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Finding the Sacred in Senegal
Find out how a recent mission to Senegal run by AmericanJewish World Service changed the perspectives of four students.
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Watch high schoolstudents interviewHolocaust survivorsin the Names NotNumbers project.
See photos of ourstudents workingas counselors atCounterpoint sraelsummer camps.
UE 14 • N. 1
Dr. Henry Kressel
Chairman, YU Board of Trustees
Richard . Joel Dr. Norman amm
Georgia B. Pollak
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
Stanley I. Raskas, Chairman, Board of Directors, Yeshiva College; Shira Yoshar, Chairman, Boardof Directors, Stern College for Women; Josh Weston, Chairman, Board of Directors, Sy SymsSchool of Business; Ruth L. Gottesman, Chairperson, Board of Overseers, Albert Einstein Collegeof Medicine; Kathryn O. Greenberg and Leslie E. Payson, Co-Chairs, Board of Directors, BenjaminN. Cardozo School of Law; Robert Schwalbe, Chair, Board of Governors, Wurzweiler School ofSocial Work; Mordecai D. Katz, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bernard Revel Graduate Schoolof Jewish Studies; Carol Bravmann, Chair, Board of Governors, Ferkauf Graduate School ofPsychology; Moshael J. Straus, Chairman, Board of Directors, Azrieli Graduate School of JewishEducation and Administration; Julius Berman, Chairman, Board of Trustees, (afliate) Rabbi IsaacElchanan Theological Seminary; Miriam Goldberg, Chairman, Board of Trustees, YU High Schools;
Theodore N. Mirvis and Michael Jesselson, Co-Chairs, Board of Directors, (afliate) YeshivaUniversity Museum. Board listing as of Sept. 1, 2009.
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Editor-in-Chief Editor Designer
Dan Bretl, Paulette Crowther, Enrique Cubillo, Susan Davis, Zev Eleff, Marc Fein, Karen Gardner,Norman Goldberg, Peter Robertson, Hedy Shulman, V. Jane Windsor, Yael Wolynetz, Matthew Yaniv
is published quarterly by the Ofce of Communications and Public Affairs and is distributedfree to faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends. It keeps them informed of news fromacross Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate divisions and afliates. The quarterlynewsletter covers academic and campus life, faculty and student research, community outreachand philanthropic support. It showcases the University’s mission of Torah Umadda, the combina-tion of Jewish textual study and values with secular learning, through stories about the diverseachievements of the University community.© Yeshiva University 2009 • Ofce of Communications and Public AffairsFurst Hall Room 401 • 500 West 185th St. • New York, NY 10033-3201 • Tel: 212.960.5285
Stern Expands CurriculumWith New Grants
jeiSh edUcaTion Track eSTabliShed iTh SUpporT from leGacy heriTaGe fUnd
ine young women whodream of becoming Jew-ish studies teachers begintheir studies at Stern Collegefor Women this fall, thanks to arecent grant from Legacy Heri-tage Fund that has created a newconcentration in Jewish educa-tion within the Jewish studiesmajor.“Legacy Heritage Fund,through this Jewish EducatorsProject, will ultimately elevatethe caliber of instruction in Jew-ish schools nationwide, provid-ing children with a new cadreof dynamic and creative teach-ers to enrich our educationalsystems,” said Dr. Karen Bacon,The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean.The scholars will receivefull tuition support in the formof grants and forgivable loansfor three years of undergraduatestudy. Graduates who work inthe eld of Jewish education forthree years will have their loansforgiven in full.Each scholar will beassigned a mentor for the rsttwo years of her employment inJewish education to support herprofessional development.Deena Rabinovich, aninstructor in Bible at Stern Col-lege, directs the program. Shewill develop new pedagogiccourses, oversee eldwork, stu-dent teaching and mentoring,and coordinate the programwith the oerings at Azrieli forstudents wishing to pursueadvanced degrees.
A new fellowship oered byStern College this fall, with thepartnership and support of theJewish Foundation for Educa-tion of Women (JFEW), willenable high-achieving sopho-mores to further excel in thesciences.“Stern is home to a recordnumber of women enrolled inscience programs in preparationfor careers in both clinical areasand research,” said Dean Bacon.“With the support of the foun-dation, a select group will nowhave the benet of enhancedscholarships, mentoring and sti-pends to conduct research.”This year and next, 10 JFEWFellows will receive $10,000 schol-arships for each of three years.A stipend of $2,500 will supporttheir summer research intern-ships.The fellows will be oeredthe opportunity to attend andpresent research at national andinternational conferences. Men-tors from the Stern faculty willadvise the students on courseselection, research experienceand preparation for graduateschool applications.“Since 1880, JFEW hashelped women achieve their edu-cational aspirations and contrib-ute to society,” said Jill Smith,vice president and chair of thefoundation’s Jewish Commu-nity Program. “Stern is similarlycommitted to women’s educa-tional achievement.”
Rabinovich directs program.JFEW fellowship prepares students for science careers.
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Barry Eichler Appointed New YC Dean
r. Barry Eichler ’60Y, pro-fessor of Bible and ancientNear Eastern studies at Yeshiva College (YC) and Ber-nard Revel Graduate Schoolof Jewish Studies, has beenappointed as dean of YC for thenext two years. Dr. David Srolo-vitz resigned as dean in late Julyto accept a high-level researchopportunity in Singapore, wherehe is scientic advisor to theAgency for Science, Technol-ogy, and Research’s (A*STAR)Science and Engineering Research Council andscientic director to A*STAR’s Institute for HighPerformance Computing. Srolovitz is on leave asprofessor of physics at YC.Eichler, a distinguished scholar and educator, joined YU full time last year after 40 years as profes-sor of Assyriology in the Department of Near East-ern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. A YC graduate, he returned periodi-cally over the years as a visiting professor at Revel.“Dean Eichler shares mycommitment to invest in build-ing the undergraduate enter-prise at Yeshiva and to advancethe quality of teaching andresearch,” said President Rich-ard M. Joel. “He is dedicated tocelebrating the Torah in all itsfacets and to ensuring that ourstudents will be welcomed atthe nest graduate and profes-sional institutions.”Eichler founded Penn’s Jewish studies programand curated the Babylonian Tablet Collection at itsMuseum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Hetaught at Penn Law and was a visiting professor atHebrew University and a fellow at Yale University.He is the author or editor of ve books andmany articles. Most of his publications focus onthe application of Mesopotamian literature to thestudy of the Bible.
Eichler founded Penn’s Jewishstudies program.