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ore than 600 students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools were
presented with their degrees at YU’s 83rd commencement exercises, held at
the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 22.
A celebratory spirit was in the air as graduates clad in black caps and gowns chat-
ted excitedly, embracing one another and posing for pictures with friends and family.
Blue and white balloons and YU insignia adorned the walls and guests stopped to ad-
mire the dozens of posters featuring pictures of students, which lined the entrances to
the arena.
“I am so happy to be celebrating today with my family—my immediate family and
my YU family,” said Seth Feuerstein-Rudin, who was graduating from Sy Syms School
of Business with a degree in business marketing. “It’s bittersweet because I learned
a lot here and developed as a person and I’m sad that
my experience is drawing to a close. But I’m also looking
forward to being involved in the future and giving back
to the school in any way I can.”
President Richard M. Joel challenged the new
graduates to value their time and this “momentous
moment,” as members of a generation that is “nostalgic
for the past, savoring the present and anticipating the
“How do we count time to make sure that time
counts?” President Joel asked.
Referencing graduate Josh Hillman, the grand-
child of one of the few remaining Schindler’s List sur-
vivors, President Joel emphasized the importance of
sustaining and advancing the Jewish story like those of
previous generations. “Take that same valued time and
consciousness with you and it will remain with you for
all your sacred days,” he said. “Our great hope is for you
to own your future and make it count.”
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. John S.
Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of the UJA-
Federation of New York, who urged the graduates to
find their calling in life by seeking out a fulfilling career
that would allow them to make an impact in the Jewish
community and beyond.
“Your YU education will be an asset to treasure
for the rest of your life. Let us each be able to recognize
and hear our calling and respond, undertaking work to
strengthen and improve our community, our nation and
the Jewish people… Act as if you can change the world,
or at least part of it, because you can.”
President Joel conferred an honorary doctorate
upon Ruskay, as well as upon
or the talented and dedicated student-athletes of Yeshiva University, the past year
has been studded with unforgettable highlights. Whether it was the men’s ten-
nis team earning YU’s first-ever National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
tournament berth after winning the Skyline Conference Championship or the women’s
softball team soaring all the way to the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Confer-
ence (HVIAC) Championship game in its first year as a varsity sport, the Maccabees
admirably represented the University’s Torah Umadda mission.
“This year alone, we have seen NCAA national statistic leaders, Academic All-Amer-
icans, Players of the Year and a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholar [see
page 8 for our feature on Kayla Applebaum, member of the women’s softball
team] playing for the Maccabees,” said Joe Bednarsh, director of YU athlet-
ics. “This is a unique place where we daven [pray] between double-header
games, play with kippahs on our heads and proudly emblazon ‘Yeshiva’
across our chests.”
What makes the recent successes even more impressive is the rigorous
dual curriculum all YU student-athletes must balance in addition to training
and competing in high-level national competitions. “Our student-athletes
are hands down one of a kind because of the academic workload that they
commit to while putting in practice sessions five to six days a week,” said
Nesta Felix, head coach of the women’s basketball team, who saw two of her
players, Rebecca Yoshor and Stephanie Greenberg, lead NCAA Division III
in rebounds and steals per game, respectively. “Their response to coaching
and ability to learn quickly is a coach’s dream.”
Felix was named HVIAC Coach of the Year, an honor also bestowed on
her fellow YU coaches Arnold Ross of the men’s volleyball team and Steve
Schucker of the women’s softball team. Ira Miller, head coach of the men’s
tennis team, was named Skyline Conference Coach of the Year. For the stu-
dents, that high-quality coaching, along with the close bonds they form with
both coaches and fellow players, has propelled their game to the next level: The men’s
volleyball team won the HVIAC Championship for the second year in a row and third
time in five years, the men’s cross country team won the HVIAC Championship for the
fourth straight year and the women’s cross country team won its first HVIAC Champi-
onship, among other triumphs this season.
“I think a good team starts with good people and good staff,” said Igal Mostkov,
from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was named Skyline Conference Player of the Year for
his work on the men’s tennis team. “Major credit has to go
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Men’s tennis became the first Yeshiva program to compete in an NCAA tournament
Honorary degree recipients Joshua Gortler and Dr. John S.
Ruskay with President Richard M. Joel
t Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva Uni-
versity High School for Girls
(YUHSG), senior Michal Lei-
bowitz’s project, “Engineering a Novel
Cimex Lectularius [bedbug!] Trapping
Mechanism Utilizing Electrospun Re-
cycled Polymers,” won first place out of
200 submissions at the New York State
Science and Engineering Fair competi-
tion. The project, which she worked on
with Jacob Plaut from Rambam Me-
sivta and Daniel Rudin from Half Hol-
low Hills High School West, also won
Second Award in Environmental Man-
agement at the International Science
and Engineering Fair and earned a $1,500 prize.
In addition, she and her fellow students will have
an asteroid named after them.
The ACE (Architecture, Construction and
Engineering) club at YUHSG finished off the year
with a bang, with several students winning a cu-
mulative $10,000 in scholarship awards at the
Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) com-
petition. YUHSG’s ACE team—the only yeshiva
and only all-girls team out of a national program of
more than 600 students—presented its findings to
an audience comprising several hundred leaders in
the architectural, engineering and construction in-
dustries at the CIRT competition in May. Rebecca
Lowenthal, Rebecca Pasternak, Tzipora Roffe and
Eden Takhalov were all awarded scholarships.
Takhalov was also named one of the ACE pro-
gram’s top winners and invited to a special awards
Ori Putterman, a senior at Yeshiva University
High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical
Academy, was named a winner of the 2014 National
Merit Scholarship Program, winning $2,500 to go
toward his college tuition. He was one of just 2,500
students chosen from a pool of more than 15,000
finalists nationwide who were judged to have the
strongest combination of accomplishments and
potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Putterman eventually hopes to major in either eco-
nomics or computer science when he begins his
studies at the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors
Program at Yeshiva College. n
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Syms School of Business; Ruth L. Gottesman, Chair, Board of Overseers, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine; Leslie E. Payson, Chair, Board of Overseers, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law;
Froma Benerofe, Chair, Board of Overseers, Wurzweiler School of Social Work; Mordecai D.
Katz, Chairman, Board of Overseers, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies; Carol
Bravmann, Chair, Board of Overseers, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology; Moshael J. Straus,
Chairman, Board of Overseers, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration;
Joel M. Schreiber, Chairman, Board of Trustees, (affiliate) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary; Miriam P. Goldberg, Chair, Board of Trustees, YU High Schools; Michael Jesselson
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Rabbis Take Part in Workshop
on Conflict Resolution
group of 15 rabbis convened in May for a
three-day seminar on mediation training,
organized by Yeshiva University’s Center
for the Jewish Future (CJF)–Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary (RIETS), in conjunction
with the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at
the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
The training was presented by attorneys
Adam Berner ’90SB, ’94BR, ’94R, ’94C and Sequoia
Stalder, both expert trainers in the field of media-
tion and conflict resolution.
“By definition, rabbis are serving so many
different roles—in the pulpit, as teachers and as
educators, working with many people—and peo-
ple have differences,” said Berner, an assistant
professor at Cardozo. “This workshop is a frame
of how best to help these leaders deal with differ-
ences, how to manage the realities of being in a
community and how to take conflict and see it as
an opportunity for growth.”
Through discussions and collaborative role-
playing activities, the training was designed to
teach participants “how to maximize the chance
of being on the positive side of a conflict,” said
Stalder, who serves as an adjunct professor at
Columbia University’s International Center for
Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. “We cre-
ate a framework for a dialogue,
teaching specific skills that sup-
port that dialogue. We teach
how to get to the root of the con-
flict, with the goal being collab-
oration, to determine how the
needs of both sides can be met.”
For Rabbi Shaanan Gel-
man ’97YUHS, ’02YC, ’06R, the
workshop and the topics it cov-
ered hit close to home.
“Not a week goes by with-
out me being personally en-
gaged in conflict resolution in
some form, whether it’s com-
munal, ritual, familial or on an
organizational level,” said Gel-
man, rabbi of Kehilat Chovevei Tzion in Skokie,
Illinois. “This conference provided the building
blocks of managing conflicts on all fronts of the
rabbinate, infinitely valuable skills which touch
upon every aspect of the job.”
Others viewed the training as a vital part of
their ongoing rabbinic education.
“To be connected to YU and have the oppor-
tunity to attend these trainings is an asset for me
in my perpetual education,” said Rabbi Jeremy
Donath ’08YC, ’11A, ’11R, who leads Congregation
Darchei Noam in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. n
CJF-RIETS, Cardozo present seminar on mediation training
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YU High School Students Take Home
Top Prizes in National Competitions


YU, Montefiore Reach Historic
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Joshua Gortler ’54YUHS, ’58YC, ’60W, president of the
Kline Galland Center Foundation, and YU benefactor
Dorothy Schachne, who along with her husband en-
dowed the Dorothy and David I. Schachne deanship at
Wurzweiler School of Social Work and created several
scholarship funds at YU. Dr. Morton Lowengrub, provost
and senior vice president for academic affairs, received
the Presidential Medallion for his more than 15 years of
service as a leader of the YU academic team.
“Dr. Lowengrub is a consummate mathematician
who has scaled the totem pole in intellectual acuity,” said
President Joel. “He recognized the magical transforma-
tive power of education and dedicated his life to enabling
thousands of students to explore the meaning of life.”
In her address to fellow graduates, Malia Weiss, one
of two valedictorians from Sy Syms School of Business,
reminded the Class of 2014 that despite the challeng-
ing life decisions they would face after graduation, the
unique values-based education they received at YU has
left them equipped to make those tough calls.
“Yeshiva University is an oasis of Judaism and mo-
rality, while also extending the best the secular world has
to offer in terms of education and career advancement,”
she said. “YU has provided us with a decision-making
structure and a moral compass. We benefit from the val-
ues, the culture and the tradition of Judaism, which YU
has helped instill in all of us. These Jewish values form
the lodestar that guides us as we pursue success in our
life plan.”
The ceremony also featured live coverage from The
Shield News Team, YU’s student-run broadcast news
channel. After a prepared video that highlighted the se-
nior story and featured students discussing their unique
experiences at YU, the screen cut to a live shot of the
graduating student anchors, Ben Scheiner and Shimra
Barnett, signing off for the last time.
For the Cohen family of Stamford, Connecticut,
commencement was a unique three-generation mile-
stone. Stern College for Women graduate Sara Malka
Cohen ’14S was joined by her father, Rabbi Daniel Cohen
’89YC, ’94R, ’96A, who was celebrating his 25th reunion,
and her grandfather, Rabbi Herbert Cohen ’64YC, ’70F,
’70R, who traveled from Israel to mark his 50th reunion.
“This celebration means so much to us, and it’s re-
ally a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Rabbi Dan-
iel Cohen, who leads Congregation Agudath Sholom in
Stamford. “YU has always been part of our family, and
we are committed to the values of Torah Umadda. I grew
up in a home where we tried to see the world in all its
holiness, with a strong commitment to Halacha [Jewish
law] and spiritual growth. My father made the effort to
be here today because that is what the commandment of
pru u’rvu [be fruitful and multiply] is all about: not just
about children but about grandchildren who embody the
same values that you do, ensuring the continuity and the
perpetuity of multiple generations.”
The reunion classes of 1954, 1964, 1974 and 1989
were recognized at the graduation ceremony for their
60th, 50th, 40th and 25th reunions. More than 1,400
undergraduate students from Yeshiva College, Stern
College and Sy Syms, as well as graduate students in the
fields of law, medicine, social work, education, Jewish
studies and psychology, were awarded degrees from YU
during its commencement season. n
eshiva University and Montefiore Health System
have come to a historic agreement to build upon
a long-standing 50-year relationship that has
trained generations of physicians and medical research-
ers. A new entity will be jointly formed by Montefiore
and YU, with Montefiore assuming greater responsibility
for the day-to-day operations and financial management
of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and with YU re-
maining the degree-granting institution with a key role
in the educational aspects of the entity. Montefiore has
agreed to assume significant governance and financial re-
sponsibility for the new Einstein entity.
“We are undertaking this historic process of trans-
forming our relationship with Montefiore and Einstein
to match the extraordinary opportunities and
challenges in the healthcare environment of
the 21st century,” said President Richard M.
Joel. “We are delighted to emphasize our
shared commitment to assuring the conti-
nuity and growth of the educational and re-
search functions of Einstein while remaining
a leader in medical education. At the same
time, we are taking a powerful and important
step toward building a financially sustainable
Yeshiva University.”
The agreement enhances and strength-
ens the organizations’ shared missions of re-
search, teaching, patient care and community
service and will ensure Einstein remains a
leading medical school.
“This agreement marks an important
milestone for the future of each of our insti-
tutions as well as for healthcare as a whole,”
said Dr. Steven M. Safyer, president and CEO
of Montefiore. “We look forward to further
strengthening Einstein as a major research institution
that spans the scope from bench science to healthcare
delivery transformation.”
Through the agreement, it is anticipated that there
will be one unified faculty, retaining academic appoint-
ments from YU while being employed by Montefiore, as
they continue to teach and mentor Einstein’s students
and Montefiore residents. Einstein faculty members will
continue to collaborate with all areas of Montefiore and
their faculty counterparts in YU’s other schools.
The Yeshiva Board of Trustees and Montefiore’s
Board Leadership endorse the decision to move forward
with developing a final agreement, which will be subject
to regulatory approval. n
he Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology offered
a new course last spring called “Working With
Asylum Seekers,” which taught students how to
psychologically evaluate asylum seekers and write re-
ports that would be presented in court on their behalf.
The class was given by Dr. Bill Salton, associate
clinical professor of psychology and clinical director of
the Max and Celia Parnes Family Psychological and Psy-
choeducational Services Clinic, and Dr. Carl Auerbach,
professor of psychology.
“We are training our students to conduct asylum
interviews themselves, under our supervision,” said
Auerbach. “The course is a combination of training and
practical experience working with asylum seekers as
well as hearing from other professionals involved in asy-
lum cases about their work in the field.”
During the semester, students completed three asy-
lum evaluations and worked with clients who faced a
range of threats, from political persecution and gang ha-
rassment to an asylum seeker who was dealing with po-
tential discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
After meeting with the clients, students wrote up
an affidavit, or a written account, of what they deter-
mined about the client based on the interview. The af-
fidavit was then given to a lawyer, who submitted it into
evidence in support of the client’s case.
The course also included a presentation from the
legal team at the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic
at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, which gave
students a better understanding of how their work as fo-
rensic evaluators fit into the legal structure of the cases.
Salton eventually hopes to establish a sector within
the Parnes Clinic dedicated to asylum seekers.
“There is not much literature or research on this,
and as we learn more, we hope to develop a team of clini-
cians and patients to answer some of those questions,”
he said. “In that way, we can better train our students to
work with the world’s diverse population.” n
Ferkauf Students
Aid Asylum Seekers
Valedictorians: Isaac Merkel, Malia Weiss, Avi Levinson, Devorah Levinson, Eli Shavalian, Eli Grunblatt, Benjy Lebowitz, Bella Wolf
and Natan Koloski. Read more about their YU experiences at
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p Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law marked its 36th commencement ceremony
on May 27, with 463 graduates earning JD and LLM degrees. Keynote speaker Preet
Bharara (left), United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, told gradu-
ates to reflect on what they bring to the law. “The law can have great force, but in order
to truly form a more perfect union, it needs an assist from human beings who think and
feel beyond,” he said. In his remarks, Cardozo Dean Matthew Diller (right) urged the newly
minted attorneys to be agents of change and to make their mark in the legal profession.
“I want to assure you—you really are ready for the road ahead, and I’m confident you will
have much to celebrate in years to come,” he said. n
p Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration awarded diplo-
mas to 52 graduates at its May 29 commencement ceremony. The majority of the gradu-
ates earned a Master of Science degree, with two students receiving doctorates and
one earning a specialist certificate. Dr. David Schnall, the keynote speaker, offered part-
ing words to the students as he marked his own commencement as dean emeritus. He
was introduced by his successor, Dr. Rona Novick. President Richard M. Joel and Henry
Rothman, vice chairman of the Azrieli Board of Trustees, also addressed the graduates
during the ceremony. n
p Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies celebrated the graduation of
48 students at its year-end reception on May 28. Dr. Daniel Rynhold, associate profes-
sor of Jewish philosophy, delivered a mini lecture and Dr. Sid Leiman, visiting professor
of Jewish history and literature, presented a gift to retiring University librarian Zalman
Alpert, in recognition of his many years of service to the school. Dr. David Berger, dean
and Ruth & I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History, and Dr. Mordechai Cohen
(right), associate dean, also addressed the students, along with Ahuva Gold Wiesenfeld,
who spoke on behalf of her fellow graduates. n
p Wurzweiler School of Social Work held its 55th commencement on May 15. Dr. Jay
S. Schachne (center), chief of cardiology at Southcoast Physicians Group and associate
professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, delivered
the keynote address. “Look up from your smartphones and into the eyes of the needy,”
he told the graduates. Wurzweiler’s Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, Dr. Carmen
Ortiz Hendricks (left), bestowed an honorary degree upon Dr. Schachne’s late father,
David I. Schachne, who served as chair emeritus of the Wurzweiler Board of Overseers.
The degree was accepted by YU benefactor Dorothy Schachne (right), who along with
her late husband, endowed the eponymous deanship at Wurzweiler. She also received an
honorary degree at YU’s commencement (see page 1). n
p Albert Einstein College of Medicine celebrated its 56th graduation ceremony on
May 28. Dr. Arturo Casadevall, professor and chair of microbiology and immunology at
Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore, offered the keynote address to an audi-
ence of nearly 3,000 that filled Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. In his speech, Casade-
vall discussed the importance of learning and generating new knowledge to respond to
the challenges of a rapidly changing medical and scientific environment. “The way forward
is to continue to embrace knowledge and generate knowledge to ensure an even better
world built with the tools of science and ethics, on the wings of curiosity and the human
spirit,” he said.
Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, was joined by Presi-
dent Richard M. Joel in conferring 178 MD degrees, 52 PhD degrees and 14 combined
MD-PhD degrees. Spiegel also presented more than a dozen awards recognizing select
alumni members for their achievements and commitment to Einstein and faculty mem-
bers for their teaching excellence, respectively. n
p Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology celebrated its commencement ceremony
on May 20. Following opening remarks by President Richard M. Joel and Ferkauf Dean
Dr. Lawrence Siegel, Dr. Donald Bersoff, president of the American Psychological
Association, delivered the keynote address to the nearly 80 graduates who received an
array of advanced degrees in mental health counseling and clinical psychology. Cheryl
Epstein addressed the graduates on behalf of the Ferkauf Class of 2014. n
oshua Gortler ’54YUHS, ’58YC, ’60W had a more arduous journey than
most young men en route to Yeshiva University.
He arrived in the United States with his parents from Germany,
where they had spent the previous five years living in three different dis-
placed persons camps following World War II. At the start of the Holo-
caust, when Gortler was 3 years old, the Nazis occupied his shtetl [village]
in Poland. With the assistance and protection of non-Jewish friends, the
Gortlers managed to escape Poland and fled to Siberia and then Uzbekistan,
where they stayed until the war ended. When they returned to Poland, they
found a cold reception and moved to German DP camps, awaiting resettle-
ment in the United States.
In 1951, sponsored by the Jewish Family and Children’s Service in
Phoenix, the Gortlers were brought to Arizona.
“At the time, there was little yiddishkeit [Jewish life] there,” recalled
Gortler, “so my parents decided to send me to New York so I could receive a
Jewish education.”
Through the help of a rabbi, who was a YU graduate, at the local Conser-
vative synagogue (there were no Orthodox synagogues in Phoenix at the
time), the Gortlers were told that Yeshiva University High School, then
called Talmudical Academy (TA), had agreed to educate and house their son
for free. He also received a modest stipend from TA, since his parents had
virtually no money.
Gortler, who knew no English when he arrived in Arizona, was sent on
a Greyhound bus by his parents. They had only packed a couple of sand-
wiches for him, not realizing the trip would be four days long.
Gortler flourished in his Jewish studies at TA, having learned Hebrew
fluently in the DP camps, and took night classes at nearby George Washing-
ton High School, where he worked hard to hone his English skills. Gortler
continued on to Yeshiva College and worked throughout his time there, pri-
marily in the cafeteria. “My experiences in high school and college,” he said
wryly, “certainly helped me learn how to budget.”
When it came time for graduation, Gortler knew he would continue
studying at YU, this time at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. “I saw how
much the social workers did with DP camp survivors, helping them with their
trauma and with putting their lives back together,” he said. “I felt like I wanted
to dedicate my career to helping people and giving back to society as well.”
During his time at Wurzweiler, Gortler met and married his wife, Sarah
Barash ’61S.
Gortler graduated from Wurzweiler in 1960 with a master’s degree in
social work and administration. For the next nine years, he was employed by
a number of organizations, working with Holocaust survivors, the elderly,
street gangs and troubled youths.
In 1969, he was recruited to become the executive director of the Kline
Galland Home, a nursing home for Jewish seniors in Seattle. Although he
initially told the board he would serve a two-year commitment, he stayed for
several decades and continues to be affiliated with the organization today.
Under Gortler’s leadership, several successful fundraising campaigns
allowed for the expansion of the nursing facility and its programs, including
the Polack Adult Day Center, Kosher Meals on Wheels and the SPICE Senior
Nutrition Program. The Kline Galland Center & Affiliates were incorporated
in 1981 and Gortler served as its chief executive officer until his retirement
in 2006.
In 1993, the addition of 60 special care beds brought the home’s capacity
to 205 residents. Gortler oversaw the planning and construction of the Sum-
mit at First Hill, which is a state-of-the-art retirement and assisted living
facility built in 2000.
When Gortler assumed leadership of the Kline Galland Home, the
annual budget was $250,000. Currently, the budget of the Kline Galland
Center & Affiliates is over $30 million, thanks to Gortler’s vision and fiscal
stewardship. The Kline Galland Home is considered one of the finest nurs-
ing homes in America today.
Gortler’s accomplishments have been recognized with numerous
awards, including the Distinguished Administrator Award of Honor from
the Association of Jewish Aging Services in 1997.
When Gortler retired, the board asked him to assume the presidency of
the Kline Galland Foundation, which works with major donors to support
the nursing home’s expanded programs for seniors. “We invest the donors’
gifts and use the income to provide for people who cannot afford to live in
our facilities,” Gortler explained. “The foundation also subsidizes the defi-
cits in our various programs.”
The board of directors at the center wanted to do something special for
Gortler when he retired as CEO. They asked him what he would like—a trip
around the world, perhaps? Gortler had something nobler in mind: “I asked
them to establish a scholarship to train people in social work, since social
work is so vital for so many vulnerable populations,” he said. The board
granted $150,000 to establish the Joshua H. Gortler and Sarah B. Gortler
Scholarship in Geriatric Social Work, with first priority of scholarship assis-
tance given to graduates of Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women
who plan to attend Wurzweiler.
Recently, the scholarship—now at $250,000 thanks to Gortler, his
friends and his colleagues making additional contributions—was formally
announced, as was its first recipient, Alexander Lukhtman ’10YC, originally
from the Ukraine.
While Gortler and Lukhtman might be from different generations and
different parts of the world, their dedication to helping the elderly—and the
determination to embrace a new language, culture and opportunities after
emigrating to the United States—are shared values.
“Yeshiva University is a very unique institution that has educated Jew-
ish men and women l’dor v’dor [from generation to generation],” said Gortler.
“I am very pleased that my generation of graduates is now helping a new gen-
eration of students become leaders in their Jewish communities and greater
Gortler met Lukhtman at YU’s 83rd Commencement Ceremony on May
22 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where Lukhtman
hooded Gortler onstage before he received an honorary doctorate from
President Richard M. Joel.
“I am very grateful to receive this scholarship, especially after learning
more about Mr. Gortler and how he used his past to inform his future work
with the geriatric population and how devoted he was to a call of personal
duty,” said Lukhtman. “I hope I live up to the standard that he has set for me
and so many others, and I remain indebted to him both for his generosity
and for being a wonderful role model for me.”
The Gortlers have two children: a son, who is a tenured professor of
computer science at Harvard University, and a daughter, who is an adjunct
professor at the University of Memphis. They have five grandchildren. n
Alexander Lukhtman, the first recipient of the Gortler scholarship, with Joshua Gortler
Joshua and Sarah Gortler Fund Scholarship in
Geriatric Social Work at YU
Marion Talansky ’53YUHS, ’57TI
announces the birth of her great-grandson,
born to Elisheva and Hillel Talansky. Mazal
tov to grandparents Naomi (Millen) ’86S
and Rabbi Alan Yitzchak Talansky ’85YC.

Miriam and Rabbi Edward Feigelman
’65YUHS, ’69YC, ’69BZ, ’71R, ’72F
announce the birth of their grandson, Tzvi
Yehuda (Julius Hirsch), born to Tikva and
Shulem Weinreich. Mazal tov to grand-
parents Roiza and Feivel Weinreich and
great-grandfather Moshe Perlman.
Michael (Mechy) Frankel ’64YUHS,
68YC, ’71BR, ’71R, senior scientist at
Pennsylvania State University, gave an
invited talk to the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Science and Technologies Futures
Symposium on the subject of nuclear
electromagnetic pulse. In addition, his
monograph, “The Uncertain Consequences
of Nuclear Weapon Use,” was published by
Johns Hopkins University.
Sheila (Belove) Frankel ’68S, senior
computer scientist at the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST), was
awarded a Gold Medal by the Department
of Commerce for her technical leadership.
Rabbi Hillel
Goldberg ’69YC
edited the 100th
anniversary edition of
The Intermountain
Jewish News, of which
he is executive editor,
and he published
Unexpected Road:
Storied Jewish Lives
Around the World
(Philipp Feldheim, 2013). He and his wife,
Elaine, announce the birth of their twin
granddaughters, Rachel and Chanah, born
to Batya and Rabbi Mattis Goldberg.
Miriam and Dr. Philip Josowitz ’64YC
announce the birth of their grandson, Yair
Nahman, born to Ella Bar and Dr. Yehonatan
Chava and Eli Klein ’61YC announce the
birth of their great-granddaughter, Techelet.
The Kleins and Tova and Dr. George Rubin
celebrated the marriage of their grand-
children, Hodaya Klein and Nachum Rubin.
Phyllis (Curchack) Kornspan ’69S
announces the birth of her granddaughter,
Tair, born to Yael and Yishai Kornspan.
Naomi (Minder) Lehrfeld ’64S announces
the birth of her grandson, born to Rivkie and
Dan Lehrfeld.

Esther (Gross) ’79S and Danny Behar
’77YC, ’81E announce the birth of their
grandson, Daniel Yaakov, born to Rachel
and Mordechai Behar.
Beryl ’75YUHS, ’79YC and Doreen
Eckstein ’78S celebrated the marriage of
their daughter, Rebecca, to Judah Orlinsky.
Mazal tov to parents Mindy ’75YUHS and
Henry Orlinsky ’74YUHS, ’79YC and to
grandparents Beila and Rabbi Dr. Shimon
Eckstein ’44YC, ’44BR, ’46R.
Helen (Eris) ’77W and Daniel Flatauer
announce the birth of their grandson, Ari,
to Yifat and Gilad Flatauer.
Francine (Mermelstein) ’73S and Ezra
Fleischmann announce the marriage of
their daughter, Laya, to Shragi Rabinowitz.
Dr. Rosa Resnick
Helfgot ’76W, chair
of the subcommittee
on intergenerational
relationships, NGO
Committee on
Ageing at the United
Nations, chaired a conference titled “Ageing
Is An Intergenerational Journey” at the
United Nations.
Pearl (Steinmetz) and Martin Herskovitz
’73YUHS, ’77YC announce the birth of their
grandson, born to Michal and Netanel

Dr. Shifra Hochberg
’70S published The Lost
Catabomb (Enigma
Press, 2014), a historical

Peshie ’73YUHS, ’77S and Rabbi Yaakov
Neuburger ’77YC, ’79R announce the birth
of their granddaughter, born to Chaya and
Aryeh Westreich. Mazel tov to great-
grandfather Rabbi Zevulun Charlop
’47YUHS, ’51YC, ’54R, dean emeritus of
RIETS and Special Advisor to the President
on Yeshiva Affairs.
Rabbi Marc Schneier
’76YUHS, ’80YC, ’83A,
’83R was honored for
25 years of leadership
as president of the
Foundation for Ethnic
Understanding at the
Congressional Ceremony
in Washington, D.C.,
commemorating the 50th anniversary of
the 1964 Freedom Summer.
Edwin F. Simpser
’75YUHS, ’78YC, ’82E
was appointed president
and CEO of St. Mary’s
Healthcare System for

Rabbi Gary Beitler ’89YC, ’92R was the
faculty honoree at the Yeshiva University
High Schools Annual Dinner.

Rabbi Zvi Grumet
’83R released his
book, Moses and the
Path to Leadership
(Urim, 2014).

Dena Weiss Levie ’87S created a
papercut, The Kiddush, that is on display
at the Jewish Children’s Museum.
Tzipporah and Rabbi Dr. Jonathan I.
Rosenblatt ’82R were honored for their
30 years of service at the Riverdale Jewish
Center’s 60th Anniversary Dinner.
Stephanie (Schechter) Strauss
’85YUHS, ’89S was appointed acting
director of Yeshiva University in Israel.
Dr. Deena ’88E and Rabbi Sammy
“Shalom” Zimmerman ’77YUHS, ’81YC,
’84BR, ’84R celebrated the marriage of
their son, Ari, to Hodaya Rosh and the Bat
Mitzvah of their daughter, Tikva.

Rabbi Hayyim Angel ’93BR, ’93YC, ’95R,
’96A, adjunct instructor of Bible, published
his book, Peshat Isn’t So Simple: Essays on
Developing a Religious Methodology to Bible
Study (Kodesh Press, 2014). Rabbi Angel
and his wife, Maxine, also announce the
birth of their son, Mordechai Pinhas. Mazal
tov to grandparents Gilda ’67S and Rabbi
Marc Angel ’67YC, ’70R, ’75BR.
Rabbi Yaakov Blau
’93YC, ’93BR, ’96R,
’97A published his
book, Medieval
Commentary in the
Modern Era: The
Enduring Value of
Classical Parshanut.
David Brofsky ’94YC, ’94BR published
his book, Hilchot Tefilla: Mekorot Ve-Iyunim
(Mosad HaRav kook, 2014).
Joseph Gitler
’92YUHS won two
prestigious prizes. The
Jerusalem Post named
him one of the 50 most
influential Jews in the
world, and Nefesh
B’Nefesh awarded him
the inaugural Bonei Zion Prize for his
contribution to social welfare in Israel.
Bonnie ’94S and Dovid Kupchik ’89YC,
’93R, ’98A celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of
their son, Abie.
Nava and Rabbi Uri Orlian ’98YC, ’02A,
instructor of Talmud, announce the birth
of their son, Shimon. Mazal tov to Stern
College Associate Dean Ethel ’57YUHS,
’61S and Dr. J. Mitchell Orlian ’51YUHS,
’55YC, ’60F, ’73BR, professor of Bible
and Hebrew.
Dr. Arie Pelta ’96YC joined Kaplan Medical
Center in Rehovot to build the Colon and
Rectal Surgery department, after making
aliyah to Ramat Beit Shemesh with his wife
Alyssa and their seven children.
Dr. Dale Rosenbach
’99YUHS, ’03YC will
speak at the 2014
Greater New York Dental
Meeting on “Atraumatic
Exodontia: Principles,
Concepts and
Yitzchak Schechter
’93YC, ’99F—
husband of
Shoshana ’91S,
’93BR, professor of
Bible and director of
the Mechina program
at Stern College—
was featured in
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Rabbi Nisson Shulman ’48YUHS, ’52YC,
’55R, ’70BR announces the birth of his
great-granddaughter Chaya Shaindle, born
to Dassi and Mordy Tiefenbrunn. Mazal tov
to grandparents Baila and Moshe Shulman.
Rabbi Mordechai Schnaidman ’48YC,
’52BR, ’52R announces the marriage of
his grandson, Ephraim Schnaidman, to
Rivka Weiser.

Claire and Rabbi Joshua Hertzberg
’51YC, ’55R announce the birth of their
great-grandsons, Aharon Simcha to Tali and
Yosef Friedman and Aharon to Rabbi Meir
and Gila Arnold.
Elke ’59YUHS and Nachman Kupietzky
’55YUHS, ’59YC and Judi ’63YUHS and
Rabbi Harris Guedalia ’57YUHS, ’63R
and Hilda Cohen announce the birth of a
great-grandson, born to Gilat and Asher
Two classic
biographies of
major 20th century
Orthodox Jewish
leaders, written by
Rabbi Aaron
’59YC, ’61R, ’67BR,
professor of
rabbinic literature
at YU’s Caroline
and Joseph S.
Gruss Institute, will be republished: The
Silver Era: Rabbi Eliezer Silver and His
Generation (OU Press, 2014) and Bernard
Revel: Builder of American Jewish
Orthodoxy (OU Press, 2014).
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Mishpacha magazine for his work creating a
research institute to address the behavioral
health and social issues of the orthodox
Jewish communities.
Bonnie and Rabbi Gideon Shloush ’93YC,
’97R celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of their
son, Micha’el.
Penny Harow Thau
’92S, ’96W published
her children’s book,
There’s a Shark in the
Mikvah: A Light-Hearted
Look at Jewish Dunking
(CreateSpace, 2014).

David Wagner ’90YUHS,
’94SB was appointed
Chief Financial Officer of
Elderplan, Inc.

Michal and Rabbi Ari Zahtz ’97YUHS,
’01YC, ’04R announce the birth of their son.

Pnina Baim ’09A
published her book,
A Life Worth Living
(Amazon Digital
Services, 2014).

Sara and Rabbi Yaron Barach ’05YC,
’08R, ’09A announce the birth of their
daughter, Zissel Chaya.
Dr. Debra (Marcus) ’03S, ’08F, ’10F and
Rabbi Michael Bashist ’94YUHS, ’99YC,
’05R announce the birth of their son,
Mordechai. Mazal tov to great-grandparents
Marylin and Rabbi Alvin Marcus ’44YUHS,
’48YC, ’52W, ’52R.
Rebecca ’07A and Rabbi Eli Belizon
’00YUHS, ’07SB, ’10R announce the birth
of their daughter.
Elana (Lani) ’09S
and Joshua
Berman ’04YUHS,
’09YC announce the
birth of their
daughter, Nava
Ashira. Mazel tov to
grandparents Judy
’84S and Zev
Berman ’82YC,
member of the Yeshiva College Board of
Overseers, and to great-grandparents
Dorothy ’59S, ’60F and Rabbi Julius
Berman ’56YC, ’59R, chair emeritus of the
RIETS Board of Trustees, and Sara and
Rabbi Michael Hecht ’57YUHS, ’61YC,
’64BR, ’64R.
Josefa ’02SB and Ari Bunim announce
the birth of their daughter, Magnolia Sally.
Shonnie ’05S and Rabbi Jonathan “Yoni”
Chambre ’04YC, ’07R, ’10BR announce
the birth of their son, David Eliyahu. Mazal
tov to grandparents Alisa ’79YUHS and
Rabbi Allen Schwartz ’79YUHS, ’85YC,
’86R, ’87BR, the Raymond J. Greenwald
Chair in Jewish Studies.
Sheera (Hefter)
’04S and Rabbi
Yosi Eisen ’04YC,
announce the birth
of twins, Batsheva
and Simcha.
Rabbi Zev Eleff ’09YC, ’11R was awarded
the 2014 Rockower Award for Excellence in
a Single Commentary for his article, “The
Decline of the Rabbinic Sermon,” published
last year in Jewish Action.
Chana ’06S, ’08A and Rabbi Ephraim
Glatt ’06YC, ’09R, ’12C announce the birth
of their son, Eliezer Nissan. Mazal tov to
grandparents, Marjorie and Rabbi Dr.
Aaron Glatt ’76YUHS, ’79YC and Syma
and Dr. Jerry Levine ’72YUHS, ’76YC.
Rabbi Mark Goldfeder ’07YC published
an op-ed on the CNN website in June titled
“The Age of Robots Is Here.”
Julie and Rabbi Uri Goldstein ’06R
announce the birth of their daughter,
Ayalah Nitzan.
Sara and Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz
’02YC,’14R announce the birth of their son,
Avigdor Shimon Tzvi. Rabbi Hopkovitz was
also installed as Rabbi of the Queens
Jewish Center in Forest Hills, New York.
Sharona ’00S, ’02W and Rabbi Aryeh
Kaplan were profiled in the Orthodox
Union blog in May in “10 Years on the Job
at UCLA, OU Torah Educator Rabbi Aryeh
and Sharona Kaplan Reflect on Students
Past, Present, and Future.”
Orit and Rabbi Binyamin Lehrfield
’07YC, ’11R announce the birth of their
son, Shaya Zev.
Avital and Darren Levin ’05SB, ’08W
announce the birth of their son, David Yair.
Menchel ’07YC,
’13A received the
The Jewish
Education Project
2014 Young
Pioneers Award for
designing and
coordinating the youth programming for
800 families at the Hebrew Institute of
Devorah Miriam and Rabbi Nachum Rybak
’06YC, ’10R announce the birth of their son,
Yaakov Dovid. Mazal tov to grandparents
Shoshana and Rabbi Dr. Solomon Rybak
’63YC, ’66R, ’80BR.
Malka ’00S, ’02A and Rabbi Shimon
Schenker ’02SB, ’03R, ’06A announce the
birth of their daughter, Hadassah Miriam.
Shira ’04S and Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall
’95YUHS, ’00YC, ’02F, ’03R, ’06F,
professor of psychology at Yeshiva College,
announce the birth of their daughter, Bayla
Lielle. Mazal tov to big brothers Yonatan
and Gavriel, and to grandparents Tova and
Azrieli Dean Emeritus Dr. David Schnall
’65YUHS, ’69YC, ’72BR, ’72R, and Rosalyn
and Dr. Irvin Hirsch ’67YUHS.
Naomi and Ari Schwarzberg ’07YC, ’09A,
’09R announce the birth of their son, Simon
Justin Ephraim Bunim. Mazal tov to grand-
parents Judy ’81S and Rabbi Ronald
Schwarzberg ’80YC, ’82F, ’83R, director
of the Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld
Department of Jewish Career Development
and Placement at the Center for the
Jewish Future.
Devora and Rabbi Simcha “Simmy”
Shabtai ’06YC, ’10R, ’10BR announce
the birth of their daughter, Elisheva Sara.
Estee ’05S and Rabbi Elon Soniker
’05SB, ’08R, ’11A announce the birth of
their son.
Taub ’09YC
co-published his
book, Pitching
& Closing:
Everything You
Need to Know
About Business
Partnerships, and Making Deals That
Matter (McGraw-Hill, 2014).
Tamar (Grun) ’07S and Joshua Vogel
’07YC announce the birth of their daughter,
Temima. Mazal tov to grandparents Cheryl
’80S and Alan Vogel and Yehudit and
Jacob Grun.
Eliana and Moshe Watson ’07YUHS,
’12SB, ’14R announce the birth of their
daughter, Tamar Tema. Mazal tov to
grandparents Ora and Mark Watson
’88SB and Mandy and Dr. Rubin Brecher
’80YC, ’84E.
Rabbi Chananya Weissman ’01YC,
’04A, ’05R, Mazal Mizrahi, and Associate
Professor of Hebrew Haim Tawil published
their book, The Rebel of Savannah (Kodesh
Press, 2014).

Daniel Goldberg ’13SB was selected to
be part of an international ethics program
for religious leaders, FASPE—Fellowships
at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional
Netanel Goldstein ’13YC married Sarah
Kaszovitz ’14S. Mazal tov to parents
Naomi (Skolnick) ’87S, ’90C, current
Stern College for Women tennis coach,
and David Kaszovitz ’80YUHS and Chana
(Weglein) ’85S and Dr. Shmuel Goldstein
’85YC, ’90E, and to grandparents Bonnie
and Gabriel Kaszovitz, Beverly Skolnick,
Helen (Stone) ’63S and Ernst Weglein,
Shulamis ’63S, ’89BR and Dr. Alan
Einstein ’59YC, ’63E.
Michael “Micha” Hershkop ’10YC married
Ahuva Magder in Thornhill, Ontario. Mazal
tov to parents Judy and Eli Magder and
Alyssa and Sheldon Hershkop.
Sarah (Deneroff) ’10S and Daniel Kolat
’10YC announce the birth of their son, Eitan

’10YC, ’13A
released a new
album called
Mizmor L’Dovid.

Tamar Devorah ’10S and Noson
Waintman ’08YC announce the birth of
their son.
The New York Jewish Week
included six YU alumni in their
annual “36 Under 36” section
(June 6) profiling Jewish leaders:
Anat Coleman ’04W
Margaret Esther Engel ’14S
Rebecca Fischer ’07C
Alexander Goldberg ’10YUHS
Dina Muskin Goldberg ’12S
Eliezer Lunzer ’97YUHS
In Memoriam

Abby Belkin,
widow of Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin z”l,
former president and chancellor of
Yeshiva University
Menachem David ’59YUHS
Karen (Teitelbaum) Ehrenreich ’70S
Seymour Eisenstat ’70BS
Rabbi Dr. Armin Friedman ’50YC,
’52R, ’71F
Rabbi Moshe (Whitey) Horovitz ’48R
Sema (Chaimovitz) Menora ’60S
Harry Perlmutter ’37YUHS, ’41YC
69th Benefit Performance and 32nd Dinner Gala
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
Grand Promenade, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Following a performance by the New York Philharmonic
Joshua Bell, Violinist
Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun
Glazunov – Violin Concerto
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5
Special presentation to Bar Mitzvah-age boys
Dinah Pinczower, National Chairwoman of the Board
Michele Hering, Yosefa Knoll, Michelle Salig, Debbie Schwartz, National Presidium
Elissa and Michael Katz, Chairs, Future Builders and Collegiate Young Leadership
Yeshiva University Women’s Organization
Future Builders and Collegiate Young Leadership


69th Benefit Performance and 32nd Dinner Gala
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
Grand Promenade, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Following a performance by the New York Philharmonic
Joshua Bell, Violinist
Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun
Glazunov – Violin Concerto
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5
Special presentation to Bar Mitzvah-age boys
Dinah Pinczower, National Chairwoman of the Board
Michele Hering, Yosefa Knoll, Michelle Salig, Debbie Schwartz, National Presidium
Elissa and Michael Katz, Chairs, Future Builders and Collegiate Young Leadership
Yeshiva University Women’s Organization
Future Builders and Collegiate Young Leadership


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In the Business of Making Memories
Jeremy Joszef ’09SB may have studied marketing and entrepreneurship at Sy
Syms School of Business, but compared to the hedge fund industry, the job he
holds now is like summer camp.
In fact, the job is summer camp. As the director of Camp Morasha, one of the
premier summer camps servicing the Modern Orthodox community, Joszef uti-
lizes the skills he learned at Syms every day. “From developing a product, mar-
keting that product and most importantly, believing in the product, it was the
core ideas I learned at Syms that
help me succeed in my current role,”
said Joszef.
For Joszef, who grew up in
Woodmere, New York, the choice to
attend YU was simple. “It was an
obvious next step in my family’s
commitment to Torah learning and
education and giving back to the
community,” he said. At Syms,
where he earned a BA in marketing,
Joszef enjoyed attending shiur [lec-
ture] with Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Zvi
Sobolofsky and Jewish history
classes with Dr. Debra Kaplan, the
Dean Pinkhos Churgin Chair in
Jewish History and associate pro-
fessor of Jewish history. “While the
content was certainly distinct, their shared passion for the subjects they were
teaching was contagious,” Joszef recalled. “It’s still a pleasure staying in touch
with Rabbi Sobolofsky and his wife, Efrat.”
Joszef was also closely involved with YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. Its
founding coincided with Joszef’s first year on campus, and he held a part-time
job there throughout his years at YU.
Immediately after graduating, Joszef was recruited to work full time for
Camp Morasha as its director of programming and development, where he
focused on creating programming, recruiting campers, developing the board and
fundraising. In September 2011, he was asked to serve as camp director, making
him—at age 26—only the fifth and youngest director in Morasha’s rich and sto-
ried 50-year history.
Those who merely show up to the picturesque summer camp in the north-
eastern Pocono Mountains come June might be surprised to learn that running a
summer camp is a year-round job. “While preparing a summer program for over
1,300 people requires attention to detail, organization and lots of patience, it’s the
intense focus on enhancing and furthering the camp’s mission that keeps me and
my staff of 25 full-time employees and 320 seasonal employees busy year-round,”
said Joszef. “We work with our colleagues, parents and campers throughout the
year to design policies and programs that will create a summer experience that’s
not only loads of fun but one that instills the Morasha values in each and every
camper. We truly believe that a mere two months at camp can be equally if not
more impactful than 10 months at home.”
Directing a summer camp is not only a year-round job but one that surpasses
the classic 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. hours. For Joszef, however, the real challenge is not
the atypical daily schedule. “All too often, organizations get caught up in what
decisions will bring in more campers, and while of course we would like to offer
the Morasha experience to as many people as we can, we’re more concerned with
focusing on quality and not quantity,” explained Joszef. “It’s a crucial balance.”
Any challenging parts of the job are far outweighed by its abundant positives
aspects—for instance, its uniquely transformative impact on the campers. “The
opportunity to develop independence, self-esteem and leadership skills offered
at camp are hard to replicate anywhere else,” said Joszef. “In fact, we see more
schools designing camp-like programming throughout the year, like experien-
tial educational events including color wars and overnight trips.”
There is no greater reward for Joszef than when he sees positive change tak-
ing effect. “There’s really nothing more rewarding for me and my fellow adminis-
trators and staff members when we hear from a parent that their child has set up
a chavruta [Torah study session] with his or her counselor during the year, is
more committed to attending minyan [quorum of 10 males] or has more confi-
dence and self-esteem,” said Joszef. “Seeing an individual camper or staff mem-
ber leave camp more inspired, educated or committed to his or her Judaism than
the day he or she arrived is a huge benefit of the job.”
The intersection between Camp Morasha and YU is strong: several YU
Roshei Yeshiva also teach in Camp Morasha’s kollel, including Rabbi Yitzchok
Cohen and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, the Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Chair in Talmud and
Contemporary Halacha. Joszef returns to the YU campus time and again to see
friends who are now YU employees and to meet with current students who serve
as staff members during the summer. “While YU and Morasha don’t have any
official connection,” said Joszef, “we share a similar mission in instilling the val-
ues of Modern Orthodoxy in the young men and women we serve.”
In fact, Joszef said one of the unofficial camp mottos is this: Built on Values,
Runs on Fun. “This saying perfectly encapsulates our goal here at Morasha. Pro-
spective campers should know that they will never find a place quite like Mora-
sha, and that the friends they meet at camp will be their friends forever and, in
fact, feel more like family.”
Exotic cruises to the Baltic Islands. Pesach in a luxurious Florida hotel. Odd
hours in the middle of the night after putting her kids to bed and running assorted
household errands.
It’s all just another day in the professional life of Aliza Leibtag Klein ’08SB,
general manager of Kosherica, the leading glatt kosher cruise and tour company.
Klein grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. “Most people I knew, including my
father and my siblings, went to Yeshiva University, and I had heard really good
things about its business school [Sy Syms],” said Klein, who knew she wanted to
pursue a business career.
Klein thrived at Syms. “I loved the small class size, which fostered an environ-
ment where you could form close relationships with your professors and get per-
sonal attention that would be difficult in a larger college,” she recalled. “I really
enjoyed learning from Professor Steven Nissenfeld, who taught management.”
Klein majored in business management and, during her last two semesters,
worked part time at the American Zionist Movement as a bookkeeper. She might
have transitioned to a full-time job there after she graduated in 2008, but instead,
she made aliyah [immigration to Israel] while expecting her second child with
her husband, Elie Klein ’03SB. They
settled in the Sheinfeld neighbor-
hood in Beit Shemesh, and Elie got a
job as a senior account executive for
Ruder Finn, a public relations firm.
While Klein was getting the lay of
the land, she noticed an email circu-
lating with a job posting for a part-
time office worker. She applied to
the company that turned out to be
Kosherica and was offered the job
on the spot. She began a few weeks
after her son was born.
A typical day of work entails a
lot of basic office responsibilities,
like returning emails, following up
with potential clients, coordinating
ship-to-land logistics and perform-
ing general administrative duties. “Most of my colleagues are based in New York
or California, so the work that I do in the morning in Israel is being done while
the rest of the company is still sleeping in the United States,” she said. When her
children return home from school at around 3 p.m., Klein takes a break until
around 8 p.m. when they go to sleep, at which point she restarts her work and can
go until anywhere from midnight until 2 a.m.
“It’s challenging sometimes to have these unorthodox hours, and sometimes
I think it would be nice to have a more normal business schedule, but I’m actually
in really good company,” said Klein. “A lot of olim [immigrants] who work for
American companies also share this kind of atypical workday.”
Kosherica operates about 10-15 cruises each year to locations such as Alaska,
the Caribbean, Russia, Scandinavia and Australia as well as Pesach programs to
Florida and Whistler, Canada. Klein generally travels on two cruises during the
winter season and two cruises during the summer season, and though the back-
drops are often breathtakingly beautiful and the accommodations plush and
well-appointed, Klein is actually working on these trips.
“As general manager, I’m responsible for all the details involving the logistics
of pricing, booking and administrative work and oversight of food and beverages,”
explained Klein. “For the Pesach programs, I also handle the guest bookings and
Amid all her careful attention to detail and her job-related obligations, Klein
is able to enjoy the trips she goes on. “I’m very lucky that I get to visit many places
a lot of us hear about but don’t really get to witness in person, like Copenhagen
and Estonia,” said Klein. “There’s so much history and natural beauty in places
like these, and I’ve been to shuls all over the world and spent time in such diverse
Jewish communities. That’s an exciting thing to be able to experience.”
But Klein especially loves the Pesach program, her only “work” trip on
which she brings her family—Elie and their sons Netanel, 7, and Amichai, 5—
because she actually has some time on the holiday to unwind with them. “I love
seeing my kids enjoy the amazing programming we provide there,” said Klein.
The balancing act of logistics that Klein must juggle is sometimes challeng-
From summer camps to cruises and tours, meet Yeshiva University alumni who work to create meaningful experiences
ing, but it is always rewarding. “Being able to work hard on a cruise or hotel pro-
gram for months and then seeing everything brought to fruition and receiving a
lot of positive feedback is incredibly gratifying,” Klein said. “Our work at
Kosherica is to provide vacations for our customers, and seeing them enjoy what
we put together while they spend time with their families is a very special thing
that I try never to take for granted.”
Nearly 2,500 young men and women from a variety of Jewish backgrounds will
have experienced a magical 10-day trip to Israel this year thanks to Scott Shul-
man ’09SB, who is at the helm of the Orthodox Union’s Israel Free Spirit program,
one of the most popular tours under the umbrella organization Taglit-Birthright
Israel to provide Israel experiences to Jewish adults ages 18-26.
It’s a big job to direct the pro-
gram, and Yeshiva University helped
Shulman get there.
Shulman grew up in Columbus,
Ohio, and was set to attend Ohio
State University when he was pre-
sented with the option of attending
YU. “I had been increasingly feeling
that to help contribute to the future
of the Jewish people, YU would be a
better place for me,” he said. “I
embrace the Torah Umadda values
that YU represents, and I decided to
make it happen.”
As a marketing major at Sy
Syms, Shulman took many courses
where he learned the fundamentals
of analyzing competition, custom-
ers and the environment to maintain a competitive advantage as well as how to
build customer and partner relationships by harnessing technology and other
global opportunities. But Shulman highlighted his final semester’s capstone
course with former Syms Associate Professor Daniel Laufer—where teams of
students simulated products and competed for market share—as a memorable
lesson in real-life marketing tactics.
“It was an awesome opportunity to envision what the current trends are in the
marketing world and strategize around them by creating products to appeal to cer-
tain target markets,” said Shulman. “It was a fun and interactive exercise, and
more than any other class, it really inspired me to apply the things I had learned in
school to situations where they would be practical in my career afterward.”
Shulman enjoyed learning from famous entrepreneurs as part of the Doris
and Dr. Ira Kukin Entrepreneurial and Executive Lecture Series, which allows
students to hear from and speak with influential business leaders about current
challenges in entrepreneurship.
Shulman was also closely involved with the Center for the Jewish Future,
participating in a number of its programs including Teach for Israel; Eimatai
Leadership Development Project; Aaron and Blanche Schreiber Torah Tours in
Charleston, South Carolina; a summer kollel in Los Angeles, California; and
Yeshiva University Political Action Committee, among others.
“One of the most amazing parts of YU is that aside from being a renowned aca-
demic institution, it gives students a lot of opportunities to become involved in
social action and form a holistic Jewish perspective,” said Shulman. “These pro-
grams really give you an appreciation of the Jewish world beyond yourself and
YU—and even beyond the United States. Realizing that there’s a bigger picture and
zoning in on that collective focus has added a lot of value to my YU experience.”
After graduation, Shulman was recruited to work at the Orthodox Union in
its OU Alumni program, a natural extension of the work the organization does
with NCSY and includes recruitment of former NCSY members to participate in
Birthright Israel trips. “That first year I was there, the Birthright part of OU
Alumni experienced tremendous growth beyond what was expected, and it
became obvious that someone was needed to devote attention to it full time,” said
Shulman. “That’s been my role at the OU ever since.”
Shulman works to attract participants to the trips and to create partnerships
with other nonprofit and communal groups, like campus-based and young pro-
fessional organizations. When he first started, he helped organize about 30 trips
per year. The past couple of years, the number has averaged closer to 48, and this
past year, the number of trips totaled 58. There are approximately 40 people on
each trip, who are joined by eight participants in Israel.
That’s a lot of people and a lot of paperwork for each one, not to mention the
ensuing logistics for the participants as well as coordinating the locations they
visit in Israel such as the Kotel, Masada, Mount Herzl, Yad Vashem, the city of
Tzfat and more.
As the program director of one of about 15 providers in North America of
Birthright Israel trips, Shulman also gets to flex his creative muscles by tailoring
some of the trips to fit specific interests. “Every Birthright trip, whether it’s coed
or single gender, has similar components, and about 75 percent of each trip will
be nearly identical,” he said. “That last little bit, though, can be customized to
cater to niche groups, and the OU has offered tours with themes like literature,
the media, arts and entertainment, social justice and entrepreneurship. Often
these customized themes will help us attract the people who need a little more
incentive to join a Birthright tour than just a free experience in Israel.”
Shulman is grateful that he’s been able to staff four trips thus far and bear
witness to the incredible and transformative impact Taglit-Birthright Israel has
on so many people.
“In today’s fast-paced information age, it can be difficult to have one of those
moments where you see a paradigm shift in someone’s thinking and an experi-
ence that makes him or her see the bigger picture,” said Shulman. “On every
Birthright trip, though, these opportunities are being provided each day. That’s a
priceless thing to be connected to.” n
Alumni in Action
Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought hosted an evening of conversation at the Yeshiva University Museum with Straus Center
Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik ’02YC, ’03R and Dr. Daniel Gordis, author of Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul (Nextbook, April 2014), to discuss the complexities
and contradictions of the Prime Minister’s life and legacy. YU and the Straus Center express their gratitude to the Menachem Begin Heritage Foundation and its president, Hart Hasten,
for their lead sponsorship, as well as to Benjamin and Lynda Brafman and J. Philip and Malki Rosen for their generous support.
m President Richard M. Joel ’68YUHS welcomes guests to
the YU museum
m Philip Rosen ’78YC, vice chairman of Yeshiva College’s Board of Overseers; Hart Hasten; Rabbi Meir Soloveichik;
Moshael Straus ’70YUHS, ’74YC, member of Yeshiva University’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Daniel Gordis;
and President Joel
This year’s 25-, 40-, 50- and 60-year reunion classes celebrated their milestones
on May 21 at a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The next
morning, they participated in the undergraduate Commencement ceremony,
where the members of the Class of 1964 received special recognition from
President Richard M. Joel, who reissued their diplomas. Ruth (Schuster)
Diamond ’60YUHS, ’64S and Henry Rothman ’64YC accepted the diplomas on
behalf of their classes. The dinner program featured remarks from Shira Yoshor
’89S, Rabbi Marc Wildes ’89YC, ’93C, ’94R and President Joel. Leon Wildes
’54YC welcomed the new members of the Silver and Golden Shield Society,
and Leonard Glass ’60YUHS, ’64YC thanked those who contributed to the
Reunion Class Gift.
The Yeshiva University Wall Street Group, chaired by Lawrence Askowitz ’87YC and Evelyn Havasi ’82S, ’87C, presented “Current Trends in Activist Investing,” featuring Peter W. May,
president and founding partner of Trian Partners, in conversation with Andrew Conway, managing director at Credit Suisse. The program was hosted by Credit Suisse.
m Moshe Bajnon with speakers Peter May and Andrew Conway Danzig m Avi Kwestel; Ari Kadish ’00SB; and Alan Danzig
m Robert Fuchs ’83YUHS, ’87YC; Yosef Rabinowitz ’87YUHS; Marc Davis; and Lawrence
Askowitz ’87YC, member of Yeshiva College’s Board of Overseers
m Ezra Blumenthal ’07YC, ’08BR; Evelyn S. Havasi ’82S, ’85C, member of Stern College’s
Board of Overseers; Michael Heino ’13YC; and Michael Mazin
m Bruce Ratner answers questions on development and real estate m Joshua Muss delivers introductory remarks
m Michael Stoler; Joshua Muss ’58YUHS, ’62YC, member of Yeshiva University’s
Board of Trustees; and Bruce Ratner
m Bruce Schanzer ’91YC, ’93C, member of Yeshiva College’s Board of Overseers,
introduces the speakers
The Yeshiva University Real Estate Professionals, chaired by Marc Kwestel ’87YC and Bruce Schanzer ’91YC, ’93C, presented Bruce Ratner, executive chairman of Forest City
Ratner Companies in conversation with Michael Stoler at The New York Times building. YU Trustee Joshua Muss ’58YUHS, ’62YC introduced the program and remarks were
given by Ralph Herzka of Meridian Capital Group. The program was sponsored by Forest City Ratner Companies and Meridian Capital Group, with additional sponsorship by
Chicago Title Insurance Company.
Legend for school abbreviations:
A: Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration • BR: Bernard Revel Graduate School • BS: Belfer Graduate School of Science • BZ: Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music • C: Cardozo School of Law • E:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine • F: Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • R: Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary • S: Stern College for Women • SB: Sy Syms School of Business • TI: Teacher’s Institute • W: Wurzweiler
School of Social Work • YC: Yeshiva College • YUHS: Yeshiva University High Schools
Nearly two dozen phone-a-thon participants and Students Helping Students club
members worked together to raise awareness of the growing need for undergraduate
scholarship support and to build school pride.
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t Rabbi David Baruch Lau, the Ash-
kenazi chief rabbi of Israel, visited YU
in May. The chief rabbi met with Roshei
Yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological Seminary and
President Richard M. Joel. He also spoke
with Center for the Jewish Future senior
staff about their communal work around
the world and toured the Wilf Campus and
the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for
Jewish Study. n
p Over 700 people attended the
RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah at
the Hilton Westchester. Speakers
included President Richard M. Joel;
Dr. Chaviva Levin, visiting assistant
professor of Jewish history; Dr. Rona
Novick, dean of Azrieli; Rabbi Men-
achem Penner (right), Max and Marion
Grill Dean of RIETS and Undergradu-
ate Torah Studies; and Rosh Yeshiva
Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Nathan and
Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial
Chair in Talmud, among others. n
t Led by President Richard M. Joel, more than 1,400 students, alumni,
faculty, staff and friends of Yeshiva University marched up Fifth Avenue,
cheering and greeting the crowds as they celebrated Israel’s 66th year of
independence at the 2014 Celebrate Israel Parade in June. The student
contingent included representatives from YU’s undergraduate schools and
affiliated high schools, as well as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. n
p Sy Syms School of Business celebrated its 27th anniversary and the graduating
class of 2014 with a gala awards dinner in April at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The
evening honored students and faculty who excelled academically and professionally,
demonstrated exceptional character and exemplified the significant strengthening of
Sy Syms. n
p Close to 100 students participated in a four-day financial training seminar given
after classes ended in May by Adkins Matchett & Toy, global experts in training analysts
and investment bankers at leading financial companies, hedge funds and corporate law
firms. Organized by YU’s Career Center, in partnership with Sy Syms School of Business,
the seminar touched on many topics including financial statement analysis, modeling,
valuation, balance sheets, capital expenditures and cash flow statements. n
p Nineteen musmachim [ordained rabbis] were honored at a May Chag HaSemikhah
Ceremony in Israel, along with three musmachim celebrating their 50th years as alumni
of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). Dr. Yisrael Levitz
represented the 50th year alumni and recounted his memorable experiences with his
rebbeim at RIETS, and Rabbi Ari Yablok spoke on behalf of the current musmachim.
Rabbi Dovid Miller, Rosh Kollel at RIETS Israel Kollel, and Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max
and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS and Undergraduate Torah Studies, also shared inspiring
words of Torah with the musmachim and their families. n
From Tape Cassettes to Mobile Apps
Azrieli Revamps Doctoral Program
t started with one semicha [rabbinic]
While studying at Yeshiva Uni-
versity-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary (RIETS), Rabbi
Marc Spivak was training for a career
as a pulpit rabbi outside of the tri-state
area but didn’t want to miss out on the
advanced learning and shiurim [lectures]
he loved at YU. He began taping shiurim,
building a collection he’d be able to listen
to anywhere, any time. When his apart-
ment could no longer hold the sheer vol-
ume of tapes he’d created, he tried digital
storage, learning how to encode the shi-
urim and burn them to CDs. Eventually,
with help from YU student Chaim Jaskoll
and others still exploring the Internet’s
then-fledgling potential, Rabbi Spivak
turned to the emerging world of online
media, uploading all the shiurim he had
recorded to a single website where they
would remain accessible, for free, to any
Jew, anywhere in the world.
The site was an instant hit. Rabbi
Spivak joined what would eventually be-
come known as YU’s Center for the Jew-
ish Future (CJF) to embark on an even
more ambitious project: recording and
uploading shiurim Yeshiva-wide. Before
long, the site had expanded beyond YU’s
borders, receiving submissions and listen-
ership from Torah figures and institutions
around the world. Today, that website is
known as YUTorah, and with over 90,000
shiurim—and counting—it’s the leading
site for online Torah study. In 2014 alone,
YUTorah received more than four million
page views from 185 countries worldwide
and thousands of downloads of its mobile
apps for Android and iPhone.
“It’s grown exponentially,” said
Rabbi Robert Shur, director of YUTorah
since 2007. “We started out limited to
just shiurim that were happening at YU
and RIETS. Then we made a decision to
expand it to become more of a forum for
the Torah happening throughout the YU
community, a one-stop shop for high-
quality Torah content from a whole range
of speakers and topics. Today, all kinds of
Jews from nearly every country on the
planet come to YUTorah to learn. You
don’t get a broader audience than that.”
Dr. David Arbesfeld got involved
with YUTorah more than 10 years ago,
when he offered to donate all the record-
ing equipment that was needed and stayed
involved as the site expanded under the
CJF’s Isaac Shalev. “It’s a big mitzvah to
be marbitz Torah b’rabim [to spread Torah
to the masses],” he said. “If there’s some-
thing you can do so people won’t have to
pay, many more will be able to listen.”
With the help of Yoni Cohen, CJF di-
rector of operations, Rabbi Shur works on
the site to ensure it’s always evolving and
customizes it to make it more personal
and user-friendly. In 2006, Marcos and
Adina Katz gave a generous gift to endow
YUTorah, and users can sponsor days,
weeks or months of learning.
“Since YUTorah’s inception, we
have convened the academic talent of
our Roshei Yeshiva, our academic com-
munity and our alumni to create one of
the most robust Torah sites in the Jewish
world,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the
David Mitzner dean of the CJF and vice
president for university and community
life. “It has been a personal privilege to
be involved with Rabbi Shur and the YU
community in the development of this ini-
tiative, sharing Torah with 250,000 Jews
annually from across the world.” n
k To listen to a shiur or sponsor a day of learning,
zrieli Graduate School of Jewish
Education and Administration
will soon be offering a new doc-
toral degree in Jewish educational lead-
ership and innovation. Slated to begin in
the fall, the program will combine vir-
tual learning opportunities with live ses-
sions throughout the year and replaces
Azrieli’s existing doctoral degree in Jew-
ish education and administration.
While Azrieli’s current program fea-
tured a more traditional model of 14-
week semesters and three-credit courses
and was accessible only for those living
locally, the new program aims to reach a
broader group of educators, through
blended learning techniques and a more
hands-on approach to learning.
“Azrieli’s and YU’s mission is not
limited to the New York geographic re-
gion,” said Dr. Rona Novick, dean of Azri-
eli. “The idea of a day school leader
having to leave their community to ac-
cess our resources is not ideal. We want
this program to be available to a wider
range of educators and communities.”
The new program combines live
five-day sessions held during the sum-
mer, three-day conferences during the
year and virtual learning experiences.
“We are focused on problem-based
learning—redesigning our program to
meld the best of research and academics
with professional training and on-the-
job practical applications,” said Novick.
“We present students with scenarios in
which they address issues confronted by
typical school leaders.”
Collaboration is a focal point of the
new program, where students will work
together as cohorts, utilizing distance
learning technology such as Google
Hangouts, web and phone conferencing,
online discussion boards and webinars,
in addition to face-to-face meetings.
The emphasis on collaboration also
helps improve upon the flexibility of the
current model and contributes to the
valuable dialogue between students and
faculty, who serve as mentors to the doc-
toral candidates.
“I came to Azrieli for the stellar,
world-renowned faculty who are experts
in psychology, education, leadership
and cognitive science, and because I
wanted close mentoring at the doctoral
level,” said doctoral fellow Suzanne
Brooks. “The program has surpassed my
For current students, the coming
changes are exciting innovations that
aim to serve as a model of teaching and
learning for the 21st century.
“The new model is more hands-on,”
said Brooks, who helped revamp the pro-
gram. “It’s about taking concepts from
theory to practice and using cognitive
skills to address issues versus just reading
about them.”
The classes are taught by current Az-
rieli faculty and enriched by the efforts of
adjunct professors, many of whom are
veteran educators and administrators.
“We want students to benefit from
learning with academic and research-
based individuals and also those experi-
enced in the field,” Novick said. “The
program is extraordinarily fluid and pro-
vides students with great potential for
learning, harnessing all that technology
has to offer. We are also exploring part-
nerships with other university programs
to take advantage of the incredible re-
sources and potential for synergy across
the impressive YU landscape.” n
k Learn more about Azrieli’s offerings at
to our coach, Ira Miller. Having a former
Division I coach helped the professional
environment on our team.”
More than ever, though, what sets
the Macs apart is the strong team dynamic
that makes them a force to reckon with on
the court and a true family off it.
“I think that our team gained con-
fidence this year,” said Greenberg, from
Cedarhurst, New York, a guard for the
women’s basketball team. “My proud-
est moment this season would have to be
winning our last game—we just played as
the united team that we were and proved
what we are truly capable of on the court.
We won more games this season than
we have in the past and we’re finally ac-
knowledging that we are a competing
force in this division.” n
k Keep up with the latest athletics news, schedules
and scores at
Former Mac Comes Home
to Lead Men’s Basketball
Elliot Steinmetz ’02SB, who let-
tered on YU’s basketball team from
1999–02, has been selected as
head men’s basketball coach.
He has served with distinction as
head coach of the varsity basketball
team at North Shore Hebrew Acad-
emy High School and of the gold
medal-winning United States 18
and Under Boys Basketball Team
for the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Steinmetz is the former owner of
JV Elite, Inc. where he managed an
intense summer basketball training
program for top Jewish high school
basketball players nationwide until
its sale in 2008.
“I am honored and excited to
have the opportunity to once again
be a part of YU basketball,” said
Steinmetz. “Studying and playing at
YU was one of the most memorable
and educational experiences of my
life. I am humbled by the history at
Yeshiva University and thrilled to be
a part of the future as we move for-
ward with the basketball program.”
Steinmetz was hired after an
international search that attracted
more than 200 applicants, led by
a 14-member advisory committee
that included athletics and coach-
ing personnel from high schools,
universities and professional sports
teams. In his role, he will be respon-
sible for overseeing all aspects of
the basketball program while ensur-
ing the academic success of its
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How YUTorah Grew Into The Leading Site For Online Torah Study


Dr. Aaron Golden, an astrophysicist and data scientist who holds a
joint appointment as a research associate professor in the Depart-
ment of Mathematical Sciences and an associate professor of genetics
at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was selected by the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to observe a brown
dwarf, as part of the NASA exoplanetary space mission K2, a search
for extraterrestrial planets using a space-based telescope.
Dr. Steven Fine, professor of Jewish history, was selected to par-
ticipate in the Getty Research Institute’s Scholars Program, which
brings cultural scholars and artists from around the world to live
and work in Los Angeles while conducting research. Fine’s project
is titled “The Arch of Titus: From Roman Triumphal Arc to Lieu de
Memoire and Post-Colonial Icon,” and his research centers on cul-
tural history, visual culture, Roman history and Jewish history.
Yeshiva University Press, in
conjunction with OU Press, an-
nounced the republication of
two landmark books by Rabbi
Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff,
professor of rabbinic literature
at YU’s Caroline and Joseph S.
Gruss Institute: Bernard Revel:
Builder of American Orthodoxy
and The Silver Era: Rabbi Eliezer
Silver and His Generation. Ber-
nard Revel Graduate School of
Jewish Studies and the Center
for the Jewish Future hosted a
book launch and lecture in May,
featuring Rabbi Rakeffet.
Alan J. Broder, adjunct professor of computer science, was ap-
pointed by Jeh Johnson, secretary of the United States Department
of Homeland Security (DHS), to the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity
Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the secretary on mat-
ters related to privacy and data integrity.
In Memoriam: Dr. Charles Raffel
Yeshiva University mourns the passing of Dr. Charles Raffel,
professor of Jewish philosophy at Stern College for Women,
who passed away suddenly on April 19. Born August 28,
1950, Raffel was a graduate of Wesleyan and Brandeis uni-
versities. Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, chair of the Rebecca
Ivry Department of Jewish Studies, described Raffel as “the
anchor” of the school’s Jewish philosophy program, “a con-
summate mensch and colleague and a beloved teacher.”
Raffel is survived by his beloved wife Rivka, and children Aliza
and Josh, as well as by two brothers.
Seth Moskowitz was appointed vice president for institutional
advancement. Moskowitz, who brings more than 35 years of man-
agement and fundraising experience with nonprofit, political and
communal organizations, succeeds Daniel Forman, who is assum-
ing a new role with the University as senior philanthropic adviser,
after 19 years spent leading advancement for YU.
“As a consummate professional, a man of deep Jewish passion
and a person with deep commitments both to education, the Jewish
community and to the land of Israel, we are excited to invite Seth
into the Yeshiva University family,” said President Richard M. Joel.
Moskowitz has previously served as the senior vice president for
the American Technion Society and has held positions with Ameri-
can Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute, Nefesh B’Nefesh,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jewish National Fund and the United Jewish Appeal.
“YU’s commitment to excellence and to bettering our world inspires hopes of enhancing our appeal
to the entire Jewish community,” said Moskowitz. “I’m honored to work with a team of dedicated devel-
opment professionals focused on advancing community support for our vital institution.”
Dr. Rachel Mesch, director of
the Yeshiva College Core Cur-
riculum and chair of the Lan-
guages, Literatures and Cultures
department, was appointed as-
sistant editor of Nineteenth-
Century French Studies, the
flagship journal in her field.
Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, co-chair
of the physics department, was
awarded a $375,000 grant from
the National Science Founda-
tion, through its Macromo-
lecular, Supramolecular, and
Nanochemistry Program, to
conduct chemistry research in
collaboration with a colleague
at Hebrew University.
Dr. Linda Shires, Ruth and
David Gottesman Professor and
chair of Stern College for Wom-
en’s English department, was
appointed to the advisory com-
mittee of PMLA, the scholarly
journal of the Modern Language
Association for scholars of lan-
guage and literature.
Dr. Fredy Zypman, professor and co-chair of the physics department,
was awarded a contract with NASA to develop and validate a method
to measure viscosity. Zypman will build on his research on Scanning
Probe Microscopy to create a tailored mathematical algorithm to pro-
cess the measurements and turn them into a value for viscosity.
k Keep up with the latest faculty news at
Dr. John Condeelis, professor and co-chair of anatomy and struc-
tural biology, co-director of the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center
and the Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational
Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was awarded
a $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, part of
the National Institutes of Health, to fund research into how breast
cancer cells move and spread in the body, and how to predict which
tumors will metastasize.
Melanie Leslie ’91C, professor
at Benjamin N. Cardozo School
of Law, was appointed vice dean
of the school, the first Cardozo
graduate to hold the position.
Leslie replaces Edward Stein,
who is stepping down after five
years and will continue at Car-
dozo as professor and director
of the Gertrud Mainzer Pro-
gram in Family Law, Policy and
Rabbi Moshe Tendler, Rosh Yeshiva and the Rabbi Isaac and Bella
Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and professor of biology,
received an honorary doctorate at the 41st Annual Nitzotzot Confer-
ence in May at Bar-Ilan University’s Ludwig and Erica Jesselson In-
stitute for Advanced Torah Studies. Rabbi Tendler also headlined the
event with a discourse on “Value Judgments in Bioethics: Halakhic
and General,” a summary of his life’s work.
Dr. Lea Santos, associate professor of physics, was awarded a fellow-
ship from Harvard University to spend three supported months of her
upcoming sabbatical there, at the Institute For Theoretical Atomic
Molecular And Optical Physics.
Dr. Henry Huang, associate professor of accounting at Sy Syms
School of Business, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from his
alma mater, Peking University (PKU), a top university in China. The
award recognizes the excellence of PKU alumni in contributing to
their professional fields and to their alma mater.
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From Paris to Saint Petersburg: A Summer Abroad
ozens of YU students are spending
their summer breaks engaged in a
variety of educational and recre-
ational activities around the world, from
volunteer opportunities in Germany and
Israel to study abroad courses in France
and Russia and professional internships
in Jewish communities nationwide.
• The Center for the Jewish Future
(CJF) ran a weeklong trip to Germany
called Germany Close Up, which gave 16
students the opportunity to learn about
Germany’s contemporary Jewish com-
munity as well as the effects of the Ho-
locaust on its growth. Panel discussions
touched on topics relating to history
and anti-Semitism, allowing students
to explore thought-provoking issues.
Participants also visited several Jewish
memorials and museums and capped off
the trip by spending a memorable Shab-
bat connecting with the small Jewish
community in Leipzig.
• A group of 11 women from Stern
College traveled to Paris, France, for
10 days as part of Art and Revolution
in Paris, a study abroad course offered
through the Jay and Jeanie Schotten-
stein Honors Program. The students
visited famous museums, including the
Louvre, and walked the streets where
revolutionaries once rallied, from the
Bastille to the Place Vendome, learning
about the sites through the dual lens of
art history and political science. They
also visited popular tourist destinations
including the Eiffel Tower and Ver-
sailles, to appreciate how those sites are
also infused with significance as sym-
bols of the French Revolution.
• The CJF sent 30 students to Israel
for a month to run day camps for Israeli
teens in Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi,
Arad and Dimona, as part of its Counter-
point Israel program. Now in its ninth
summer, the program gives YU students
the opportunity to teach English and run
empowerment programming for teens in
addition to organizing innovative pro-
grams and trips.
• Fifteen Yeshiva College students
traveled to Saint Petersburg, Russia, to
learn about the city through the optics of
literature and science. After four weeks
of studying the topics in New York in two
concurrent courses, the classes united for
two weeks of exploration in Saint Peters-
burg. There, students learned about the
region’s famous literary figures such as
Nikolai Gogol and renowned scientists
like Dmitri Mendeleev. They absorbed
the culture of the city through visits to
historical and modern-day sites of inter-
est, including houses of literature, monu-
ments to writers, science museums and
labs, and also got acquainted with the
Jewish community.
• As in past summers, YU students
traveled to Israel to investigate the ar-
chaeology and history of Tell es-Safi, the
biblical city of Gath. Participants gained
experience digging and surveying at the
site, sampling soil and recording archi-
tecture, and also took field trips to other
archaeological sites in the area.
• In a program organized by the
CJF, small groups of students spent the
month of June interning in South Bend,
Indiana; Houston, Texas; and Overland
Park, Kansas, in a variety of fields, in-
cluding medicine, IT and engineering,
while also running Shabbat and nightly
learning programs for the local Jewish
communities. n
eshiva University has a long his-
tory of educating extraordinary
students who excel academically
on a national and international level. This
past year was no exception, as several un-
dergraduates were awarded prestigious
fellowships and scholarships in recogni-
tion of their outstanding achievements,
particularly in the sciences.
“YU has emerged as a center of
learning, scholarship and teaching—a
star in the Jewish and secular world,” said
Dr. Norman Adler, university professor of
psychology and special assistant to the
provost for fellowship mentoring. “Like
other great universities and yeshivot, it is
the quality of ideas and those who work
with them—students and faculty—that
make us who we are.”
Kayla Applebaum, a junior at Stern
College for Women, was awarded the
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a highly
competitive grant for undergraduates
who intend to pursue careers in science,
math or engineering. Applebaum will use
her scholarship to continue her study of
targeting molecular pathways of breast
cancer in research with Dr. Marina Holz,
associate professor of biology at Stern,
who she has worked with for the last
three years.
“I hope one day to be able to make a
difference in the life of at least one per-
son,” said Applebaum, who plans to at-
tend medical school and launch a career
in cancer research.
“Kayla is motivated, hardworking
and always aims to achieve the best pos-
sible educational experience for herself,”
said Holz. “She exemplifies one of the
core missions of Stern College: to pro-
mote women in science and support their
aspirations to succeed.”
Senior Mark Weingarten was se-
lected to conduct research as part of the
Emily Murray Fellowship at the Hastings
Center for Bioethics this summer.
“I hope to use this research to inves-
tigate the broader questions that underlie
many elements of the biomedical field,
and the way in which legal and religious
traditions engage advancements in sci-
ence and technology,” said Weingarten,
who is majoring in history at Yeshiva Col-
lege and also pursuing semicha [rabbinic
ordination] at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Weingarten credits his many rabbis
and professors at YU for their invaluable
guidance and for helping him discover
new insights, particularly Dr. Yakov
Peter, assistant professor of biology, who
has been his mentor since he began his
studies at YU three years ago.
“Under Dr. Peter’s tutelage, I have
been granted exposure to the world of
research and afforded opportunities that
have been unparalleled learning experi-
ences,” said Weingarten. “Dr. Peter was
instrumental as a sparring partner to de-
velop unique ideas for my thesis, and in
his brilliant and unique approaches to
always push the bar higher.”
“Mark is determined, quick, re-
sourceful and open to new ideas,” said
Dr. Peter. “He has already co-authored
two manuscripts in peer-reviewed jour-
nals, a very rare accomplishment for an
Applebaum and Weingarten are two
examples of dozens of YU students who
have received impressive scholarships
and merit-based awards for their top-tier
research and academic feats over the last
two decades. In the past, six YU students
received Goldwater Scholarships, four
won Fulbright Scholarships, three were
awarded graduate research fellowships
from the National Science Foundation—
including Gilad Barach ’14YC, who will
instead be pursuing a PhD in physics at
the Weizmann Institute of Science in Is-
rael—and one was a Rhodes Scholar.
“Faculty members provide students
with valuable research opportunities that
lead to prestigious academic fellowships
and admission to the finest graduate pro-
grams,” said Dr. Selma Botman, provost
and senior vice president for academic
affairs. “Student success is profoundly
important to faculty and staff who are
inspired by the determination, talent and
accomplishments of our students.” n
Assisted by Faculty, Students Pursue Advanced Learning Opportunities
Kayla Applebaum
Students from Stern College, pictured at Versailles with their professor, studied abroad in Paris
Mark Weingarten