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YESHIVA UNIVERSITY NEWS BRIEFS • MARCH 25, 2004 • www.yu.edu
■ THE INAUGURAL EVENT OF YESHIVA ■ UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER HONORS PROGRAM ■ SY SYMS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS’S DR. WILLIAM

University’s new Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs features a lecture by Dr. Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, on “The Greater Middle East: Present and Future—Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, and Reform in the Arab World” on March 31, 8 pm, at Park East Synagogue, 164 E. 68th Street.
■ THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOLS

Dinner of Tribute takes place March 25, at The Grand Hyatt, 42nd Street at Grand Central. Honorees are: Erica Jesselson, Lifetime Achievement Award; Rabbi Michael S. Miller, executive vice president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Distinguished Alumnnus in Community Service Award; Elliot Gibber, Amud HaTorah Award; Harriet Levitt, English department chair at Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys, and Rabbi Mordekai Shapiro, Talmud department chair at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls, Educators of the Year Award.
■ HYMAN BRAND HEBREW ACADEMY OF

Overland Park, KS, defeated YU’s Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy 50-34 in the championship game of the university’s 13th Annual Red Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament on March 22 at the Max Stern Athletic Center. The Hyman Brand Rams, number-three seed in the 18-team tourney, controlled the clock and outgunned the MSTA Lions, handing them their first loss of the season. Ryan Almaleh of the Rams was named MVP of the tournament, named for Yeshiva College’s former basketball coach Bernard “Red” Sarachek, 91, a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, who lives in Florida. The Sarachek Tournament is the second YU-hosted high school athletic competition in which the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy was a runner-up. The Lions also finished second in the annual Wittenberg wrestling tournament.
■ HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE 2004 SOY

courses have been approved for women in the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program and men in the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program. Some Abraham Program students will spend summer at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME, working with marine biologists and collecting and analyzing deep-ocean specimens. Some Schottenstein Program students will travel to the United Kingdom for “Understanding the City: London and Dublin.” Will Lee, PhD, director of the Schottenstein Program, says students will learn about the two capitals, and cities in general, by studying literature, art, music, film, politics, geography, and history. In “Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry,” Schottenstein Program students will focus on urban themes and people. After three weeks of classes in New York taught by Profs. Gillian Steinberg and Nadine Kavanaugh, Schottenstein students will experience London and Dublin firsthand for two weeks with Profs. Lee, Joan Haahr, and Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt. They will walk in the footsteps of Dickens and Joyce, attend performances in London’s West End and the Abbey Theatre, and visit world-class museums and art galleries. An “Archaeology in Israel” course will be offered for students in both programs.
■ MORE THAN 100 YESHIVA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Schwartz Business Plan Competition 2004 awarded prizes to four students and their respective plans: 1st Place—Gideon Shiffman, Human LoCator; 2nd Place—Rosa Aspir & Liana Biniashvili, R & L’s Delectable Cakes, and 3rd Place—Reuben Kerben, Bionex Corporation. The plans grew from the Syms course, Principles of Entrepreneurship, in which 30–40 students wrote business plans. The 10 best plans were narrowed to five by a three-judge panel: Josh S. Weston, chairman emeritus of the Syms Board and former chairman and CEO of Automatic Data Processing Inc.; Gerry L. Golub, chair of American Express Tax & Business Services and senior managing director of its New York operations; and Jay N. Goldberg, senior managing director of Hudson Ventures and founder of the London-based consulting company, OPCENTER, LLC. The final five presented on March 17. Monetary prizes, include $5,000 for First Place, $3,000 for Second Place, and $2,000 for Third Place.
■ EINSTEIN PROFESSOR NIR BARZILAI WAS

traveled to The Hague, Netherlands, Feb. 23 in support of Israel’s right to build a barrier to defend against attacks from suicide bombers. The YU men and women were accompanied on the trip by Hillel Davis, vice president for university life; Peter Ferrara, director of communications and public affairs; Beth Hait, assistant dean of students for the Israel Henry Beren Campus, and Danny Morris, associate director of admissions. Outside the UN’s International Court of Justice, the YU group joined members of ZAKA, the Israeli first-responders unit, and students from across Israel in protesting the UN’s consideration of the legitimacy of the defense barrier. Students also visited The Anne Frank House and 300-year-old Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam.
■ THE FRISCH SCHOOL OF PARAMUS, NJ, CAME

featured in The New York Times’ “A Conversation With” series on Feb. 24. The article, “Centenarians' Inner Secrets Are Slowly Revealed,” focused on Dr. Barzilai’s ongoing research into aging. “People think I'm searching for the Fountain of Youth,” he is quoted as saying. “I’m not. I’m looking for ways to make old age better.”
■ STERN COLLEGE PROF. DAVID GLASER’S “SEVEN

American Composers” course features visits to YU from two prominent American composers this spring: • April 15—Steve Reich. Recently described in a New York Times article as “...among the great composers of the past century,” Mr. Reich has embraced not only aspects of Western classical music but also the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. • April 27—Mario Davidovsky, Pulitzer-Prize winning member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, director of the Koussevitzky Foundation at the Library of Congress, and director of the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.
■ THE FIRST ANNUAL YESHIVA UNIVERSITY

Seforim Sale, which generated funds earmarked for various student-related events such as holiday celebrations, lectures, and charity concerts. This year’s sale offered hundreds of books, along with CDs and computer software at discounted prices. “This year, in particular, we traveled to Israel to bring in shipments of books from there and do our part in trying to boost their economy,” said Shmulik Rosenberg of the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY), sponsor of the sale, which has been an important community event for more than 30 years.

out on top in YU’s Ninth Annual Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament hosted by YU in February. Frisch earned the championship with 233.50 points. MSTA finished second in the 11-school competition with 172 points. Ida Crown Jewish Academy of Chicago rounded out the top three with 167 points. Ari Simchi of Frisch was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. The Wittenberg Tournament is named for YU’s first wrestling coach, Henry Wittenberg, who won gold medals in wrestling at both the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games.

Behavioral Sciences Research Conference takes place on April 22, 2004 from 1–4 pm at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Rousso Building, 1st floor, 1165 Morris Park Ave., Bronx). Ferkauf is co-sponsoring the conference with YU’s Wurzweiler

Yeshiva College • Stern College for Women • Sy Syms School of Business • Albert Einstein College of Medicine • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law • Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • Wurzweiler School of Social Work • Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies • Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration • affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary / Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music / YU High Schools • Yeshiva University Museum

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School of Social Work, the Stern College and Yeshiva College Psychology Departments, and the office of the academic vice president. YU Students will discuss their research projects, literature reviews, and research proposals. The format of the conference will be a poster presentation. Esther Joel, wife of YU President Richard Joel, who earned her doctorate from Ferkauf, will open the conference.
■ JOEL KRAEMER, A UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

■ THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AID, HEADED BY

■ THE ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Robert Friedman, has hired two new staff members: John Goldberg is assistant director of student aid

for graduate students at Azrieli, Revel, and RIETS; Kathryn Tuman becomes assistant director of student aid at Cardozo School of Law.
■ TWO WURZWEILER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Symphony Orchestra presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” Sunday, March 21, 2 pm, in Robbins Auditorium, Forchheimer Building, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. The orchestra features faculty, students, and staff of Einstein.
■ 2004 OPEN HOUSE PROGRAMS WILL TAKE

professor of near eastern languages, delivered the keynote address March 21 at the “Moses Maimonides: Talmudist, Philosopher, and Physician,” conference at the Center for Jewish History, home to the YU Museum. The event commemorates the 800th anniversary of the death of the 12th century sage (1135-1204), known in rabbinic literature as “Rambam” from the acronym Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon. Prof. Kraemer was among an array of noted Maimonides scholars who participated in the March 21–23 conference, sponsored by YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
■ ISRAEL’S CONSTRUCTION OF A SECURITY

students recently earned national academic awards. Graduate Manoj Pardasani, ’96W, ’03W, PhD, received the 2004 Research Award from the National Council on Aging for his doctoral dissertation research that focused on program decisionmaking in senior centers. Sara Kossove,’04W, won the 2004 ACOSA (Association for Community Organization and Social Administration) National Student Award for her essay on the importance of community social work to the future of the social work profession.
■ AARON LEVINE, PHD, SAMSON AND HALINA

place on the following dates: October 31, 2004—Beren Campus, and November 14, 2004—Wilf Campus.
■ AN EVENT IN SUPPORT THE HOLY CITY OF

Chevron features entertainment by The Moshav Band, Blue Fringe, Aspaklaria, and Tzemach March 25th in YU’s Lamport Auditorium, Amsterdam Avenue and 187th Street. Admission is $10. Show begins promptly at 8 PM Info: www.yuconcert.com. Limited free parking. Photo ID required.
■ ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND

barrier dominated a Stern College Jubilee panel discussion called “Israel and Her Neighbors: Peace in Our Lifetime?” on Feb. 29. Panelists included David Makovsky, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week.
■ THE ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER OF THE STUDENT

Bitensky Professor of Economics at Yeshiva College, contributed a chapter to the recently published book, Public Policy Social Issues: Jewish Sources and Perspectives, edited by Marshal J. Berger. Dr. Levine’s chapter is “Welfare Programs and Jewish Law.”
■ A NEW PHOTO DISPLAY FEATURING HISTORIC

and contemporary images of life at Yeshiva University was recently installed on the 12th floor common area near the elevators. The photo exhibit includes color and black and white pictures commemorating visits of prominent figures to YU, and depicts aspects of student life.
■ CONGREGATION AISH KODESH HOSTED AN

its university hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, co-sponsored the first-ever annual Colon Cancer Challenge on March 14 in Central Park. The event was held in conjunction with the New York Road Runners and the New York Daily News. Secondyear Einstein student Elie Kobrin formed the Einstein Pacesetters, a team of Einstein medical students and faculty who ran and walked in the event.
■ THE WASHINGTON POST INTERVIEWED

Dr. John Rosen, professor of pediatrics at Einstein,

for an article appearing March 19 on the growing problem of lead poisoning in children in the nation’s capital.
■ THE NEW YORK TIMES QUOTED Dr. Todd Olson,

Association and Student Council of Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business on April 20 at The New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (at 46th Street) will honor the 2004 graduates and give special recognition to Bruce Taragin, class of 1989, and Naema Heiney, class of 1998. A reception at 6 pm will precede dinner at 6:45 pm. For more information contact Rachel Moss at 347-234-0044, Ari Spodek at 917-207-2701, or Mayra Bonilla at 212-960-5400 x 5580.

Azkara for Dr. Meir Herskovics on Feb. 28. Dr. Herskovics, who was retired and living in Israel, taught at YU from 1961–1978. He taught in the Teachers’ Institute, Yeshiva College, and ultimately in Bernard Revel. The students of Erna Michael College (T.I.) three times elected Dr. Herskovics Professor of the Year. Beginning in 1950, he taught for various periods at YU’s Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools in Brooklyn, as well as at the Teachers’ Institute for Women. He received his D.H.L. from YU in 1950.

professor of anatomy at Einstein in a front-page article about the handling and shipment of cadavers (prompted by recent disclosures of improper and possibly illegal activities at UCLA and other medical institutions). Dr. Olson was quoted as advocating greater oversight of such activities. Three days later, a letter written by an Einstein medical student and commending Dr. Olson for his sensitivity in dealing with donated bodies, appeared in The New York Times. National Public Radio (NPR), Reuters News Service, CBS News, Cable News Network (CNN), and the Chicago Tribune also interviewed Dr. Olson on this subject earlier this month.

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