PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Shulamith Z. Berger
YH,’84B, YU archivist and curator of specialcollections at the Yeshiva UniversityMuseum, co-directed a specialexhibit on the history of kashrut in America from 1654 through theearly 20th century. Held atKosherfest 2003 in November atthe Jacob K. Javits ConventionCenter, the exhibit included adver-tisements for mainstream kosher products from the 1920s to the‘40s from Ms. Berger’s collection.
PhD, professor of chem-istry, was appointed to theInternational Activities Committeeof the American Chemical Society’sDivision of Chemical Education.Only 50 to 60 of this division’s5,400 members are selected for such service each year.
Jerome A. Chanes
YH,’64Y,W,adjunct professor, SCW, WSSW, and AGS, delivered a paper, “Is there a‘New’ anti-Semitism? Redefiningthe Protocols for Measuring anti-Semitism,” 2003 Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies,Boston. Also, he delivered“American Jews and the 2004Elections: Notes from DemographicSurveys,” Trinity College’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs. Hepublished “The American Jewish Agenda and the 2004 Elections” in
Religion in the News
. In fall and win-ter 2003, he developed and lec-tured at a ﬁve-ﬁlm series, “Anti-Semitism on the Screen,” JCC inManhattan.
Mordechai Z. Cohen,
PhD,‘87Y,R,B, associate professor of Bible, and
Louis H. Feldman
,PhD, Abraham Wouk FamilyProfessor of Classics and Literature,delivered lectures at CongregationEtz Chaim in Kew Gardens Hills,Queens, as part of the synagogue’s
two-year lecture series on “The Wisdom of Japhet in the Tents of Shem,” exploring aspects of culturethat Jews adapted from other peoples.
adjunct instruc-tor in art, was an exhibitor of hand-made paper and small sculpture aspart of “Artlink,” a show in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Dr. Louis Feldman
(see above)was named 2003 Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Scholarshiprecipient, for textual studies, by theNational Foundation for JewishCulture.
Joshua A. Fishman,
PhD,Distinguished University ResearchProfessor Emeritus, lectured on“Yiddish in the 21st Century: ASociolinguistic Perspective” as partof the George J. Stolnitz MemorialProgram of the Robert A. andSandra S. Borns Jewish StudiesProgram at Indiana University.
PhD, associateprofessor of psychology, and
, PhD, AGS instructor ineducation and psychology, present-ed “The Art of Teaching LumudeiKodesh in Multi-Level Classrooms;Strategies for Effective andMeaningful Instruction,” at a con-ference sponsored by the NewJersey Association of Jewish DaySchools in September.
Rabbi Robert S. Hirt,
senior adviser to the president, was ascholar-in-residence at the YaleUniversity Hillel in February. Hespoke on “Openness and Ortho-doxy: Compatible or Contradic-tory?” and “How Can a ModernJew Pray?”
President Richard M. Joel
trav-eled to Toronto in December tospeak at the Sephardic KehillaCentre on “Towards Nobility: AJewish Future.” The trip was his ﬁrstofﬁcial visit there as YU president.This was part of his visit to launchthe Jewish Education ScholarshipProgram under the leadership of Canadian Friends of YeshivaUniversity at a reception at thehome of CFYU National President,Robert Eli and Renee Rubensteinwhich raised $1 million.Scholarship recipients must agreeto teach in Toronto for three yearsafter completing their advanceddegree at the Azrieli GraduateSchool of Jewish Education and Administration.
Stephen H. Lazar,
EdD, Einsteinassistant dean, was the guest of theBen Gurion School of Medicine inBeersheva, Israel, and the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv,where he met with university ofﬁ-cials and gave two lectures to their faculty. Also, Dr. Lazar hosted some35 Einstein alumni at a reception inJerusalem that covered recentdevelopments at Einstein and YU.
PhD, Samson andHalina Bitensky Professor of Eco-nomics, contributed a chapter,“Welfare Programs and JewishLaw,” to
Public Policy Social Issues: Jewish Sources and Perspectives
(Marshal J. Breger, ed.; Westport,CT, Praeger 2003)
DistinguishedProfessor of Liturgical Music atPhilip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, became a command-er of the Legion of Honor, Poland’sequivalent of knighthood, inJanuary. At Blair House in Wash-ington, DC, the Israeli-born cantor of Fifth Avenue Synagogue inManhattan received the awardfrom Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski for his musical contri-bution to the international andPolish communities. A tenor, he hasperformed worldwide during along career that has included posi-tions in Israel, Johannesburg,London, and New York. He is theﬁrst Jewish cantor to receive thisaward from Poland.
Rabbi Alter B.Z. Metzger,
pro-fessor of Judaic studies, spoke on“The Joy of Holiness–A New ChasidicDimension” at an InternationalChabad Women Emissaries Confer-ence session and book signing for
Chasidic Perspectives: A Festival Anthology
, by Rabbi Menachem M.Schneerson, which Rabbi Metzger translated.
PhD, professor of philosophy, published “The Biblicaland Rabbinic Background toMedieval Jewish Philosophy,”
The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy.
Also, he spoke atCong. Ahavath Achim, NewBedford, MS; Torah in Motion,Toronto, Canada; at a NEFESHretreat in CN; and at Touro Schoolof Law.
Alvin I. Schiff,
PhD, ‘47Y,B,F, AGSIrving I. Stone DistinguishedProfessor of Jewish Education,authored
, a commen-tary on the Torah reading for RoshHashannah, and
,exegesis of key Hebraic terms in theTorah readings of Parshat LekhLekha and Parshat Vayeira. Theworks were published on theInternet at www.ivrit.org by theNational Center for the HebrewLanguage. Also, he spoke on “TheBiblical Source of Berachah andModeling Theory of Behavior for Contemporary Times,” at Cong.Torah Ohr, Boca Raton, FL.
Robert Moses Shapiro,
PhD,adjunct assistant professor of Jewishhistory, is editor of
Why Didn’t the Press Shout: American and Inter-national Journalism During the Holocaust 1933–1945
(Yeshiva Uni-versity Press with KTAV PublishingHouse, 2003), one of three ﬁnalistsfor a 2003 National Jewish Book Award in Holocaust Studies. Thebook contains papers presented ata YU conference in 1995 under theEli and Diana Zborowski Profes-sorial Chair in InterdisciplinaryHolocaust Studies.
PhD, associ-ate professor of psychology at FGS,was appointed by the AmericanPsychological Association’s Boardfor the Advancement of Psychologyin the Public Interest to serve on thecommittee on Women in Psy-chology. Dr. Silverstein’s termbegan Jan. 1 and will continue untilDec. 31, 2006.
PhD, ‘66Y, pro-fessor of Semitic languages and lit-eratures, was invited by the Center for Jewish Studies at HarvardUniversity to be a Harry Starr Fellowin Judaica during spring 2005 in“Biblical Exegesis from the SecondTemple Period through the Middle Ages.” In 1999 he was the Gerard Weinstock Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard.The Department of Student Affairsrecently announced four promo-tions:
’68S,W,toassociate dean of students, BerenCampus;
toassistant dean of students, BerenCampus;
todirector of residential life, BerenCampus;
to assis-tant director of athletics for under-graduate schools.
YESHIVAUNIVERSITYRonald P. Stanton,
ChairmanYU Board of Trustees
Richard M. Joel
Dr. Norman Lamm
Peter L. Ferrara
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Joshua L. Muss, Chairman, Board of Directors,Yeshiva College; Marjorie Diener Blenden, Chairman, Board of Directors, Stern College for Women; Bernard L.Madoff, Chairman, Board of Directors, Sy Syms School of Business; Robert A.Belfer, Chairperson, Board of Overseers, Albert Einstein College of Medicine;Kathryn O. Greenberg, Chairman, Board of Directors, Benjamin N. CardozoSchool of Law; Robert Schwalbe, Chair, Board of Governors, Wurzweiler School of Social Work; Mordecai D. Katz, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bernard RevelGraduate School of Jewish Studies; Katherine Sachs, Chair, Board of Governors,Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology; Moshael J. Straus, Chairman, Board of Directors, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration; JuliusBerman, Chairman, Board of Trustees, (afﬁliate) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan TheologicalSeminary; Erica Jesselson, Chairperson, Board of Directors, (afﬁliate) YeshivaUniversity Museum.
Board listings as of March 3, 2004
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A, AECOM Albert Einstein College of Medicine • AG Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration • BG, BGSS Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Sciences • B, BRGS Bernard RevelGraduate School of Jewish Studies • BSJM Belz School of Jewish Music • CTI Cantorial Training Institute• C, CSL Cardozo School of Law • F, FGS Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • I, IBC Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies • J, JSS James Striar School of General Jewish Studies • MSDCS Max SternDivision of Communal Services • Y, MYP Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies • SBMPStone Beit Midrash Program • R, RIETS Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary • S, SCW SternCollege for Women • SG Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences • SB, SSSB Sy Syms Schoolof Business • T, TI Teachers Institute • T, TIW Teachers Institute for Women • W, WSSW Wurzweiler Schoolof Social Work • Y, YC Yeshiva College • YH, YUHS Yeshiva University High Schools (MSTA The MarshaStern Talmudical Academy) (SWHSG Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls)
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Contested Memories: Poles and Jews During the Holocaust and its Aftermath
(Rutgers University Press), edited by Joshua Zimmerman,PhD, assistant professor of East European Jewish history and occupant,Eli and Diana Zborowski Chair in Holocaust Studies, was reviewed in theSunday, January 18, 2004 edition of the
Los Angeles Times Book Review
.The volume is based on papers delivered at an April 2000 Holocaustconference at YU and sponsored by BRGS and the Zborowski Chair. Itrepresents a reassessment by three generations of Polish and Jewishscholars of the existing historiography of Polish-Jewish relations justbefore, during, and after World War II.