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U N I V E R S I T Y

SephardicNews
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Sephardic Council of Overseers

Sephardic Community Program I Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies Institute of Yemenite Studies I Dr. Joseph and Rachel Ades Sephardic Outreach Program
Volume XXXIII

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I N D E D I C AT I O N T O A H E R I TA G E

Spring 2009

Daniel Tsadik Joins YU Faculty
Daniel Tsadik, Ph.D. has joined the YU faculty as an assistant professor of Sephardic and Iranian studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Tsadik, who began his appointment in the fall of 2008, teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Tsadik and his courses have been well received among the entire student body, Sephardic and Ashkenazi alike, and have created a great sense of excitement for his area of expertise: Jews living under Islam. A Fulbright scholar, Tsadik received his doctorate in history in 2002 from Yale University, specializing in Iranian and Middle Eastern history, as well as in the

history of the Jews under Islam. His research focuses on the modern history of Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and Iran’s religious minorities. Subsequent to his studies at Yale, Tsadik taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and elsewhere. He received fellowships from various institutions, including: Tel Aviv University’s Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies; Hebrew University’s Golda Meir Fellowship Fund; the Warburg Fellowship of the Institute for Judaic Studies; Berlin’s Institute for Advanced Study; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Tsadik has published numerous articles in his fields of interest, including: “The Legal Status of Religious Minorities: Imami Shi’i Law and Iran’s Constitutional Revolution,” published in Islamic Law and Society; “Nineteenth Century Shi‘i Anti-Christian Polemics and the Jewish Aramaic Nevuat ha-Yeled [The Prophecy of the Child],” published in Iranian Studies; and “Religious Disputations of Imami Shi‘is against Judaism in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,”

published in Studia Iranica. He has authored a book entitled “Between Foreigners and Shi‘is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority,” published by Stanford University Press. Earlier on, during his studies toward a bachelor’s degree, Tsadik studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem under the late, revered, internationally-acclaimed professor Amnon Netzer, a”h, one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of Iranian Jewish history. Through his teaching at YU, Tsadik is continuing the important work that was begun several years ago by his mentor Netzer, who piloted a program of JudeoPersian studies at YU during the summer of 2005. Since his arrival, Tsadik has been offering lectures and study workshops in both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities. Any synagogue or community institution wishing to arrange a special guest lecture by Tsadik on topics related to Jews living under Islam may call the Sephardic Community Program of Yeshiva University, at 212-960-5492, to schedule such an event. I

Inside This Issue…
Campus Minyan Thriving YU’s First Annual Middle Eastern Kumzits A Tribute to Leon Levy a’’h Sephardic Club Shabbaton at Stern College for Women

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Sephardic Student Valedictorian at YU
Dror Galamidi is the 2008 Yeshiva University valedictorian of the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies. He received this honor due to his overall excellence in his limudei Kodesh (Judaic and Torah studies). Galimidi completed a bachelor’s

degree in psychology and an associate degree in Judaic studies. He was born in Israel and moved to Brooklyn at a young age, where he lived within a thriving Sephardic Jewish community. Dror’s parents and the rest of his family’s constant encouragement drove him to excel as he attended elementary and high school institutions that were dedicated to excellence in Jewish education.
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Dror Galamidi is the 2008 Yeshiva University valedictorian of the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies.

Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel congratulates Dror Galamidi.

Sephardic Student Valedictorian…
continued from page 1 He is very grateful to his family, friends and teachers at YU who helped provide him with the tools and talents he needed to reach this high point. He is especially thankful for his grandfather Moshe Galimidi, a”h, for his support. Dror's specific career plans are as of now undecided, but he hopes and plans

to spend a great deal of effort helping to improve life for Jews in the United States and around the world.
Sephardic Rabbi Offers Invocation

Among the special guests at the 77th annual commencement exercises were Rabbi Raymond Harari, who delivered the invocation at this event, held at the Wamu Theatre of Madison Square Garden in New York City. Rabbi Harari, who was also attending the ceremony as a proud parent

in celebration of his son David’s graduation, is himself a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Harari now serves in the Sephardic community as spiritual leader of Kol Israel Congregation and as head of school of Yeshivah of Flatbush High School in Brooklyn. I

Rabbi Raymond Harari delivers the invocation. Looking on are, from left, Abraham Foxman, Richard M. Joel, Rabbi Zevulun Charlop and Moshael Straus.

Rabbi Raymond Harari

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Sephardic Minyan at YU Thriving
This past fall semester has ushered in a new era in student involvement and unity in the daily Sephardic minyan at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Avraham Sarfaty, a distinguished Sephardic rabbi and scholar of RIETS in his own right, has been appointed to oversee the daily Shaharit minyan in the Sephardic beit midrash. Students from a variety of Sephardic communities join this minyan on a daily basis, where they also enjoy a daily breakfast of fresh bagels, cereals and hot coffee. Rabbi Sarfaty also serves as a faculty member of YU’s Stone Beit Midrash Program and is an assistant to Rosh Kollel Rabbi Hershel Schachter of the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel. “Thanks to Rabbi Sarfaty’s daily presence and his dedication to running a smooth and pleasant minyan, YU’s Sephardic minyan has developed a new spiritual energy and sense of unity, resulting in increased attendance with each passing day,” said Rabbi Moshe Tessone, director of Sephardic Community Programs and a member of the Judaic studies faculty at YU. This year, for the first time, the students maintained the daily morning minyan even after the semester officially ended, and met with Rabbi Sarfaty for some Torah learning during breakfast. A record number of students attended Selihot services during the month of September, when Selihot were held during weeknights at 1 a.m. Additional transportation was arranged by YU to bring dozens of Sephardic women from Stern College on a nightly basis to the Wilf Campus so that they might join the men for inspiring Sephardic Selihot services throughout the 40-day period of Selihot reading. Rabbi Sarfaty’s words sum it up best when he said: “The Sephardic students of YU have truly created a beautiful community feeling in their own beit midrash, and are benefiting from the atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie that the yeshiva encourages.” I

Rabbi Moshe Tessone with students at YU’s first Sephardic kumzits.

First Sephardic Kumzits at YU
BY AARON EBRANI AND YANIV MORADI

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim, center, with his students in the Sephardic beit midrash.

Our very own Rabbi Moshe Tessone, director of YU’s Sephardic Community Program and member of the Jewish studies faculty at Yeshiva University, recently performed for the University’s student body in an evening Middle Eastern kumzits (concert), which was sponsored by the Student Sephardic Club in cooperation with the Yeshiva College dean’s office and the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY). Rabbi Tessone, an accomplished hazzan, is known for his talents in JudeoArabic and Judeo-Spanish liturgy and cantillation and is also knowledgeable in the area of Sephardic community customs and traditions. The students who attended enjoyed an array of JudeoArabic and Judeo-Spanish melodies, some well known and some were new to them. This event gave attendees a rare opportunity to hear a wide variety of Middle Eastern Jewish music. The songs and piyuteem (liturgical poems) also attracted a good number of Ashkenazi students who clearly enjoyed the program as well. Rabbi Tessone’s performance warmed the hearts of all the students, and helped to excite them about their very own rich heritage. The songs included different melodies and poems such as: “Yigdal Elokim Hai,” “Mak’helot Am,” and “Avram Avinu,” as well as many other religious songs. The students had ample opportunity to enjoy and sing along to the energetic rhythmic music, to dance together and to enjoy traditional ethnic sweets and refreshments. The kumzits truly left the students with not only a sense of identity and pride in their respective communities, but more important, with a greater sense of unity. Some students said that they never had the opportunity to experience such an enriching and enlightening event, and no one wanted to leave when it was over. Many students demanded an encore. One thing is for certain—everyone who participated had a wonderful time and left with music on their lips and in their hearts. I

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Professor Haim Tawil speaks to students visiting the Sefarim Sale.

Murray Sragow of the Admissions Department welcomes students to the sale.

YU Annual Sefarim Sale Hosts Sephardic Students from Various Schools
For many years, Yeshiva University has held one of the largest Judaic book sales in the nation. This year, the sale included more than 10,000 titles, and more visitors than ever before attended this impressive event. Many Jewish day schools participated in the sefarim sale by sending groups of their Sephardic students to see the many books for sale on topics related to Sephardic history, culture and Halakha. Their visits were coordinated by the Sephardic Community Program in cooperation with the Center for the Jewish Future. Among the participating schools were: Yeshiva of Flatbush middle school, Magen David Yeshiva high school, Ramaz middle school and high school, Hillel high school and many others. In total, more than 300 Sephardic Students visited the sale. Visiting students were given a tour of YU’s Wilf Campus and some had the privilege of hearing presentations and inspiring words of Torah from YU faculty members, including Hakham Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Rabbi Elie Abadie and Rabbi Moshe Tessone. Other visiting students spoke with Sephardic professors and YU students. Professor Hayyim Tawil and YU rabbinic students Victor Gheriani and Sion Setton were among those who greeted and addressed the groups who treated them to a tour of the campus during their visit. I

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HIGHLIGHT: YU STUDENT SEPHARDIC CLUB EVENT

Yeshiva Alumnus Jack Doueck Inspires Sephardic Students
One of the hardest challenges in life is overcoming adversity and using it as an inspiration for self growth. YU alumnus Jack Doueck, a noted author and Jewish community leader, captivated the audience at YU with a powerful presentation that dealt with this very topic, “Overcoming Adversity.” He proposed the timeless question: “How is it possible to use our life challenges to help strengthen our personal development?” Doueck shared his solutions to this dilemma in a motivational lecture presented to about 70 students. Doueck plans to publish what he described as a six-step system to overcoming adversity in an upcoming book on the topic. Doueck has attained much wisdom and knowledge in this area by participating in various aspects of community work and experiencing firsthand the difficulties in life that both individuals and families face. Doueck works full time as principal of Stillwater Capital, and still finds time to run dozens of educational and motivational seminars for professionals, youth and young adults. He also volunteers much of his time to Sephardic Bikur Holim in Brooklyn, where he offers consultation and support to others who lost their jobs and careers, helping them find new work opportunities and turn their lives around. Through the touching personal stories and real-life scenarios that he related, the students were able to relate to the simplicity of the six-step solution he presented. One message was taken clearly by all: Hashem sends us challenges that we can overcome, and hidden within each one of these challenges is a personal message for each and every one of us. Our job is to interpret these messages in a way that helps us to grow and develop into successful people who contribute to society in a productive way. Doueck related that every occasion of adversity is indeed a chance for self-introspection and self-growth. The key is to not always wait until adversity actually occurs. Doueck is also a proud YU parent — his son Hal is a student at The Sy Syms School of Business. The event’s sponsors for the evening presentation were YU’s Sephardic Community Program and the Sephardic Student Club, both of which expressed their appreciation to Doueck for visiting the Wilf Campus and motivating the students in such a meaningful way. I

Jack Doueck addresses students in YU’s Sephardic beit midrash.

Among the attendees were many women from Stern College.

Yaacov Bitton, Jack Doueck and Rabbi Moshe Tessone.

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YU and the Sephardic Community

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1) Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, President Richard Joel, Ezra Hanon and Rabbi Moshe Tessone. 2) Cantor Sherwood Goffin, Rabbi Moshe Tessone and Cantor Eric Freeman perform together at a community event in Baltimore. 3) Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Bob Kamali, Louis Ebrani, Dr. David Schnall, George Dilmani, Morris Aziz, Rabbi Moshe Tessone and Dr. David Pelcovitz.
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4) Henriette Sasson, Lydia Abirgel, Haim Sasson and Joseph Abirgel. 5) Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, George Haroonian and Dr. Daniel Tsadik. 7) Rabbi Elie Abadie addresses Sephardic Leaders at YU. 8) Moshe Frances and Sion Setton visit the Jewish community of San Jose on behalf of YU.

6) Hakham David Shloush, Chief Rabbi of Netanya, 9) Rabbi Moshe Tessone teaches a class at YU. Rabbi Moshe Tessone and Rabbi Gideon 10) Dr. Ralph Philosoph, Elias Cohen and Shloush. Rabbi Moshe Tessone at community event in Newton Center, Mass. Dedicated in memory of Aghajan (Shmuel ben Mashiakh) Nassimi,11 Adar II 5768 a”h

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In memory of a great Sephardic Leader of the Jewish People…

A PICTORIAL TRIBUTE TO LEON LEVY a”h
LEON LEVY, born in Seattle, Wash., to Sephardic Jewish parents who emigrated from Turkey, served in the United States Armed Forces during the Pacific Campaign under General MacArthur. Upon his return from his tour of duty, he completed his studies in civil engineering and began a lifelong commitment to the Jewish community at large and to the broader global society. During a lifetime of service to the community that spanned 84 years, Levy was active on the boards of and served as a key lay leader of many organizations. He was the founder of the American Sephardi Federation, where he was named honorary lifetime president, and he was also involved with many other local and international groups both here and abroad. Yeshiva University was an important and dear part of Levy’s communal life. He was involved with YU’s Sephardic programs for more than 40 years, and supported various scholarships throughout his years of service. Levy also served as a member of YU’s Sephardic Council of Overseers until the very last year of his life, and he remained active with this distinguished group of leaders even during periods of medical hardship. Levy, who left an unblemished memory to the Jewish people, also made his mark on YU’s students when he addressed the Sephardic Student Club on issues related to communal leadership, motivating them to follow in his dedicated path of community work. Levy is survived by his wife, Elsie, their children Mark Levy, Mimi Frank, Judy Safran and Janet Pahima, as well as 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. This pictorial tribute is dedicated to the memory of a leader who was loved and cherished by all who surrounded him throughout his life of service to others. I —Yehi Zikhro Barukh
May his memory be blessed

Leon Levy

Leon and Elsie Levy

Leon and Elsie Levy

Moise and Chella Safra and Leon Levy

David Eshaghian and Leon Levy

Dr. Norman Lamm and Leon Levy

Top row, from left: Dr. Hebert C. Dobrinsky, Elsie Levy, the late Ebrahim Eshaghian a’’h, Regina Gaon, Simone Eshaghian, David Eshaghian, Norman Belmonte and the late David H. Zysman a’’h. Bottom row, from left: Leon Levy, Dr. Norman Lamm, Dr. Solomon Gaon a’’h, Moise and Chella Safra.

Dedicated by Mr. and Mrs. Martin I. Elias

Leon Levy

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HIGHLIGHT: YU SEPHARDIC CLUB SHABBATON

A Memorable Shabbat
BY VICTOR GHERIANI

This year, the Sephardic Shabbaton was truly an unforgettable experience for all who participated. Friday evening began with the chanting of the Sephardic liturgical prayer “Lekha Dodi.” Hazzan Nathan Dweck, who is also a YU graduate and current RIETS rabbinic student, led the Sephardic minyan, introducing authentic Syrian and Middle Eastern melodies during the tefillah. Following prayers, the group was escorted to the dining room where they enjoyed an exquisite Sephardic Shabbat dinner that included Moroccan cigars, kibbehs and lahmagine. The delightful meal was just the beginning of the special evening. After the Shabbat meal, a group of Sephardic young men and women, led by Hazzan Dweck, sang an array of Sephardic songs with a special birthday cake celebration honoring Victor Gheriani. The Shabbat kiddush and lunch program was hosted by Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D., director of YU’s Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies and founding rabbi of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in New York City. Rabbi Abadie presented a thoughtprovoking session in which he illustrated the plight Middle Eastern Jews faced after they were evicted from their lands and the difficult challenges they faced in trying to rebuild their lives. Following Seuda Shelishit and Havdalah, students enjoyed an evening of bowling in the city, during which time they had the opportunity to unite and create bonds that would last a lifetime. This Shabbaton, run by the students for the students of Yeshiva University, was a great success. Student leaders Jacob Bitton and Raquel Amram chaired the weekend-long program, investing their tireless efforts organizing a Shabbat to remember. All participants expressed their excitement and anticipation for the next year’s spring Sephardic Shabbaton. I
YU students visit the Sephardic Home for the Aged in celebration of Hanukah.

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YU STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY M Yaakov Bitton Serving the Mashadi and Iraqi Communities of Great Neck Yaakov Bitton, SSSB ’08, has a diverse background. Born in Argentina, Bitton has followed his father, Rabbi Yosef Bitton, to different communities in several countries throughout North and South America. Before settling in Great Neck in 2004 and enrolling in Yeshiva University, he and his family had lived in Argentina, Uruguay, Israel and Mexico. Bitton graduated from Or Israel High School of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then attended Yeshivat Shaalvim in Israel for one year. Bitton has been serving as the hazzan of the Babylonian Jewish Center of New York in Great Neck for the past three years, while still carrying a full academic load at YU. In addition to this, he is involved in various programs affiliated with the Mashadi community, including teaching Sephardic Ta'amim and tefilla in the Mashadi Talmud Torah School to children in grades three through six, as well as helping to organize the “Learn-It-Up” program—a newly-established program where over 100 youth get together Wednesday nights to study Torah in havrutot (small study groups). Bitton is currently pursuing his semikha ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Talmud from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Bitton’s dream for the future is to serve as a spiritual leader in the Sephardic community and help to shape it’s future in a positive way. I

SEPHARDIC BOOK REVIEW

Yom Teruah
BY JACK DOUECK

M Nathan Dweck Serving in the Syrian Community of Brooklyn Nathan Dweck, a 2008 graduate of Yeshiva College, is in his second year at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is simultaneously pursuing his master’s degree in Talmudic studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Dweck resides with his wife, Sophia, in the Syrian community of Brooklyn. For the past eight years, since he was a student in high school, he has served in the Sephardic community as a ba`al koreh (Torah reader) and a hazzan for the youth minyan of the Sephardic Synagogue in Brooklyn. Dweck also teaches a weekly Tanakh class at Congregation Bnei Yitzhak as part of their Beit Midrash Program. He is currently the vice president of Tebah Educational Services, a group that publishes articles of religious and Jewish educational interest. Dweck’s decision to study at YU and pursue the rabbinate is a direct result of his community and educational upbringing as a member of the Syrian community. Upon completion of his studies at YU, Dweck is eager to serve in his community as an educator within the Jewish day school system. I
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Jack Doueck, noted author of “Chesed Boomerang,” has published a new book, “Yom Teruah,” which portrays the significance of the shofar and its relevance to Rosh Hashanah. This book is written in a most informative style and is quite easy to read and understand for all types of audiences. “Yom Teruah” sets the reader on an inspiring course to a deeper understanding of the shofar and its religious and spiritual importance. Doueck, a distinguished alumnus of both Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate programs, received his graduate degree in Jewish philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. “Yom Teruah” was published by the Sephardic Heritage Foundation, and was dedicated to the memory of Doueck’s father-in-law Jack “Noonie” Cohen, a”h, who blew the shofar for four decades in the Sephardic communities of New York and New Jersey. The topics of “Yom Teruah” include the shofar and the three corresponding themes of Rosh Hashanah, the shofar as a “wake-up call,” and more. The book beautifully explores the history, purpose, and legal requirements of the sounding of the shofar, and is sure to serve as a popular companion for those in need of High Holiday reading material. In “Yom Teruah,” Doueck, who quotes key Sephardic and Ashkenazi sources, has created a fresh, scholarly, well researched yet very practical book, ideal for teachers, rabbis and laymen hoping to expand their knowledge of the shofar and Rosh Hashanah I

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Yeshiva University
Sephardic Graduates 2008

SUE GOLDING GRADUATE DIVISION OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

Dr. of Philosophy
(as of September 20, 2007)

SOUVIK SARKAR

STEPHANIE MOSSERI JENNIFER MOTTAHEDEH MALKA SASSON SARAH SHUKUR ILANA TORDJMAN ILLANIT ZAFRANY SUZANNA ZAKAY Bachelor Arts
(as of September 25, 2007)

ISAAC BREUER COLLEGE OF HEBRAIC STUDIES

Associate in Arts (as of January 31, 2008) MATAN COHEN MICHAEL E. KAFFASH DANIEL DOV WAKNINE Associate in Arts
(as of May 30, 2008)

WURZWEILER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Master of Social Work
(as of September 25, 2007)

BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW

Master of Laws
(as of May 30, 2008)

LIMOR FRANCO RACHEL SAYEGH Master of Social Work
(as of January 31, 2008)

ROTEM DOURBAN FANNY ESKENAZI Juris Doctor
(as of May 30, 2008)

DAVINA FREIDA AMRAMI Master of Social Work
(as of May 30, 2008)

ILANA R. ALEZRA LISA LICY AZULAY GALITH BITTON MICHELLE ARIELLA COHEN DEENA RACHEL HASSAN REBECCA HEDAYA SHEREEN SARA RASHIDI Bachelor Arts
(as of May 30, 2008)

MOSHE MICHAEL ABRAHAM MOISES BENCHIMOL SIMON EBRANI DROR GALAMIDI NAVAZ NOUROLLAH DANNY RAHMANI

DERIC M. BEHAR ADAM DAYAN YUVAL SIMCHI-LEVY RAMI YOMTOV

YESHIVA COLLEGE

DANIEL IFRAH
FERKAUF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY BERNARD REVEL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JEWISH STUDIES

Master of Arts
(as of September 25, 2007)

Master of Arts
(as of September 25, 2007)

MAYER HAIM BELLEHSEN SHIPHRA HABIBIAN Doctor of Psychology
(as of June 30, 2008)

REBECCA SARAH ALLEN

STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN

Associate in Arts
(as of September 25, 2007)

DEBRA A. SASSON

AGNES NATHALIE N. ABITBOL CLAUDIA ESTHER AMZALLAG NINA Z. BURSKY-TAMMAM RACHEL ANNE COHEN TALYA COHEN MAGGIE SARA DWECK SARAH ALICE GUIGUI GOLDIE JACOB STEPHANIE MOSSERI JENNIFER MOTTAHEDEH ELISHEVA RENA ROUIMI MALKA SASSON ELEONORA YAKUBOVA ILANIT ZAFRANY

Bachelor of Arts
(as of September 25, 2007)

HAROLD MARK SULTAN Bachelor of Arts
(as of January 31, 2008)

NATHAN M. DWECK SAMUEL PENYA MEIR SAADIA Bachelor of Arts
(as of May 30, 2008)

AZRIELI GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JEWISH EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION

GALITH BITTON MICHELLE ARIELLA COHEN REBECCA HEDAYA Associate in Arts
(as of January 31, 2008)

JAMES STRIAR SCHOOL OF GENERAL JEWISH STUDIES

Associate in Arts
(as of September 25, 2007)

Master of Science
(as of September 25, 2007)

LAURENCE SUISSA Associate in Arts

JONATHAN MENAHEM BEZALEL Associate in Arts
(January 31, 2008)

JULIE ANZAROOT Master of Science
(as of January 30, 2008) (as of May 30, 2008)

SHEENA KASHI Doctor of Education
(as of May 30, 2008)

CARON KUESSOUS

ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Doctor of Medicine
(as of June 5, 2008)

NATHANIEL NATANELI

TALIA MAZAL ABADIE AGNES NATHALIE N. ABITBOL CLAUDIA ESTHER AMZALLAG ILANA AMAZALLAG BATYA STELLA BELECEN LAURENCE RACHEL GABRIELL BENARROCH NECHAMA SARA CITRIN RINA COHEN TALYA COHEN CHANA DABAH MAGGIE SARA DWECK SARAH ALICE GUIGUI SINA HADAD-AVIAD GOLDIE JACOB

ETHAN MOSHE ASSOULINE Associate in Arts
(as of May 30, 2008)

YAACOV STEPHANF AMAR AHARON ZE’EV ARAZI ELIAHU ARIAV HAIM ASERIEL YONAH DAVID BARDOS CHAIM BAR-ELI YOSEF DANIEL COHEN SIMON EBRANI DROR GALAMIDI DAVID YONATAN HARARI JOSEF HAYYIM KASSORLA JOSHUA SIMON LEVY NAVAZ NOUROLLAH DANNY RAHMANI SION SETTON IMMANUEL AARON SHALEV

JACOB L. ASHER KIRILL ILAGOUEV EVAN LEVIAN JEREMY ABRAHAM MILLUL JEREMY CHARLIE SEBBAGH

SY SYMS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Wilf Campus Bachelor of Science
(as of September 25, 2007)

JONATHAN MENAHEM BEZALEL ADAM M. COHEN RAFAEL D. COHEN ALBERT PINHASOV

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Bachelor of Science
(as of January 31, 2008)

Awards and Honors
JAMES STRIAR SCHOOL OF GENERAL JEWISH STUDIES

YESHIVA PROGRAM / MAZER SCHOOL OF TALMUDIC STUDIES

ETHAN MOCHE ASSOULINE JOSEPH BELLELI MICHAEL BENZAQUEN NATHANIEL NESSIN COHEN ELITZAFAN EBRAHIMDOOST OREN G. HASHI MICHAEL E. KAFFASH GIL A. SIMCHI Bachelor of Science
(as of May 30, 2008))

Rose Rachel and Lewis Siegel Endowment Foundation Award SAUL HAIMOFF Louis and Lena Lankisky Memorial Award NATHAN DWECK JACOB BITTON Joseph and Lena Hoenig Memorial Award YOSEF COHEN
YESHIVA COLLEGE

Professor Daniel Block Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics SAMUEL PENYA
SY SYMS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Bnai Zion Award for Excellence in Hebrew JACOB BENGIO Manfred Siegbert and Mignon Fischel Memorial Award for Jewish Studies and Character EVAN LAVIAN Isaac Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible EVAN LAVIAN Isaac Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Talmud JACOB BENGIO
ISAAC BREUER COLLEGE OF HEBRAIC STUDIES

Dean’s Award for Scholastic Achievement in Finance SINA HADAD-AVID Mildred Schlessberg Accounting Society Award for Outstanding Service DAVID OHANA Sy Syms Alumni Award Excellence in Service MEYER LANIADO Student Council Award for Outstanding Service BATYA BELECEN Dean’s Award for the Highest Ranking Junior MATTHEW RAHMANI
STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN

DMYTRO ARSHYNOV MOISES BENCHIMOL GABRIEL S. DANIELI DAVID DAYAN ANDRE J. GHIGHI SAMUEL ELIE HOURI EPHRAIM ILIAGOUEV DANIEL KOHANCHI MEYER E. LANIADO EVAN LEVIAN DAVID MARCIANO MENDEL Y.R. MARCIANO JEREMY ABRAHAM MILLUL YOAV DANIEL NAKACHE HAROLD ISAAC NAON DAVID OHANA SAMUEL M.A. SALFATI JEREMY CHARLIE SEBBAGH SAMUEL SIBONY TOMER DAVID YAHID

Biblical Joseph Prize for Excellence in Economics with a Specialty SIMON EBRANI Morris and Chaya Zuckerman Memorial Award for Best Research Paper in Jewish History IMMANUEL SHALEV Samuel and Emily Granet Lemler Memorial Award for Excellence in Pre-Med MEIR SAADIA Sidney P. Rosenblum Award for Excellence in Jewish History SAUL HAIMOFF Dean Samuel L. Sar Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible DAVID HARARI Departmental Award for Excellence in Chemistry BENJAMIN BENSON John Wiley Book Award for Excellence in Chemistry BENJAMIN BENSON Mina Belkin Memorial Award for Service and Dedication to the College IMMANUEL SHALEV Professor Jekuthiel Ginsburg Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics NATHAN DWECK HAROLD MARK SULTAN Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize (Second Place) TAL OVADIA

Valedictorian DROR GALAMIDI Harris Altshul/Moshe Perlstein Award for Highest Rank in All Jewish Studies DROR GALAMIDI Dean Pinkhos Churgin Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish History MOISES BENCHIMOL GOLAN ELIAS DROR GALAMIDI Blanche Attas Zuckerman Memorial Award for Excellence in Sephardic Studies MOISES BENCHIMOL Isaac Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Talmud BENJAMIN BENSON
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Economics Department Award for Excellence in Economics RACHEL COHEN Bryna Miller Fertig Memorial Award for Volunteer Work with Hospital Patients MALKA SASSON Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial Award for Excellence in Biochemistry SARAH GUIGUI Physics Department Award for Excellence in Physics NINA BURSKY-TAMMAM Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize (Third Place) SHANEE OVADIA Cengage Learning Block Award for Excellence in Chemistry NATHALIE ABITBOL Constance Schwartzappel Memorial Award for Excellence in Studio Art REVITAL AVISAR

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(as of January 31, 2008)

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(as of May 30, 2008)

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SEPHARDIC NEWS

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URGENT APPEAL FOR SCHOLARSHIP AID FOR IMMIGRANT AND NORTH AMERICAN SEPHARDIC STUDENTS
Many foreign Sephardic students from Canada, France, Morroco, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Bukhara and elsewhere are ready to enter Yeshiva University. We are launching an urgent scholarship appeal for these foreign students to raise the necessary funds to accommodate them. The cost for tuition, dormitory, and the minimum food plan is $41,970 per student. Please complete and detach this form and send it with your tax deductible scholarship gift made out to: Yeshiva University Sephardic Student Scholarship Fund c/o Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Yeshiva University 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033-3201
CONTRIBUTION NAME __________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________________________

Please indicate the amount of your scholarship gift for Sephardic students at Yeshiva University: One Year Full Expendable Scholarship: $41,970

CITY ____________________________________________________________________ STATE ______________________________________________ ZIP__________________ TELEPHONE ______________________________________________________________ CELLULAR ________________________________________________________________

Endowed Scholarship: Partial Scholarships: $18,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,200 $2,600 $1,000

$26,000 $501 $101 Other _________

Contributions of $25,000 or more will establish a personal endowed scholarship in your name that will be listed in all appropriate University publications in perpetuity.

NON-PROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PA I D JACOB E. SAFRA INSTITUTE OF SEPHARDIC STUDIES SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY PROGRAM 500 West 185th Street, BH 312 YESHIVA UNIVERSITY

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