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      I      N      S      I      D      E
‘Red’ Sarachek,Former BasketballCoach, Dies
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Schools Rally toKatrina Victims’ Aid
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Stern Senior  Volunteers inRural Ghana
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NY Senator Highlights50th Gala
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eshiva University hasmobilized its stu-dents,staff, and fac-ulty for the Centerfor the Jewish Future, a majornew initiative that will ce-ment its position as the voiceand sentry of modern Ortho-doxy while providing a vehi-cle to shape American Jewryfor future generations.The multidisciplinary cen-ter harnesses the educationalresources, commitment toservice, and intellectual capi-tal of the entire university toarticulate a vision for thefuture while working to makethe vision a reality. The centerhas developed a comprehen-sive series of initiatives focus-ing on education, research,professional and lay leader-ship development, and serv-ice to the community.“For more than a century,Yeshiva University has pro-moted scholarship and activ-ism to enrich American Jew-ish Orthodoxy in a rapidlyevolving world,” said Pres-ident Richard M. Joel. “Now,with the launch of the Centerfor the Jewish Future, YUcombines its multi-facetedefforts to creatively mold andinfluence the Jewish future forgenerations to come. Indeed,the center magnificently actu-alizes the university’s missionof bringing wisdom to life.”In the first few weeks afterit opened in August, theCenter for the Jewish Futuresent trained YU alumni vol-unteers and a trauma special-ist to Houston to helpHurricane Katrina evacuees(see page 3), helped raise near-ly half a million dollars inpartnership with the Ortho-dox Union and the RabbinicalCouncil of America for hurri-cane victims, gathered 50 rab-bis for a
 yarchai kallah
(rab-binic conclave) to train inareas of pedagogy, contempo-rary Jewish law and adminis-tration (see page 7), formed apartnership with the Ortho-dox Caucus, and trained 25students and 170 camp coun-selors in leadership and com-munication skills.“I’m excited about thepace,” said Rabbi KennethBrander, inaugural dean of theCenter, whose temporary of-fice was buzzing with visitorsand phone calls the momenthe arrived on campus. “Whatwe’ve been able to accomplishalready, in such a short time,highlights to me our vastpotential.”Rabbi Brander is a YU grad-uate who received his ordina-tion from the Rabbi IsaacElchanan Theological Seminary,as well as an advanced rab-binical degree in medicalethics with a focus on fertilityand Jewish law. He is the rabbi
 YU Establishes the Center for the Jewish Future
Rabbi Kenneth Brander Leads Multidisciplinary Initiative to Shape Jewish Life in North America 
On-Campus Launch DrawsHuge Student Interest
Almost 1,000 students attended the on-campus launch of the Center for the Jewish Future, called “You Are the Ticketto Our Future,” held over three days in September.Crowds of students were welcomed with a festive atmos-phere that included food and free giveaways such as USBjump drives, T-shirts, water bottles, and CDs with a shiur.“The launch generated a tremendous amount of excite-ment among students,” said Jonah Abramowitz, a junior atYeshiva College. “Everyone who walked by the tent wastalking about the center later that day.”Students met with the leaders of each division at CJFand signed up for volunteer programs.“We wanted to take this opportunity to share our missionwith the students and to partner with them as we go for-ward,” Rabbi Brander said “We were humbled by theirenthusiasm and embrace.”
David Srolovitz, Princeton Scientist, Chosen As YC Dean
avid J. Srolovitz,PhD, professor andchair of PrincetonUniversity’s Depart-ment of Mechanical and Aero-space Engineering, has beenappointed as the 10th dean of Yeshiva College, effective June1, 2006.Dr. Srolovitz is president of the Society for EngineeringScience, editor of a scientificjournal and four books, au-thor of six government re-ports and hundreds of schol-arly articles, holder of twopatents, and recipient of hon-ors from dozens of profession-al organizations.He holds his doctorate inMaterials Science and Eng-ineering from the Universityof Pennsylvania.“Dr. Srolovitz will play an in-tegral role in leading YeshivaCollege’s efforts to fortify itsposition as a major collegewith first-rate academics,”said President Richard M. Joel.“With his stellar academicrecord and commitment to Jewish life, he exemplifies thetwin pillars of Torah Umadda.”Dr. Srolovitz and his familyare involved in their local Je-wish community in HighlandPark, NJ. His son, Aron, is asecond-year
studentat YU’s Rabbi Isaac ElchananTheological Seminary and thecoordinator of programmingfor the Eimatai Yeshiva HighSchool Leadership Project. Hiswife, Caren, teaches at Bru-riah High School for Girls inElizabeth, NJ.Explaining his shift fromresearch to a position of lead-ership, Dr. Srolovitz said hewas drawn by “the opportuni-ty to build an expanded, aca-demically-focused institutioninto one of the strongest col-leges in the United States.”“I intend to be a hands-ondean,” he said. “This meanshaving an ongoing relation-ship with the students, facul-ty, and scholars who lead theundergraduate Jewish studiesprograms. I want to be in-volved in every aspect of theYU experience that touchesthe lives of YC students.”
Rabbi Kenneth Brander David Srolovitz, YC’s 10th dean.
continued on page 5
December 2005
Amy Ament
, ’96AG, an AGS doc-toral student, authored “Engen-dering Equality in the Early Child-hood Classroom” in
 Jewish Values or Growing Outstanding JewishChildren
, edited by Cheryl Meskin(CAJE, 2005).
Shani Bechhofer
, PhD, ’86S, AGSassistant professor, authored“Change in Jewish Day Schools:Organizational Capacity andBarriers,”
 Journal of Jewish Educa-tion
, fall 2004.
Lea Blau
, PhD, SCW professor of chemistry;
Donald Estes
, PhD,SCW laboratory specialist; and
Lance Silverman
, PhD, and
,both YC instructors of chemistry, attended the GordonConference on Chemistry Educa-tion Research and Practice atConnecticut College in New Lon-don in June.Drs. Estes and Blaupresenteda poster, “The DNAMelt: Composition, Sequence,and Thermodynamics,” represent-ing work done in collaborationwith SCW student
Nomi Ben-Zvi
Moshe Carmilly-Weinberger
,pro- fessor emeritus of Jewish studies,contributed an article, “AnneFrank’s Diary and Its Place in World Literature” to
Studia Judaica 
,vol. 13, 2005. The volumewaspublished by the Dr. MosheCarmilly Institute at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Healso authored the forward toMagda Herzberger’s
(Aus-tin, 2005).Five students at YUHS-Girls werenamed Commended Students inthe 2006 National Merit Program:
Elissa Gelnick 
Elana Riback 
Esther Rollhais
Jaimie Stettin
Nava Streiter
Shira Apfel
was a semifinalist.
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
 YH,’90Y,R, YUHS-Boys head of school, waspart of a delegation of 60 Amer-ican rabbis who met with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC,in September. The meeting was co-ordinated by George Mason Uni-versity’s Center for World Reli-gions, Diplomacy and Conflict Res-olution. The Jordanian king spokeabout “Islam and Judaism: BeyondTolerance.”
Ephraim Kanarfogel,
PhD, YH,’77Y,R,B,E. Billi Ivry Professor of JewishHistory and chair, Rebecca IvryDepartment of Jewish Studies atSCW, represented the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) at theannual meeting of the AmericanCouncil of Learned Societies inPhiladelphia and at the 14th World Congress for Jewish Studiesin Jerusalem, where he offeredgreetings, together with thePresident of Israel, Moshe Katzav,and the presidents of HebrewUniversity and the World Union of Jewish Studies. He delivered aseries of papers at conferencescommemorating the 900thanniversary of Rashi’s death thatwere held in Jerusalem; Portland,OR; Chicago; and Worms, Germany.His most recent publicationsinclude entries on the Tosafot andon the history of the rabbinatethrough the early modern periodin the second edition of the
Encyclopedia of Religion
and anarticle in
Printing the Talmud: FromBomberg to Schottenstein,
pub-lished by YU Museum.
Abigail Lerner
, director of admis-sions at YUHS-Girls, is the recipientof a 2005 Greenspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Ed-ucation. In addition to her admini-strative responsibilities, she teach-es a course on women and Jewishlaw. The award honors outstand-ing classroom-based teachersin formal Jewish educational settings.
Aaron Levine
, PhD, Samson andHalina Bitensky Professor of Eco-nomics, published three articles:“Price Controls in Jewish Law—AnEfficiency Analysis,”
Dinè Israel 
23,2005; “Ethical Dilemmas in theTelemarketer Industry,”
,vol. 38 no. 3, fall 2004; “Ethicsand Efficiency and the Role for Government in Fostering EthicalConduct Within the Framework of  Altman’s Behavioral Model,”
 Jour-nal of Economic Psychology 
, vol.26, Oct. 2005.
David Pelcovitz
, PhD, Gwendolynand Joseph Straus Professor of Jewish Education at AGS and SCW,spoke on “Children and Trauma”at the Center for Clinical PastoralEducation in July.
Henry T. Rubin
, JD, YU’s senior director of gift planning, Depart-ment of Institutional Advance-ment, spoke on “Estate and GiftPlanning for Physicians and HealthCare Professionals” at the 2005National Conference on PlannedGiving, in Kissimmee, FL in Sep-tember. This is the second consec-utive year he was asked to speakat this conference, which attractsmore than 500 gift planning experts,attorneys, and financial planners.
Moshe Sokolow
, PhD, YH,’69Y,B,Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Professor of Jewish Education, AGS, wrote“Parshat Haazinu” in
edited by Naftali Rotten-berg (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute,2005).
Judith Tiger
, YUHS-Girls Englishdepartment chair, received the2005 Educator of Excellence Award from the New York StateEnglish Council. The awards hon-or teachers who are “leaders inthe classroom, and who consis-tently strive to improve the in-structional practice of themselvesand their colleagues.”
Joseph Glass
 YH,’98Y, associatedirector of annual giving, on themarriage of his brother, David’05SB, to Estee Slansky.
Sam Hartstein
’43Y, former PRdirector, and wife Rachel on thebirth of a grandson, Jordan ElliotHarstein, to Jonathan and Carole.
President Richard M. Joel
andwife Esther (Ribner) ’83F on thebirth of a grandson to Aliza(Schwartz) ’98S,A and Rabbi Avery Joel ’00Y,R.
Rabbi Ari Rockoff 
’00SB,R, direc-tor of community initiatives, andwife Deborah (Podell) ’97S on thebirth of daughter Sheera Abigail.
Albert T. Brod
, in September.A YUGuardian with his wife, Lois, heestablished the Albert T. and LoisBrod Scholarship and the Albert T.and Ruth Hagy Brod Scholarship.
Norman F. Levy
, in September. With his late wife, Betty, hebecame an Einstein Founder andCancer Research Donor. Theyestablished the Betty and NormanF. Levy Foundation Fellowship atBRGS and the Norman F. LevyLobby at the Beren Campus.
Ruth (Goldman) Miller
’65W, in August. She was the wife of thelate
Rabbi Israel Miller
’38Y,R,YUsenior vice president emeritus.Condolences to children
RabbiDovid Miller
’68Y,R,B, director of  YU’s Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem;
Rabbi Michael Miller
Judy Kalish
’80S; and Debbie Kram.
Harold Nierenberg
, in October.He was the second dean of SSSB.Condolences to his wife, Laura,and the entire family.
Noam Shudofsky
, PhD ‘77F, inMarch. An educator and retired ad-ministrator at the Ramaz School,he taught at AGS for 17 years.Condolences to wife Nehama(Deutsch) YH,’54TI, and children,Binyamin (Shudofsky) Shalev ‘79Y,Rachel, and Leora.
Harvey Barnett
, SSSB adjunctprofessor of management, on theloss of his father , Maurice.
Edward Burns
, MD, AECOM pro- fessor of medicine and pathology,and associate dean of academic af- fairs, on the loss of his mother, Pola.
Jacob Glueck 
, a YU Benefactor with his daughter, Vivian GlueckRosenberg, on the loss of his sister,Betty Kahan. She was the mother of Rabbi Nathan Kahan ’74Y,B,R.
Kathryn O. Greenberg
, CSL boardchair, and her husband, Alan, onthe loss of his mother, Esther Greenberg.
People in the News
Red Sarachek, LegendaryBasketball Coach, Dies
Bernard “Red” Sarachek, leg-endary head basketball coach atYeshiva University from 1942to 1943 and 1945 to 1969,passed away in Deerfield, FL,Nov. 14 at the age of 93.As athletic director, he ledand inspired generations of YUathletes. He willingly lent hisunparalleled expertise tocoaches and players through-out the United States andIsrael. Red Sarachek has beenimmortalized at YU through itsannual national Jewish highschool basketball tournamentthat proudly carries his name.Condolences to his children, Arlene (and Joseph)Weismann, Esther (and Bert) Blitner, Jules, and Michael(and Jane), his eight grandchildren, and three great grand-children.News of Red Sarachek’s death broke as we went to press.Look for an article about him in the next issue.
Key to School Abbreviations
 A, AECOM Albert Einstein College of Medicine • AG, AGI Azrieli GraduateSchool of Jewish Education and Administration • BG, BGSS Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Sciences • B, BRGS Bernard Revel GraduateSchool of Jewish Studies • BSJM Belz School of Jewish Music • CTICantorial Training Institute • C, CSL Cardozo School of Law • F, FGSFerkauf Graduate School of Psychology • I, IBC Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies • J, JSS James Striar School of General Jewish Studies •MSDCS Max Stern Division of Communal Services • Y, MYP YeshivaProgram/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies • SBMP Stone Beit MidrashProgram • R, RIETS Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary • S, SCWStern College for Women • SG Sue Golding Graduate Division of MedicalSciences • SB, SSSB Sy Syms School of Business • T, TI Teachers Institute •T, TIW Teachers Institute for Women • W, WSSW Wurzweiler School of Social Work • Y, YC Yeshiva College • YH, YUHS Yeshiva University HighSchools (MSTA The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy) (SWHSG SamuelH. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls)
ChairmanYU Board of Trustees 
Richard M. Joel
Dr. Norman Lamm
Georgia B. Pollak
Executive Director of University Communications 
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; Ira M. Millstein,Chairperson, Board of Overseers, AlbertEinstein College of Medicine; Kathryn O. Greenberg, Chairman, Board of Directors, BenjaminN. Cardozo School of Law; Robert Schwalbe, Chair, Board of Governors, Wurzweiler School of Social Work; Mordecai D. Katz, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bernard Revel Graduate Schoolof Jewish Studies; Katherine Sachs, Chair, Board of Governors, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology; Moshael J. Straus, Chairman, Board of Directors, Azrieli Graduate School of JewishEducation and Administration; Julius Berman, Chairman,Board of Trustees, (affiliate) RabbiIsaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; Erica Jesselson, Chairperson, Board of Directors, (affiliate) Yeshiva University Museum.
Board listings as of November 1, 2005.
Jerry Bergman, Marcy Frank, June Glazer, Norman GoldbergDavid Hillstrom, Cara Huzinec, Esther KustanowitzPeter Robertson, Deborah Schupack, Hedy Shulman, V. Jane Windsor 
Yeshiva University Today 
is published every two months during the academic year by the Yeshiva University Department of Communications and Public Affairs, 401 Furst Hall,500 West185th St., New York, NY 10033-3201 (212-960-5285). It is distributed freeon campus to faculty,staff, and students. © Yeshiva University 2005
December 2005
 YU Schools Rally to Help Hurricane Katrina Victims
eshiva University stu-dents, faculty, andstaff from all schoolsrallied together tohelp victims of HurricaneKatrina on the Gulf coast in theweeks after the catastrophe.The YU student-run groupL’man Achai (“for the sake of our brothers”) raised $6,700for the hurricane relief fundof Robert M. Beren Academyin Houston. The money, col-lected from YU students andcommunities in the metropol-itan area, has been earmarkedto help displaced families inthe Houston area.David Pelcovitz, PhD, theGwendolyn and Joseph StrausProfessor of Jewish Educationat Azrieli Graduate School of  Jewish Education and Admin-istration, and Rabbi DavidIsrael, director of the Associ-ation of Modern OrthodoxDay Schools (AMODS) at theCenter for the Jewish Futuretraveled to Memphis Sept. 8where some victims had beenrelocated. Dr. Pelcovitz, a trau-maspecialist, met with parents,teachers, and children now at-tending the Margolin Acad-emy and Cooper High School/Yeshiva of the South, as wellas rabbinic and lay leaders.Under the auspices of AMODS, four YU graduates—Ethan Eisen, Atara Fuchs, AdinaBloomberg, and Yoni Wiesel—worked as teachers’ aides atthe Margolin Academy. Theyhelped out in the resourceroom, assisted with specialevents, and took New Orleansand Memphis children onfield trips to the zoo.Rabbi Moshe Bellows, di-rector of social and organiza-tional leadership training atCJF, assembled a responseteam of three trained YUalumni who flew to Houstonto work with UJA-Federationofficials from Houston andNew Orleans.Aliza Abrams, a presiden-tial fellow at CJF; Rabbi AryehLightstone, assistant rabbiin West Orange, NJ, who wasordained at Rabbi IsaacElchanan Theological Semi-nary; and Phil Moskowitz, athird-year rabbinical studentat RIETS, liaised with donorsand helped allocate donationsto hurricane victims.“Our immediate responsi-bility was to organize Opera-tion Compassion, an inter-faith initiative to coordinatevolunteer efforts at George R.Brown Convention Center indowntown Houston,” said Mr.Moskowitz.The team toured the con-vention center and met with itstemporary residents. “Thesepeople didn’t know wherethey were going to live. Theyhad moved a number of timesalready,” said Ms. Abrams.“Everything they owned wason their cot, but they werehopeful about the future andgrateful to have escaped withtheir lives.”Benjamin N. Cardozo Schoolof Law admitted nine secondand third-year students fromTulane Law School as visitorsfor one semester. Tuition waswaived for those studentswho paid tuition to theirhome institutions. In addi-tion, Cardozo worked withpublishers to arrange freetextbooks and study aids.The Cardozo Democrats rana successful clothing drive.The Student Bar Associationand Public Interest Law Stu-dent Association organized afundraiser, which donated mo-ney to American Red Cross,Habitat for Humanity, and Op-eration USA, raising $3,762.The law school agreed tomatch funds raised on Sept.13, adding $1,635—bringingthe final amount to $5,398.Through the American Psy-chological Association, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psycho-logy offered to provide cours-es tuition-free during the fallsemester to students displacedby Hurricane Katrina now stay-ing in the New York metroarea.As we go to press, WurzweilerSchool of Social Work was col-lecting excess books, somefrom the library of Prof.Margaret Gibelman, whopassed away in June, to do-nate to schools of social workon the Gulf Coast whose li-braries were destroyed.
Ms. Abrams plays with an evacuee in Houston.
Library Loans Rare Bible toMetropolitan Museum of Art
rare 15th-century He-brew Bible, held byYeshiva University’sMendel GottesmanLibrary, is on view at theMetropolitan Museum of Artas part of its “Prague, TheCrown of Bohemia, 1347–1437” exhibition until Janu-ary 3, 2006.One of the finest examplesof a complete Hebrew manu-script Bible in existence, it iswritten in Hebrew and dated1489 in the city of Prague.The three-volume manu-script, valued at $3 million,includes 84 leaves with illu-minated panels, gold calligra-phy against foliate decora-tions and exegesis by Rashi,the renowned medieval com-mentator. Due to anti-Semi-tismin medieval times, hard-ly any works of this naturehave survived.The Prague Bible has beenheld at the Gottesman Li-brary in the Rare Books andManuscripts Collection since1985, when the late Ludwig Jesselson, former YU boardchair, and his wife, Erica, chairof the YU Museum board,ar-ranged for it to be presentedto Yeshiva University.The library plans to pub-lish a digital version of themanuscript within the year.Written for Israel Pinchas of Prague by a scribe identified asMatityah ben Jonah, the Biblelater belonged to the philoso-pher Moses Mendelssohn. Thework then passed into thehands of the famed BerlinCourt Jew, Daniel Itzig, andthen to Rabbi Abraham Geiger,the noted scholar and leaderof the Reform movement.It is believed the manu-script became the propertyof the Hochscule fur dieWissenschaft des Judenthums(Academy for the Science of  Judaism) in Berlin, whereRabbi Geiger was a facultymember, until it was takenout of Nazi Germany, alongwith other rare books, by afaculty member.In 1984, the items weresold through Sotheby’s. RobertAbrams, then New York StateAttorney General, sued theauction house on the groundsthat the treasures did notbelong to an individual but tothe Jewish community, andthat they should be broughtinto the public domain.Under an agreement bythe New York State SupremeCourt, the Bible was awardedto Yeshiva University, and a
(prayer book used onholidays) was transferred tothe Jewish National and Uni-versity Library in Israel. Theagreement also established the Judaica Conservancy Founda-tion, a group of six culturalinstitutions that divided theremaining treasures amongits members. Each institutionholds them on behalf of thefoundation.
Manuscript page withilluminated panelMs. Abrams andMr. Moskowitz unload boxesof clothes.
Cardozo Dean Appointed Vice President for Legal Education
avid Rudenstine,dean of BenjaminN. Cardozo Schoolof Law, was namedvice president for legal edu-cation. According to YUPresident Richard M. Joel,Dean Rudenstine’s newappointment is in recogni-tion of his and the lawschool’s continuing successand his contribution to theuniversity.“David Rudenstine is the consummate legal educator, arespected scholar, and an effective, creative administrator,”President Joel said. “I am delighted that now, as a vice pres-ident of the university and a member of my cabinet, he willbring his expertise to global issues facing the university.”Kathryn O. Greenberg, Cardozo board chair and a YUboard trustee, said the appointment would increase themutual understanding and success that both Cardozo andthe university enjoy.Dean Rudenstine’s tenure as dean, which began in fall2001, has been marked by the establishment of importantnew programs, the appointment of 10 members to theCardozo faculty, a significant increase in Cardozo alumnion the school’s board of directors, and the completion of a$45-million renovation and expansion program.Dean Rudenstine is a constitutional law scholar withexpertise in freedom of the press and cultural property. Heis the author of the widely acclaimed
The Day the PressesStopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case
, and is com-pleting
Trophies for the Empire: The Tale of the Parthenon Marbles
, a history of the famous dispute over the ElginMarbles. In 2000–2001, he was an inaugural fellow inPrinceton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs.
David Rudenstine,constitutional law expert

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