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Beginning with just seven students in 1964, the

Sephardic Studies Program at Yeshiva University now

marks its 50th yearand it has never been stronger.
And as the Sephardic population of North America
continues to grow, the prospects for continued expan-
sion over the next decade are extremely promising.
The Sephardic Studies Program was co-founded
by Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, YUs vice president of
university affairs. Thanks in part to his vision, Dr.
Dobrinsky has seen a vibrant YU Sephardic presence
consistently grow over the last ve decades. Today,
the Sephardic Program boasts close to 400 under
graduate men and women and serves an additional
100 graduate students, including 17 rabbinical
students. One of our main goals was to create an
environment where Sephardic students who came
to YU would have ample opportunity to learn about
and practice their own traditions, said Dr. Dobrinsky,
explaining why the program was originally created.
Todays generation of YU students have also
benetted from new young leadership. Rabbi Moshe
Tessone has directed the Sephardic Community
Program (SCP) at Yeshiva since 2000, and also serves
as a rabbinic faculty member at YU and its Philip and
Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music. The Sephardic
world is multifaceted, said Rabbi Tessone. YU is the
only place in North America that has such diversity
of Sephardic students and makes a concerted effort
to educate them, in both secular and Jewish studies,
while giving special appreciation to their Sephardic
heritage. This began with Dr. Dobrinskys vision more
than a half century ago. Now, thanks to his foresight,
we have an opportunity to do better than weve ever
done before.
Over the last few years demographics have evolved,
with a dramatic increase in the number of Sephardic
students attending the Orthodox day schools that
serve as primary feeders to YU. As a result, the
Sephardic students at YU reect a growing percent-
age of the overall campus population. The synergies
are potentially explosive as the number of Sephardic
students at YU grows, said Rabbi Tessone. There
was a sense that these incoming Sephardic students
needed to feel as if they had a home at YU, where they
would he able to grow not just academically, but also
on a religious, cultural and spiritual level. We want to
attract these students who we train to become future
leaders of the Sephardic world, and give them an
inspiring experience here at YU.
To augment these efforts, Rabbi Simon Basalely
was appointed during the fall of 2013 as the Edmond
J. Safra Sgan Mashgiah for the Sephardic campus
community at YU, a newly established position,
which was made possible by the Edmond J. Safra
Philanthropic Foundation, which is providing a 3
year grant totaling $180,000 to sponsor this posi-
tion. Within the rst year, Rabbi Basalely has already
made a positive impact in his new role. He serves
as a role model and mentor for students, running
minyanim in the Sephardic Beit Midrash during the
week and on Shabbat, and coordinating Shabbat

One of the major accomplishments within YU
Sephardic Programs this year took place in March
when, as part of the RIETS Chag HaSemikha
event, 17 rabbinic graduates who received ordina-
tion were of Sephardic origin. This represents a
record number of Sephardic rabbis produced by
YU and RIETS in a period of four years.
Chag HaSemikha is a quadrennial celebration
of all the rabbis who earned rabbinic ordination
at YU/RIETS during a four-year period. This
years event also reected a record number of YU
rabbinic graduates not only for Sephardim but
for the general Jewish population as well, as an
astounding 230 young men received semikhaa
historic number of rabbis produced by RIETS
over a four-year period.
The Sephardic community at large celebrated
a Salute to the Sephardic Musmakhim morning
gala event on March 9 at Congregation Magen
Jubilee Anniversary Edition
YU Sephardic Programs
Sephardic Program at YU Reaches 50-Year Milestone
17 Sephardic Rabbis
Ordained in 2014
Brings Total Sephardic Rabbis
Ordained at RIETS to Almost 100
In commemoration of our cherished friend
Moise Safra ah, YU Benefactor and Honorary Alumnus
The Yeshiva University family mourns the loss of
YU Benefactor Moise Y. Safra ah in June 2014.
Safra was a great Jewish philanthropist who
exemplied the very nest in Sephardic lay leader-
ship during his lifetime. He is survived by his wife,
Chella, who resides in So Paulo, Brazil, and his
children, Edmond, Jacob, Ezra, Esther and Olga.
In 2012 Mr. Safra received an honorary degree
at Yeshiva Universitys 88th Annual Hanukkah
Dinner and Convocation at the Waldorf Astoria in
Manhattan. Safra, a philanthropist and an accom-
plished nancier, rst developed a relationship
with YU when he and his wife, Chella Safra, were
honored at the inaugural dinner of YUs newly-
formed Sephardic Council of Overseers in 1992.
The Safras formed a close relationship with both
Dr. Norman Lamm, who was president of YU at the
time, and Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, vice president
for University Affairs. They have always main-
tained a strong connection and a warm friendship
with YU, which has continued with Yeshiva Uni-
versitys President Richard M. Joel.
During his lifetime, Mr. Safra expressed his admi-
ration and high regard for YU and its unique mission
of Torah Umadda. YU is the perfect balance of both
Torah and secular education, one that I have always
believed in, said Safra. While Torah studies might
be the pillar of Jewish life, secular academics is the
second pillar that complements it. Yeshiva Univer-
sity is the ideal place for one to achieve this goal of
a well-rounded and complete education. Through
the familys charitable foundation a $3 million gift
to Yeshiva University established the Moise Safra
Undergraduate Scholarship Fund and the Moise
Safra Scholars.
We salute Moise Safras lifetime of accomplish-
ments in the business world and equally his life-
long dedication to outstanding leadership and
service to the greater Jewish community and
his fellow Sephardim all over the world. May his
memory be an inspiration for other great leaders
to emulate and may his good deeds be a source
of blessing for his family and the entire Jewish
people. Yehi Zikhro Barukh.
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Inaugural Dinner of YUs Sephardic Council of Overseers
(SCO), 1992
Rabbi Kassin and Rabbi Ben-Haim congratulate
Rabbi Setton
Jack Lew, Moise Safra ah, President Richard M.Joel
Edmond M. Safra, Moise ah, Chella Safra, Shari Safra,
Jacob M. Safra
Back row left to right: Eduardo Szajman, Shari Safra,
Jacob M. Safra, Edmond M.Safra, Marielle Safra, Elie
Cohen, Carole Sasson Cohen, Joseph Cohen, Colette
Nehmad, Michael Kattan, Albert Cohen
Front row left to right: Esther Safra Szajman, Moise Safra
ah, Chella Safra, Bassia Lowinger, Dalia Picciotto Cohen

The YU Sephardic Newsletter Jubilee Edition is dedicated by Martin Elias
and family in honor of Rabbi Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky and Dina Dobrinsky in
tribute to their half century of dedication to the Sephardic community.
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events, Torah lectures and other programs that en-
hance and lend warmth to the religious and cultural
environment of the Sephardic community. I feel
privileged to work with a group of such wonder-
ful, energetic students, aspiring to learn and to take
advantage of the opportunities to further connect
with their heritage, said Rabbi Basalely, a gradu-
ate of Yeshiva College, the Azrieli School of Jewish
Education and Administration, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theology Seminary and the Beren Kollel Elyon. We
are planning on campus Shabbatonim for students to
spend Shabbat together enjoying Sephardic food and
singing Sephardic pizmonim immersed in the Sep-
hardic liturgical tradition, while at the same time,
spending Shabbat in their Yeshiva.
Rabbi Basalely is the person who students can
turn to after classroom hours, to help give them
spiritual and religious guidance that they need
beyond academics, said Rabbi Tessone. He is there
for students in the capacity of a campus rabbi to
provide hashgaha ruhanit [spiritual guidance] on
an ongoing basis. Our goal is to make the Sephardic
Beit Midrash a warm, spiritual haven right here
on campus.
For Charles Saka, a sophomore at the Sy Syms
School of Business majoring in business manage-
ment, some highlights of the Sephardic programs
include the weekly Sephardic pizmonim club and
his daily shiur with Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim,
Sephardic Rosh Yeshiva and Chair holder of the
Maxwell R. Maybaum Chair in Talmud and
Sephardic Halakhic Codes.
Rabbi Tessone has elevated the Sephardic life
on campus with his weekly course in Sephardic
hazzanut, said Saka. Rabbi Basalely has also been
a great source of daily inspiration and spirituality
with our minyanim, as well as his divrei Torah and
nightly shiurim in the Sephardic Beit Midrash.
Dr. Dobrinsky, who continues to nurture and over-
see the Sephardic programs on a daily basis, notes,
The Sephardic faculty members at YU include many
giants in their respective elds, both in advanced
Torah studies and Sephardic history and culture.
Among the world-renowned faculty at YU are
Hakham Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Rabbi Hayim Angel,
Dr. Ronnie Perelis, Dr. Hayim Tawil and Dr. Daniel
Tsadik, among many others who teach Sephardic
courses and serve as role models to their students.
Dr. Dobrinsky fondly recalls the late revered
Hakham Solomon Gaon ah, who was a mentor to
him in his early years interacting with the Sep-
hardim, and whose legacy at YU lives on to this
day. When we started the program, he recounts,
Hakham Gaon and I would travel the length and
breadth of the country to many Sephardic communi-
ties in order to recruit students and help raise funds
to support the Sephardic Program.
Hakham Gaon, also known as The Hakham,
was the leading Sephardic rabbinic gure and states-
man in the Americas and Europe during the 1960s
and 70s. The late Ivan Salomon and his wife
Sophie were instrumental in bringing The Hakham
to YU initially as a visiting professor at RIETS, and
this initiative later gave rise to the development of
YUs Sephardic Studies and Sephardic Community
Program. After retiring from the position of Chief
Sephardic Rabbi of Britain in the 1980s, he moved to
New York and held the Maxwell R. Maybaum Chair
in Sephardic Codes at RIETS, a position he held for
the last 12 years of his life.
We were blessed to have The Hakham at Yeshiva,
says Dr Dobrinsky. He was able to relate to people
of so many diverse Sephardic backgrounds, and in
doing so he inspired our students and our program
in a lasting way.
According to Dr. Dobrinsky, Yeshiva will con-
tinue to invest resources into developing the Sep-
hardic programs that educate the youth and serve
their communities. My hope and prayer is that this
program will continue to blossom for the next 50
years and beyond!
Sephardic Program at YU Reaches 50-Year Milestone
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Photo Credits: Yeshiva University Archival Collection/Curator, Shulamith Berger
1. Hon. Herbert Tenzer ah, YU Trustee Chairman, Joseph A.
Ades ah, YU Trustee and Benefactor, Dr. Norman Lamm,
YU President
2. Col. J.R. Elyachar ah, YU Benefactor and Hakham
Solomon Gaon ah, Professor and Co-Founder, Sephardic
Studies Program
3. Dr. Lamm, Moise J. Safra ah and Chella Safra receiving
Heritage Award in 1992 when Sephardic Council of
Overseers was established, 1992
4. Rabbi Raymond Harari, Abe M. Cohen ah, then President
of Shaare Zion Cong. Bklyn, Dr. Lamm and Dr. Dobrinsky
5. Regina Gaon ah, Hakham Gaon ah, David Eshaghian,
Chair, Sephardic Council of Overseers
6. Albert J. Ades and his son Joseph A. Ades
7. Joseph J. Safra, unidentied dinner guest, Dr. Dobrinsky
8. Dr. Dobrinsky presenting Kiddush cup to Hakham Gaon ah,
Dr. Lamm, Rabbi Myron Rakowitz
9. Jacob M. Safra, Chella Safra, Esther Safra, Ezra M. Safra
10. Rabbi Zevulun Lieberman receiving award from Dr.
11. Rabbi Soleyman Dayan ah, former Rabbi of Sephardic
JC of Queens, David Eshaghian, Rabbi Doniel Hakimi, Mr.
Ebrahim Ben Davood Eliahu Eshaghian ah
12. Dr. Dobrinsky presenting award to Joseph Safra, Moise
Safra ah and Chella Safra in center
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David of Manhattan (MDM), which was attended by
many distinguished community leaders and rabbis.
Among the many notables in attendance were Rabbi
Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Sephardic Rosh Yeshiva at YU,
and Rabbi Shaul Kassin, Chief Rabbi of the Syrian
community of New York and New Jersey.
The event was co-chaired by David Dweck of
MDM and Rabbi Moshe Tessone of YU. Rabbi
Tessone, who has mentored and coached many of
these young men as they experienced their education
at YU said: This milestone is reective of YUs dedi-
cation to training Sephardic religious and educational
leaders for the current and future generations of
Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky, who was the keynote
speaker at this event, said: I was truly inspired to see
a record number of Sephardic rabbis and teachers
now embarking on careers where they will serve the
Sephardic communities. These young men are indeed
Yeshivas historic gift to the Sephardic world!

Sephardic Rabbinic Graduates of 2014
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1. Back Row (L to R): Zachary Hepner, Ariel Levi,
Benjamin Kohanim, Avraham Harari, Meyer Laniado,
Saul Haimoff, Sion Setton, Eitan Bendavid,
Simon Basalely
First Row (L to R): Mordechai (Evan) Gershon,
Nathan Dweck, Gabi Danieli, Hakham Eliyahu Ben-
Haim, Rabbi Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Yosef Sharbat,
Haim Yanetz
2. L to R: Jacob Bitton, Meyer Laniado, Nathan Dweck,
Efraim Illiguev, Avraham Horn, Sion Setton, Alon Amar
3. Rabbi Tessone addressing audience at Celebrate
the Sephardic Musmakhim Event 2014
4. Dr. Dobrinsky (keynote speaker) addressing audience
at Celebrate the Sephardic Musmakhim Event 2014
5. Rabbi Ben-Haim addressing audience at Celebrate
the Sephardic Musmakhim Event 2014
6. Jacque Erdos Esq, Rabbi Setton, Dr. Dobrinsky,
Rabbi Shaul Kassin, Jacob Kassin, David Eshaghian,
Rabbi Tessone
7. Rabbi Kassin, Sam Sutton, Rabbi Tessone
8. Rabbi Ben-Haim congratulates Rabbi Laniado,
Rabbi Charlop alongside
9. Rabbi Kassin and Rabbi Ben-Haim congratulate
Rabbi Alon Amar
10. Rabbi Kassin and Rabbi Ben-Haim congratulate
Rabbi Dweck
11. David Eshaghian, Rabbi Tessone, Rabbi Bronstein,
Michael Strauss, Rabbi Penner, Rabbi Charlap,
Rabbi Kassin, Dr. Dobrinsky, Rabbi Dr. Abadie
12. Sam Saka addressing audience at Celebrate the
Sephardic Musmakhim Event 2014
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The Yeshiva University community was privileged
to host Rabbi Eli Mansour, rabbi of The Edmond J.
Safra Synagogue in Brooklyn in March 2014. The
visit began with greetings and a grand tour of the
YU campus led by Rabbi Moshe Tessone and Rabbi
Simon Basalely; during the tour, Rabbi Mansour
expressed his appreciation of Yeshivas rich social
and intellectual history and its historic impact on the
Jewish people. This was Rabbi Mansours rst visit
to YU, and he was especially inspired to see Lamport
Auditorium, which he knew was the room where
"The Rav", Rabbi Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveichik a'h,
delivered his most famous and historic Talmudic and
halakhic discourses to capacity-lled audiences in
earlier decades.
Rabbi Mansour then proceeded to the Schottenstein
Center, where a group of almost 300 men and wom-
en had gathered to hear him speak. After a warm
introduction by Rabbi Tessone, Rabbi Mansour
delivered an inspiring talk on the upcoming holiday
of Purim. As part of his message, he commended the
students on their dedication to Torah studies and
encouraged them to continue even further.
The event was co-sponsored by the Sephardic
Student Club, the Student Organization of Yeshiva
(SOY) and the Sephardic Community Program (SCP).
Student leaders Elie Takhalov (Sephardic Club
president) and Isaac Attia (SOY president) and
Albert Dweck were instrumental in organizing the
evening event. They joined with the leaders of the
Womens Sephardic Club at Stern College for Women
to attract a full crowd in anticipation of the Purim
festival. The students left inspired and pleased.
Pre-Purim lecture at YU delivered by Rabbi Eli Mansour
Rabbi Eli Mansour delivers Pre-Purim lecture at YU Yehuda Mansour, Rabbi Basalely, Albert Dweck, Rabbi Mansour, Rabbi Tessone,
Isaac Attia
As an expression of gratitude for the work done to
establish the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie
almost ve decades ago, a gift of $225,000 to be used
as a scholarship fund was recently presented to YU
by the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie. Rabbi
Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky made the announcement
at the meeting of the Sephardic Council of Overseers
held in May 2014; an additional amount of up to
$30,000 was also promised.
The Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie was
once a thriving community of Sephardim of Judeo-
Spanish decent that served immigrants from Turkey
(some by way of Cuba) and Greece. Due to changing
demographics and a decline in Sephardic local popu-
lation in its Brooklyn neighborhood, the community
found no option but to close its synagogue.
The community leaders, led by Jeff Beja, estab-
lished this scholarship fund at YU in tribute to
their longtime spiritual leader, Rabbi Myron, and his
Rubisa Sarah Rakowitz. Some 40 years ago, Rabbi
Dobrinsky placed Rabbi Rakowitz as a rabbi in the
Canarsie congregation following the tenure of Rabbi
Chananya Berzon; Rabbi Berzon was the rst RIETS
musmakh whom RIETS funded to serve that
Jeff Beja grew up in the Sephardic Jewish Center
of Canarsie, but now resides in the Five Towns.
Many of his former fellow community members who
are descendants of the original Turkish and Greek
immigrants from Canarsie and New Lots live there
as well.
Rabbi Rakowitz is himself a rabbinic alumnus of
RIETS who has served his community with steadfast
dedication and commitment for nearly half a century.
He has been a close friend to YU and its Sephardic
programs throughout his tenure. This scholarship
will serve to honor Rabbi and Mrs. Rakowitz and
to eternally perpetuate the name of the Sephardic
Jewish Center of Canarsie at YU.
YUs Mekhina Students Visit Sephardic Home Sephardic Jewish Center
of Canarsie establishes
Sephardic Scholarship at YU
A group of some two dozen young men from Rabbi Tessones Halakha-Mekhina class visited the
Sephardic Home for the Aged in Brooklyn during Hanukkah 2013. These fine students enjoyed a
private lunch with Louis Rousso and Michael New, executive director of the home. Both Rousso
and New addressed the group, after which the students, led by Rabbi Tessone, entered the Social
Hall and led a group of nearly 100 senior residents in the singing of festive Sephardic melodies
accompanied by live music. The young men also participated in festive dancing, which livened up
the spirits of all who attended.
The Mekhina Program at YU (as opposed to the yeshiva program) is particularly geared for
students with little background in Jewish studies and practice, and offers these students a chance
to grow in Torah learning and Jewish observance. Mekhina is directed by Rabbi Yonasan Shippel
and has, in recent years, attracted many Sephardic students both from the United States and
abroad. The students were especially thankful to Chad Hopkovitz, associate director of Mekhina,
who accompanied them with Rabbi Tessone, and helped make this visit most memorable.
Hazak UBarukh to these fine young men for helping to bring joy to so many!
1. YU students celebrate
a dance with residents
of the Sephardic Home
in Brooklyn, NY
2. YUs Mekhina students
prepare to leave for
a class trip to the
Sephardic Home
3. Isaac Harari, Aron Zohar,
Nissim Temstet, Meir
Tordjman with resident
of the Sephardic Home
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YU and The Sephardic Community Gallery
1. L to R: Louis Rousso, Laurie Camhi, Nathan
Halegua, Mousa Bildiricci, Ron Palti, Loni Mori,
Saul R Tawil, Maurice Bigio, Yonni Ahavan, Albert
2. Isaac Dabah, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Dr. Dobrinsky,
Ezra Dabah
3. Rabbi Avishai Levy, Rabbi Tessone, Josh Behar
4. Dr. Dobrinsky, Prof. Perelis, Martin Elias,
Rabbi Tessone
5. David Eshaghian, Joseph Amirian, Rabbi Tessone
6. Dr. John Foxe, Dr. Haddad, Dr. Dobrinsky
7. Simon Ebrani, Sharam Yaghoubzadeh, David
Eshaghian, Dr Roubini, Nasser Mochtar Zadeh,
Eli Reinitz, Aron Ebrani, Bahman Kamali, Rabbi
8. Prof. Tsadik, Marc Harary, Daniel Rushefsky,
David Moreno, Jeff Beja, Howard Franco
9. Rabbi Kassin with Dr. Dobrinsky
10. Rabbi Tessone with Sam Sutton
11. Top row: Dr. Raphi Aharon, Dr. Jack Burstien,
Charles Saka, Rabbi Setton, unidentied
Bottom row: Sam Hadad, Elliot Laniado, Nadine
Laniado, Esther Greenfeld
12. Rabbi Ilan Acoca, Rabbi Tessone
13. Leon Levy with Dr. Dobrinsky
14. Dr. Dobrinsky, Jack Abraham, Rabbi Tessone,
Dr. Shazadeh, Jeffrey Mosseri
15. Sam Saka, Charlie Saka, Raymond Saka at YU
Sephardic Program event
16. Charles Ouaknine, Rabbi Tessone, Robert Abitbol
17. Dr. Dobrinsky with Sam Sutton
18. Eleanor Oziel, Salomon Oziel, Rabbi Tessone
19. Laurie Camhi, Louis Rousso, Dr Dobrinsky
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In Memoriam
In Memory of Rabbi Dr. Zevulun Lieberman ah
The Sephardic community lost a legendary leader
Rabbi Dr. Zevulun Liebermanwho served for near-
ly 30 years as a Sephardic Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva
University (YU) and the
afliated Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological
Seminary (RIETS). For
some ve decades, Rabbi
Lieberman, was also the
faithful sheperd and rab-
binic leader of Beth Torah
Congregation, one of the
agship synagogues that is
part of todays Syrian com-
munity of Brooklyn.
Few leaders in the rabbinic world earn the title
of HaHakham Ha-Shalem, a sage who is com-
plete in all areas of Torah and worldy knowledge.
Rabbi Lieberman was such a distinct and remarkable
leader, who left an indelible impression of tolerance,
love for Torah, and commitment to Israel in a man-
ner that is the benchmark for other leaders to follow.
Rabbi Lieberman mentored and taught many of
todays nest Sephardic rabbis who graduated from
YU and RIETS and are committed to community
work and Jewish education.
Rabbi Lieberman was an educator par excellence,
with vast knowledge and expertise in Torah and
halakha, and his erudition extended into literature,
history, nance, languages and sports. Rabbi Li-
eberman was himself a graduate of Yeshiva College
and was ordained at RIETS. He was appointed the
Maxwell Maybaum Professor of Sephardic Halakhic
codes at Yeshiva by Dr Norman Lamm. Rabbi Lieber-
man passed away in December of 2012.
The Yeshiva University family fondly remembers
Rabbi Lieberman and acknowledges with gratitude
the loss of a profound leader in the Jewish world,
whose commitment to the Sephardic community and
its development was apparent throughout his life. We
extend our condolences to his wife Bracha, his daugh-
ters Tehilah and Elyora, his brother Paul Lieberman,
his daughter-in-law Yael, and his grandchildren. May
his memory serve as a blessing to his loved ones, to his
community and to the Jewish people.
In Memory of Maran Hakham Ovadia Yosef ah
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former chief Sephardic
rabbi of Israel who passed away Oct. 13, 2013, visited
YU many times in the past 45 years. On one occa-
sion he spent two or three weeks at the Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he gave
shiurim on a daily basis.
On his rst visit to Yeshiva in the early 1970s he
met with The Rav, Rabbi Yosef Dov Halevi Solevi-
etchik, a'h, who was then Rosh Yeshiva at YU and a
world-renowned Talmudic Scholar, Jewish philoso-
pher and posek to American Jewry.
Rav Ovadia Yosef visited YU several times since
that historic visit. The picture below was taken dur-
ing one of his visits in the early 1980s; he is seated
alongside YU students and Dr. Norman Lamm, chan-
cellor of YU, and the late revered Hakham Barukh
Ben-Haim ah, who served as spiritual leader of the
Syrian community of New York, and maintained a
lifelong close relationship with both Yeshiva
University and Rav Ovadia Yosef ah.
Like Hakham Ovadia ah, all the Sephardic
chief rabbis, known as Rishon LZion, beginning
with the late revered Hakham Yizhak Nissim ah
in the 1960s, Hakham Ovadia Yosef ah, Hakham
Mordekhai Eliyahu ah, Hakham Bakshi Doron and
Hakham Shlomo Amar, have visited YU and RIETS
on numerous occasions; they have delivered high-
level shiurim at YU, and have maintained close ties
throughout the years with the rabbinic and adminis-
trative leadership at Yeshiva over the past 50 years.
With his passing this past year we have truly lost
a great Torah luminary who served as a premier
posek of our generation, and has equally been a
source of Sephardic pride. Rav Ovadias Torah legacy
has been stellar throughout the Jewish world, and
he has certainly left an indelible mark as one of the
greatest rabbinic gures in modern times. His
halakhic writings are indeed a monumental con-
tribution to the corpus of Torah literature and his
unifying impact on the Sephardic population all over
the world will continue to inspire our people for
generations to come.
1. Top row: Rabbi Yitz Rosenblum, Josh Poltenson, Hillel Novetsky
Bottom row: Hakham Barukh Ben-Haim ah, Dr. Lamm, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ah, Rabbi Krimsky, Rabbi Jeffrey Palay
2. Dr. Belkin, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Dweck, Rabbi Soloveitchik
1. Rabbi Lieberman ah delivers lecture at YU
2. Richard M. Joel speaking at memorial service at YU in memory of Rabbi Lieberman ah
3. Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky speaking at memorial service at YU in memory of
Rabbi Lieberman ah
Rabbanit Bar Shalom
Speaks at Memorial for her
Father Hakham Ovadia ah
Shortly after the passing of Hakham Ovadia
Yosef ah, Yeshiva Universitys Center for the
Jewish Future, in partnership with the
Sephardic Community Program on campus,
presented a special edition of the Abraham &
Millie Arbesfeld Kollel and Midreshet Yom
Rishon in tribute to Gadol Hador Maran
Harav Ovadia Yosef ah.
The keynote presentation, which took place
during the fall 2013 semester, was made by
Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, founder, CEO and chair
of the Board of Directors of the Haredi College of
Jerusalem, and daughter of Rav Ovadia Yosef ah.
Rabbi Moshe Tessone made special remarks about
Hakham Ovadia and recited the Hashkava.
The program also featured reections by
Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a Rosh Yeshiva of
RIETS and Rosh Kollel of the Marcos and Adina
Katz Kollel, and Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, a Rosh
Yeshiva of RIETS, on Hakham Ovadias impact
on Jewish life and practice.
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1. The Rishon LZion Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim ah, addressing assembly
2. Left Rabbi Joseph Karasick, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim ah, Rabbi Aharon Shatzkes a'h,
Mr. Levine
3. Dr. Samuel Belkin, a'h, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim ah, Rabbi Mordecai Kirschblum,
Rabbi Dobrinsky, Rabbi Berzon ah, Rabbi Seymour Turk ah
4. Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim ah, unidentied, Rabbi Mordecai Kirschblum ah,
Rabbi Jacob Nefoussi ah, Rabbi Emanuel Rackman a'h
5. Rabbi Avigdor Cyperstein ah, Rabbi Dovid Lifshitz, ah, Dr. Belkin,
Rabbi David de Sola Pool, ah, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Lesin ah
Yeshiva University has created a chair in Sephardic studies
and a scholarship fund, established in 2009 by Naumi Alcalay
a'h, in honor of her parents, at YUs Bernard Revel Graduate
School of Jewish Studies. Dr. Ronnie Perelis was appointed to
the new Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel)
Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies (Judeo-Spanish) in
August 2009.
In 1970, Yeshiva University honored Rabbi Dr. Isaac Alcalay
at a Sephardic Heritage Dinner held at the Plaza Hotel in
New York City, where the featured speakers were Dr. Samuel
Belkin ah and The Hakham, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Gaon ah.
Naumi Alcalay a'h, believed that her parents would be
thrilled to know that todays students can learn about the history and culture of Sephardic
Jews from countries such as Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.
Naumi Alcalays father, Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham Alcalay, and her mother, Jelena
Alcalay, dedicated their lives to serving Sephardic Jewry in Europe and America.
The Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham And Jelena Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies (Judeo-Spanish)
Chief Rabbi Visits to YU: A Historical Gallery
Rishon LZion Hakham Yitzhak Nissim ah, (1960s)

1. Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay ah
2. Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham Alcalay ah
3. Rabbi Alcalay ah, addressing Heritage Dinner,
Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, Hakham Gaon ah

4. Rabbi Dr. Isaac Alcalay ah, and entourage
5. Rabbi Alcalay ah, and wife Jelena Alcalay ah,
6. Rabbi Alcalay ah, and Nobel Laureate Ren
Cassin at YU Convocation in 1973 when he
received an honorary doctorate
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1. Hakham Gaon ah, with Rabbi Mordechai
Eliyahu ah, and entourage
2. Rabbi Shaul Kassin, unidentied, Rabbi
Mordechai Eliyahu ah, Dr. Dobrinsky, Rabbi
Hecht ah, unidentied, with students in
3. Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ah greeted by
Dr. Dobrinsky
4. Back row: Dr. Dobrinsky, Rabbi Mutzapi
Front row: Rabbi Leiberman ah, Rabbi
Charlop, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ah,
Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Rabbi Tessone
5. Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ah delivering
lecture in main Beit Midrash
6. Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ah addressing
Chief Rabbi Visits: A Historical Gallery Continued
Rishon LZion Hakham Ovadia Yosef (1970s)
Rishon LZion Hakham Mordechai Eliyahu ah (1980s)
1. Dr. Dobrinsky, Gabriel Eshaghian being blessed by
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ah, David Eshaghian
2. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef addresses dinner audience
3. Rabbi Dweck, Rav Ovadia Yosef, Dr. Dobrinsky,
Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik ah, Dr. Belkin ah
4. Rabbi Raymond Harari, Abe M. Cohen, Rabbi Ovadia
Yosef ah, Hakham Barukh Ben-Haim ah
5. Rabbi Dobrinsky escorting Rav Ovadia Yosef a'h
with crowd, Rabbi Dweck
6. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef a'h, Hakham Barukh Ben-Haim
Back Row: Unidentied, Rabbi Sion Maslaton,
7. Dr. Lamm, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef a'h and students
8. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef a'h addressing a YU gathering
9. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef a'h, Rabbi Yosef Dov Halevi
Soloveitchik ah, Dr. Samuel Belkin ah, Rabbi Zevulun
10. Rabbi Dweck, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ah,
Rabanit Yosef ah, Dr. Dobrinsky
11. Dr. Dobrinsky greets Rabbi Ovadia Yosef a'h,
student in background, Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie
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Rishon LZion Hakham Bakshi Doron ah (1990s)
1. Ebrahim ben Davood Eliyahu Eshaghian ah,
Rabbi Bakshi Doron, David Eshaghian, Dr. Lamm
2. Rabbi Bakshi Doron touring YU campus with
Dr. Norman Lamm
3. Ebrahim ben Davood Eliyahu Eshaghian ah,
Rabbi Yedidia Azrahian, Rabbi Bakshi Doron,
David Eshaghian, Rabbi Soleyman Dayan ah
4 Unidentied, Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, Rabbi Bakshi
Doron, Rabbi Zevulun Lieberman ah, Rabbi Eliyahu
Ben-Haim, Dr. Norman Lamm, Dr. Dobrinsky, Rabbi
Robert S. Hirt
5. Dr. Dobrinsky greets Hakham Bakshi Doron
Rishon LZion Hakham Shlomo Amar (2000s)
1. Rabbi Moshe Tessone, Rabbi Elie Abadie greeting Rabbi Shlomo Amar
2. Rabbi Amar and President Richard M. Joel
3. Rabbi Amar, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Yona Reiss
4. Rabbi Marc Penner, Rabbi Amar, Rabbi Abadie, Rabbi Tessone
5. Rabbi Amar, President Joel, Rabbi Gershon Yankelevitz ah
6. Rabbi Amar delivers lecture in Glueck Beit Midrash
7. Rabbi Amar and Rabbi Ben-Haim with YU students

Photo Credits: Yeshiva University Archival Collection/Curator, Shulamith Berger
10 Jubilee Anniversary Edition YU Sephardic Programs
YU Sephardic Campus Programs: A Year in Review
Memorial Event Commemorating
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ah
Students and faculty of Yeshiva University gathered
to commemorate and pay tribute to the late revered
Hakham Ovadia Yosef a'h on Nov. 5 (the third night
of Kislev) at YUs Zysman Hall. The assembly took
place on the 30th day after the passingpart of the
tradition to hold a memorial service known as a
Sheloshim and to deliver divrei hesped (words
of eulogy). The program began with an introduc-
tion by Rabbi Simon Basalely, the Edmond J. Safra
Sephardic Sgan Mashgiah at Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Moshe Tessone recited Tehillim in memory
of Hakham Ovadia, after which Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-
Haim began the eulogies. Rabbi Ben-Haim spoke of
Rav Ovadias incredible ability to make the Torah
and its laws accessible to all Jewish people, even
applying the halakha in very lenient but halakhi-
cally permissible ways when he felt it was neces-
sary. Rav Ben-Haims presentation was followed by
Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, dean emeritus of RIETS and
special advisor to the President on Yeshiva Affairs,
who shared his personal memories of Rav Ovadias
visits to Yeshiva University, and in particular his role
in helping secure Rabbi Ben-Haim as YUs Sephardic
Rosh Yeshiva. Hakham Ovadia indeed regarded
Rabbi Ben-Haim as a Talmudic expert and a leading
Sephardic halakhic authority in North America.
The third eulogy was delivered by Rabbi Meir
Goldwicht, who conveyed many anecdotes illus-
trating Rav Ovadias greatness and concern for the
Jewish people. The ceremony was concluded by
the recitation of a Hashkava (memorial prayer) by
Hakham Ben-Haim. Students afterward said they
felt privileged to have taken part in such a powerful
evening of inspiration in memory of Hakham Ovadia
Yosef ah.
Sephardic Shabbat Luncheon
Shabbat of Parashat Bo
Rabbi Basalely hosted over 30 Sephardic students at
his home for kiddush and lunch on a January 2014
Shabbat. The event was particularly timely as the
students celebrated the upcoming hilula of the great
Sephardic leader Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzira, better
known as the Baba Sali. Rabbi Basalely shared a
story and divrei Torah about the Baba Sali, and the
students, led by a large French-Moroccan contin-
gent, sang the well-known pizmon, Yodu Lekha
Rayonai, which was authored by the Baba Sali him-
self. The students, who came from varied Sephardic
backgrounds, also sang Judeo-Spanish classics
like Quando El Rey Nimrod and Bendegamos.
Students had the opportunity to share divrei Torah
as well. The Basalelys served homemade Sephardic
food such as lahama bajin as well as more classic
Shabbat dishes. The students (and the Basalely
family) look forward to many more such gatherings.
Shabbat Zakhor and Purim
at Yeshiva University
Sephardic Beit Midrash
The Sephardic Students packed in to the Sephardic
Beit Midrash for the biggest and most exciting Shab-
bat of the year. Friday night included a standing-
room-only crowd to welcome in the Shabbat as a
Sephardic community. On Shabbat morning the beit
midrash reached capacity early on in the tellah,
pushing the crowd into the larger Morgenstern Beit
Midrash downstairs. Approximately 70 men and
women, mostly students and alumni of Yeshiva
University, lled the room to pray together and hear
the reading of parshat Zakhor. continued on page 11
The Sephardic Student Club and the Sephardic Community Program, beneting from the leadership and encouragement of Rabbi
Moshe Tessone and from Rabbi Simon Basalelys daily oversight, have presented and participated in numerous special Sephardic
campus events over the course the academic year. Some of them are as follows:
A group of nearly 20 young men from Hillel Yeshiva High School of Deal, NJ visited the Yeshiva
University campus for a day of learning activities and a grand campus tour during the spring 2013 semester.
The group, comprised of many Syrian-Sephardic students from Monmouth county area of New Jersey,
were greeted by ofcials from the YU admissions team and were addressed by Rabbi Moshe Tessone,
director of YUs Sephardic Community Program, followed by a question and answer session. The visiting
students were also given a special treat as they heard a shiur delivered by YUs Sephardic Rosh Yeshiva
Hakham Eliyahu Ben-Haim. They also interacted with some of YUs current Sephardic students.
In recent years Yeshiva has experienced a signicant increase in the number of students from Hillel
High School, some of whom opt to enroll in the Sy Syms School of Business. The educational leadership at
Hillel, including Rabbi Howard Bald, Dr. Ruth Katz, Rabbi Saul Kassin and Rabbi Victor Gheriani (RIETS
2010) and Sam Saka, president of Hillel, has been instrumental in encouraging their students to pursue
a college education at YU. Here, students can achieve academic excellence while being immersed in a
wholesome environment of Torah learning and Sephardic life, including daily Sephardic minyanim.
Hillel HS of Deal NJ Visits YU Campus
Rabbi Tessone delivers shiur in Sephardic Beit Midrash
Dr. Dobrinsky addressing students at YU who are
visiting from Escola Beit Yaakov, So Paolo, Brazil
Rabbi Ben-Haim learning with students
in Sephardic Beit Midrash
Dr. Jacob Tangir with son Elie Tangir and Ra Katz
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Sephardic Campus Programs
continued from page 10
The tellah was followed by a lavish kiddush and
luncheon, prepared primarily by Rabbanit Basalely,
featuring delicious food, communal singing and
Torah study in anticipation of the upcoming Purim
holiday. As soon as Shabbat ended, over 100 men and
women of the Sephardic Yeshiva University commu-
nity joined together on the lower level of Morgen-
stern Hall to pray Arbit and to hear the reading of
the Megillah. Purim day the Sephardic Beit Midrash
hosted two morning minyanim, the rst one begin-
ning before sunrise. This pre-Purim Shabbat and the
Purim festival itself gave the Sephardic students an
excellent opportunity to join together and pray in
their nussah, and to hear the Megillah in their nus-
sah while enjoying collective time in a warm campus
community holiday environment.
Sephardic Shabbaton II
The Sephardic community on campus enjoyed the
second of two major Sephardic Shabbatonim of the
year on Shabbat Parashat Tazria, March 2014. The
standing-room-only crowd of students joined togeth-
er for Minha and Kabbalat Shabbat in the Sephardic
Beit Midrash, with a d'var Torah from Rabbi
Basalely. The students, many of whom were staying
in Yeshiva for the rst time for Shabbat, were uplift-
ed by the ru'ah (spirit) and beautiful singing during
the tellah. After the tellah, the students headed to
the cafeteria for the rst seudah. Many students had
the opportunity to sit with Rabbis Avidan Elkin and
Simon Basalely, both of whom joined the students
for the rst seudah in the cafeteria. In honor of the
Shabbaton, special Sephardic delicacies were served
to all the students. The Shabbat zemirot were also
coordinated especially for the Sephardic Shabba-
ton, as both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic students
joined together for singing Sephardic classics like
Ki Eshmera Shabbat, Nagillah and Habibi.
After the seudah, the students proceeded to the
Rubin Shul where they were treated to hamin
(cholent), refreshments and divrei Torah from Rabbi
Herschel Reichman, Rabbi Avidan Elkin and Profes-
sor Daniel Tsadik. Shabbat morning services were
beautifully led by the students, including members
of the Syrian, Persian and French-Moroccan com-
munities. The services were followed by a delicious
lunch and kiddush in the Sephardic Beit Midrash
serving wonderful Syrian delicacies. Rabbis Elkin
and Basalely shared Divrei Torah while the students
lled the beit midrash with pizmonim and zemirot.
Seudah shelishit was again another opportunity for
the students to join together in the Sephardic Beit
Midrash for a meal with more singing and more
divrei Torah from Rabbi Elkin. Overall, the students
were delighted with the experience of a warm Shab-
bat in the Yeshiva, which gave them the opportunity
to both integrate with the larger student body while
celebrating in the ways of their tradition.
Hazkarah for Hakham Zion
Levi ah
It is exceedingly rare for one rabbi to have as much
impact on a community as Hakham Zion Levi had on
the Jewish community of Panama in his 57 years as
their spiritual leader. On Wednesday night, Oct. 30,
Rabbi Basalely hosted several Panamanian students
for a learning session in memory of their late beloved
rabbi and leader. The evening began with a video
presentation by Hakham Eliyahu Ben-Haim who
discussed many of Rabbi Zion Levis accomplish-
ments in Panama, such as establishing an education-
al system, strengthening the kashrut and bringing
intermarriage to near zero. The students then heard
from Rabbi Levis grandson, Avi Levi, a senior in
Yeshiva College, about some of his memories of his
grandfather. The evening continued with studying
Torah in memory of Rabbi Levi and concluded with
Rabbi Basalely sharing some thoughts about lessons
the students could learn from the life and legacy of
such a great person. The students truly appreciated
the opportunity to join together and to honor the
memory of their esteemed rabbi.
Dr. Nicole Shreiber-Agus, director of YU and
Einsteins Program for Jewish Genetic Health,
along with the programs genetic counselor Estie
Rose, visited Rabbi Tessones Sephardic
Halakha class at Stern College for Women in
March. During the visit, the two women dis-
cussed the importance of genetic testing in the
Sephardic Community. They introduced them-
selves and their platform by asking students
why they believe the Sephardic students were
not invited to the genetic testing event for
Ashkenazic Jews hosted at the Yeshiva College
Campus earlier in 2014. The goal of the visit was
to provide an open forum for the young women
to ask questions about the prevalence of genetic
diseases in the various Sephardic and Mizrahi
The session was both educational and
informative, as many students learned about
the prevalence of genetic diseases in the various
Sephardic sub-groups, as well as the modes of
genetic inheritance in these groups. Dr. Shreiber-
Agus and Rose explained that genetic testing in
the Sephardic and Mizrahi populations is unique
because the genetically distinct Jewish groups in
the United States are from different regions of the
Middle East and North Africa, and the Jews from
each region may be carriers of specic genetically
transmitted diseases; however, these can be iden-
tied and curbed with proper outreach, testing
and treatment.
There was an open discussion between the
panelists and Rabbi Tessones students, who
hailed from various communities in the U.S. and
abroad including the Judeo-Spanish community
in Seattle, the Mashadi community in Great Neck,
the Moroccan community of Casablanca and the
Syrian community of Panama. The event ended
with a chance for students to ask the researchers
questions and to connect with them; the hope is
that they will serve as liaisons in their hometown
Sephardic communities, where they may be able
to spread awareness about population genetics
and how genetic diseases can be prevented.
Einsteins Program for Jewish Genetic Health Visits
Sephardic Students at SCW
By Jackie Benayoun
Dr. Nicole Shreiber-Agus with Esti Rose
Students engaged in Pizmonim Club
activities, singing in Sephardic Beit Midrash
Prof. Claude (Dov) B. Stuczynski,
Dr. Perelis, Dr. Dobrinsky
Students in Sephardic Beit Midrash at
Sephardic Shabbaton Motzaei Shabbat event
Rabbi Basalely speaks with students
in Sephardic Beit Midrash
Rabbi Basaley addressing students
Students studying in Sephardic Beit Midrash Dr. Tsadik, Dr. Perelis
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Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, visited the
Yeshiva University-afliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
(RIETS) during the spring 2013 semester.
The chief rabbi, also known as the Rishon LeZion, was welcomed with a
performance by YUs Sephardi choir before delivering a shiur to students in the
Glueck Beit Midrash. He then offered divrei chizuk to students in the James
Striar School of General Jewish Studies/Mekhina Program during their siyum
of Masekhet Tamid, and participated in a luncheon with various roshei yeshiva,
members of the YU faculty and administration and local Sephardi community
It is truly a privilege to have Rav Amar in the Yeshiva, said Rabbi Marc
Penner, dean of RIETS. So many things come together when he is here: Ashke-
nazim and Sephardim, Israel and the Diaspora. His visits not only enlighten us,
but remind us of how close we are as a people.
This was Rabbi Amars fourth visit to the YU campus in recent years. His wife,
Rabbanit Mazal Amar, delivered a lecture titled Womens Leadership According
to Hazal to students on the Israel Henry Beren Campus.
Hakham Amars visit was particularly exciting this time, because he was
here to visit the talmidim of the Yeshiva as well as to attend the RIETS dinner,
said Rabbi Moshe Tessone, director of the Sephardic Community Program at
YU. His unique ability to connect in his presentations to people of all ages and to
students of varied demographic and religious backgrounds is really remarkable.
Rabbi Shlomo Amar Delivers Shiur to Students, Meets with Roshei Yeshiva
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahus Visit to YU
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, visited the YU campus and
the Yeshiva University-afliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
(RIETS) during the spring 2014 semester. Rabbi Eliyahu is the son of the late
revered former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Hakham Mordekhai Eliyahu ah,
who visited YU and RIETS numerous times during his lifetime.
Rabbi Eliyahu was greeted by Rabbi Moshe Tessone and Rabbi Simon
Basalely, and he also had the opportunity to meet with various roshei yeshiva
and members of the YU faculty and administration, including Rabbi Dr. Herbert
C. Dobrinsky, Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Dr. Elazar Hurvitz.
Rabbi Eliyahu not only gave a shiur in the main beit midrash of Glueck, but
he also spoke in the Sephardic Beit Midrash to some of the Sephardic students.
There, he fondly described his late fathers remarkable accomplishments as one
of the great rabbinic sages of our generation. Rabbi Mordekhai Eliyahu ah was
the son of Hakham Suleiman Eliyahu of Baghdad who lived during the era of the
Ben Ish Hai and had a relationship with him as well.
4. Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Rabbi Avraham Amar, Rabbi Ben-Haim
5. Rabbi Amar, Rabbi Zev Reichman
6. Richard M. Joel with Rabbi Rabbi Amar
1. Rabbi Amar with YU Mekhina Class
2. Rabbi Amar, Rabbi Tessone, Leon Levy
3. Students look on at Rabbi Amar lecture, YU
1. Rabbi Eliyahu, Dr. Tsadik,
Rabbi Hershel Schachter
2. Rabbi Eliyahu delivers
lecture in Sephardic
Beit Midrash
3. Dr. Dobrinsky, Rabbi
Eliyahu, Rabbi Charlop
4. Dr. Elazar Hurvitz
speaking to Rabbi Eliyahu
5. Rabbi Eliyahu addressing
students in Glueck
Beit Midrash
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Mekhina Class Visits Rebbes Ohel
In honor of Lag LaOmer, Rabbi Tessones JSS/Mekhina class spent an afternoon visiting the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson ah.
Rabbi Yagen Speaks at YU
YUs Sephardic Club hosted Rabbi Yaakov Yagen as a guest
speaker during the spring 2013 semester. The event was orga-
nized by club leaders including Benjamim Lugassy and several
others. This was Rabbi Yagens second visit to the YU campus
and was very well received by all who attended, including
many Sephardic young women from Stern College for Women.
Rabbi Yagens inspiring words of Torah and life anecdotes
were particularly exciting to todays young men and women;
he has a unique ability to identify with the young generation
who appreciate his timely message.
Sefer Torah Dedicated for the Sephardic Beit Midrash
The Sephardic Community Program at
Yeshiva received a new and beautifully written
Sefer Torah for the Sephardic Beit Midrash
in July 2013. The Torah scroll was donated by
Mr. Benjamin M. Aminoff in memory of his
nephew Sam Aminoff ah.
The festivities began with the completion
of the letters of the Sefer Torah in the lounge
of Morgenstern Hall, and continued with a
processional of joyous liturgical pizmonim and
dancing onto the pedestrian mall of Amster-
dam Avenue on the YU Wilf Campus. The
traditional singing and dancing continued into
the Sephardic Beit Midrash where the new
Torah was placed alongside two other scrolls
in the Heikhal (Holy Ark). A brief dedication
ceremony was conducted in the Beit Midrash
by Rabbi Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Hakham
Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Rabbi Moshe Tessone and
Rabbi Simon Basalely.
Dr. Dobrinsky, who shared words of inspi-
ration at the dedication, said: This sefer is
particularly beautiful and will be put to much
good use by our students in their daily and
Shabbat services; indeed, it also marks a new
beginning for the Sephardic Beit Midrash and
the rabbinic leadership will benet from it in
the coming years.
The donor, Benjamin Aminoff, also ad-
dressed the audience and expressed his joy
and gratitude for the opportunity to partake
in this great mitzvah. He also shared his par-
ticular personal fulllment in knowing that
the new Torah scroll was being placed
in a sanctuary that will put it to immediate
and frequent use. The program concluded
with a delicious meal in Morgenstern lounge.
The event marked the inaugural occasion for
Rabbi Simon Basalely, who is the grandneph-
ew of Mr. Benjamin Aminoff. Rabbi Basalely
is also the newly appointed Edmond J. Safra
Sgan Mashgiah who will ll this newly estab-
lished position to work with the Sephardic
students on the Wilf Campus, made possible
by a grant from the Edmond J. Safra Philan-
thropic Foundation.
This dedication was especially meaningful
because Rabbi Basalely is closely related to the
Aminoff family, explained Rabbi Tessone. He
now has the unique opportunity to oversee the
religious growth that will be reaped from the
frequent use of this Sefer Torah.
Since this dedication, Benjamin Aminoff a'h,
passed away in March 2014, but his contribu-
tion to the Sephardic students at YU lives on.
Rabbi Tessones class in front of Rebbes Ohel on Lag Laomer YU Mekhina students visit Lubavitcher Rebbe's Ohel Students praying at the holy site
1. Rabbi Yagen speaks with students
2. Women of Stern college attending Rabbi Yagens lecture at
YU Wilf Campus
3. Rabbi Yagen addresses YU students
4. Ben Lugassy (YU Sephardic Club President) with Rabbi Yagen
1. Dr. Dobrinsky addresses gathering in Sephardic
Beit Midrash
2. Rabbi Tessone inscribes letter in new Sefer Torah
3. Rabbi Tessone, Rabbi Basalely, Dr. Dobrinsky,
David Bessalely, Benjamin M. Aminoff ah,
Mr. Elias Basaleli
4. Rabbi Ben-Haim dancing with New Torah
5. Rabbi Ben-Haim addressing gathering in
Sephardic Beit Midrash
6. YU students and staff dancing with new
Sefer Torah in front of Sephardic Beit Midrash
on Amsterdam Avenue
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Jackie Benayoun is a graduating senior at Stern College for Women and
a student in the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program where she majored in
biochemistry. She is of Sephardic-North African descent, as her father was
born in Morocco. After graduating from
Shevach High School in Queens, she attended
a year at Michlalah Jerusalem College where
she greatly enriched her Torah knowledge and
deepened her love for Eretz Yisrael. During her
year in seminary, she connected to her Sep-
hardic heritage by visiting the kivrei tzadikim
of the Sephardic gedolim, including Rav Yosef
Karo and the Rambam, ah.
During her undergraduate days at Stern
College, Benayoun participated in various
programs that exemplied her leadership
abilities including tutoring inner-city children
through Project START Science in Washing-
ton Heights and tutoring at Norman Thomas
High School in New York City. In addition, Benayoun applied her love for help-
ing others to a non-academic setting, serving as a hospital leader for Project
TEACH at New York Presbyterian Hospital, a program aimed to perform activi-
ties and experiments with hospitalized children and their siblings. Benayouns
passion for community service also extends well beyond the Yeshiva University
community. This summer, she participated in the prestigious Roth Scholars
Program at YUs Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Benayoun is as enthusiastic about her Sephardic heritage as she is about
her scientic achievements. In fact, she has merged the two interests by writ-
ing about the possibility of genetic testing in the Sephardic community in the
Stern College Science and Torah journal Derech Hateva. As a member of the
S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program, she has decided to make the topic of her
honor's thesis the prevalence of genetic diseases in the various Sephardic
sub-groups. Her love for her heritage has inspired her to accept and appreci-
ate the differences among Jews, and to recognize the importance of Jewish
community outreach. Benayoun hopes to become a medical doctor serving in
the eld of obstetrics and gynecology and in doing so, to spread awareness
about genetic diseases and how they can be prevented.
Daniel Danesh (YC 2013) and his twin brother David (SSSB 2013), are Sep-
hardic Students who attended YU and are rst generation Iranians Americans
who grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Both attended Yeshivat Ateret Torah for elemen-
tary and high school. Following their
graduation from Ateret Torah they
both studied at Yeshivat Torat Moshe
in Jerusalem for a period of two years,
after which both enrolled at YUs un-
dergraduate studies program. While
at YU Daniel received a degree in
Hebrew Literature with Latin honors
from Yeshiva College (YC) and Da-
vid was a leading student at the Sy
Syms School of Business (SSSB).
Daniel and his twin brother Da-
vid, are both currently attending YUs
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where they were awarded the Dean's
Merit Scholarship to study at Cardozo School of Law. They are also both cur-
rently working as LSAT instructors at Kaplan Test Prep in NYC. They are also
both currently serving on YU alumni boards as members of the YU GOLD
Society with Daniel serving on the YU Young Alumni Committee and the YU
Nachshon Society.
As an undergraduate student, Daniel was also elected Co-President of the
Jacob Hecht Pre-Law Society for two terms. In addition, he also served as
President of the Torat Moshe Symposium at YU for two terms as well. In 2012,
he placed as a nalist at the Sy Syms School of Business Fast-Pitch Sales
Competition. As an undergraduate student, David was very involved in campus
activism and student leadership. With his brother, he has also been the Co-
President of the Jacob Hecht Pre-Law Society for two terms, together with
serving on the boards of the YU Real Estate and Management Clubs. David
also interned in his last semester with YUs Ofce of the General Counsel as a
speechwriter for the General Counsel.
By combining their love for Torah observance and their interest in becoming
professional lawyers serving in the corporate world, both Daniel and David will
continue to exemplify the Jewish ideal of leading a life that combines Torah
U' Madda in a most fullling way.
Jackie Benayoun
We Take Pride in Our Students
Congregation Shearith Israel in The City of New York
The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogues Role in The Development of Yeshiva Universitys
Sephardic Studies Programs is Remembered With Gratitude
Congregation Shearith Israel in the City of New York, the Mother Synagogue of
American Jewry played a critical role in the development of Yeshiva Universitys
Sephardic Studies Programs in 1964 under the leadership of Rabbi David de Sola
Pool and his congregations clergy and lay leadership. The establishment of the
Sephardic Hazzanut courses at the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music
was initiated by the congregations Hazzan, Reverend Abraham Lopes Cardozo,
ah who taught the Occidental Nussah Hatellah for decades, which was aug-
mented by Hazzanim of the Syrian communitys congregations who taught the
Oriental Nussah Hatellah. The Sephardic Reference Room which houses the
largest Sephardic Collections in North America was established through the
generosity of their Trustee, Ronald P. Stanton (who later became the largest
Benefactor of YU with his $100 million gift) and a Chairman of the YU Board
of Trustees. The Librarys Sephardic Reference Room was donated in honor of
the congregations past president, Judge Edgar J. Nathan Jr., ah, and Mr. Ivan
Salomon, ah, who had provided the necessary funds to cover the expenses of
travel and lodging for The Hakham, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Gaon, ah, Chief Rabbi of
the Sephardic Congregations of the British Commonwealth, who never accepted
personal compensation until after his retirement from that prestigious rabbinic
position to assume full-time teaching as YUs Professor of Sephardic Studies.
The congregation during the Presidency of Edgar J. Nathan 3rd, ah, engaged the
rst Sephardic rabbi ordained by the Sephardic Rabbinic Program at the Rabbi
Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary to assume a pulpit, Rabbi Dr. Marc D.
Angel, currently its Rabbi Emeritus, is serving the congregation with distinction
for forty ve years and was the youngest rabbi, and the rst Sephardic rabbi, to
become the President of the Rabbinical Council of America. He was an award-
winning author of many books on Sephardic history and related subjects and the
Congregation has continued to engage its rabbis and Hazzanim from YUs afli-
ated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary ever since. Its current spiritual
leader is the highly respected rabbinic scholar, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik. The
Congregations Sisterhood provided scholarship help for deserving and needy
Sephardic students at Yeshiva University and the Congregation hosted the
Central Sephardic Jewish Communitys Mens and Womens Divisions, where its
current Womens president, Mrs. Irma Cardozo, provides annual contributions
to YUs Sephardic Student Scholarships. The editors of The American
Sephardi, Journal of YUs Sephardic Studies Programs, Professor Herman P.
Salomon and the late Toms L. Ryan, Esq., ah, produced outstanding academic
articles until the publication ceased publication in 1978.
Rabbi Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky has reported that the initial nancial support
for Yeshiva Universitys Sephardic Student Scholarships and special projects was
secured from the Congrega-
tions members, among other
communities who followed
their example and were in-
spired by the leadership they
provided, which they regarded
as an endorsement of this ma-
jor Yeshiva University historic
The lay leaders of Con-
gregation Shearith Israel,
whose names are too many to
list, played a very important
role in the acceptance of the
Yeshiva University initiative
by President Samuel Belkin,
Rabbi Herbert C. Dobrinsky
and The Hakham Rabbi Dr.
Solomon Gaon who came to
spend one month a year to travel with Rabbi Dobrinsky throughout the United
States and Canada to recruit students and nancial support, and to be available
for consultations with leaders of all Sephardic congregations in North America.
The rabbis and key ofcers attended several Synagogue Leadership Conferences
organized by Rabbi Dobrinsky. The congregations inuence spread to leaders on
the Board of the Sephardic Home for the Aged in Brooklyn, some of whose mem-
bers belonged to The Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst and other congregations
in New Jersey, the Bronx and in Brooklyn, all of whom became involved with
Yeshiva University. At a later time, members of Nassau County and many com-
munities outside of New York joined in sending students and became involved on
a personal level and nancial basis.
YU President, Professor Richard M. Joel, Dr. Norman Lamm, President
Emeritus and Rabbi Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, YUs Vice President for University
Affairs and co-founder of, and consultant to, and overseer of all the Sephardic
Programs at Yeshiva University and Rabbi Moshe Tessone, Director of Sephardic
Community Programs and Strategic Planning, all join in expressing Yeshiva
Universitys everlasting appreciation of its past and present kinship with Con-
gregation Shearith Israel which played such an important role in strengthening
Yeshiva University from the inception of its Sephardic Studies Programs until
now as we celebrate our Jubilee Anniversary (19642014).
Daniel and David Danesh
Jackie Benayoun The Danesh Twins at YU
15 Jubilee Anniversary Edition YU Sephardic Programs
Doctor of Medicine
(as of May 28, 2014)
Michael Sassoon Aboodi
BS, Yale University
Davida Cohen
BA, Yeshiva University
Edward Jack Ebani
BS, Brandeis University
Frank Lalezarzadeh
BS, Cornell University
Wendy Lauren Rabbenou
BA, Yeshiva University
Michael Aaron Shamoon
BA, Wesleyan University
Sahar Eshrat Zaghi
BA, Yeshiva University
Doctor of Philosophy
(as of January 31, 2014)
Jeannette Anne Nachbar
BA, Yeshiva University
MA, Columbia University
MS, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine
KifC3 Promotes Mitotic Progres-
sion and Integrity of the Central
Spindle in Cytokinesis
Doctor of Philosophy
(as of May 28, 2014)
Ariana Bree Harari
BA, Wheaton College
MS, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine
The Role of FGF Signaling in Early
Embryonic Forebrain Development
Epidemiology of HPV31 Evolution
and Pathogenicity
Rachel S. Salamon
BA, CUNYQueens College
MS, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine
Class I and Class III PI3 Kinases
in Endocytosis, Integrin Signaling,
and Nutrient Sensing
Master of Science
(as of September 30, 2013)
Ouriel Isaac Hassan
Master of Science
Accelerated Program
(as of September 30, 2014)
Tali Sasson
Master of Laws
(as of January 15, 2014)
Neta Hassidim
LLB, MBA, College of
Master of Laws
(as of May 27, 2014)
Alain D. Bensimon
LIC, MAIT, Universit de Paris
Alison E. Bensimon
BA, New York University
JD, Loyola University Chicago
Laurie Esther Mamane
MA 1, MA 2, LIC, Universit
de Paris-Sud XIFrance
Juris Doctor
(as of January 15, 2014)
Jacob S. Aryeh
BS, New York University
Juris Doctor
(as of May 27, 2014)
Morris S. Dweck
BA, CUNYBrooklyn College
Thema A. Emanuel
BA, University of Pennsylvania
Michael J. Emrani
BS, University of Southern
Joseph A. Franco
BBA, CUNYBaruch College
Brachah Goykadosh
BS, MA, CUNYBrooklyn College
David Israel
BS, New York University
Adrienne D. Levy
BA, SUNYBinghamton
Abraham Z. Melamed
BA, Touro College
Danit L. Mishani
BA, SUNYBinghamton
Benjamin D. Oheb
BA, New York University
Sara Rohani
BA, Hofstra University
Zubin D. Soleimany
BA, Bennington College
Nicole M. Waknine
BA, Rutgers University
Michael Oriel Zarifpoor
BA, Yeshiva University
Master of Arts
(as of January 31, 2014)
Jonathan Jacob Cohen
Gidon Michael Shamir
Master of Arts
(as of May 30, 2014)
Ezra Ashkenazie
Meyer E Laniado
Yoel Saidian
Master of Arts
(as of January 15, 2014)
Michael Anavian
BA, CUNYQueens College
Doctor of Psychology
(as of September 30, 2013)
Ariella Abraham
BA, Touro College
Master of Social Work
(as of May 30, 2014)
Lillian Beth Rishty
Certicate in Jewish
(as of May 30, 2014)
Alisha J. Abboudi
Keith S. Barbarosh
Wilf Campus
Bachelor of Science
(as of January 31, 2014)
Raphael Nessim Abergel
Joseph Dilmani C
Leon Franco
Oren Heskia C
Itamar Nissim
Bachelor of Science
(as of May 30, 2014)
Brett Baruch Bar-Eli H
Daniel Benchimol
Abraham Bendahan
Jonathan Danesh H
Edward Dayan H
Joshua Eleyahouzadeh H
Jacob Robert Franco
Daniel Yehuda Hazan
Mordechai Khaimov
Moises Isaac Tarazi
Bachelor of Science
(as of September 30, 2014)
Shlomo Shawn Aziz H
Ezra Barry
Joshua S. Cohen H
Isaac Henry Harari
Evan Kalatizadeh
Yonatan Kamel H
Asher Perez H
Meir Tordjman
Israel Henry Beren Campus
Bachelor of Science
(as of January 31, 2014)
Morgane Benarroch
Liyah Moran Eliyahu
Bachelor of Science
(as of May 30, 2014)
Lauren Esther Guenoun
Master of Science in
(as of May 30, 2014)
Raphael Nessim Abergel
Michelle Khakshoor
Executive Master of
Business Administration
(as of September 30, 2014)
Adebola Alade Adedimeji
Shlomo Amram
Associate in Arts
(as of January 31, 2014)
Morgane Benarroch
Koral Rivka Dadon
Liyah Moran Eliyahu
Avital Meiri
Briana Mizrahi
Barbara Ouaknine
Talia Saghian
Malka Sasson
Nasim Tishbi
Associate in Arts
(as of May 30, 2014)
Yael Almani
Rachel Amsellem
Tovly Aronov
Margot Michelle Atri
Leslie Azran
Rebecca Leah Benhaghnazar
Ashley Myriam Benlolo
Dana Ariela Ben-Zaken
Tamar Zilpa Benzaquen
Elana Sarah Betaharon
Ellie Faye Blanco
Tamar Henrietta Buzaglo
Victoria Elizabeth Chabot
Devora Cohen
Penina Sima Cohen
Sara Malka Cohen
Sharon Cohen
Neda Eghbali
Gabriella Hannah
Michelle Elkaim
Yael Malka Farzan
Daniela Garzon
Deena R. Gilboa
Lauren Esther Guenoun
Sharon Haim
Shlomit Tehila Kahan
Desiree Kashizadeh
Mariya Kulangiyev
Michelle N. Levi
Tal H. Meiri
Sarah Miriam Mizrachi
Gabriella Eftihia Nunez
Shaina Sanieoff
Lea L. Soussan
Rebecca Tabaroki
Jessica Tuachi
Devorah E. Yarmush
Moran Yazdani
Doreen Zehavi
Associate in Arts
(as of September 30, 2014)
Stephanie Abraham
Jacqueline Simha Benayoun
Leedan Cohen
Anna Nathanie Hakakian
Yonati Esther Haymov
Miriam Khukhashvili
Elina Mosheyeva
Ariella Raviv
Batya Sadek
Zelda Rachel Salfati
Sara Elizabeth Shamir
Avital Tzubeli
Elvira Yevdayeva
Bachelor of Arts
(as of January 31, 2014)
Tal Ben-Zaken
Koral Rivka Dadon S
Avital Meiri M
Briana Mizrahi M
Barbara Ouaknine C
Talia Saghian
Malka Sasson C
Nasim Tishbi S
Bachelor of Arts
(as of May 30, 2014)
Yael Almani H
Tovly Aronov
Leslie Azran H
Rebecca Leah Benhaghnazar H
Dana Ariela Ben-Zaken H
Tamar Zilpa Benzaquen H
Elana Sarah Betaharon
Ellie Faye Blanco H
Tamar Henrietta Buzaglo
Devora Cohen
Penina Sima Cohen H*
Sara Malka Cohen H*
Sharon Cohen H
Neda Eghbali H
Gabriella Hannah
Michelle Elkaim
Yael Malka Farzan H*
Daniela Garzon H
Sharon Haim
Shlomit Tehila Kahan
Mariya Kulangiyev H
Michelle N. Levi H
Tal H. Meiri
Sarah Miriam Mizrachi H*
Gabriella Eftihia Nunez
Shaina Sanieoff H
Nancy Shilian H*
Lea L. Soussan
Rebecca Tabaroki H
Jessica Tuachi
Moran Yazdani H
Doreen Zehavi
Bachelor of Arts
(as of September 30, 2014)
Jacqueline Simha Benayoun
Anna Nathanie Hakakian H
Yonati Esther Haymov
Miriam Khukhashvili
Elina Mosheyeva
Ariella Raviv
Batya Sadek H
Zelda Rachel Salfati
Leora Sanieoff H
Sara Elizabeth Shamir
Avital Tzubeli
Elvira Yevdayeva
Master of Arts in Biblical and
Talmudic Interpretation
(as of May 30, 2014)
Rachel Chaviva Abboudi
Sarit Bendavid
Associate in Arts
(as of January 31, 2014)
Raphael Nessim Abergel
Arman Davtian
Joseph Dilmani
Leon Franco
Associate in Arts
(as of May 30, 2014)
Alon Avitan
Jacky Beda
Daniel Benchimol
Jacob Robert Franco
Elliot Shavalian
Moises Isaac Tarazi
Associate in Arts
(as of September 30, 2014)
Isaac Henry Harari
Meir Tordjman
Associate in Arts
(as of January 31, 2014)
Itamar Nissim
Associate in Arts
(as of May 30, 2014)
Abraham Bendahan
Gabriel Davidoff
Daniel Yehuda Hazan
Mordechai Khaimov
Bachelor of Arts
(as of January 31, 2014)
Jonathan Andrew Abda S
Matthew Mosheh Nassimi
Michael Yousefzadeh
Bachelor of Arts
(as of May 30, 2014)
Nathan Yehuda Ben Agi H*
Michael David Ahdout
Isaac A. Attia H
Ari Yonah Bardash H
Jacky Beda H
Teddy Edery H
Eli A. Elias
Oren Eliahu Ishal H
Abraham Joseph Levy H
Michael Mizrahi H
Jedidiah Segura
Elliot Shavalian H
Darren Lyndon Sultan H
Irving David Sultan H
Yousaf Zaghi H
Bachelor of Arts
(as of September 30, 2014)
Noah Ariel Cohen
Rafael David Dayan
Jonathan Ismaili H
Eitan J. Selevan
Abbreviation Key:
S: Summa Cum Laude
C: Cum Laude
M: Magna Cum Laude
H: Honors
H*: Completed the Jay and
Jeanie Schottenstein Honors
Program at Yeshiva College
or the S. Daniel Abraham
Honors Program at Stern
College for Women
Isaac Araten Memorial Award for
Excellence in Bible
Jacky Beda
Daniel Benchimol
Teddy Edery
Moises Tarazi
Meir Tordjman
Isaac Araten Memorial Award for
Excellence in Talmud
Joseph Dilmani
Joshua Eleyahouzadeh
Alan Geni
Professor Solomon Wind
Memorial Award in Jewish Studies
and Character (Valedictorian)
Elliot Shavalian
Blanche Attas Zuckerman
Memorial Award for Excellence
in Sephardic Studies
Nathan Agi
Isaac Araten Memorial Award for
Excellence in Jewish Studies
Asher Perez
The Meyer and Bella Rhine
Memorial Award
Abraham J. Levy
Darren L. Sultan
The Rose Rachel Siegel
Endowment Foundation Award
Evan Pieri
Professor Meyer Atlas Memorial
Award for Excellence in Biology
Nathan Agi
Evan Pieri
Professor Michael Bernstein Memorial
Award for Excellence in Bible
Gilad Barach
Departmental Award for
Excellence in Sociology
Michael Mizrahi
Biblical Joseph Prize for Outstanding
Achievement in the Study of Economics
Evan Pieri
Samuel and Emily Granet Lemler
Memorial Award for Excellence
in Pre-Medical Studies
Oren Ishal
Masmid Award for Outstanding
Service to the Student Body
Elliot Shavalian
Gertrude Nissenbaum Memorial Award for
Excellence in Computer Science
Irving Sultan
Jordan Sved
Orthodox Union Award for
Excellence in Jewish Studies
Jonathan Drory
Fannie and Asher Scharfstein Award for
Best Essay on Gemilut Chesed
David Drory
The 20132014 Lillian F. and William L.
Silber Professor of the Year Award
Amish Khalfan
Dr. Samuel Soloveichik Prize
in Natural Science
Darren Sultan
David and Rebecca Wolstein Memorial
Award for Excellence in Psychology
Elliot Shavalian
Bernard Brown Award for
Business Studies
Brett Bar-Eli
The Lillian F. and William L. Silber
Professor of the Year
Galit Ben-Joseph
Professor Richard Williams
Memorial Award for Service and
Brett Bar-Eli
Deans Award for Scholastic
Achievement in Management
Josh Eleyahouzadeh
Deans Award for Service
and Character
Jonathan Danesh
American Institute of Chemists
Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Sarah Mizrachi
Jason Botnick Memorial Award for the
Pursuit of Graduate Studies in Jewish
Victoria Chabot
Benjamin and Jennie Hammer
Memorial Award for Excellence in
Political Science
Penina Cohen
Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial
Award for Excellence in Psychology
Yael Malka Farzan
Langfan Family Constitutional
Oratorical PrizeFirst Place
Yael Malka Farzan
The Dean David Mirsky Memorial
Award for Excellence in Studio Art
Victoria Chabot
The Dean David Mirsky Memorial
Award for Excellence in Creative Writing
Yael Malka Farzan
Marcia Pearlstein Memorial Award
for Excellence in Hebraic Studies
Avital Meiri
The Edward A. Rothman Memorial
Award for the Best Paper on
Issues in Judaism in Practice
Yael Malka Farzan
The Lillian F. and William L. Silber
Professor of the Year Award
Aaron Cohen
Ann and David Steinberg
Memorial Award for Growth and
Commitment to Jewish Studies
Michelle N. Levi
With Gratitude to our Current Major Donors
We would like to acknowledge with gratitude the current generous support of the following families who have taken a lead role in enabling the YU Sephardic
Community Program to ourish and for their kind help in providing scholarships that benet our deserving and needy Sephardic students at Yeshiva University.
Jack Attia
Lydia and Joseph Abergel
The Ades Family Foundation
Sara and Albert Allen
Nazanin and Joseph Amirian
Rene and Ezra Dabah
Martin Elias and Family
The Elyachar Family Foundation
Simone and David Eshaghian
The Gindi Family/Century 21
Associates Foundation
Beatrice Levy Scholarship Fund
Fran and Leon L. Levy
The Leon Levy Family Foundation
The Families of the late
Joseph E. and Sam Maleh, ah
The Maybaum Brothers Memorial Fund
for Fellowships, Scholarships and Professorships
The Mitrani Foundation
Chella and the late Moise J. Safra, ah
The Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation
The Sephardic Geriatric Foundation of New York, Inc.
The Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie
Debra and Asher Zamir
Urgent Appeal For Scholarship Aid For Immigrant
And North American Sephardic Students
Many Sephardic students from Canada, France, Morroco, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Bukhara and elsewhere are eager to enter
Yeshiva University. We are launching an urgent scholarship appeal for these students to raise the necessary funds to
accommodate them. The cost for tuition, dormitory and the minimum food plan, plus fees, is $49,630 per student.
Please complete and detach this form and send it with your tax deductible scholarship gift made out to:
c/o Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Yeshiva University 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033-3201
Credit card contributions will also be accepted. Please call 212.960.0850
NAME ________________________________________________
ADDRESS ____________________________________________
CITY _________________________________________________
STATE ___________________ ZIP _________________________
TELEPHONE __________________________________________
CELLULAR ___________________________________________
Contributions of $100,000 or more will establish a personal endowed scholarship and blended scholarship (half expendable
and half endowed) in your name that will be listed in all appropriate University publications in perpetuity.
Please indicate the amount of your scholarship gift for Sephardic
students at Yeshiva University:
One Year Full Expendable Scholarship: l $49,630
Personal Endowed Scholarship: l $50,000
Personal Endowed and Blended Scholarship: l $100,000
Partial Scholarships:
l $26,000 l $7,500 l $1,000 l Other
l $18,000 l $5,200 l $501 _______________
l $10,000 l $2,600 l $101

May you merit many years in good health and happiness.
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