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Honors Programs Project Excellence, Middle East Scholar Selected

Home and Abroad to Deliver Keynote at
❑ From Brookhaven to Florence to Guatemala Commencement

eshiva University honor Maya because they are an budding scientists alike can aniel Pipes, widely
students rank among ancient civilization with a participate in one of these respected author, com-
the country’s brightest modern people descended courses, “Great Ideas and Exp- mentator, and scholar
men and women, and their from it, similar to the Jews,” eriments in Modern Physics.” on the Middle East, will deliv-
talents will have a global said Dr. Jill Katz, adjunct Both courses, which run from er the keynote address and
showcase this summer in visits instructor in archeology and May 27 to June 26, will feature receive an honorary degree
to Central America and Italy. anthropology. The emphasis a groundbreaking residential from President Norman Lamm
The summer experience, on overseas study underscores component. Students will at Yeshiva University’s 72nd
under the Jay and Jeanie the honors programs’ success spend five days performing, Annual Commencement Exer-
Schottenstein Honors Program in providing challenging cur- cises on Thursday, May 22.
at Yeshiva College, runs from ricula—often across academic The exercises will take place at
May 27 to July 3, and will disciplines—aimed at meeting
“ represent The Theater in Madison
offer, as a first, two linked the demands of a changing a number of firsts: Square Garden. Daniel Pipes
courses that explore ancient world. travel courses in Dr. Lamm will also bestow
and modern Maya culture of The S. Daniel Abraham honorary degrees on Dr. Leon philanthropist; and Nathan
Guatemala/Honduras. Students Honors Program at Stern social sciences...and R. Kass, chairman of the Lewin; prominent Washington
who attend, “Introduction to College for Women is offering two undergraduate President's Council on Bio- attorney.
Tropical Ecology and Ethno- its previously successful, “Art ethics; Julia Koschitzky,
botany” and “Honors Intro- and the Jewish Experience in
honors courses Canadian Jewish leader and continued on p. 6
duction to Anthropology: Medici Florence,” May 26 to cooperating to
Maya Civilization” will begin June 4. The course will cover
the program at Wilf Campus, the art and history of Florence,
produce summer
followed by a 12-day field trip the center of the Italian opportunities.” Investiture of Richard M.
to Central America. Renaissance in the 15th centu-
“We chose to study the ry, as well as the role of the analyzing, and designing exp- Joel Sept. 21 as Fourth
Jews and their contribution to eriments while living on the

“YU honor students, Italian culture through visits campus of one of the most YU President
to museums and monuments. advanced scientific laborato-
among the country’s
The SCW honors program ries in the world, home base of ew occasions in the life of Chairman Ronald P. Stanton
brightest, will have a has joined forces with the multiple Nobel Prize winners, a University are more and the Board of Trustees, as
Schottenstein Honors Program Brookhaven National Lab- momentous than the YU's fourth president on
global showcase this to offer two courses in modern oratory on Long Island. Investiture of a new president. Sunday, Sept. 21. The gala
summer.” physics, including relativity As another option, Yeshiva Nowhere is this truer than at event will take place at the
and quantum mechanics. Yeshiva University, where only Nathan Lamport auditorium,
Both non-science majors and continued on p. 6 three presidents have presided Zysman Hall, on the Wilf
over 117 years. Campus.
Richard M. Joel, distin- The investiture, followed by
guished educator and accom- an on-campus reception with
plished chief executive, will
be formally invested by continued on p. 6


Dan Pollack
Justice Through
Knowledge and
Social Action
President Norman Lamm delivered the keynote address at the commemoration of the
100th birthday and 10th yahrzeit of the Rav. Julius Berman, chairman, RIETS Board of
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Trustees, delivered opening remarks and Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Nathan and Vivian
Fink Distinguished Professor in Talmud, spoke on “The Rav’s Torah Scholarship.”


Rabbi Sidney Helping Young Gruen Gift Gives YU Senior
Kleiman: Diarists Bear Witness Youngsters a Head Researches New
Still Bearing the Torch Start Field in Physics
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Rabbi Elchanan Adler, Eve and Happiness in Colonial America” at Cong. Torah Ohr, Boca Raton, on
Jack Rubin Professor of Talmud at the annual conference of the “The Biblical Roots of Torah ON CAMPUS
RIETS, edited Or Hamizrach with Southeastern Academy of Legal Umadda: The Synthesis between
Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, YH, Studies in Business, held in Worldly Culture and Experience The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy of the Benjamin N.
‘85Y,AG,R a scholarly Torah journal Charleston, SC. He presented “An and Judaic Thought and Practice” Cardozo School of Law spring faculty speaker series presented Religion,
published in Hebrew by Analysis of Various Business Law and on “The Educational Rel- Law, and Politics—Discussions of the place, role, and prominence of religion
Hamizrachi/Hapoel Hamizrachi that Topics According to American Law ationship between Orthodox Jews in a pluralistic constitutional democracy.
features articles on Halakhah, and Jewish Law” at several NYC and the Jewish State.” Also, his
aggadah, Bible, and Jewish thought synagogues and in Vancouver, BC. research findings on the “Dev- The speakers included:
with an emphasis on issues pertain- He also discussed “The Significance elopment of Israel Study Programs
ing to Israel. of Song and Melody in the Bible for Americans” was featured in Jose Casanova, Sociology, New School University
and in Jewish Prayer” at the Young Jewish Education News, published Lech Garlicki, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights; former
J. David Bleich, PhD, Herbert and Israel of Staten Island, NY. by the Coalition for the Ad- Justice of the Polish Constitutional Court; Law, University of Warsaw
Florence Tenzer Professor of Jewish vancement of Jewish Education Wolfgang Huber, Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg
Law and Ethics, CSL, published Lata McGinn, PhD, associate clin- (CAJE) and on the Cyber CAJE Web Silvio Ferrari, Law, University of Milan
“Surrogate Motherhood” in ical professor, psychiatry and site Peter Gay, History, Director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the
Supplement One of the Encyclo- behavioral sciences, AECOM, was New York Public Library
pedia of Judaism; and “The Phys- quoted in articles that appeared in Samuel Schneider, PhD, associ- Suzanne Stone, Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
ician as a Conscientious Objector” Shape magazine (“No Plans for ate professor of Hebrew, inter- Shlomo Avineri, Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
in Fordham Urban Law Journal. Children” Dec. 2002) and Employee viewed Israeli author Aharon Frank Michelman, Law, Harvard University
magazine (“Commerzbank: The Appelfeld. The first part of the inter- Mohamed Arkoun, Religion, Sorbonne
Moshe Carmilly, PhD, professor Return ‘Home’” 2002). view appeared in HaDoar, winter Izhak Englard, Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel
emeritus of Jewish studies, deliv- edition, 2002.
ered a paper, “The Power of Rabbi Alter B.Z. Metzger, pro- Guest lecturers, Doris and Dr. Ira Kukin Entrepreneurial Lecture Series:
Reason,” at “The Task of Philosophy fessor of Judaic studies, participated Jay Sweifach, MSW, WSSW assis-
in the 21st Century,” the 12th in the International Nishei Chabad tant professor, and his band, Hester Terrence McGarty, president of The Merton Group
annual conference sponsored by convention. He lectured and signed Street Troupe, released their third Rachelle Friedman, president of J&R Music World
the Dr. Moshe Carmilly Institute for his Chassidic Dimensions: An Antho- album of Klezmer music. Teena Lerner, CEO of Rx Capital Management, LP
Hebrew and Jewish History at the logy of Jewish Holiday Discourses, at Wick Simmons, CEO of NASDAQ
Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj- Eichler’s Bookstore, Flatbush, NY. Moshe Tendler, PhD, Rabbi Isaac
Napoca, Romania. At the confer- and Bella Tendler Professor of At Stern College for Women, a panel discussed “To War?: Reflections Upon
ence, Dr. Carmilly helped inaugu- Daniel Pollack, JD, MSW, WSSW Jewish Medical Ethics, discussed the Implications of War Against Iraq.” Speakers were: Dr. Rachel Bronson,
rate a new site for the Institute, a associate professor, was appointed ”Halakhic Responses to Social and director of Middle East studies, Council on Foreign Affairs; Eylon Javetz,
synagogue in Cluj-Napoca aban- Senior Fellow, the Center for Scientific Changes,” at the annual representative, Israeli Consulate; and Anthony Arnove, editor Iraq Under
doned since World War II. Some Adoption Research, University of melava malka, Young Israel of Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War.
400 students study there. Massachusetts Medical School. It is Wavecrest and Bayswater.
the only university-based research Dr. Meir Litvak, senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University’s department of Middle
Joshua A. Fishman, PhD, institution that focuses solely on Joshua Zimmerman, PhD, assis- Eastern and African History, spoke at YC on “Why do Muslim
Distinguished University Research adoption and foster care. Professor tant professor of Jewish history and Fundamentalists Hate the US and Israel?” and “The Crisis of the Muslim
Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Pollack’s work will cover liability Eli and Diana Zborowski Professor World in the Modern Age.”
was a plenary speaker at the issues, religion in adoption and fos- of Interdisciplinary Holocaust
Second International Symposium ter care, and other policy and legal Studies, delivered a paper, “From
on bilingualism, Universidade de concerns. Also, he spoke at the Politics to Cultural Work: the
Vigo, Galicia, Spain. Twin Cities Cardozo Society (St. Yiddish Cultural Revival in Late

Robert J. Greenberg, JD, assis-

tant professor of business law,
Paul and Minneapolis) on “Pro-
creation from the Perspective of
American and Jewish Law.” Some
Czarist Russia, 1907-1914,” at the
annual convention of the Assoc-
iation for Jewish Studies in Los
SSSB, presented a paper, “The 80 attorneys attended. Angeles. He lectured at Mt. Sinai
Salem Witch Trials and the Synagogue, Washington Heights,
Institution of Slavery in the Alvin I. Schiff, PhD, Irving I. on “The Jewish Community in YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
Chesapeake Colonies—Reflections Stone Distinguished Professor of Poland Today: Dissolution or
Ronald P. Stanton, Chairman
on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Jewish Education, AGS, spoke at Renewal?” YU Board of Trustees
Dr. Norman Lamm
Peter L. Ferrara
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
PEOPLE Jay Schottenstein, Chairman, Board of Directors,Yeshiva College; Marjorie Diener
Blenden, Chairman, Board of Directors, Stern College for Women; Bernard L.
Herbert C. Dobrinsky, EdD, vice opment. Prior, she served as New tricts conference of the Council for Madoff, Chairman, Board of Directors, Sy Syms School of Business; Robert A.
Belfer, Chairperson, Board of Overseers, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Earle
president for university affairs, rep- York regional director for the the Advancement and Support of
I. Mack, Chairman, Board of Directors, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law;
resented YU and RIETS at a memo- Dartmouth College Office of Education. Before YU, he was assis- David I. Schachne, Chair, Board of Governors, Wurzweiler School of Social Work;
rial service for Dr. Leon J. Yagod, a Development; and as associate tant vice president of Monmouth Mordecai D. Katz, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bernard Revel Graduate School
scholar and graduate of YC, RIETS, director of development for the University, director of annual giving of Jewish Studies; Jayne G. Beker, Chair, Board of Governors, Ferkauf Graduate
and BRGS. Dr. Yagod served for Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences and alumni affairs at University of School of Psychology; Moshael J. Straus, Chairman, Board of Directors, Azrieli
Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration; Julius Berman,
more than 50 years in the rab- at Johns Hopkins University and as Massachusetts Dartmouth, and
Chairman, Board of Trustees, (affiliate) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological
binate, mostly in Irvington, NJ. He director of development for the assistant director of alumni services Seminary; Erica Jesselson, Chairperson, Board of Directors, (affiliate) Yeshiva
taught mishnayot at NYU, and held departments of neurology and psy- at Southern Illinois University at University Museum.
annual fund-raising breakfasts on chiatry in Hopkins’ School of Carbondale.
behalf of YU. Monies raised helped Medicine.
Hedy Shulman
support deserving and needy YU Jeremiah Unterman, PhD,
students through the Rabbi Dr. Gabriel Goldstein, YU Museum Association of Modern Orthodox
Norman Eisenberg
Leon J. Yagod Scholarship Fund. curator, was appointed to a three- Day Schools and Yeshiva High Managing Editor
year term on the Nazi-Era Pro- Schools director, MSDCS, was one Doug Dayhoff
Melissa Fleischer is newly ap- venance Internet Portal Advisory of some 600 professional and lay Graphic Designer
pointed labor relations manager. An Committee, a project developed leaders from Jewish day schools and Jerry Bergman, Kelly Berman, Esther Finkle,
attorney previously with the firm of by the American Association of communal organizations to attend June Glazer, Norman Goldberg, Peter Robertson
Epstein, Becker and Green, PC, her Museums. the Donor and Leadership Assem-
primary responsibility is guiding man- blies hosted by the Partnership for
agers and supervisors in dealing Robert Saltzman, University Excellence in Jewish Education
Yeshiva University Today is published monthly during the academic year by the
with union-represented employees. director of Alumni Affairs, was hon- (PEJE) in Los Angeles in February.
Yeshiva University Department of Communications and Public Affiars, 401 Furst
ored for his quarter century of serv- PEJE founding partner Michael Hall, 500 West 185th St., New York, NY 10033-3201 (212-960-5285). It is ditrib-
Amy Gillenson has been ap- ice in the institutional advancement Steinhardt was keynote speaker. uted free on campus to faculty, staff, and students. © Yeshiva University 2002
pointed Cardozo director of devel- profession at the recent joint dis-
May 2003 YUToday 3

Congratulations toi nessman and educational adminis- to her daughter, Melissa Rodriguez, Condolences toi tary experiences. He had recently
trator, and served as rabbi of her mother, Martha Motta, and her completed a memoir of his early life.
Norman Goldberg, director of Mindy Wall Evnin, ’69W and
Yeshiva Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, brother, Joseph.
photography, CPA, on the birth of Rabbi Max Wall, YH, ‘37Y, moth- Rabbi Judah Feinerman ‘47Y,R,
now the Schottenstein Center on
grandson Rowan to Carri and Marc er and grandfather, respectively of
the Wilf Campus. His son, Dr. Eli Sar, MD, ‘41Y, former medical YU Board of Trustees member,
Browne of Annapolis. Mark Evnin, 21, a Marine corporal,
Azriel Rosenfeld YH,’50Y,BG,R, director for Yeshiva College and YUHS chair, former RIETS Board
who was killed April 3rd in Kut, Iraq
received an honorary doctorate Stern College for Women for 50 chairman, and YU Guardian with
Sylvia Herskowitz, YUM direc- by enemy fire. Mark Evnin is con-
from YU in 2000. years. wife Shepsie, on the loss of his
tor, and husband Rabbi William on sidered to be the first Jewish soldier
brother, Aaron YH,’33Y, a former
the birth of grandson Yair David to killed in the current war with Iraq.
Hedy Shulman, director of Gershon Stern, who for more RIETS student who was a respected
Marilyn and Elliot Herskowitz of
media relations, on the birth of a than 25 years was a YU Board of leader in the Jewish community.
Trustee. He also served as national
Paula Baumser, Facilities Man-
granddaughter, Aviva Esther, born
agement office manager, on the
to her children, Rabbi Avraham president of Canadian Friends of Rabbi Manfred Fulda, professor
The Hon. Abraham Lieff, jus- loss of her mother-in-law, Shirley
Shulman, YH,‘03R and Temima Yeshiva University, and was current- of Talmud, on the loss of his sister,
tice of Canada’s Federal Court and Baumser.
Goldberg Shulman, ‘95S, YH. ly honorary national president. He Ruth Ueberall.
honorary YU alumnus, on his 100th
was a member of the SSSB Board of
birthday. Marjorie (Diener) Blenden, a YU Guardians Ruth (and Ted,
George Sullivan, director of aca- Directors where he and his wife,
YU Trustee and Benefactor, and
demic computing, networking, and Merle, YU Benefactors, established YUM Board member) Mirvis and
Norman Linzer, PhD, YH, ’55Y, SCW Board of Directors chairman,
support services, MIS, on the birth the Gershon and Merle Stern Chair Barbara (and Ephraim) Langner on
R,W, Samuel J. and Jean Sable and Lawrence Diener, a YC Board
of granddaughter Madelyn Eliza- in Banking and Finance. He was the the loss of their father, Irving
Professor of Jewish Family Social member and YU Guardian with his
beth to Margaret (Sullivan) and first YC alumnus to become a Tershel.
Work, WSSW, and wife Diane; and wife, Adele, on the loss of their
Shulie Cohen, YH’63, SCW librari- Randall Strickland. Benefactor and the first alumnus to
mother, Beatrice. She was a YU Emily Fisher Landau, AECOM
an, on the birth of a granddaugh- endow a chair at that institution.
Benefactor with her late husband, Board member, founder of
ter, Rivka Meira, to parents Devora Also, he was a past member of the
(Cohen) ‘97S and Rabbi
We Mourni RIETS Board of Trustees. He
Leonard, and established the AECOM’s National Women’s
Leonard and Beatrice Diener Division, benefactor of the Fisher
Menachem Linzer ‘95Y,AZ,R. received an honorary degree from
Institute of Jewish Law at CSL. At Landau Center for the Treatment of
Russell Berrie, philanthropist and YU in 1984.
SCW, with daughter Marjorie, she Learning Disabilities at AECOM,
Ari Rockoff ‘97Y,R, MSDCS coor- leader of the NJ Jewish community.
dedicated the Leonard Diener and an Honorary Degree Alumna,
dinator of youth and outreach serv- He was a YU Guardian who sup- Everett Wilson, WSSW professor
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory on the loss of her son, M. Anthony
ices, and wife Deborah (Podell) ported SSSB and WSSW. emeritus and founding faculty
and, with the Blenden Family, the Fisher, and daughter-in-law, Anne.
‘97S on the birth of second child member who helped develop
Isidore Falk, a Benefactor whose Beatrice Diener Dining Hall. She
Yehudah Eliyahu. Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
generosity led to the establishment was also a Fellow of RIETS. Helen Moskowitz, ‘85S associ-
of the Anne and Isidore Falk Siggi B. Wilzig, a founding direc- ate director of admissions, on the
Rabbi Daniel Rapp, assistant Jonathan Fast, assistant profes-
Recreation Center at the Jack and tor and Fellow of CSL and, with his loss of her father, Dr. Ernest
dean of undergraduate Jewish sor, WSSW, on the loss of his father,
Pearl Resnick Campus. wife, Naomi (Sisselman), a YU Simon, former English literature
Studies at Yeshiva College, and Dr. novelist Howard Fast.
Guardian. professor.
Chaya Rapp, assistant professor of
Alfred Hazan, a Guardian with
chemistry at Stern College for John Fisher, PhD, Manhattan
his wife, Jennie. Founding leaders Rabbi Ascher M. Yager ‘28R, Elaine Schwartz, FGS director of
Women, on the birth of a daughter, campuses Enrollment Management
of YU’s Sephardic Studies Programs, RIETS’ second oldest rabbinic alum- admissions, on the loss of her hus-
Jenny. director, on the loss of his father,
they established the Alfred and nus at 97 years old. He was a band, Seymour.
Harry, one of 2,800 US volunteers
Rabbi Abraham Rosenfeld Jennie Hazan Scholarship Fund for Guardian who established the Edith
Sephardic Students. Yager Memorial Scholarship and
who fought in the Abraham Lincoln William J. Schwartz, RIETS Board
YH,‘26R recently celebrated his
Brigade during the Spanish Civil member and YU Guardian with his
100th birthday. A lifelong resident the Rabbi Ascher M. Yager Rabbinic
Jeannette Motta, after a long ill- War. Mr. Fisher wrote a book, wife, Debbie, on the loss of his
of Washington Heights, he now Kollel Fellowship at RIETS.
ness. She worked in accounts Comrades: Tales of a Brigadista in the father, Paul.
lives in Baltimore. He was a busi-
payable for 26 years. Condolences Spanish Civil War, based on his mili-

Why Didn’t the Press Shout?
Edited by Robert Moses Shapiro, adjunct assistant professor of
Worship of the Heart: Essays
Jewish history onOut of the
Jewish Whirlwind: Essays
Yeshiva University Press and KTAV on Mourning, Suffering and
By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
An analysis of why the American and international press did thebyHuman
Edited Shalom Carmy,Condition
assistant professor of Bible,
Toras HoRav Foundation, and KTAV
not report on the Holocaust and what role the media played in
By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
perpetuating it.
Edited by David Shatz, professor of philosophy;
The second
Joel in a series called
B. Wolowelsky; “Meotzar
and Reuven HoRav,”Ziegler
(Ronnie) the
Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during volume consists of 10 essays on Jewish prayer. Rabbi
Soloveitchik defines and analyzes the inward experi-
the Holocaust and its Aftermath An analysis
ences ofaccompany
that are to why the American and
the behavior interna-
bytional press
Halakhah bydid not report
focusing on theon the Holocaust
Amidah and Shema
Edited by Joshua Zimmerman, PhD, assistant professor of Jewish history
prayers. He also discusses the democratic nature of prayer, the dialogic relation-
and Eli and Diana Zborowski Professor of Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies
ship with God, the place of the aesthetic experience within Judaism, and the
Rutgers University Press, 2003.
presence, unity, and love of God.
Proceedings of the April 2000 Holocaust conference held at YU and sponsored by
BRGS and the Zborowski Chair in Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies.

Spatially Resolved Characterization of Local

Phenomena in Materials and Nanostructures Out
Co-edited by Fredy Zypman, PhD, professor of physics on
on Mourning, Sufferingand
Mourning, Suffering and
A volume of the Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings series and is
the result of Dr. Zypman’s research with three colleagues from the Los Alamos ByByRabbi Joseph
Rabbi B. Soloveitchik
Joseph B. Soloveitchik
national Laboratory, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), and the Edited by David Shatz, professor of philosophy;
Edited by David Shatz, professor of philosophy;
University of Pennsylvania. Joel B. Wolowelsky; and Reuven (Ronnie) Ziegler
Joel HoRav
Toras B. Wolowelsky;
KTAV (Ronnie) Ziegler

Leading with Meaning: Using Covenantal The

Annine essaysofinwhy
analysis Out of
the series'
Leadership to Build a Better Organization third volume,
tional press articulate a Jewishon
did not report response to the phe-
the Holocaust
nomena of death, crisis, and suffering. The first part of
By Moses Pava, Alvin H. Einbender Professor of Business Ethics the book analyzes the laws of mourning, focusing on
Palgrave Macmillan the relationship between the external actions prescribed by Halakhah and the
inner world of the mourner. Turning from mourning to suffering, the Rav argues
What makes a good leader? How does good leadership impact an organization? that Judaism wants man not to philosophize about the reasons for evil but
Dr. Pava argues that meaningful and useful answers to these questions are avail- instead to fight evil relentlessly and convert it into a constructive force.
able in traditional religious and spiritual resources.
4 YUToday May 2003

Einstein Roundup Chairman of Financial Accounting

• The Analytical Imaging Facility at Albert Einstein College of Standards Board Speaks at SSSB
Medicine celebrated its inauguration with a new electron cryomi-
croscope. The installation allows researchers to directly view frozen
hydrated samples, “which would not otherwise be possible,”
according to John Condeelis, PhD, scientific director. “What’s more,
Einstein can now offer researchers throughout New York City a full
spectrum of low temperature techniques, a feature that is unique to
our imaging facility among similar resources located in the greater
New York metropolitan region,” he said.
• Einstein and its Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences
have teamed up with the North Shore-Long Island Research Institute
to offer a collaborative graduate program for PhD students interest-
ed in biomedical research. Students can do research in genetics,
immunology, oncology, or neuroscience. They will select a scientist
from the Research Institute to serve as mentor and work closely with
that researcher for three or four years.
• The European Association for the Study of Diabetes has
announced that Michael Brownlee, MD, Anita and Jack Saltz
Professor of Diabetes Research, is the 2003 recipient of its highest From left: Robert Herz; Dr. Charles Snow, Sy Syms School of Business dean; Gabriel Jacobson, SSSB-SA
scientific honor, the Claude Bernard Medal. As recipient, Dr. president, SSSB ‘02; Miriam Khavarani, SCW-SC vice president, SSSB ‘03; and Paula Stuchins, SSSB ‘03.
Brownlee will deliver the Claude Bernard Lecture at the combined

EASD/International Diabetes Foundation meeting, Paris, France. hairman of the Finan- Two major abuses were cor- move from a rule-based system
cial Accounting Stan- porate offerings of stock to a principal-based one.
• Ganjam Kalpana, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics at
dards Board, Robert H. options as compensation and “What makes a system
Einstein, received a grant of $833,000 from the American Cancer
Hertz, met with accounting the misappropriation of fair work properly is sound finan-
Society to support her research into aggressive malignant incurable
majors and faculty of Sy Syms values. “Most of the problems cial accounting,” he said.
tumors that afflict children under age 5. The presentation was made
School of Business and his that came to light were not Pointing out that ethics and
at a celebration for the Society’s new facility in the Bronx.
Wilf campus speech focused due to accounting standards truthful reporting benefit the
• Victor L. Schuster, MD, was appointed University chairman, on “The Challenges of but to pure fraud and greed,” greater good, he concluded,
Department of Medicine at Einstein, and chairman, Department of Financial Reporting.” In the Mr. Herz said. “That’s the silver lining of the
Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Schuster has been a wake of corporate scandals, He emphasized that he debacle of the last 18
member of the Einstein faculty and an attending physician at Mr. Herz discussed measures to plans to streamline the months.” ❑
Montefiore since 1988. Soon after his arrival, he joined the depart- prevent future financial abuses. accounting regulations and
ment of Physiology and Biophysics.
• Christine M. Lawrence, MD, professor of medicine, has been
named Distinguished University Professor of Medicine Emerita.
High Schools Honor YU’s First Lady
• Harold P. Klinger, MD, professor of molecular genetics at Einstein,
has established the International Cytogenetics and Genome Society
to help bridge a communication gap between those in the field of
cytogenetics who conduct research within specific disciplines.
• Researchers at Einstein have successfully demonstrated how the
protein resistin alters insulin action in the liver. The team, led by
Luciano Rossetti, MD, reported its findings in the January 15 issue of
the Journal of Clinical Investigation. While previous research on
resistin established that the protein is formed and secreted by fat
cells and can alter glucose tolerance and insulin action, until now,
the protein’s role in the liver was not known.
• Joe Verghese, MD, assistant neurology professor, is lead researcher
of a study to determine if abnormal walking patterns in the elderly
may presage senility. The group has found that senior citizens with
an odd gait are about three-and-a-half times more likely than others
to develop forms of dementia other than Alzheimer’s disease. Their
results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
• The lead researcher of a study at Einstein demonstrating alcohol’s
harmful effect on memory in the still-developing adolescent brain is
President and Mrs. Mindy Lamm surrounded by their grandchildren.
a junior at the Bronx High School of Science. Debashish Sircar con-
ducted the research at Einstein under supervision of his mother,

he leaders and parents ner in several years), generated his yearbook from the MSTA
Ratina Sircar, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry and neurolo-
of the Yeshiva Univ- an impressive 174-page tribute class of ‘53.
gy and an assistant professor of pathology at the medical school.
ersity High Schools rec- journal, and raised more than Dr. Lamm addressed his
• Susan A. Rose, PhD, professor of pediatrics; Judith F. Feldman, ognized Mindy Lamm as guest $230,000 in philanthropic dinner remarks to the many
PhD, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics; and Jeffrey J. of honor at their dinner of support for the two schools. high school parents in atten-
Jankowsky, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, studied 153 full- tribute on Sunday evening, In her remarks, Mrs. Lamm dance. He said that he has
term and 59 pre-term infants to assess information processing speed March 9, at the Puck Building said that her designation as been increasingly impressed
at 5, 7, and 12 months of age. They found that as early as 5 months, in Manhattan’s SoHo district. Grandparent of the Year “is by the high quality of the edu-
pre-terms were significantly slower at processing than were full-terms. Mrs. Lamm received the not at all meant for me alone, cation their children receive at
• The 2002 edition of the Directory of Health Services for Bronx inaugural YUHS Grandparent but for all of you who are both schools and encouraged
Residents with Developmental Disabilities, published by the Rose F. of the Year award. grandparents.” She praised the the parents to “be enthusias-
Kennedy University Center on Developmental Disabilities at Einstein, The dinner, chaired by administrators and faculty of tic, and be active.”
has received the Silver Award for excellence in the book category at Debbie Gibber, also honored the two high schools and Educator of the Year
the annual National Health Information Awards Program. attorney and YUHS alumnus expressed pride in the fact that Rochelle Anziska has taught
Nathan Lewin, Educator of the each of her four children and history at the Samuel H. Wang
• The Community Outreach Program at Einstein’s Cancer Research Year Rochelle Anziska of the their spouses have attended YUHS for Girls for the past 14
Center sponsored a School Cancer Awareness Day January 17 at 14 Samuel H. Wang YUHS for YU’s schools and affiliates.” years and is yearbook advisor
public, private, and parochial schools in the Bronx. Through the Girls, and the late Rabbi Nathan Lewin, who re- and senior grade advisor.
event, nearly 13,000 students gained further understanding of can- Bernard Siegfried of MSTA. It ceived the Distinguished YUHSG Principal Rochelle
cer awareness and prevention. was attended by nearly 500 Alumnus in Jurisprudence Brand described her as “ener-
high school parents and award for his legal work in getic, creative, and inspiring.” ❑
friends of the honorees (the defense of religious freedom
largest turnout for a YUHS din- for observant Jews, displayed
May 2003 YUToday 5

YC Senior Researches New Field in Physics

EOs do battle in the which uses statistical physics Political Economy session. learned more about
bruising world of to solve risk management and The technical and mathe- the field, and had
finance and business; other economic problems. matical concepts used by access to the literature.
physicists eschew the corpo- Yeshaya recently presented econophysics are abstract, and Finding out how
rate combustion of high his research, from an inde- thus demand close and rigor- econophysics works was
finance for theories and for- pendent study project under ous analysis. For his project, the a natural next step for
mulas. But on saving money, the guidance of Dr. Elias YC senior reviewed the major the student, whose
one aspect of physics has Wall Grivoyannis, associate profes- literature that has been pub- desire to learn went
Street executives taking notice. sor of economics, to students lished about the field thus far. even further than YC’s
Enter Yeshaya Koblick, a at the 2003 Eastern Economics “I went backward and for- physics curriculum.
Yeshiva College physics major Association Conference in ward between the technical “Dr. Grivoyannis was
who researched the emerging Manhattan. He also served as a papers and the less technical very upbeat when I
discipline of econophysics, discussant in the Issues in ones to understand some of approached him about
the concepts,” he said. doing the study proj-
“Most of the literature was ect. He gave me a lot of
at a PhD level,” said Dr. support and later
Forensic Science Grivoyannis. “Yeshaya was not encouraged me to par-

Investigators in Bio scared off by that. The research

he was reviewing is at the Yeshaya Koblick
ticipate in the confer-
ence,” Yeshaya said.

Department frontier of the field. It is done

by physics professors who the discipline—he “saw how
Yeshiva College of-
fers the option of a three-cred-
have tried to apply statistical the whole field came togeth- it independent study for stu-

ot only has television’s CSI: Criminal Scene Investigators physics to building financial er.” dents curious enough about a
captured America’s imagination, it inspired creation of a models for the stock market,” Yeshaya’s curiosity about field to delve into their own
biology course at YC. he said. econophysics was first piqued research. “I am interested in
“The biology department is always looking for interesting By tracking the literature— during a research internship at learning how we can progress,”
elective courses,” said Dr. Carl Feit, associate professor of biolo- from papers published by Boston University in summer Yeshaya said, “where we can
gy and renowned molecular biologist. “When I was planning the physicists in France, Italy, the 2000. Although he was re- find new ideas that apply not
spring semester, the program came to mind and I thought it Santa Fe Institute in New searching statistical mechanics just to physics but to other
would be great to do something in forensic biology.” The result: Mexico, and Boston University, at the time, he met econo- areas as well.” ❑
this semester’s “Introduction to Forensic Biology” that explores to the first books appearing in physics researchers there,
the biology and technology behind forensic DNA typing.
Forensic science became invaluable following the 9/11 terror-
ist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center. The Office of
Chief Medical Examiner of New York City (OCME) faced the dif-
ficult and complex task of identifying remains of thousands of
victims using DNA technology.
“We, at YU, had a relationship with Dr. Eli Shapiro, an
adjunct instructor who had taught neurobiology and animal 2002 Alumni Awards Wrap-up
physiology several years ago. He left to take a position as train-

ing coordinator at the OCME,” said Dr. Feit, Dr. Joseph and ight graduates of Yeshiva University were honored by their alma mater. Three
Rachel Ades Chair in Health Services. alumni of Yeshiva College received the 46th Annual Bernard Revel Memorial
When scheduling conflicts prevented Dr. Shapiro from teach- Award: Avery E. Neumark ’74 of NYC, for Community Service Leadership; Dr.
ing the new course, Dr. Feit proposed a team arrangement with Leon Chameides ’55 of West Hartford, CT, for Professional Achievement; Rabbi
OCME colleagues. Dr. Shapiro recruited five accomplished crim- William Altshul ’72 of Silver Spring, MD, for Religion and Religious Education.
inalists with different specialities from the Department of Three alumnae of Stern College for Women received the 20th Annual Samuel
Forensic Biology of the OCME. Belkin Memorial Award: Sora Goldfeder Brazil ’73 of Oceanside, NY, for Professional
“I thought teaching would be an excellent addition to our 9- Achievement; Lillain Lubka Cantor ’71 of Edison, NJ, for Jewish Education; Deena
5 responsibilities and a great opportunity to create a course and Jarashow ’84 of Fair Lawn, NJ, for Community Relations.
teach a state-of-the-art applied science,” said Dr. Paul Jason Schwartz ’93 of Teaneck, NJ, received the 7th Annual Norman Lamm Award
Goncharoff, co-administrator of Introduction to Forensic for Business Leadership from Sy Syms School of Business Alumni Association.
Biology with Dr. Zoran M. Budimlija. “In our facility we have Dr. David Schnall, dean of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and
developed the latest technology, and we share this knowledge Administration was awarded the 12th Annual Samuel Belkin Literary Award.
with the students,” Dr. Budimlija said.
“This course is an application of other courses I’ve taken,”
said Netanel Berko, a senior majoring in biology. “It’s interesting
to hear different perspectives on DNA research and to learn how
they complement each other. I particularly enjoyed learning
about PCR, polymerase chain reaction, which amplifies DNA to
apprehend criminals.”
A seasoned research scientist specializing in microorganisms,
the Chicago-born Dr. Goncharoff earned his doctorate at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Budimlija hails from the
former Yugoslavia, and has been working with NYC OCME for
two years. A medical doctor (forensic pathologist), he also holds
a doctorate in neuropathology from the University of Belgrade
and specializes in extracting DNA from highly compromised tis-
Each week one of five instructors delivers a lecture on his area
of expertise, giving students an in-depth overview of forensic
DNA analysis.
“I really like the way the course is taught,” said Joseph Sebeo,
a senior also majoring in biology who plans to go to medical
school. “DNA and genetics are a growing field that is part of all
interdisciplinary research. I feel that I’ve learned about the entire
process of DNA analysis from crime scenes.”
Career opportunities in forensic science remain bright, said
Dr. Goncharoff. “We have summer internships at the Medical Standing (L–R): Dr. David J. Schnall, Jason Schwartz, Dr. Leon Chameides, and Sora
Examiner’s Office.” This experience will provide students with Goldfeder Brazil. Seated (L–R): Avery E. Neumark, Rabbi William Altshul, Deena Jarashow,
contacts and may encourage students to pursue careers as crimi- and Lillian Lubka Cantor.
nalists.” ❑
6 YUToday May 2003

Library System Benefits

Thirteenth Annual YUNMUN held From Internet Age

he electronic age has revolutionized life—especially how
academic institutions store and make information available.
Take Yeshiva University libraries, for example. By pressing
a few buttons, students can quickly immerse themselves in thou-
sands of years of Jewish history.
“With the Web, what we can offer our students and faculty
has grown immensely,” says Pearl Berger, dean of libraries at YU.
Most recently, Yeshiva University Library Information
Services (YULIS) upgraded its online offerings for easy access, not
only to its own catalogue of books and periodicals, but also its
links to other libraries and databases.
This past January, the new YULIS, serving the Wilf and
Midtown campuses, introduced the following features: 1) an
updated and streamlined Web interface; 2) Web access to indi-
vidual library accounts; 3) online renewal of library materials
already checked out; 4) a search engine for catalogues of libraries
at other institutions; 5) enhanced software for reading Hebrew
characters and letters; 6) an option to mark and select catalogue
information for saving, printing, or emailing; and 7) interlibrary
loan request forms.
The library staff trains students and faculty on using the new
system. Dean Berger encourages professors to contact the library
on behalf of students to request instruction, which can be tai-
lored to a particular subject, be it literature or business. ❑

Commencement strengthening the bond bet-

ween Canadian Jewry and
continued from page 1 Israel. She chairs both Israel
Now Consortium and Israel
Daniel Pipes is director of Advocacy for the Toronto
the Middle East Forum and a Jewish Federation.
prize-winning columnist for Nathan Lewin '57YC has
the New York Post and been one of the nation's fore-
Jerusalem Post. He frequently most trial and appellate attor-
discusses Arab-Israeli issues on neys and an authority on con-
television and lectures world- stitutional law for four
wide. Mr. Pipes has written 11 decades. He is the author of
books and numerous maga- numerous articles on the law
zine articles and is published and the Supreme Court and
in more than 70 daily newspa- has argued before the Court 27
More than 500 students from 36 high schools, from West Hempstead to Winnipeg, pers and hundreds of Web times. He has also taught at
gathered for the 13th Annual Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUN- sites. leading national law schools.
MUN), February 9-11. Each school represented at least one member country of the Dr. Leon R. Kass is a re- After Commencement, which
United Nations. Students were assigned to one of 15 committees including the World spected teacher, scientist, and honors graduates of YU’s
Food Program, Disarmament and International Security, and the Middle East Summit. humanist, who has been undergraduate schools and
As committee members, they presented their countries' positions on various matters engaged for more than 30 several graduate programs,
during a simulated meeting of the UN. The conference, established and hosted by YU, years with the ethical and separate hooding ceremonies
is the largest Jewish high school conference of its kind. philosophical dimensions of will take place for recipients of
biomedical advances. He is degrees from Ferkauf Graduate
Addie Clark Harding Professor School of Psychology and
in the Committee on Social Wurzweiler School of Social
Thought and the College of Work.
Richard M. Joel week of events, including a invited to the Investiture. the University of Chicago and Albert Einstein College of
student Shabbaton at the Please contact the Department was appointed chairman of Medicine will hold its 45th
Midtown Campus, as well as of Communications and Public the President's Council on Annual Commencement Wed-
continued from page 1 receptions and events for stu- Affairs for information and Bioethics in 2001. nesday, June 4; Benjamin N.
dents, faculty, alumni and staff tickets at 212-960-5285 or at Julia Koschitzky is one of Cardozo School of Law will hold
music and other celebratory on all campuses. All YU facul- ❑ Canada's most distinguished its 25th Annual Commence-
activities, will culminate a ty, alumni, and students are Jewish leaders devoted to ment Wednesday, June 11. ❑

Honors Program number of firsts for us—the

Board Newsi first time we've traveled to
continued from page 1 Central America rather than
College students can remain in Europe, the first honors travel
• The following board members have been elected to new positions at Yeshiva College: the Big Apple and participate course in the social sciences,
Joshua L. Muss, chairman; Emanuel J. Adler, vice chairman; Robert I. Kantowitz, vice in “Culture in New York City the first summer school hon-
chairman; J. Philip Rosen, vice chairman; Leon Wildes, treasurer; Stanley Raskas, secretary;
Summer 2003,” a follow-up to ors course other than one that
Jay Schottenstein, honorary chairman.
last summer's successful pilot includes travel abroad, the first
project. Students will attend time we've added a residential
• Daniel A. Schwartz has been elected a member of the Yeshiva College Board of Directors.
15 cultural events, including component to an honors lab
plays, museums, exhibits, con- course, and the first time the
• The following were elected to the Sy Syms School of Business Board of Directors:
certs, and films over seven two undergraduate honors
Isaac Corre; Philip Friedman.
weeks. programs have cooperated to
• The following board members have been elected to new positions at Ferkauf Graduate Program director Dr. Will produce summer opportunities.
School of Psychology: Beth Myers and Peter Abrons, vice chairs. Lee, said, “We're thrilled that “The Jay and Jeanie
the program is sponsoring dif- Schottenstein Honors Program,
• Ellen Klausner was elected a member of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Board ferent types of summer experi- like its counterpart at Stern,
of Governors; Katherine Sachs was also elected to the Board of Governors, as a member ences—cultural, scientific, and continues to serve as a catalyst
and chair. interdisciplinary.” He added, for curricular creativity,” Dr.
“These courses represent a Lee said. ❑
May 2003 YUToday 7


Prof. Daniel Pollack

Justice Through Knowledge and Social Action

small green face with of abuse, theft, and drug use, “Social workers usually refused, and was fired,” he says. the box and they stayed in my
bulging white eyes peers and handled arbitration and want to talk about practice, The event, he says, epitomized drawer for about six months.
around the door of union matters and real estate but they don’t realize that it the strength of conviction. Then I read Aryeh Kaplan’s
Prof. Daniel Pollack’s office. It deals. Before that, he was exec- has to go through policy, and During the Vietnam War, book, A Thread of Light, and I
is a hand puppet of Sesame utive assistant to the Ohio policy comes from law, which he attended anti-war protests put them on the next day and
Street’s Kermit the Frog, Governor for health and human is hopefully a reflection of jus- in Washington, DC, and was never took them off.”
brought to life by Prof. Pollack services, providing legal advice tice itself,” Prof. Pollack says. called for the draft. “I had a His writing often compares
whenever students’ or faculty on mental health and aging. His book introduces profes- 12-hour physical, but I knew I points of American law with
members’ young children pass Such issues dominate his sionals from both sides to each wasn’t going to be drafted Halakhah, such as the book
his office in Belfer Hall, home research. Prof. Pollack is a pro- other’s language. because I had allergies. The that KTAV/Yeshiva University
to YU’s Wurzweiler School of lific writer, publishing regular- They need to understand army wouldn’t want me sneez- Press published in 2001,
Social Work. ly in social work and law jour- how to communicate with ing all over Southeast Asia. But Contrasts in American and
“I do it to make them feel nals and addressing confer- each other, he says, because it was still nerve-racking Jewish Law. “My life is just as
more comfortable when they ences across the country. He “legislators often don’t think because for those 12 hours you much about the interface
come here,” Prof. Pollack says. also writes two regular columns, about how legal and human are under military law, and between these two areas as it is
“The offices must look quite has published two books, co- service policy is implement- you don’t fool around,” he about marrying social work
unfriendly to a small child.” edits Wurzweiler’s Social Work ed—usually it’s the social says. Tucked inside his wallet and law. I daven [pray] at the
The associate professor of Forum journal, and edits workers who implement it.” is a worn and slightly yellowed beit midrash every morning
social work does such a con-, a Web site on that I’m on campus. When I
vincing Kermit impression Halakhah (Jewish law) and arrive at Belfer Hall at about
that, even after he emerges American law. Earlier this year, 5:30 a.m., there’s no one on
from behind the door to reveal he became a senior fellow of this side of the street, but over
his closely-cropped beard and the Center for Adoption at RIETS the guys are already
slightly graying hair, children Research at the University of there. It’s part of the link
continue to talk back to the Massachusetts. between the two different sides
garrulous puppet in his right of the street, as it were,” Prof.
hand. Pollack says.

Defining social justice, Prof. draft card stamped “4F” in the

Pollack eschews any overarch- far left column. “I don’t want
Such a creative approach Marrying Law and ing answer. An observant Jew, to throw it away—it’s a
comes easily to a father of two Social Work he doesn’t see justice in purely reminder of a very tense era.”
small children, but it says a lot Unique among Wurzweiler religious terms, either. It is Following a family tradi-
about Prof. Pollack’s ability to faculty for his expertise in law much more deep-seated for tion, he attended Oberlin
leap from child’s play to seri- and social work, he applies him. “I have an inner drive College in Ohio (his mother
ous intellectual study. The these twin insights to his MSW not only to find out what’s and brothers all attended “The seed of observance is
desire to find a more rigorous courses, as well as in classes right but to do what’s right. before him), majoring in reli- in all of us. I’ve often won-
framework for helping people he teaches at YU’s Benjamin Justice is not just about knowl- gion and taking music as an dered why, after 43 years, I
in need led him to pursue his N. Cardozo School of Law edge; it must be accompanied elective. (He was the cello sec- became observant, and I think
JD in 1978, just one year after and Azrieli Graduate School by action.” tion leader in the Long Island it’s because one of my great
he received his master’s in of Jewish Education and Orchestra for a few years.) grandparents had that sort of
social work. Administration. Family History of Later on, he followed in his attachment to Judaism and that
“Social work is a skeleton “As a social worker with a Social Action mother’s footsteps again, this it’s been passed down through
that needs more meat, and the legal eye, there are definitely The seeds of social action time pursuing graduate studies the generations,” he says.
meat is rigor and discipline,” some lights going off that are go back to Prof. Pollack’s child- at Case Western Reserve It is clear that the marriage
says Prof. Pollack. “It is different than other people in hood, spent mostly in Mount University in Cleveland, Ohio. of Prof. Pollack’s many inter-
research that is reality-based, the profession. And the same Vernon, New York, during the ests is a happy union. “Teach-
that makes a difference. It’s is true as a lawyer with social tumultuous civil rights strug- Reawakening to Judaism ing was the best decision I ever
not research just for the sake work training,” he says. gle in the late 50s and early One life-altering experi- made. I feel without a doubt
of writing articles and getting In the preface of his book, 60s. He attended the West- ence, he says, came much that this was my calling. I have
them published. It’s the mar- Social Work and the Courts, a chester suburb’s only public later, via his Jewish roots at never considered doing any-
riage of one discipline to the second edition of which was high school, and accompanied YU. “I started observing thing else since I arrived at YU.
other that I find interesting.” published by Brunner- his parents to many civil rights Shabbos after I came to When you’re lucky enough to
Prof. Pollack spent 15 years Routledge this year, he cites a protests. One incident stands out. Wurzweiler. Dr. Norman Linzer, find your calling, that’s it.
working in state and human- hefty communication gap At the beginning of the Samuel J. and Jean Sable That’s why I come to campus
service agencies and depart- between law and human serv- McCarthy era, he recalls, when Professor in Jewish Family so early in the morning.”
ments before joining Wurz- ices. The former traditionally many Americans were being Social Work, started speaking Despite his teaching, writ-
weiler’s faculty in 1992. As the “leans towards arcane written forced to sign anti-Communist to me about learning more ing, and research, his greatest
assistant general counsel to exactitude,” the latter “to loyalty oaths, his mother, about Judaism, and he gave accomplishment, he says, is
the Ohio Department of Youth speech that is emotional and upon taking a new job, refused me a pair of tzitzit,” he says. “I much closer to home: “getting
Services in Columbus, he intuitive.” But the pursuit of to do so. “She believed it was said, ‘What are these? They married and having kids—but
worked extensively with the social justice motivates both her First Amendment right not look like spaghetti and I’m not that’s not an accomplishment;
state’s juvenile courts on cases disciplines, he notes. to have to sign the oath, so she doing it.’ So I put them back in it’s a blessing.” ❑
8 YUToday May 2003

Gruen Gift Gives Youngsters Kol Zvi Examines Halakhic

a Head Start Application of DNA

retired couple from The Ronald and Ethel Graduate School of Jewish
Dallas, TX, has estab- Gruen Endowed Fund for the Education and Administration,
lished a program at Advancement of Secondary selected four schools as the
Yeshiva University’s affiliated Jewish Education is adminis- first recipients of grants of
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theo- tered by the RIETS Max Stern $8,000 each: Akiva Hebrew
logical Seminary (RIETS) to Division of Communal Ser- Day School (Southfield, MI),
enable needy students in cities vices’s Association of Modern Hebrew High School of New
England (W. Hartford,
CT), Stern Hebrew
High School
(Philadelphia, PA),
and Yeshiva Atlanta
High School (Atlanta,
Mr. Gruen, a suc- Rabbi Yaakov Werblowsky (right) and Rabbi Shmuel Hain, co-edi-
cessful industrialist tors of Kol Zvi, present the volume to President Norman Lamm
and developer, saw and Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS.
his interest in Judaism
reawakened as a

young adult. Mostly he Responsa (halakhic presented to the Beit Din of
self-taught, he gained decisions) in this year’s America for resolution. In two
enough expertise in issue of Kol Zvi, a book of the cases involving YU
Jewish history, Tanakh, published annually by stu- alumni, no independent
(Biblical studies) and dents enrolled in RIETS’ Bella means existed to verify that
Jewish mysticism to and Harry Wexner Kollel the victims had been at their
teach adult education Elyon, deals with a very timely place of work above the point
courses in those sub- and modern challenge—the of impact at the time of the
jects at the Jewish agunot of September 11. attacks, such as emails, phone
Community Center Agunot are women who can- calls, or witnesses. Therefore,
Ethel and Ronald Gruen in Dallas, and to pub- not verify their husbands’ DNA evidence was the only
lish articles in Mid- death. Kol Zvi, a compendium way to determine their death.
stream and Sh’ma. Mr. of essays in Talmudic studies, Other issues examined were:
throughout North America to Orthodox Day Schools (AMODS). Gruen also studied Talmud was published shortly after the How does Jewish law evaluate
attend Jewish high schools The gift will cover annual with a rabbi. first anniversary of the 9/11 scientific determinations of
and help with mechinah scholarship grants to the Mr. Gruen married Ethel tragedy. statistical probability? Is
(preparatory programs) for Yavneh Academy in Dallas; Agatstein from the Bronx in Within days of the attacks, human error to be taken into
individuals with limited Judaic Machne Israel, the central 1942, and the couple raised Rabbi Mordechai Willig, head account? Can a DNA match
education. body of Chabad that sends four children. of the Caroline and Joseph S. extracted from bone or hair be
Ronald and Ethel Gruen shiluchim (emissaries) to the “They believe that if we Gruss Kollel Elyon, took a used to prove a victim died?
gave an initial $1 million for world Jewish community; the ‘lose’ students at the Jewish leadership role in coping with It was Rabbi Willig’s conclu-
the new program. In announc- YU High Schools (Marsha secondary school level, these the plight of the agunot. The sion, and that of Rabbi Zalman
ing the gift, Mr. Gruen said, Stern Talmudical Academy/ students may never go on to fundamental issue at stake Nechemia Goldberg, a mem-
“The Jewish high school is the Yeshiva University High higher Jewish education,” said hinged on the halakhic validi- ber of the Beit Din in Jer-
place which makes the differ- School for Boys and Samuel H. Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, YU ty of DNA evidence and usalem and a world-renowned
ence as to whether a young Wang Yeshiva University High vice president of university whether it can be considered a posek (decisor of Jewish law),
person stays Jewish or not, for School for Girls), and other affairs who worked closely siman muvhak—a clear sign that DNA identification repre-
that is where they crystallize AMODS members. with the Gruens to develop sufficient to establish death. sents conclusive evidence.
their Jewish identity.” In 2002-2003, the pro- the program. “They also feel The journal encompasses both These cases represented the
The Gruens said they plan gram’s first year of operation, that their greatest satisfaction analyses of the underpinnings first time DNA evidence was
to add an additional $1 mil- AMODS received 18 applica- from this innovative and cre- of Talmudic law and its practi- used exclusively to resolve a
lion in the short term, aug- tions from member schools for ative program will come from cal application in determining case of Agunah. It is a classic,
mented by substantial funding Gruen Fund grants. A commit- seeing others emulate its con- the death of victims of 9/11 to yet cutting-edge, example of
from family members in the tee chaired by Dr. David J. cept by setting up similar free their spouses to remarry. Torah Umadda—Jewish learn-
future. Schnall, dean of YU’s Azrieli funds in their own names.” ❑ Eight cases of agunot were ing and worldly knowledge. ❑

RIETS Marks Centennial Birthday of its Oldest Alumnus

o celebrate the 100th West 185th Street, in the The Philadelphia-born Rabbi was later ordained in 1926 by pharmacist in America. His
birthday of Rabbi building now known as the Rosenfeld was the eighth of 11 the University’s affiliated daughter followed suit. Rabbi
Abraham H. Rosenfeld, Jerome Schottenstein Student children and the son of a tai- Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theo- Rosenfeld and his wife worked
the Osher Family Circle, named Center. lor. He studied at Yeshiva logical Seminary (RIETS). for many years in the pharma-
for Rabbi Rosenfeld’s father, When a shrinking congre- Mishkan Yisrael in Phila- Rabbi Rosenfeld and his late cy owned by her family in
dedicated books to YU’s Mendel gation forced the yeshiva to delphia until his father sent wife, Elisheva, had one son, Washington Heights. Rabbi
Gottesman Library to tribute close, Rabbi Rosenfeld contin- him to Yeshiva University’s Azriel, who graduated from Rosenfeld was then recruited
to their centenarian mentor. ued to serve as spiritual leader High School in New York City. YU’s High School in 1946, from to oversee the Rabbi Moses
Rabbi Rosenfeld, of Balti- of a small group of worshipers He graduated from the Yeshiva College in 1950, from Soloveitchik Yeshiva.
more, MD, is revered in the who maintained their syna- Manhattan Talmudical Acad- Bernard Revel Graduate School After 40 years of marriage,
Washington Heights commu- gogue on the opposite side of emy High School for Boys in in 1952, and was also ordained Elisheva passed away. At 71,
nity, where he was executive West 185th Street between 1922. There he was entrusted by RIETS in 1955. Rabbi Rosenfeld married Lucy
director of the Yeshiva Rabbi Audubon and St. Nicholas to the care of Rabbi Bernard Elisheva Rosenfeld’s father, Schaffer, whose own husband
Moses Soloveitchik, located on Avenues. Revel, YU’s first president, and a rabbi in Europe, became a had died 10 years earlier. ❑
May 2003 YUToday 9

David Katz: Answering a Special Call

y Syms School of Business and activities to teach both have fun at the same time,”
alumnus David Katz isn't children and adults about hol- Mr. Katz said.
joining the ranks of cor- iday rituals. For Mr. Katz, the overseas
porate America—at least not YUSSR executive director director position was a calling,
yet. Mr. Katz, 22, graduated Ruth Rotenberg explained, a chance to share his religion
from SSSB this January with a “YUSSR's goals are to give and tradition with Belarus'
finance major, and departed young Jews a sense of identifi- Jews who lack the tools to
for Minsk, Belarus to become cation with the Jewish people, develop a strong Jewish identi-
overseas director of YUSSR inspire them toward a deeper ty. Observing the positive
(Yeshiva and University commitment to Jewish living, effects his YUSSR co-volun-
Students for the Spiritual and empower them to take ini- teers had on the children also
Revival of Soviet Jewry). tiative in building their own inspired him to return to
Founded in 1990 by Jewish communities.” Belarus. “Each day there
Yeshiva University students, Mr. Katz’ experience last makes a difference,” he said.
YUSSR enables young Jews in Passover was so rewarding and He will spend the next few
the former Soviet Union to fulfilling that he returned a months in Minsk running
study and experience Judaism few months later to help run YUSSR's Lauder Lech-Lecha
through varied programs and YUSSR's annual summer camp. Youth Center—initiating edu-
David Katz
institutes. YUSSR volunteers work with cational programs, lectures,
YUSSR maintains an active 150 Jewish children at the and Shabbat and holiday
youth center in Minsk year- programs on Jewish holidays. helped a community with camp outside of Minsk. “The activities. He will coordinate
round—where Mr. Katz is His first experience with Passover preparations and challenge is to run the camp's prayer services and participate
based—and runs winter and YUSSR was last Passover when conducted their seders. They Jewish educational programs in Jewish cultural events. ❑
summer camps and special he and other volunteers also ran educational programs in a way that kids learn and

RIETS Rabbi at the

Front Lines

abbi Joshua Narrowe, a captain by rank attached to the Air
Force’s 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, is stationed at Al
Jaber Air Base in Kuwait, one of three YU alumni chaplains
participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Married and the
father of three, includ-
ing a newborn during
his deployment, he is a
1995 graduate of
Wurzweiler School of
Social Work and RIETS.
He and his wife,
Adrienne, call England
home, these days, where
Rabbi Narrowe is based
at RAF Mildenhall in
Suffolk County.
Called up to serve in David J. Azrieli (left) receives the Yeshiva University Medallion from President Norman
the Persian Gulf, he Lamm, acknowledging his “dynamic leadership and munificent support” at the 80th
recently took time from birthday dinner held in his honor in New York on March 6.
Rabbi Joshua Narrowe
his duties at Al Jaber for an
e-mail interview.
YUT: Why did you choose a military life:
JN: I first encountered the Air Force at a social-work job fair at
YU. The recruiters asked me if, given my credentials, I had ever
considered the chaplaincy. I told them I had not, and a few days
later, the then-senior rabbi in the Air Force called and spoke to
me about the idea. After much thought and consultation, I
decided to apply. About six months later, I became a USAF chap-
YUT: In Kuwait, how many Jews do you serve?
JN: There are 13 Jews on this base. Of those, I have a person-
al connection with 11. Most know nothing about Judaism, and
being in a place like this gives me an opportunity to show them
what an Orthodox lifestyle can be like. I feel it’s important to
have Orthodox rabbis in the military who can connect and
inspire Jewish servicemen and women. For example, one of my
congregants has told me that she intends to keep kosher when
she comes back to her base, another said that he has never felt
so connected to his faith, and two said they would like to study
Judaism after they get out of the military, perhaps in Israel.
YUT: Do you serve non-Jews, as well?
JN: Most of my work is with non Jews. Most of my time is
spent visiting troops and getting to know them. I do a lot of
counseling, for example. However, my main reason for being in
the service is outreach to Jews. David Eshaghian (left) chats with four recipients of the David and Simone Eshaghian
YUT: What kinds of problems do soldiers come to you with? Scholarship for Sephardic Undergraduate Students: (left to right) Yeshiva College
JN: Mostly personal and marital problems, like counseling a students Behnam Moghadasian, and Sepehr Elyassian, and Stern College Students
woman whose husband divorced her right before she left, and Sasha Hourizadeh and Lea Tolub.
helping a young man get back home because his wife is having
a serious mental breakdown. ❑
10 YUToday May 2003

Helping Young Diarists of the Holocaust Bear Witness

he day Yitskhok ments, trash piles, and, as with demarcation of time.
Rudashevski turned 15, Elsa Binder, another young “For all these writers, one
he wrote these words in diarist included in Zapruder’s constant was, ‘when the end
his diary: “I wish I could recap- book, from a ditch near a comes,’ or ‘after the end.’
ture the past year and keep it killing field. When will it be? Will I live to
for later, for the new life.” “The diarists came from all see it? They write about the
It was October 1942, and walks of Jewish life—highly passage of time and about
war-torn Europe was ablaze assimilated families, mixed being careful not to waste
from east to west. Some 3 mil- marriage families, Orthodox time. Yitskhok Rudashevski
lion Jews had already perished. Jews, Jews who felt attached expressed the notion of taking
Millions more faced a similar culturally but not religiously, the year to spend again ‘later.’
fate. Young Rudashevski was wealthy, poor. I came to realize He, of course, assumed he was
living in the Vilna Ghetto that this is really a genre of its going to live, which he did
then, recording his thoughts own,” said Zapruder. not.” Of the 15 diarists includ-
and observations as life in the “Every time I thought I ed in Zapruder’s book, six sur-
Lithuanian city crumbled could make a generalization vived the war.
around him. about the body of material, Zapruder, who went on to
Rudashevski’s diary, says there would be some other direct the educational compo-
Alexandra Zapruder, the 2003 Shifra Epstein Goldberg, widow of Morris Epstein (left), and diary that would crop up from nent of the exhibition,
Morris Epstein Lecturer on the husband Samuel Goldberg, with author Alexandra Zapruder some other place that would “Remember the Children,”
Arts, was the first one she compromise that theory.” said the diarists’ determina-
encountered as a researcher at Nevertheless, she made tion to write—and to acquire
the US Holocaust Memorial Holocaust diaries written by “completely stunned” at how general observations about the the implements of writing—
Museum in Washington, DC. young people to help the vivid, insightful, and poignant diaries, which she termed both underscored their need to
She is author of Salvaged Pages: museum prepare for its open- the authors were in chroni- historical and literary in express thoughts and feelings,
Young Writers’ Diaries of the ing exhibition, “Remember cling daily life. nature. She identified com- bear witness, and struggle to
Holocaust and winner of the the Children: Daniel’s Story.” She began searching for mon motifs. There were, she accept the reality of their lives.
2002 National Jewish Book “I tried to get into the more adolescent diaries, dis- said, the expected topics—fear Through her book, and in ven-
Award in Holocaust Studies. minds of these teenagers,” she covering them in archives, of deportation, hunger, isola- ues like the Epstein Forum on
Just out of school—and told her audience at the museums, and with surviving tion. But the diaries also con- the Arts, she gives voice to that
admitting to “having had no Geraldine Schottenstein family members. Over 10 tained unexpected themes: for determination, and to their
knowledge whatsoever about Cultural Center. She said the years, she located nearly 60, in example, attention to physical fragile hope in the future. ❑
the Holocaust”—in 1991, she half-dozen or so journals in the US, Israel, and Europe— details—the ghetto, the apart-
was assigned to research the museum’s archives left her rescued from ghetto apart- ment, the trains—and the

Syms New Master’s Degree Reflects “New Financial Techniques”

he Sy Syms School of schools need to provide more umes,” Dean Snow said. ment to our institution’s aca- School’s master’s program. Dr.
Business became the formal education if the For Sy Syms School of demic standing,” Dr. Snow Hochman said the new cur-
first Yeshiva University accounting profession is to Business to award a master’s in said. riculum puts accounting on
undergraduate college to offer keep up with the complexities.” accounting, it had to submit Students entering as fresh- par with other professions.
a master’s degree. Dr. Snow illustrated his an application to the New man in 2004 and planning to “The accounting profession
“The accounting profes- point by displaying a current York State Education Depart- major in accounting will wants to upgrade its entry-
sion has changed significantly two-volume edition of the ment’s Office of Higher become the first to receive a level people,” Dr. Hochman
in the last decade or so,” said Financial Accounting Stan- Education for approval, which master’s degree from one of said. “With a master’s degree
Dr. Charles J. Snow, dean of Sy dards Board book of pro- the school received this past YU’s three undergraduate col- as part of their education, Sy
Syms School of Business. nouncements, a bible of the December. leges. Syms students will be well-pre-
“New financial techniques em- accounting industry. Both “That we are now empow- Dr. Snow and Dr. Joel A. pared to tackle whatever comes
anating from the multination- books are more than 500- ered to grant the MS in Hochman, Philip H. Cohen their way professionally.” ❑
al nature of business and other pages thick. accounting to our students is a Professor of Accounting,
factors have greatly increased “In my day, the standards tremendous compliment to worked together in preparing
the complexity of business book was not even half as the quality of our course offer- the 32-page curriculum pro-
dealings. As a result, business thick as just one of these vol- ings. We see this as a testa- posal that resulted in the

NY State Attorney General Speaks at Cardozo

ew York Attorney orate Governance. serve the client while remem-
General Elliot Spitzer Mr. Spitzer detailed the evo- bering that management is
urged prospective lution of his perspective on not the client, the sharehold-
lawyers to “live up to their federalism and its impact on ers are. “Once we define the
mandate” in a lecture on cor- legal enforcement. client, we have to be careful
porate governance at Ben- On corporate governance, not to stop the flow of infor-
jamin N. Cardozo School of Mr. Spitzer pointed to the evo- mation between attorney and
Law. lution of an “imperial CEO,” client,” the Attorney General
He addressed a packed someone making decisions said.
audience of Cardozo stu- absent the needed checks and He also called on institu-
dents, faculty, Board mem- balances of boards and audit tional investors to become
bers, alumni, and the public. committees, and auditors fail- active shareholders and better
Sponsoring the event was the ing to provide proper fiscal corporate managers of the
The Samuel and Ronnie oversight. companies in which they
New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer Heyman Center for Corp- Attorneys, he advised, must invest. ❑
May 2003 YUToday 11

Einstein Graduate Student Wins

International Award
completed his doctorate who identified genes responsi-
in the laboratory of Dr. ble for instructing cells to dif-
Robert H. Singer, professor ferentiate, or develop, into
and co-chair of anatomy specific tissues, such as muscle
and structural biology at and bone.
AECOM. The selection of Mr. Levsky
An international selec- recognizes his research on sin-
tion process took place; gle cell gene expression, which
winners were chosen for has wide application in molec-
the quality, originality, ular cell biology. Currently, he
and significance of their is completing the clinical stud-
work. The recipients, ad- ies of his MD-PhD degree. In
vanced students complet- 1998, he received his bache-
ing their studies in biolo- lor’s degree from North-
gy, participated in a scien- western University and, in
tific symposium May 2-3 2000, he earned a master’s
at Fred Hutchinson’s (with distinction) at Einstein.
Jeffrey Levsky South Lake Union campus In addition to Mr. Levsky of
in Seattle, Wash. The sym- Einstein, other winners repre-

effrey Levsky, an MD-PhD posium included presenta- sented Johns Hopkins, Har-
student at the Albert tions by the awardees, as well vard, Stanford, MIT, and other
Einstein College of Med- as poster presentations by Fred leading institutions. The recip- Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the
icine, was among sixteen Hutchinson graduate students. ients will receive a certificate, Humanities, spoke at the opening of Yeshiva University
graduate students from North The award, established in travel expenses, and an hono- Museum’s exhibition, “A Portion of the People: Three
America and Europe to receive 2000, honors the late Harold rarium from the Weintraub Hundred Years of Jewish Life.” Most of South Carolina’s
the prestigious Harold M. M. Weintraub, PhD. He helped and Groudine Fund, which early Jews were people of Sephardic heritage whose
Weintraub Graduate Student establish the division named fosters intellectual exchange ancestors had been expelled from Spain and Portugal
Award, sponsored by the Basic for Fred Hutchinson, who died programs for graduate stu- centuries earlier. Photo courtesy of Jay Bar David.
Sciences Division of the Fred from brain cancer. Dr. dents, fellows, and visiting
Hutchinson Cancer Research Weintraub was an internation- scholars. ❑
Center. Mr. Levsky recently al leader in molecular biology,


Thursday, May 15 Wednesday, May 28

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Planned Giving Seminars:
Northern New Jersey/Rockland County Alumni Reception “How to Protect Your Health and Your Wealth”

Englewood, NJ Geraldine Schottenstein Cultural Center

6:30 p.m. 239 East 34th Street, NYC
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Call (212) 790-0293 for information Free admission

Monday, May 19 Wednesday, May 28

Lecture: “Yiddish, Yiddishkeit, and Yiddishism” Lecture: “A Life Not With Standing”
Rabbi Sol Steinmetz ‘56Y ‘56R Chava Willig Levy ‘73S

55 Fifth Ave., Brookdale Center, NYC 55 Fifth Avenue, Brookdale Center, NYC
7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Free admission Free admission

Wednesday, May 21 Wednesday, June 4

Stern College for Women Class of 1978 Reunion Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Yeshiva College Class of 1978 Reunion CME Reunion Symposium and Gala Reunion Reception

Abigael’s on Broadway Call (718) 430-3824 for information

1407 Broadway, NYC
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 12
Thursday, May 22 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Class of 1983, 1988, 1993 and 1998 Reunions
Yeshiva College Class of 1953 Reunion
Club Grill, Madison Square Garden, NYC 151 East 50th Street, NYC
1:30 p.m.
Call (212) 790-0293 for information
500 WEST 185TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10033 MAY 2003

Rabbi Sidney Kleiman: Still Bearing the Torch

abbi Sidney Kleiman years, only the second pulpit away. Students often attend
turned 90 in January. He the New York City native has Shabbat services and partici-
was honored with a kid- ever held. pate in many synagogue activ-
dush by members of his syna- During his tenure—he ities, including the Tuesday
gogue, whose parents were not became emeritus in 1999— night learning programs.
even born when he became Rabbi Kleiman saw the out- At 90, Rabbi Kleiman—still
spiritual leader at Cong- break of World War II, Israel’s sharp and articulate—is
regation Talmud Torah Adereth rebirth and struggles, wars in thought to be the oldest YU
El—the 29th Street Syna- Korea, Viet Nam, and the and RIETS alumnus still active
gogue,” in the Murray Hill sec- Persian Gulf, and the rise and at the same synagogue. He
tion of Manhattan. fall of the Berlin Wall. He’s attends services and learns
His appointment as rabbi seen his neighborhood evolve Torah daily, and is called upon
there is a story he delights in from working- and middle- periodically to deliver ser-
telling. class to trendy, transient, and mons. Fittingly, Adereth El is
“It was in 1939,” said Rabbi high rent. He’s seen assimila- the oldest synagogue in New
Kleiman of his appointment at tion and the migration to sub- York City at the same location.
Talmud Torah Adereth El. “At Rabbi Gideon Shloush (left) and Rabbi Sidney Kleiman urbia undermine and nearly Established in 1857, it moved
the time I was rabbi at the erase the Orthodox character of to its present home in 1863.
Jewish Center of Violet Park, his synagogue and community. Also a chaplain at Bellevue
in the northern-most part of Violet Park, but he arranged player. My first time up I hit a “The founders of the shul Hospital for 50 years, these
the Bronx,” he recalls. “I used for me to deliver a sermon at home run. The game was over were very pious. The main days he leaves most rabbinic
to bring my children to school the other synagogue. just about 7:30 and I ran hard support came from business responsibilities to his succes-
every morning on the Lower “As I was coming home to the shul. The committee people in the area—retailers sor, Rabbi Gideon Shloush, a
East Side and return in the after Shabbos, the telephone asked me why I was late. and manufacturers. But then 31-year-old YC and RIETS
afternoon to pick them up. rang. It was the cantor of the When I told them, they said, the neighborhood changed. alumnus who began at
“One of my congregants, other synagogue calling to say ‘don’t let it happen again.’ The families moved out and Adereth El nearly seven years
also a member of the 29th I had just been elected rabbi of That’s how I got the job.” young singles and couples ago as Rabbi Kleiman’s assis-
Street Synagogue, cautioned his shul. I said I didn’t want Rabbi Kleiman is a three- moved in. Also, it was a period tant. He assumed full responsi-
me that I’d wear myself out the job, but he told me to school YU alumnus who when Orthodoxy was fading. I bilities three years ago.
running back and forth, and come down next Tuesday received semikhah (ordination) saw my job as keeping the shul “To me, Rabbi Kleiman is a
mentioned that his other syn- evening at 7:30 to sign the at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Orthodox, and strengthening legend, role model, and inspi-
agogue, closer to my children’s contract. Theological Seminary (RIETS) Orthodox Judaism in the area.” ration. I honestly continue to
school, was looking for a rabbi. “As I was walking along from Rabbi Moshe Solo- Helping in that task was the see him as the rabbi here, even
He suggested I apply for the 25th Street, I stumbled upon a veitchik, the Rav’s father. He presence of YU’s Stern College though I’ve been given that
job. I said I was happy in stickball game that was short a has been at Adereth El 64 for Women, some five blocks title,” said Rabbi Shloush. ❑