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YESHIVA UNIVERSITY TODAY September 2005

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YESHIVAUNIVERSITY• ORIENTATION 2005 • VOLUME 10 NO. 1
www.yu.edu/news/publications
N
eil deGrasse Tysongrew up in SkyviewApartments inRiverdale, NY.Per-haps the name inspired theworld-renowned astrophysi-cist to look to the stars.Now Dr.Tyson is the Fred-erick P.Rose Director of theHayden Planetarium in NewYork City and the new YeshivaCollege Writer-in-Residencefor the fall semester.It is a welcome career twistfor Dr. Tyson, who admits hefell into writing “by accident.”Tomake money as a gradu-ate student, Dr.Tyson wrote acolumn for an astronomynewsletter answering the pub-lic’squestions about astrono-my and space.He wrote as “Merlin,” atime-traveling tour guide,who has been alive for all of the earth’s history. A collec-tion of those columns hasbeen published as
 Merlin’sTour of the Universe
and trans-lated into eight languages.“It gave me a chance tohave fun while bringinganswers to the public,” saidDr.Tyson, who has authoredor co-authored seven books.Fun and elucidating proseis what Dr.Tyson hopes toteach to the 12 students tak-ing his course in the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein HonorsProgram at Yeshiva College.The Writer-in-Residenceprogram was established in1996 to give students an op-portunity to learn writingfrom a working writer,said YCEnglish Department Chair Joanne Jacobson.Previous writers in resi-dence have been fiction writers,and Dr. Jacobson sees Dr.Tyson’s selection as “pushingthe disciplinary envelope.”“I am hopeful that this willbe the kind of interdisciplinarycourse that will build bridgesbetween the sciences andhumanities,” Dr.Jacobson said.Dr.Tyson, who has alreadytaught science at ColumbiaUniversity,Princeton Univer-sity,and the Hayden Planet-arium, dreamed of teachingwriting and was excited aboutthe opportunity to teach at YC.Dr.Jacobson cited MichaelPollan’s
The Botany of Desir e
,and Dava Sobel’s
Galileo’s Daughter 
as representative of anew genre of writing bringingscience to a wider audience.Dr. Tyson’s book of essays,
Stern Physics Professor Receives$900K US Dept. of Energy Grant
ANew YearBegins at YU
AMessage From the President 
Welcome to a new year and a new beginning atYeshiva University.While the world and society confront us withmuch confusion and tension, we know that what weachieve here together can bring hope from dismay,light out of the darkness, and wisdom to life. We wel-come you to an environment of inspiration and aspi-ration, deep belief, knowledge, and values. Here youwill find an academic community deeply committedto learning from our past and charting our future.Ilook forward to traveling with you on a joyousjourney.President Richard M. Joel
YU Looks to the Stars for YC Writer-in-Residence
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson,director of Hayden Planetarium.
SpecialOrientationSpread Inside
See pages 4-5
YUToday
      I      N      S      I      D      E
BRIDGEBUILDER
 An Interviewwith RabbiRichard Bieler 
 Page 3
SMART MOVES
 YU Recruits31 FacultyMembers
 Page 4
FRESHFACES
New Students’Hopes andExpectations
 Page 4-5
LET’S GOEUROPE
Students Travelto England andItaly
 Page 7 
T
he US Department of Energy awarded a$900,000 grant toAnatoly Frenkel, PhD,associate professor of physicsat Stern College for Women,and his colleagues at Univer-sity of Delaware and Brook-haven National Laboratory.The grant is for $300,000 peryear for three years. Dr. Fren-kel’s application was for thecreation of a SynchrotronCatalysis Consortium dedicat-ed to catalysis and nano-science research and based atBrookhaven.The funds will be dividedbetween Yeshiva Universityand the University of Dela-ware and spent on upgradingBrookhaven’s existing facili-ties and building new ones.Dr. Frenkel will oversee theresearch and education activi-ties of the consortium jointlywith the other principal in-vestigators, Prof. J. Chen of theUniversity of Delaware andDr. R. Adzic of Brookhaven,from September onwards.Day-to-day operations willbe carried out by a scientistwho will be hired by the con-sortium. Research opportuni-ties at the consortium will beopen to scientists from the USand abroad.“The grant will provide theresources to train a new gen-eration of scientists who willbecome leaders of their re-search teams,” said Dr. Frenkel.The grant will fund summerresearch internship positionsfor two YU undergraduates andtwo at the University of Dela-ware. All four students willspend the summer at Brook-haven and will be in charge of research support of visitingresearch groups. Each studentwill receive a $5,000 grant forthree months.“This grant will afford thestudents an unparalleled op-portunity and will, undoubt-edly, influence their careerdecisions,” said Dr. Frenkel.The study will examine themechanism of catalysis, a pro-cess that helps speed upchemical reactions makingthem more efficient.“Catalysts are important inindustrial chemistry and areused in 90 percent of allchemical processes, and gen-erate 60 percent of today’schemical products,” he said.
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Lawrence Bellman
, assistant pro- fessor of management and mar-keting and director of the RennertEntrepreneurial Institute at SSSB,published “Attracting Undergrad-uates to an Entrepreneurship Pro-gram,”
 Journal of EntrepreneurshipEducation,
vol. 7, 2004; and “Entre-preneurs: Invent a New BrandName or Revive an Old One?”,
usiness Horizons 
,vol. 48, issue 3,June 2005.
J. David Bleich
, PhD, CSL Herbertand Florence Tenzer Professor of Jewish Law and Ethics, authored“A 19th-Century Agunah Problemand a 20th-Century Solution,”
Tradition
magazine.
Rabbi Shalom Carmy
’70Y,B,R, YU assistant professor of Bible andeditor of 
Tradition
, has contributedmany of his essays to the Web siteof the Academy for Torah Initiativesand Directions, www.atid.org.
Chaim Feuerman
, PhD, AGSGolda Koschitzky Professor of Jewish Education, presented“Building Relationships by Con-necting with Students” via video-conferencing, with five schools onbehalf of AMODS: in Dallas, TX;Columbus, OH; Five Towns, NY;Cleveland, OH; and Montreal. He isconducting consultations on behalf of the Combined Jewish Philan-thropies of Greater Boston “PeerlessExcellence” project.
Scott Goldberg
, PhD, AGS assis-tant professor of education andpsychology, spoke during the sum-mer at South Nassau Communi-ties Hospital Psychiatry GrandRounds, at a conference of theCoalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE); at NETAHebrew Language Program Master Teacher Training, in Newton, MA;at Merkos L’Inyanei ChinuchFourth Annual Conference (PlenarySession), at Denver Academy of Torah, and Hillel Brain CompatibleCollege, Hillel Community DaySchool, Miami, FL.
Isaac Hollander
, PhD, AGS mas-ter’s student and Canadian JewishEducation Fellow (Toronto),authored
 Jews and Muslims in Lower Yemen
(Brill).
Peter Morgan Kash
, an AGS doc-toral student and cofounder of Paramount Capitol, Inc., authored
Make Your Own Luck 
(Prentice Hall).The book has been translated intoHebrew, Russian and Chinese.
Aaron Levine,
Samson and HalinaBitensky Professor of Economics,authored “Price Controls in JewishLaw – An Efficiency Analysis,” in thejournal
Dine Israel 
, 23, 2005, pp.1-52.
Prof Edith (Slomowitz) Lubetski
’68B, Hedi Steinberg Library headlibrarian, addressed a New YorkMetropolitan Area chapter meet-ing of the Association of JewishLibraries on the occasion of its20th anniversary celebration.
David Pelcovitz
, PhD, Gwendolynand Joseph Straus Professor of Jewish Education at AGS and SCW,recently spoke on “Children andTrauma” during Grand Rounds atthe Center for Clinical PastoralEducation; “How External Influ-ences Affect our Children” at theMaimonides Academy of Los Angeles; “Conflict Resolution” atthe Orthodox Union SynagogueLeadership Seminar; and “TheMechanech’s Expanding Role: APsychologist’s View” at the TorahU-Mesorah Conference in May.
Alvin I. Schiff 
‘47Y,F, PhD, IrvingI. Stone Distinguished Professor of Jewish Education, AGS, authored“Midor L’Dor—I Remember: High-lights of the Founding of theMarch of the Living,”
Chadashot 
,the quarterly of the Young Israel of Oceanside. Dr. Schiff foundedMarch of the Living, USA, and wasinstrumental in organizing theMarch of the Living, International.The third edition of WingWinInstructional software, codevelopedby
David Schnall
, PhD, Herbert H.Schiff Professor of Management and Administration at WSSW and AGSdean, with WSSW faculty members
Charles Auerbach
, PhD, and
HeidiHeft LaPorte
, DSW, was releasedby Ally and Bacon Publishers.
CONGRATULATIONS TO
Rabbi Kenneth Brander
’84Y,R,Center for the Jewish Future dean,and
Rachel (Tambor)
‘84S on thebirth of fifth child Chaim Yitzchak Amichai.
Sam Hartstein
’43Y, former PRdirector, and wife Ruth on the birthof a grandson, Jordan Elliot Hart-stein, to Jonathan and Carole.
Esther (Finkle) Hollander
’98S, former media relations writer at YU,and husband
Yitzchak Hollander
92Y, on the birth of a son, Avraham.
WE MOURN
Norman Eisenberg
, former YUdeputy director of communicationsand public affairs, who passed away Aug 1. Condolences to his wife,Carol; daughter, Samantha; mother,Evelyn, and sister, Elaine.
Marshall S. Horwitz
, MD, chair of microbiology and immunologyat Einstein and a world-renownedvirologist, who died May 31. Con-dolences to his wife,
Dr. SusanBand Horwitz
, cochair of molec-ular pharmacology and the RoseC. Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research at Einstein; sons Joshuaand Bruce; and his grandchildren.
Lola Kramer,
a Benefactor withher husband, Saul, who endowedthe Saul and Lola Kramer Chair inMolecular Biology, established theLola and Saul Kramer Loan Fund,and a fund for Dr. Cedric Raine’sresearch in multiple sclerosis, all at AECOM. They also supported the Albert Einstein ComprehensiveCancer Center, and the relocationand renovation of FGS.
Joseph H. Warburg
, a YU Guardianwith his wife, Ilse. Condolences toher, and to their children, RabbiRonald YH’65 and David YH,’75Y Warburg and Joan Rothman.
CONDOLENCES TO
Janet Adler
, WSSW board member who endowed the Janet Saporta Adler Scholarship Fund at WSSW,on the loss of her father, SamSaporta.
Harvey Barnett
, SSSB adjunct pro- fessor of management, on the lossof his father, Maurice.
Dr. Monique C. Katz
, vice chair-man of the SCW board of directorsand a Benefactor with husband
Mordecai D. Katz
, university trus-tee and BRGS Board of Directorschairman, on the loss of her father,Jacques Censor.
Martin and Shelley Kaufman
, YUGuardians and supporters of RIETS, YU, and BRGS (on whoseboard Mr. Kaufman serves) on theloss of his mother, Hilda Kaufman.
Leah (Witty) Stromer
’82S, assis-tant to the SSSB dean, Office of Career Services, on the loss of her  father,
Rabbi Yitzchak (Irwin)Witty
 YH,’53Y,R.
 Wurzweiler Mourns Passingof Margaret Gibelman
 Wurzweiler School of Social Work suffered a great loss June 3 when
Margaret Gibelman
, DSW, professor and director of its DoctoralProgram, passed away after battling lung cancer. Dr. Gibelman madea substantial contribution to the field of social work as a scholar, author, researcher,mentor, and practitioner.“She was the consummate academic,with a commitment to scholarship, her profession, and her students,” saidSheldon R. Gelman, PhD, Dorothy andDavid I. Schachne Dean at Wurzweiler.Before coming to Wurzweiler in 1994,she taught at Rutgers University and theNational Catholic School of Social Ser-vices. Dr. Gibelman’s management expertise was in high demandamong national organizations. She served as associate executive direc-tor of the Council on Social Work Education, and executive director of the Lupus Foundation of America and the National Association of School Psychologists.Dr. Gibelman held senior staff positions with the National Con- ference on Social Welfare and the American Public Welfare Association.She served as a consultant to the National Association of Social Workers and to the Council on Accreditation for Services to Familiesand Children. A prolific author, publishing more than 125 articles and book chap-ters, she also authored or co-authored eight books, including
What Social Workers Do
(1995, second edition 2005) and the more recent
avigating Human Service Organizations 
(2003).For the past several years Dr. Gibelman ran the mentoring program for all new faculty at YU and developed the research infrastructure for Manhattan Campus faculty out of the Office of the Vice President for  Academic Affairs.During the last few months of her illness, Dr. Gibelman gainedinsight into the indignities of the health care system. “The only thingthat makes us human is compassion,” she said in a message sent to Wurzweiler students at graduation in May. “Our job as social workersis to ensure that compassion will always be a part of who and what weare. In the end, that is all that is important.”
Give to YU at www.yu.edu
2YUToday
Orientation 2005
 YESHIVAUNIVERSITYMorry J. Weiss,
ChairmanYU Board of Trustees 
Richard M. Joel
President 
Dr. Norman Lamm
Chancellor 
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 August 1, 2005.
 YESHIVAUNIVERSITYTODAYKelly Berman
Editor 
Jerry Bergman, Marcy Frank, June Glazer, Norman GoldbergDavid Hillstrom, Cara Huzinec, Esther KustanowitzPeter Robertson, Hedy Shulman, Shira Weiss, V. Jane Windsor 
Contributors 
www.yu.edu/news/publications
Yeshiva University Today 
is published monthly during the academic year by the YeshivaUniversity Department of Communications and Public Affairs, 401 Furst Hall,500 West 185th St.,New York, NY 10033-3201 (212-960-5285). It is distributed freeon campus to faculty, staff, andstudents. © Yeshiva University 2005
YUToday
 VOLUME 10 • NUMBER 1
 A, AECOM Albert Einstein College of Medicine • AG, AGI Azrieli Graduate School 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 • CTI Cantorial Training Institute • C, CSL CardozoSchool 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 Stern Division of Communal Services • Y, MYP Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies • SBMP Stone Beit Midrash Program • R, RIETS Rabbi IsaacElchanan Theological Seminary • S, SCW Stern 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 High Schools(MSTA The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy) (SWHSG Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls)
Key to School Abbreviations
People in the News
 
R
abbi Richard Bieler—agraduate of YeshivaCollege (1974), RIETS(1978), and Revel(1979)—joined YU as seniorexecutive director for commu-nity affairs last December, oneof severalkey appointmentsby President Richard M. Joelto broaden the university’sleadership in and service tocommunities across NorthAmerica. He sat down with
YU Today 
to discuss his role.
Q:
What do you do as senior executive director for com-munity affairs? 
A:
One of my most impor-tant goals is to strengthenYU’s relationship with ourpast, present, and future stu-dents. As I travel to com-munities across the Statesand Canada, we are establish-ing ‘community councils’comprised of communityleaders and alumni. We wantto be a resource—whetherproviding leadership train-ing, offering a lecture seriesfeaturing YU faculty, orbringing together groups of leaders to discuss commonchallenges. We have a collec-tive goal to share what wehave. That’s the whole pointof education—to draw uponprevious generations’ experi-ences and inspire futuregenerations.I also supervise alumniaffairs and serve as a seniormember of the advancementteam.
Q:
Where did you grow upand go to school? 
A:
I was born in the Bronx,grew up in Queens, and wentto public school until college.I was an avid Mets fan grow-ing up, helped by the factthat some players lived acrossthe street from our house.Around the time of my barmitzvah, I had my first expe-rience in Jewish communalleadership. The rabbi of ourcongregation in Baysidechose me to lead a group of teens known in the syna-gogue as the ‘Minyan Corps.’
Q:
What drew you to Jewishcommunal outreach? 
A:
Torah Leadership Semi-nars [sponsored by YUthrough its former Depart-ment of Communal Services]showed me how vibrant andexciting a Torah life couldbe. That experience con-vinced me that I wanted tolive an observant life.
Q:
What was it about theTorah Leadership Seminarsthat attracted you? 
A:
It was the spirit, andbeing exposed to some of themost remarkable teachers inthe community—people likealumnus Rabbi ShlomoRiskin and advisors from YUwho delivered inspirationalmessages with content. Wehad fun. We hardly slept!People opened up aboutwhat was important to them.That’s where I first metPresident Joel.
Q:
Tell me about your yearsas a student at YU.
A:
I majored in political sci-ence at Yeshiva College but itwas the James Striar School of General Jewish Studies thatmade the greatest differencein my college education. Theteachers mastered the art of teaching former public schoolstudents like myself to readbasic Hebrew texts while treat-ing us as adults.
Q:
 How has YU changed since you were a student? 
A:
There is an exciting com-mitment to looking forwardand reaching outward to stu-dents and lay leadershiparound the country.
Q:
 How will students benefit  from the communal out-reach you’re doing? 
A:
We will work with theCenter for the Jewish Futureto offer students leadershiptraining programs so thattheir education preparesthem for life after they grad-uate. They will find increas-ing opportunities from thecommunities where we areestablishing local councils tostrengthen their personal andcommunal leadership skills.Our friends in Houston,led by Ira Mitzner and ShiraYoshor, came up with theidea of a job fair to en-courage young couples tomove there. Houston alumnifrom different professionswill come to New York, meetwith interested graduates andstudents, and offer them jobsand housing incentives.
Q:
What would you like totell this year’s incoming undergraduate students? 
A:
Look for opportunities tolearn how to be a Jewishleader and to help build a Jewish future. By the timeyou finish your studies here,you’ll enter your career pathwith remarkable skills.
T
he Orthodox Caucus,a group of professionaland lay leaders whosemission is to addresschallenges facing the Ortho-dox and larger Jewish com-munity, has joined forces withYeshiva University in con-junction with the Center forthe Jewish Future (CJF). TheCaucus will relocate to YU’sWilf Campus in September.The Orthodox Caucusbrings together prominentrabbis,
oshei yeshiva
(profes-sors of Talmud), educators, andlay leaders in common cause.“Bringing the Orthodox Cau-cus into the YU sphere of influ-ence will allow top-tier Jewishleaders to draw upon the in-tellectual, spiritual, and edu-cational resources of YU, andstrengthen their contributionto the Jewish community,”said President Richard M. Joel.The Orthodox Caucus hasoffered programs in approxi-mately ten communities inthe New York metropolitanarea and beyond.Fred Ehrman, chairman of the Orthodox Caucus, viewedthe move as an importantopportunity for the organiza-tion and the Jewish commu-nity. “Over the past 13 years,wehave succeeded in spurringcommunities to action byraising awareness and findingcreative solutions to sensitiveand pressing issues,” Mr. Ehr-man said. “By partnering withYU we hope to broaden thescope of our efforts to strength-en Jewish life.”The Caucus has tackledissues such as assisting parentswith developmentally disabledchildren; formulating policiesfor schools regarding sub-stance abuse; developing pre-nuptial agreements in coopera-tion with the Beth Din of America and the RabbinicalCouncil of America to ease theplight of 
agunot 
(chainedwomen); and guiding parentsandstudents in selecting yesh-ivot and seminaries in Israelfor post-high school studies.The progressive initiativesof the Caucus will add a signi-ficant dimension to the Centerfor the Jewish Future “by offer-ing solutions to problems fac-ing our community when thereisn’t any other place to turn,”said Rabbi Kenneth Brander,dean of the CJF. Jordana Schoor, executivedirector of the Caucus, said thatthe two entities plan to focustheir energies in complemen-tary ways, thereby cuttingcosts and avoiding institu-tional duplication—both ini-tiatives that the Caucus is nowintroducing to other Jewishcommunal organizations.
I
YU to Host Orthodox Caucus
CENTER FOR THE JEWISH FUTURE
T
he idea of givingsomething back toYeshiva Universityhas inspired 14 of YU’s 2005 graduates to spendanother year on campus par-ticipating in the PresidentialFellows program establishedby President Richard M. Joel.Now in its second year, thePresidential Fellows programis part of a broader effort totrain top graduates at the uni-versity and expand YU’s serv-ice to the Jewish community.“My intention is to inspirethese young people not onlyto pursue their professionaldreams, but to remain com-mitted to the university andthe Jewish community by uti-lizing the very skills they willgain,” President Joel said.The Fellows were chosenafter an intensive screeningprocess based on their aca-demic performance, campusleadership, and concern forthe Jewish community.Each Fellow will work witha senior administrator, whowill mentor him or her andelicit feedback as former stu-dents, said Sheldon R.Gelman, PhD, the Dorothyand David I. Schachne Deanof YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Dean Gelman,who is also associate vicepresident for academic affairs,oversees the program.“I have already learned somuch about YU and the out-side world in the short timethat I have been on the job,”said Malca Fink, who beganworking in Dean Gelman’soffice in early July.Ms. Fink has “gone every-where with the dean,” mak-ing valuable contacts in NYstate and city agencies as sheconsiders future studies inpsychology or law.Many of the new Fellowsare considering careers in Jewish communal service andsee their participation as agood way to test the waters.“I hope I will gain bothadministrative skills and aprofessional network that canhelp me in my future career in Jewish communal work,” saidMonsey native Aliza Abrams,who is working in the MaxStern Division of CommunalServices.The Fellows will attendbiweekly leadership seminarscovering key topics in univer-sity administration and Jewishcommunal leadership, taughtby Dean Gelman.Last year’s group of Fellowsmade a substantial contribu-tion to the university. Theyorganized student activities
Rabbi Richard Bieler: Building Bridges Across the US
Presidential Fellows Program Builds on Auspicious First Year 
L-R: Aviva (Balk) Needle, Diana Benmergui, Shalom Silbermintz,Hindy Poupko, Aliza Abrams, and Ilana Lieberson. Not picturedare: Malca Fink, Sarah Agadjani, Ayal Frist, Aaron Gavant, OrenKaufman, Michael Rosman, Sorah Shapiro, and Rebecca Stone.
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