, MLS, YH,’62T, deanof libraries, spoke about Jewishlibraries and archives in America ata symposium, “State of JewishLearning in America,” marking the350th anniversary of Jewish settle-ment in America, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, inNovember.
J. David Bleich
, PhD, Herbert andFlorence Tenzer Professor of Jew-ish Law and Ethics, presented“When Man Creates Man: As-sisted Reproduction, Cloning, andStem Cell Research Through thePrism of Halakhah and Ethics,”SCW Jubilee Lecture Series; and“Ethical and Halakhic Issues inClient Representation” and “NewMedical Technologies: The Halak-hic Perspective,” Halakhah Con- ference for Professionals and Busi-ness Leaders, Agudath Israel of America.
Richard K. Caputo
, PhD, WSSWprofessor, presented “Equalizationof meeting needs vs. equalizationof income distribution: Reconsi-derations of basic income andeconomic justice in light of VanParijs and Zucker” at the 10thBasic Income European NetworkCongress in Barcelona, and“Poverty reduction vs. reducingincome inequality: Framing dis-tributive justice in light of VanParijs and Zucker” at the SocialJustice Conference 2004, in Re-gina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Louis H. Feldman
, PhD, Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classicsand Literature, spoke at a Societyof Biblical Literature conference inSan Antonio on “Josephus the Mor-alist: The War against Amalek.”
, EdD, Kusch-itzky Professor of Jewish Educationat AGS, presented “Winning Strat-egies in Coping with Your Most Vexing Leadership Challenges” atthe 48th National Convention of Torah Umesorah last May, and inNovember served as consultantand trainer at the MaimonidesSchool of Boston and at YeshivaSiach Yitzchok.
, PhD, YC assis-tant professor of English, pub-lished an article, “Female Gothicand the Institutionalization of Gothic Studies” in
May 2004. She also reviewed“The Center Will Hold: CriticalPerspectives on Writing Center Scholarship” in the
Writing Center Journal,
Sheldon R. Gelman
, PhD, Doro-thy and David I. Schachne Dean of WSSW, and
,DSW, WSSW professor, presented“A loss of credibility: Patterns of wrongdoing among nongovern-mental organizations” at the Inter-national Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Sixth Interna-tional Conference in Toronto. Dr.Gibelman also spoke about“Acting on our values: Do humanservice professionals volunteer?”with
Jay S. Sweifach
, DSW, ‘88W, WSSW assistant professor.
, PhD, AGS assis-tant professor, provided a full-dayseminar at the Techer FellowshipProgram, a project of the Avi ChaiFoundation, last May. Also, he leda four-day workshop at West-chester Day School DifferentiatedInstruction Institute in June. Hepresented a paper, “The Relation-ship Between English and HebrewReading Comprehension andTeacher Reported Behavior Prob-lems,” at the Conference of theSociety for the Scientiﬁc Study of Reading in Amsterdam in June.
, PhD, BRGS dean,was invited to deliver the First Annual Renowned Jewish Scholar Lecture at the Pope John Paul IICultural Center in Washington,DC. He spoke on “MosesMaimonides: Legal scholar andphilosopher for the ages.” He alsoparticipated in a Maimonides con- ference at Vanderbilt University,where he spoke on “Maimonidesas biblical exegete.”
, PhD, YH,’77Y,B,R, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Jewish History, and chairman,Rebecca Ivry Department of Jew-ish Studies, SCW, was named vicepresident of the Association for Jewish Studies, the leading profes-sional organization for professorsof Jewish studies in North America.
, PhD, YH,’55Y,R,W, Samuel J. and Jean SableProfessor of Jewish Family Social Work, WSSW, authored two arti-cles: “Conﬁdentiality: An EthicalDilemma for Israeli Social Work-ers,”
Journal of Religion and Spiritu-ality in Social Work,
23:3, 2004;and “An Ethical Dilemma in Elder Abuse,”
Journal of Gerontological Social W ork,
Rabbi Alter B. Z. Metzger
, pro- fessor of Judaic studies, spoke atChabad Lubavitch Oxford, Eng-land, on “Chassidic Narratives:Prisms for Existential Transcen-dence,” in November.
, a graduatestudent at Einstein, was selectedto present a mini-symposium talk,“A Role for Clathrin Coated Vesicles in the Assembly of theGolgi Apparatus,” at the 44th Annual Meeting of the AmericanSociety for Cell Biology held in Washington, DC, in December.She is conducting her thesis re-search in the laboratory of DennisShields, PhD, professor of devel-opmental and molecular biology.
Alvin I. Schiff
, PhD, ’47Y,F, IrvingI. Stone Distinguished Professor of Jewish Education, authored anessay, “New Beginnings: JewishUnity According to Torah Tradi-tion,” in
Young Israelof Oceanside; he was featured in“Funding Jewish Education: Retro-spect and Prospect,” his op-ed ar-ticle appeared in
andhe was honored as an “HonoredEducational Pioneer” by the Con- ference for Administrators of Non-Public Schools, NY State Educa-tion Department, Albany, NY.
YH,’69Y,R, PhD, AGS dean, was keynote speaker atthe annual conference of TorontoDay School Principals and Admini-strators, October 29–31. While inJerusalem recently, he presentedthe following papers: “Jewish Edu-cation Policies in the United Statesin Light of the 2000–1 PopulationSurvey,” Jerusalem Center for Pub-lic Affairs; “Zionism and Israel inthe Eyes of American Jews,” Collo-quium of the Department of Poli-tical Studies, Bar Ilan University,and “The Right to an Education in American Constitutional Law andJewish Tradition,” Churgan Schoolof Education, Bar Ilan University.
YH,’69Y,B,R, profes-sor of philosophy, SCW, was aguest scholar at King’s College,London, where he delivered a lec-ture and a faculty seminar onMaimonides.
Rabbi Aaron Ben-Zion Shiurin
’40Y,R, longtime lecturer in Jewishstudies at SCW who retired in2001, was honored by the
in November for his 60 years as a columnist for the news-paper’s Yiddish edition.
Richard C. Steiner
, PhD, ’66Y,professor of Semitic languages andliteratures at BRGS, was invited tobe a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaicaat the Center for Jewish Studies,Harvard University, for the 2005spring semester. He will conductresearch in the area of biblical exe-gesis from the Second TemplePeriod through the Middle Ages.
, PhD, WSSW associ-ate professor, presented “Socialwork with the elderly: The US ver-sus Cuban situation,”at the Univer-sity of the Older Adult Conferenceon the Elderly in Havana, Cuba.
Cantor Moshe Tessone
, BSJM in-structor, recorded “Odeh La’El,” analbum of Sephardic and MiddleEastern Jewish songs in the Judeo- Arabic genre that incorporatessounds from Middle Eastern, Lev-antine, Balkan, and North Africangenres.
Rabbi Elchanan Adler
’95R,A,MYP/RIETS rosh yeshiva, and hiswife,
Miriam (Gaisin) Adler
’93S,on the birth of a son, Yaakov Meir.
, YU, YC,SCW, and YUM board member;Beth Heller; and
,RIETS trustee on the birth of agrandson to parents Shira (Heller)and Steven Stein.
’75Y,CTI, deputy to thepresident, on the loss of his father,Stanley Fox.
, an educator and coach at YU, 1938–1973. Hewas cofounder of the Metropoli-tan Jewish High School League,where he compiled a coachingrecord of 413–170. Also, he waschief of corrective therapy atBronx Veterans AdministrationHospital, and producer and direc-tor of “Courage Takes the Wheel,”a ﬁlm about training and rehabili-tating a paraplegic Israeli war vet-eran he taught to drive. For hiseffort, he received an award fromthe VA and the Israel Ministry of Defense. Mr. Wettstein was 92.
, who worked at theGottesman Library, most recentlyat the circulation desk, for morethan 30 years. Condolences to her husband, Sol; daughter, Brenda;and son, Arnold.
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The Company My Father Built
by Susan Bitensky Lerner Sands Point Press
The author tells the story of her father, honorary YU boardmember and FGS board chair emeritus Samson Bitensky, whogrew up in inter war Poland. She traces his journey to Americaand chronicles how he became a textile manufacturer andCEO of Fab Industries.