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VOLUME 15 • NO. 1
DR. HENRY KRESSEL
Chairman, YU Board of Trustees
RICHARD M. JOEL DR. NORMAN LAMM
GEORGIA B. POLLAK
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
MAYER FERTIG YAFFI SPODEK BORIS VOLUNUEV
Editor in Chief Editor Art Director
Shulamith Berger, Avi Fertig, Rachael Fried, Karen Gardner, Norman Goldberg, Elie Klein,Zachary Levine, Stephen Nickson, Peter Robertson, Tova Ross, Perel Skier,V. Jane Windsor, Matt Yaniv
is published quarterly by the Ofce of Communications and Public Affairs and is distrib utedfree 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 study and values with secular learning, through stories about the diverse achieve-ments of the University community.© Yeshiva University 2011 • Ofce of Communications and Public AffairsFurst Hall Room 401 • 500 West 185th St. • New York, NY 10033-3201 • Tel.: 212.960.5285Stanley I. Raskas, Chairman, Board of Overseers, Yeshiva College; Shira Yoshor, Chairman, Boardof Overseers, Stern College for Women; Josh Weston, Chairman, Board of Overseers, Sy SymsSchool of Business; Ruth L. Gottesman, Chairperson, Board of Overseers, Albert Einstein Collegeof Medicine; Leslie E. Payson, Chair, Board of Overseers, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law;Robert Schwalbe, Chair, Board of Overseers, Wurzweiler School of Social Work; Mordecai D.Katz, Chairman, Board of Overseers, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies; CarolBravmann, Chair, Board of Overseers, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology; Moshael J. Straus,Chairman, Board of Overseers, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration;Julius Berman, Chairman, Board of Trustees, (afliate) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Semi nary; Miriam Goldberg, Chairman, Board of Trustees, YU High Schools; Theodore N. Mirvis
and Michael Jesselson, Co-Chairs, Board of Directors, (afliate) Yeshiva University Museum.Board listings as of January 18, 2011.
their burden more aordable, by leveling o tu-ition increases or allocating more scholarship dol-lars.”The pilot program in Bergen County includeda benchmark survey to identify school-specic op-portunities to streamline costs and increase rev-enue. “The survey helped our schools learn a greatdeal about themselves,” said Dror Futter, co-chairof the county’s Jewish Education for the Gen-erations’ Cost Reduction Committee. “It forcedschools to look at their own information in newways and dierent categories.”Avi Chai’s three-year grant represents 50percent of the program’s overall budget, which isbeing matched by funding from local foundationsand federations. According to Bloom, the responsefrom these donors is telling.“We’re seeing huge enthusiasm about thisprogram from the communities because it givesschools not just the ability to get data, but thewherewithal and capacity-building to help themact on the information,” he said. “Foundations andfederations are matching the Avi Chai grant be-cause they see the power of increasing day schools’capacities to help themselves.”“We are delighted to be working together withYeshiva University and the YU-School Partnershiptoward our shared goal of building a strong andsustainable day-school eld,” said Yossi Prager, ex-ecutive director of Avi Chai North America.If the project is successful in these 30 schools,Avi Chai and YU will expand the program to in-clude as many as 200 schools in 30 communities.
To learn more about what the Institute for University-SchoolPartnership is doing to improve day schools around North America,see yu.edu/schoolpartnership.
CJF on the Road: YU StudentsLearn While Doing
he Nicaraguan village of Boca de la Montana ap-pears remote and deso-late in an image captured fromspace by a satellite; hardly theplace for a hard-earned vaca-tion. But more than a dozen Ye-shiva University (YU) students,accompanied by Rabbi Yosef Blau, mashgiach ruchani of theYU-aliated Rabbi Isaac El-chanan Theological Seminary(RIETS), visited Nicaragua dur-ing their winter break to help laythe foundation for a new librarythere. YU students were intro-duced to the community twoyears ago when they worked onthe construction of the road andbridge to the school complex.“I think it’s an importantpart of our student’s education,that they interact with others andtake responsibility,” Rabbi Blausaid. “The intellectual experi-ence in school, while the essenceof what we are, does not automat-ically translate to life. This is away of translating the values thatwe learn into actual experiences,and doing so while contributing and not just watching.”Other YU students par-ticipated in Jewish Life Coastto Coasta trip to Richmond,Charleston, Jacksonville andSouth Floridaduring whichthey analyzed how individualscan become active and make adierence in North America’sdiverse Jewish communities.“Watching our studentsengage with the Jewish commu-nity of Richmond was exciting,”said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, theDavid Mitzner Dean of YeshivaUniversity’s Center for the Jew-ish Future (CJF). “They inter-acted with Jews of all ages andall backgrounds. In the processof inspiring the communitiesthey encountered, our studentswere transformed.”Coast-to-Coast and the Ni-caragua mission were among seven experiential learning trips organized this winter bythe CJF. Others included a hu-manitarian mission to Mexico;Project Kharkov, a two-weekprogram aimed at gaining rst-hand understanding of the wel-fare challenges and identitycrises facing Ukrainian Jewry;QUEST II, a leadership pro-gram that helped former GushKatif residents rebuild theirlives in the desert communityof Halutza; and “A Place CalledHome,” during which studentstraveled across Israel for a week,exploring what it means to cre-ate a national home for the Jew-ish people. Throughout “A PlaceCalled Home,” students engagedIsraelis on kibbutzim, in develop-ment towns, immigrant villages,towns in Judea and Samaria,and religious and secular com-munities. These compelling ex-periences forced students toexamine their shared existen-tial dilemma of loyalty to both abirthplace and a homeland.The trip also introduced thestudents to “some of the complexsocial issues of the State of Is-rael,” said Rabbi Yaakov Neuber-ger, a rosh yeshiva at RIETS whois also a congregational rabbi atBeth Abraham in Bergeneld,NJ. “Specically, this group wasintroduced to the issue of thedisengagement from Gaza in away that they were not aware of before. These programs are veryvaluable and should be attendedby anyone planning to go intorabbanus [the rabbinate] or chi-nuch [Jewish education].”The programming and in-stitutional partners that madethese missions possible for hun-dreds of our students include:American Jewish Joint Distri-bution Committee, AmericanJewish World Service, the Eck-stein Family, Jim Joseph Foun-dation, Jewish National Fund,and Repair the World.
Seeking Solutions: YU Takes Lead
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A Place Called Home participants visited a greenhouse in Kfar Maimon, Israel,learning about cutting- edge agricultural methods used in Gush Katif. Fromleft: Atara Burian, Tova Schi, Marnina Sherman, Orah Jooyandehnik andMalkie Krieger.
Missions Across Israel,Ukraine and North andSouth America