Jerusalem Post.

Sy Syms School of Business Interim Dean Michael Strauss discusses the school’s Executive MBA program with Nachum Segal on JM in the AM.

When’s the right time to tell a date about a mental illness? Dr. Lata K. McGinn, professor of psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, offers a few tips for those struggling with the decision (Elite Daily).

The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary honored Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, rosh yeshiva at RIETS, and Efrat Sobolofsky, director of YU Connects, at its Annual Gala Evening of Tribute (New Jersey Jewish Standard, Jewish Link of New Jersey & 5 Towns Jewish Times).

Dr. Jeffrey Gurock, the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, discusses his latest book Conversations with Colleagues: On Becoming an American Jewish Historian on WXVU’s “Cincinnati Edition.”

For the first time in YU history, both men’s and women’s tennis programs competed in the NCAA Division III tournament at the same time (JTA, Times of Israel, Arutz Sheva & Jewish Standard).

Commencement speakers are announced for Buffalo State, Chicago Psychology, Davidson County CC, Post, Quinsigamond CC, Sage, St. Edward’s, Santa Fe CC, U Houston Downtown, Winston-Salem State, and Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley, Tanakh Coordinator at Yeshivat Lev haTorah, wrote a review of Keys to the Palace by Rabbi Hayyim Angle, instructor in Bible, in Lehrhaus, in which he concluded that “this accessible volume a necessary resource for anyone wishing to understand the Tanakh on a sophisticated level, yet as a book that ultimately strengthen one beliefs.”

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future, is one of the voices supporting the argument that Tanach remains the central deed to the Jewish people’s claim on the Land of Israel (Jewish News Syndicate).

Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, director of professional rabbinics at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, tells the Bergen Record that while the Orthodox community has come a long way in its understanding of addiction, there is still progress to be made.

David Cutler, student president of the Yeshiva College Dramatics Society, shares the challenges of staging Harvey during sefirat ha’omer and the value of arts and humanities to Jewish higher education (Broadway World & Jewish Press).

New York State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) spoke to Wurzweiler School of Social Work students about New York’s homeless crisis and other social service issues facing the state (Politics of Hope).

Yeshiva University START Science students were joined by Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, and New York State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa as they led an educational science module for fourth-grade students at P.S. 189 (Harlem World Magazine).

Dr. Stephen Glicksman, adjunct associate professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and founder of the Makor College Experience at Yeshiva University, describes the moment he knew the program was heading in the right direction (The New York Jewish Week).

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel spoke about how non-Jews who acted to save Jewish lives demonstrated the impact individuals can make on history (CentralJersey.com).

Dr. Young-Hwan Jo, associate professor of medicine and of molecular pharmacology at YU-affiliated Albert Einstein College of Medicine, thinks the answer to why intense exercise temporarily decreases appetite lies in specific neurons in the brain (Science Magazine).

Award-winning playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, renowned athlete Mariano Rivera, New York Senator Chuck Schumer and actor Ben Schwartz are just a few of the celebrities to make appeals for donations to YU’s Giving Day (Tablet Magazine).

Dr. Ronnie Perelis, Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies, suggests that the Spanish Inquisition wouldn’t have objected to celebrated paintings of Old Testament figures that were produced at the time (National Catholic Reporter).

A student with Down Syndrome shares his sense of fulfillment as a participant in the Makor College Experience Program at YU (The Jewish Week).

Research by Dr. Tamar Avnet, associate professor of marketing at Sy Syms, suggests that paying less attention to the clock can not only make us happier—it can actually make us more productive (Southern Living).

Howard S. Schiffman, director of the Cardozo Law School Masters Program in Data and Privacy Law, argues that the United States needs better regulations on data privacy (Washington Post).

Dr. Sharon Poctzer, chair of the strategy and entrepreneurship department at the Sy Syms School of Business, shares two things successful sharing economy companies are doing now (Inc.).

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Professor Ed Zalinksy argues that current laws should be changed so international sellers must collect taxes in all states in which they do business (Washington Post).

YU’s Makor College Experience provides a post-high school academic program for individuals with disabilities. It recently completed a successful inaugural year (Jewish Link of New Jersey).

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff, instructor in Jewish studies at Stern College for Woman, had a favorable review of his book, The Future: A Guide to the Jewish Messiah, Israel, and the End of Days, in the Jewish Link of New Jersey.

The New York Times, the Jewish Link of New Jersey, New York Jewish Week, the Jewish Standard, and the Forward all had touching tributes to Rabbi Ozer Glickman, who passed away suddenly on March 19.

Roberts Tufts, adjunct instructor in management at Sym Syms School of Business, and a cancer survivor working with Patients Rising to advocate for better access to quality cancer care, was quoted in a Boston Globe article, “Everyone wants to kill generic drug loophole — except drug makers and some GOP leaders.” He stated that “what I worry is that in pursuit of budget cost savings, Congress may jeopardize the safety of life-saving medications patients depend on for treatment.”

In a new book, Stern College Professor Chuck Freilich warns that while Israel’s as secure as it’s ever been, that could change quickly (Times of Israel).

Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob, associate clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, suggests that nondairy milks might not be as healthy as we might think (Reader’s Digest).

In a New York Times op-ed, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Professor Peter Markowitz writes that state and local law enforcement can stay out of the federal deportation agenda.

In February, over 400 student delegates from 47 yeshiva high schools and community day schools in three countries took part in the 28th annual Yeshiva University National Model United Nations conference (Jewish Link).

Roberts Tufts, adjunct instructor in management at Sym Syms School of Business, and a cancer survivor working with Patients Rising to advocate for better access to quality cancer care, wrote an op-ed for The Hill against the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act, which he believes may jeopardize the safety and affordability of life-saving medications. The op-ed came out of his participation in Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill and at the National Institutes of Health advocating on issues of importance to those suffering from rare diseases.

Yeshiva University and several nearby communities will be celebrating the 25th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, with a special pre-Pesach yom iyun on March 11, 2018, along with various shiurim in multiple locations (Jewish Link of New Jersey, New Jersey Jewish Standard & The Jewish Star).

Sam Apple ’16YC shares how YU granted him the invaluable opportunity to learn Torah from an array of world-renowned rabbis and teachers while still preparing him to succeed in his dream role as a doctor (Times of Israel).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Professor Dr. Shelby Harris offers some tips for healthier sleeping habits in Popular Science.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat, representative of New York’s 13th congressional district, visited YU ’s Wilf Campus to discuss community engagement opportunities with YU President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman and Andrew Lauer, vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel at YU (Harlem World Magazine).

Rabbi Gideon Shloush, an adjunct professor at Stern College for Women and mentor at RIETS, reflects on his unique meeting with the Pope as president of the New York Board of Rabbis (Jewish Link of New Jersey).

The Center for the Jewish Future and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary recently launched “Drashas and Shiurim: From Good to Great,” a continuing rabbinic education course that provides communal, campus, and outreach rabbis with the tools they need to deliver engaging drashas and shiurim (5 Towns Jewish Times).

The New York Times, NY1 and The New York Post report on the incredible Cinderella run that has led the Macs to today’s NCAA tournament for the first time in University history.

A study by Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future finds that Modern Orthodox rabbis are struggling even as the community gets wealthier (Forward).

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik discussed the question of “Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?” with law professor Andrew Porwancher at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, California (Jewish Journal).

The Jewish Standard reports on two YU winter break missions that took students to opposite sides of the world—exploring Israeli innovation with entrepreneurs and tech industry leaders, and deepening their understanding of Jewish communal issues across the Midwest.

Maccabees senior forward Michal Alge set a new school-record with her 832nd career rebound this week (The Boston Globe).

Michael Strauss, interim dean of Sy Syms school of Business, discussed the school’s unique executive MBA program with Nachum Segal on “JM in the AM

The Jewish Week reports on a recent rabbinic compensation and benefits survey commissioned by the Center for the Jewish Future.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Aaron Wright spoke to the New York Law Journal about covering blockchain in law school syllabi.

YU’s annual Seforim Sale, North America’s largest Jewish book sale, runs through February 25 (The Jewish Standard).

The Wall Street Journal cites research led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Dr. Joseph Sparano on the effectiveness of chemotherapy for women with early-stage breast cancer.

The Baltimore Jewish Times interviews Joshua Zimmerman, Eli and Diana Zborowski Professor in Holocaust Studies and East European Jewish History, about Poland’s new Holocaust bill.

Rabbi Ozer Glickman, rosh yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, writes in The Jewish Standard about the risks of discussing religion and politics on social media.

Doron Stern has been appointed Yeshiva University vice president of communications (The 5 Towns Jewish Times & The Jewish Voice).

Rabbi Hayyim Angel, instructor of Bible and author of Keys to the Palace: Essays Exploring the Religious Value of Reading the Bible is profiled in The Jewish Standard.

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, tells the Claremont Review of Books about his latest online course, a series of lectures on the Jews’ relationship to the founding of the U.S.

YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Menachem Genack presented a lecture on Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address (The Jewish Standard).

The Jerusalem Post includes “Was Hamilton Jewish?,” a presentation by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik’s, director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, as one of the top activities in Jerusalem.

Gabriel Leifer was named to D3hoops.com team of the week and Skyline Conference rookie of the week.

Sy Syms School of Business Dean Michael Strauss keynoted Hillel Yeshiva High School’s Annual Follow Your Dreams program (Jewish Image Magazine, p.160,162).

Rabbi Gideon Shloush, instructor in Jewish studies at Stern College for Women, writes about his recent experience at the Vatican (Philadelphia Jewish Voice).

Dr. Chaim Nissel will address adults at a teen suicide prevention symposium on February 25 sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Center for Jewish Education and Jewish Family Service. (Texas Jewish Post, pgs. 2, 10).

Following the tragic shooting school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Dr. Lawrence Siegel, dean of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, writes about the need for increased mental health care funding (NY Daily News).

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, writes about U.S. Vice President Michael Pence’s address to the Knesset in The Wall Street Journal.

Internationally bestselling novelist Nicole Krauss will deliver this year’s Hillel Rogoff Memorial Lecture on February 6 (Jewish Standard & Jewish Voice).

In The Times of Israel, Rabbi Benjamin Blech, professor of Talmud, writes that we can all learn from the recent incident of the mistaken ballistic missile alert in Hawaii.

Aaron Wright, founder of the Blockchain Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, tells the Washington Post that companies like Kodak are looking to make a quick profit from the developing technology.

Yechiel Malik speaks to the Jewish Telegraph Agency about the opportunity provided him by the Katz School’s associate of science management degree program.

The NY Jewish Week interviews Dr. Steven Fine, Dean Churgin Professor of Jewish History and director of the Center for Israel Studies, about the removal of public monuments.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Dr. Karen Bonuck explains her research on ADHD and sleep disorders in children on FOX5.

Dr. Jeffrey Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, doesn’t believe that the faith of Eric Greitens, governor of Missouri, is an obstacle to his running for president (The Forward).

Cantor Sherwood Goffin of the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music attests to the ubiquity of “Shalom Aleicham” (The NY Jewish Week).

Tova Rosenberg, director of Hebrew language and special programs for the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/YU High School for Boys, praises the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn (U.S. News & World Report).

Eric Goldman, adjunct professor of cinema, reviews Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult in The Jewish Standard.

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, adjunct professor of Jewish history, asks if the U.K. and the United States might have intervened in the Holocaust sooner (The Jerusalem Post).

5 Towns Jewish Times reports on YUConnects, the popular relationship-building initiative of the CJF.