YU Receives $1M Gift for Program on “Israel and the Rule of Law”

Bequest From Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt Estate Will Support Innovative Programming at Center for Israel Studies

Yeshiva University has received a bequest of $1 million from the Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt Estate to create a new program housed in the Center for Israel Studies (CIS), titled The Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on “Israel and the Rule of Law.”

“The new program will present and explore Israel in all of its complexity,” said CIS Director Dr. Steven Fine, the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History. “It will influence both the next generation and people far beyond YU through a broad and deep range of scholarship, programs and events.”

Tentative programming for 2017 will include lectures from both YU faculty and visiting speakers, courses, book discussions, conferences (such as a recent gathering to honor the work of Nobel Laureate S.Y. Agnon), museum exhibitions and artistic presentations, such as Fine’s digital restoration of the Arch of Titus.

Throughout their lives, Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt ardently supported the survival of Jewish communities around the world. Joseph wrote his doctorate at Columbia Universityon the Histadrut, the Israel federation of labor organizations founded in 1920, and Faye, who trained as a speech therapist, worked with Torah Umesorah in the establishment of Jewish day schools. They took great pride in what they saw as the convergence of Israel and the rule of law and committed their professional lives to promoting this principle.

“Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt committed their lives to the State of Israel as a Jewish State, grounded in ethics and the rule of law,” said President Richard M. Joel. “This new program will focus on the relationship between Medinat Yisrael [the State of Israel]     and Jewish values. With this bequest, Yeshiva University looks forward to sharing those values with the world through the Center for Israel Studies.”

Learn more about YU’s Center for Israel Studies at www.yu.edu/cis.