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Celebrating 50 Years of Caring

Tools for the social work profession
Important new publications by Wurzweiler School of Social Work faculty


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M. Joanna Mellor and Patricia Joan Beder Hospital Social Work: Brownell (eds.) Elder Abuse and The Interface of Medicine and Mistreatment: Policy, Practice, and Caring, New York: Routledge, 2006 Research, Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006

Rowena Fong, Ruth McRoy, and Carmen Ortiz Hendricks (eds.) Intersecting Child Welfare, Substance Abuse, and Family Violence: Culturally Competent Approaches, Alexandra, Virginia: CSWE Press, 2006

This is a comprehensive overview of current policy issues, new prac-

Hospital Social Work introduces the reader to the world of medi-

Developed from a task force meeting held in 2001 by the Council on Social Work Education, Casey Family Programs, and the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, this book examines child welfare, substance abuse, and family violence in the context of culturally competent social work practice. Each of the 17 chapters, written by pioneers in a variety of fields, address sociodemographics, history, the problems encountered, and the recommendations for future directions in practice, policy, and research. The book is intended to guide national efforts in education and research, organizational change, and policy making.

cine and social work, as seen tice models, and up-to-date research on elder abuse and neglect. through the eyes of actual social Experts in the field provide insight workers. This book covers the into elder abuse with newly exam- varying facets of diverse illness situations, and presents the posiined populations to create an tion of the social worker in relation understanding of how to design to the illness. Over 100 social service plans for victims of abuse and family mistreatment. The book workers in dozens of hospitals were interviewed to give their addresses all forms of abuse and neglect, examining the value issues personal reflections on how they see their role and function, what and ethical dilemmas that social workers face in providing services they describe as the struggles and to elderly abuse victims and their rewards of their work, and how they serve the hospital, the families. patient, and the caregiver.


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H O W I T A LL B E G A N Morton I. Teicher, founding dean of Wurzweiler, recounts the early days of the school, from its creation in 1957 to his departure in 1972.

T H E P O W E R O F G RO U P S Martin Birnbaum discusses the growth of group work during his 16-year tenure as the Beate and Henry Voremberg Professor of Social Group Work at Wurzweiler.

A F R A M E WO R K O F VA LU E S Ethics was a key component in the curriculum from the outset. Now the school is forging ahead in the cutting-edge field of bioethics.


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C E N TE R S O F S E RV I C E Through a steady stream of graduates in leadership positions at Jewish community organizations, Wurzweiler has strengthened the role of social work at these agencies.

A N A G I N G CO N C E R N Gerontology has taken off as an issue of study at Wurzweiler. Faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way in raising awareness on issues of aging.

D E PA RTM E N TS Dean’s Message Message from the President News and Views New Alumni Director A Conversation with the Dean 50th Anniversary Save the Dates Honor Your Professor Fifty Years of Generosity Forty Years of Atran Foundation Support Donor List Graduation 2006 Class Notes


Message from the Board Chair

D E A N ’ S M E S S AG E

Yeshiva University
Richard M. Joel

Morry J. Weiss

Robert Schwalbe, PhD

Mark Miller ’06W

Leslie Waltzer Pollak

Georgia Pollak


Kelly Berman

Emily Scherer Steinberg

Norman Goldberg Peter Robertson Jane Windsor

Elsa Brenner Marcy Frank June Glazer Lois Goldrich Helen Kuttner Melissa Payton Esther Russell
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As we approach 2007 and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Wurzweiler, we are all cognizant of the role that the school has played in the university and the contributions our students, alumni, and faculty have made to social work knowledge, the development of Jewish communal life, and service to diverse populations throughout the world. We will use this coming year to celebrate those achievements through regional alumni gatherings and a major professional conference and gala in New York City next May. As usual, I use this space to bring the Wurzweiler community up to date on transitions and accomplishments. As you will note on page 7, Charles Levy, one of the founding faculty members of the school, passed away in April 2006. His seminal contributions on social work ethics will forever be recognized by the profession. The end of the 2005–06 academic year marked the retirement of our Voremberg Professor of Social Group Work, Dr. Martin Birnbaum. We also wish good luck to Patricia Bryant, assistant director of field work, who is returning to practice as director of Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers. Four new professors joined the faculty at the beginning of the fall semester: Gary Stein, MSW, JD (policy, ethics), as associate professor; Jessica Strolin, MSW, PhD (research, multiculturalism) as assistant professor; and Saul Andron, MSW, PhD, as associate professor and Lynn Levy ’98W, MSW, both with strong backgrounds in Jewish communal service. (See page 6). Nancy Beckerman ’91W, DSW, has been promoted to full professor. In addition, Karen Bonuck, MSW, PhD, an epidemiologist at Montefiore Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will join us quarter time. She will mentor faculty on grant development and create a new elective course on public health social work. We also welcome Mark Miller ’06W as director of alumni relations. Associate Dean Carmen Ortiz Hendricks ’93W serves on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE and Dr. Ronnie Glassman serves on CSWE’s Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation. Faculty continue to appear on the programs of professional conferences locally, nationally, and internationally, and are regular contributors to the professional literature. Three new books of faculty are featured on the inside front cover of the Update and selected recent peer-reviewed articles appear on the inside back cover. I want to take this opportunity to thank Board of Governors member Elaine Schott and her husband, Rudy, for funding a new social action initiative that will highlight the role of social action in our curriculum and provide support for faculty and student social action activities. Our enrollment is steady, in spite of the growth in the number of local MSW programs, with a diverse and academically superior entering class joining our outstanding student body. Join us in celebrating our 50 years of education and service at one of our regional alumni events and at the May conference. Sincerely,

Editorial contributions and submissions to Update are welcome. This publication accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. All submissions are subject to editing and are used at the editor’s discretion. Opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect official School and/or University policy.

Sheldon R. Gelman
Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, Wurzweiler School of Social Work


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Message from Richard M. Joel
President, Yeshiva University

There is much to celebrate on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of our Wurzweiler School of Social Work: a unique and vital mission, an outstanding and prolific faculty, and an alumni corps of over 6,000 highly skilled and trained service providers and educators. Since its founding, Wurzweiler has been America’s only graduate social work education program under Jewish auspices in a university setting. The influence of Yeshiva University on Wurzweiler and of Wurzweiler on YU has been profound. From its earliest days, the school’s approach has been based on values, especially the need to understand cultural pluralism, respect ethnic diversity and be active in the pursuit of social justice. In turn, its commitment to service,

integrity, the importance of human relationships and professional competence has been increasingly ingrained in the curriculum, research, and student activities of all our schools. Our Board of Trustees and Chairman Morry Weiss join me in saluting Wurzweiler School of Social Work for a half-century of leadership, innovation, and excellence in social work education. Cordially,

Richard M. Joel

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Message from Robert Schwalbe, PhD
Chair, Wurzweiler Board of Governors

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In a world where there is no social, economic or cultural norm, it is the social worker who is called upon more and more to make sense of the complexity we know as our global society. This is where the Wurzweiler School of Social Work stands out with its diverse student body, faculty and curriculum. Our school trains people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations from throughout the world to step forward and advocate, understand, and administer to those who need help and assistance. We live in a time of constant change and it is the social worker who has the skills and knowledge to guide the transition and help people adapt. In times of crisis or everyday life, the field of social work is often the very backbone of the social structure. The Wurzweiler environment provides an atmosphere of intimacy, where classmates know classmates and faculty know their students—a place where active learning, steeped in values and ethics occurs.

Wurzweiler’s Board of Governors is proud to support the outstanding work of this institution and, in particular, our dean, Sheldon R. Gelman. Dean Gelman’s academic vision is constantly expanding in pursuit of excellence. Together with an exciting, devoted, and eclectic faculty who have distinguished themselves way beyond the walls of Belfer Hall, they bring commitment and intellect to the field of social work. Congratulations to all of us for 50 years of service to the communities of the world. The role of the school today and in the future will evidence the competence, professionalism, excitement, and passion embraced by our students, faculty and alumni. We look forward to the next 50 years.



Conference Examines Self-Neglect in the Elderly
his is a story with a happy ending, thanks to the interventions of a social worker. Irene, a 75-year-old woman, lived in a single-room-occupancy building in downtown Seattle. She had always been the life of the party, but the pain from a shoulder injury began to dampen her spirits. The injury prevented her from shopping for groceries, so an elderly friend bought her meager supplies. Irene began to lose weight—so much so that her dentures no longer fit. Without them, she was too self-conscious to smile. “Why would I want to go out and see people if I can’t smile?” she asked. She isolated herself in her apartment. “I just want to die,” she told her visiting nurse. Irene’s situation began to change when a social worker, Wendy Lustbader, brought in an occupational therapist to treat her shoulder. The therapist figured out that Irene’s cane was too high, which caused her pain. Outfitted with her new cane, Irene became more interested in life. She got her dentures relined, regained her desire to smile, and became interested in socializing again. Irene eventually moved to an assisted-living residence for low-income elders and lived another 10 years. Ms. Lustbader, an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, was the keynote speaker at ‘Self-Neglect of Older Persons: An Interdisciplinary Approach,’ a conference at Wurzweiler School of Social Work on March 26. She presented Irene’s case for discussion to a panel of professionals, including two social


workers, a psychologist, a doctor, a lawyer, and a rabbi. “One of the most common sources of self-neglect among older people is grief or depression,” Ms. Lustbader told the audience of 150 people at the conference, which was co-sponsored by YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Keynote speaker Wendy Lustbader Bronx Interagency Council on Aging, and Washington Heights/Inwood Council on Aging. Others sources of self-neglect include ignorance, untreated mental illness, and shame. Ms. Lustbader emphasized that for treatment to work, it must give the self-neglecting senior a sense of caring, hope, or meaning. But there are also ethical dilemmas involved. “Irene’s story typifies the isolation and self-neglect of elderly people who reject the options that are good for them because they have lost the will to live,” said Ms. Lustbader. “When a social worker can turn that around by helping clients get community resources, they can make such a difference,” she said. O

Students Learn About Human Trafficking
wo well-known activists spoke about the many forms of human trafficking around the world at “Human Trafficking Awareness,” an afternoon program presented by the Student Government Association of Wurzweiler School of Social Work May 3. Aaron Cohen, an anti-slavery activist, shared his experience working undercover to buy back slaves’ freedom in Sudan, Cambodia, Egypt, and around the world. Mr. Cohen spoke about the strange life path that led him from a career helping produce the Lollapalooza rock and roll concerts to his anti-slavery activism. He related hair-raising stories about being shot and wounded while rescuing an enslaved girl from a brothel in Haiti and living with a fatwa or death sentence on Aaron Cohen



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his head from Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network. Mr. Cohen documented some of his adventures in a book, The Jubilee Prophecy. Documentary filmmaker Gillian Caldwell discussed the work of Witness, which uses film to expose the plight of child soldiers and women forced into prostitution. Ms. Caldwell presented an excerpt from a film produced by Witness and the Global Survival Network, called Bought and Sold, about women from the former Soviet Union who are forced into prostitution in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Global Survival Network staff went undercover in meetings with the Russian mafia and in brothels around the world to get an insider’s perspective on the international trade in women. O


Wurzweiler Welcomes Four New Faculty
Saul Andron, MSW, PhD, associate professor, will teach in
the Certificate of Jewish Communal Service Program. He will also help to strengthen the program’s offerings and work on new Jewish communal initiatives. The executive director of the Jewish Education Association of MetroWest, NJ, Dr. Andron has over 25 years of progressive executive and management experience with specific emphasis on philanthropy, financial resource development, community and strategic planning, grant writing, program development, agency governance, board development, and staff supervision. He has also worked at the Jewish Education Service of North America and the Joint Distribution Committee. Previously, he taught at Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University School of Social Work, and the University of Southern California. O

Gary L. Stein, MSW, JD, associate professor, is the second
social worker-attorney to join Wurzweiler’s staff. He will teach social welfare organization and the doctoral policy class. He did postdoctoral training in ethics and bioethics at Georgetown University, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center/New York University Division of Nursing. For the past eight years, he was executive director of New Jersey Health Decisions, where he was the principal investigator of leadership projects on end-of-life care and health care decision-making. He has taught at universities including Seton Hall University and Kean University. O

Lynn H. Levy ’98W, MSW, will draw on her considerable
experience developing educational programs for the Jewish community as an instructor in the Certificate of Jewish Communal Service Program. Previously an adjunct professor at Wurzweiler, and currently also a student in Wurzweiler’s doctoral program, she received her MSW from Wurzweiler in 1998, the same year she received the Outstanding Social Worker of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Worker’s New York Chapter. She was the director of premarital education at the Union for Reform Judaism in New York, where her duties included leading a 20-member think tank that helped develop guidelines for the organization’s premarital education program and piloting the program in nine cities in North America. O

Jessica Strolin, MSW, PhD, assistant professor, focused her
doctoral research at SUNY-Albany, on the effects of two organizational interventions on child welfare agency climate and workforce stability. She will teach research and child and family welfare at Wurzweiler. She was assistant director of the New York State Social Work Education Consortium in Albany, NY, and a research associate and adjunct faculty member at SUNY-Albany’s School of Social Welfare. She was also previously a clinical consultant at St. Mary’s Addictions Outpatient Services in Albany, where she facilitated treatment groups for Latino clients. O

Wurzweiler’s Common Day–Not So Common
Common Day takes learning out of the classroom and into the realm of the experiential. Speakers, films, group activities and facilitated group discussions create an open environment where the students and faculty can freely interact and ask questions. Recent topics have included trauma, genocide, and pioneers in social work. Common Day for Spring 2007 will focus on the area of social action. Students and faculty will examine various case studies of individuals, groups, and families, and identify the social problems reflected in these cases and how to address those problems. It will be held on March 8, 2007 in Weissberg Commons on the Wilf Campus, from 4–8 pm and will again include hors d’oeuvres and a full dinner. O

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Symposium Looks at HIV From Medical, Global, and Social Work Perspectives
hree leading HIV/AIDS experts shared their experience from the frontlines of treating the disease at an HIV symposium sponsored by Wurzweiler, “Twenty Five Years of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: An Interdisciplinary Symposium,” at the New York Academy of Medicine on November 17. Celebrating Wurzweiler’s 50th anniversary, the symposium attracted health and mental health care professionals from across the tri-state area. The first keynote speaker, Arye Rubinstein, MD, chief of the division of allergy and immunology at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, gave a brief retrospective of the first 25 years of HIV/AIDS patient care from a medical perspective. After treating a series of children with an unexplained illness in 1979, Dr. Rubinstein identified this as an infectious immunodeficiency coined by him as Pediatric Acquired Immunodeficiency. He directed one of the first US Centers for AIDS Research for 12 years, and is credited with founding the first Center for HIV Infection in Pregnancy, the first family HIV center, various educational programs on pediatric AIDS, summer camps, and homes for infected children and pregnant women. His many awards include one from the US Secretary of Health for excellence in AIDS research and treatment. Kathryn Anastos, MD, associate professor of medicine at Einstein, offered an international perspective, drawing on her work as the executive director for clinical and scientific programs of WE-ACTx (Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment), a community-based organization devoted to developing high-quality, high-vol-

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Charles Levy, Founding Faculty Member, Passes Away
Charles (Chuck) Samuel Levy, DSW, professor emeritus, died on April 8, 2006 in Washington, D.C. After living most of his life in New York City, he and his wife had moved to Bowie, Maryland eight years ago to live near their daughter. In 1957, Dr. Levy was one of the three founding faculty members of Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He spent many years working in the field of Jewish communal service, fulfilling his and the school’s mission to prepare social workers for Jewish communal work. His contribution was essential in developing Wurzweiler’s doctoral program. He also served the school as associate dean and acting dean during his tenure. His stamp is to be found on many of the school’s policies, programs, and procedures. Dr. Levy taught social group work and was recognized as a stimulating, provocative, and well-loved teacher. He is best-known for his groundbreaking work on professional values and ethics. He chaired the NASW Task Force on Ethics, which, in 1979, produced the original Social Work Code of Ethics, the basis for all subsequent revisions. As a professional practitioner, he made significant contributions to the Jewish Community Center field and the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. During World War II, he served as director of USO (United Service Organization) Centers for men and women in uniform. He authored many books and articles, including his important volumes, Social Work Ethics, and Social Work Ethics on the Line. He was mentor, confidante, and advisor to many students, colleagues, and family members. He is survived by his wife, Faye, his two daughters, Barrie Levy and Helena (Leni) Stern, his five grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. O


ume, cost-effective ambulatory medical services for HIV-infected patients in Rwanda. She has provided clinical care, operational and clinical leadership in health care delivery systems, and clinical research in HIV-infection in women for the past 20 years. Lori Wiener, PhD, a social worker at the National Cancer Institute, focused on trends in the psychosocial care of those affected by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Wiener has worked to incorporate pediatric HIV disease into the existing pediatric oncology program at the National Cancer Institute for the past 20 years. “With the recent shifts in HIV/AIDS care, health and mental health care providers need an overview of medical, psychiatric, and psychosocial issues that confront individuals affected by HIV/AIDS,” said Nancy Beckerman ’91W, DSW, professor at Wurzweiler and director of the symposium. Wurzweiler faculty who led workshops included Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer, PhD, assistant professor; Carmen Ortiz-Hendricks, DSW, associate dean and professor; and Gary Stein, JD, MSW, associate professor. Anita Septimus ’82W, PhD, director of the AIDS Family Center at Montefiore, and Alan Rice ’83W, co-director of social and case management at the Center for Comprehensive Care St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital AIDS Program, also presented. The HIV symposium was sponsored by Wurzweiler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, and the Center for AIDS Research. This event was made possible by the tremendous generosity of Dr. Robert Schwalbe, chair of Wurzweiler’s board, and his wife, Janie. O



Alumni Gather for Symposium at YU’s First Colloquium in Israel
urzweiler gathered more than 50 of its alumni in Israel for a symposium at Yeshiva University’s Jerusalem Campus that was part of Yeshiva University’s first weeklong colloquium in Israel, “Torah Umadda in the 21st Century: Engaging Israel, Engaging the World,” in March. The program, “A Sense of Community: Internal and External Boundaries,” featured a keynote presentation by Rabbi Stanley Schneider YH,Y,R,BR,’72W, PhD, chair of the Magid Institute Program for Integrative Psychotherapy at Hebrew University, and a response by Reuven Schindler ’73W, PhD, dean of the School of Social Work at Ashkelon, a satellite program of Bar-Ilan University. Sheldon Gelman, Wurzweiler’s Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, gave an update on Wurzweiler. A panel discussion on crisis, conflict, and reconciliation followed. It included David Bedein ’80W, director of the Israel Resource News Agency and president of the Center for Near East Policy Research; Joy Epstein ’83W, clinical supervisor for the department of social services of Nefesh B’ Nefesh; and Dyna Tover


’86W, a staff member at the Counseling Center for Women. The event was capped by a wonderful dinner. Planning committee members included Joyce Brenner ’64W, ’83W, DSW; Sue Freedman ’74W; Chaim Jatkowitz ’77W; Marva Perrin Levine ’94W; Goldie Marans ’76W; David Ribner ’74W; Stanley Schneider ’72W; Yossi Winiarz ’87W; and Mordecai Holtz ’06W. O

Victor Geller Honored at YU
Convocation in Israel
Victor B. Geller ’50W, a retired Jewish communal administrator, author, and lecturer, was one of four Israeli educators awarded honorary doctoral degrees at Yeshiva University’s inaugural academic convocation in Israel on March 23. The convocation was the closing event of a weeklong colloquium, “Torah Umadda in the 21st Century: Engaging Israel, Engaging the World.”

Mr. Geller played a leading role in YU’s Max Stern Division of Communal Services and was chosen because, like the other three honorees, he embodies YU’s philosophy of Torah Umadda, which balances the interaction between tradition and modern society—the hallmark of Modern Orthodoxy. More than 500 people attended the convocation, which underscored the strong relationship that YU has formed with the people and government of Israel. More than 3,000 YU alumni live in Israel, a core component of which are Wurzweiler graduates who either studied in the school’s Block Program or relocated to Israel after graduation. O
Dean Sheldon Gelman speaks with Yael Amir ’02W at the symposium.

LGBT ‘Lunch and Learn’ Draws Large Audience
As part of a series of Lunch and Learn mini-conferences, Wurzweiler’s Student Government offered students a two-hour workshop, “LGBT 101: Strategies for Sensitive Social Work Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients.” Over 60 people attended, including students and faculty. Eleanor Nealy, MDiv, MSW, an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Churches, delivered the keynote address. Laura C. Booker, LCSW, a mental health counselor at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, provided useful information about working sensitively and effectively with LGBT clients. Finally Ray Carannante, MSW, a clinical social worker at the Gender Identity Project of the LGBT Community Center, provided the assembly with information and experiential exercises to better understand transgender clients. The program generated much interest from and discussion among faculty and students. Thanks, in particular, to Michael Folickman ’06W, who moderated the panel, and did his internship at the LGBT Center. O

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Faculty News
• David Strug, PhD, professor, was a cocurator with Dr. Jeanne Lemkau of Wright State University, of a photo exhibit of Cuban Americans (see example alongside), which opened in May at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC and is now on tour across the nation. The exhibit sponsored by The Latin America Working Group and the Washington Office on Latin America, documents the negative mental health consequences of government travel restrictions for many Cuban Americans and their families in the US and Cuba. Titled “Love, Loss, and Longing: The Impact of US Travel Policy on Cuban-American Families,” it featured narratives that Dr. Strug collected in interviews he conducted in the course of his research with Dr. Lemkau, as well as photos by Nestor Hernández, Jr, and Juan-Sí González. The exhibit can be viewed online at www.yu.edu/ wurzweiler and www.lawg.org (scroll down to the Cuba section and click on “View Exhibit.”)

Nestor Sr. [above right] left Cuba more than 50 years ago hoping for a better life in the United States. He was 20. He settled in Washington, married and raised six children. Nestor Jr., photographer for this exhibit, is his oldest son. Vicente [above left] is his youngest. Under the US travel restrictions neither Nestor Jr. nor his father, Vicente, can return to Cuba—ever. Their grandmother is deceased and their cousins aren’t eligible for visits as “family.” Nestor Sr. wonders, “When I die who will take my ashes to Cuba if my sons can’t go?”

• As part of its Social Work Month celebration, the American Association of Indian Social Workers honored Susan Bendor, DSW, associate professor, “in appreciation of her commitment and support” to their association. In January, Dr. Bendor was given the Pauline Zischka Social Worker of the Year Award by Molloy College’s department of social work. Dr. Bendor is the founder of that school’s social work program.

• The Alzheimer’s Association of New York has identified Wurzweiler School of Social Work as a community partner. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer, PhD, assistant professor, represented the school at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual gala/fund raiser on June 31. Dr. Wilmore-Schaeffer was also one of the honorees at the Red Cross of Bergen County/ Hudson County, New Jersey “Salute to Volunteerism” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 20.

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New Presidential Fellow in the Dean’s Office
his year, Rivvy Ackerman, a 2006 graduate of Stern College for Women, is working as the Fredda S. Leff Presidential Fellow in the office of Sheldon R. Gelman, PhD, Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean. She is one of 15 graduates of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools who are spending another year on campus developing leadership skills. The fellowship program was conceived by President Richard M. Joel and is now in its third year. The program takes some of YU’s top graduates behind the scenes of the institution and gives them the opportunity of being mentored by a senior administrator. Ms. Ackerman, who majored in psychology, says she chose to work at Wurzweiler because she is thinking of pursuing a career in social work or psychology. “This experience is giving me a lot of background in the mental health field,” she says. She helped with Orientation at the beginning of the year and is helping to plan alumni events for the school’s 50th anniversary. What does she like best about Wurzweiler so far? “Its really diverse student population,” she says. O


Nestor Hernández/LAWG/WOLA

Rivvy Ackerman

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ark Miller ’06W, MSW, is Wurzweiler’s new director of alumni relations. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Miller is also a student in the doctoral program and sees patients at Metropolitan Center for Mental Health in Manhattan. “My vision is to expand communication between students and alumni and allow everyone to feel that their contribution—be it time or treasure—was documented during their time at Wurzweiler,” says Mr. Miller. “I believe that we need to illuminate the practice of all of our graduates and encourage everyone to write or call me.”

Alumni Director’s Goal for 50th Year: 100 Percent Participation
He reports that he is developing an online support network for group work alumni under the mentorship of Dr. Martin Birnbaum, who retired as chair of the group work sequence in July. Alumni will be able to present their practice as well as questions they encounter during the course of their practice. “We envision a digital network where instant messaging and virtual conferencing will be commonplace,” says Mr. Miller, adding that he hopes the project will launch on Wurzweiler’s Web site this fall. Although he came to social

work later in life, he says he was always involved in public service and community activism. He grew increasingly involved with volunteering with the homeless population in soup kitchens and shelters in New York City and by 1983 he transitioned from a career in the entertainment industry to fulltime work with the homeless. He was the first director of operations for City Harvest, which collects surplus food for distribution among agencies serving the homeless and hungry of New York City. While coordinating a homedelivered meal program at the Fulton Senior Center, Mr. Miller discovered a passion for case work, which he continued in his work with the homebound frail elderly at the Burden Center for the Aging. He was an early leader in the LCRNYC and other political causes embracing civil liberties and was more recently a member of the Lesbian and Gay Leadership Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Throughout his master’s studies at Wurzweiler, he was involved in student government. He was instrumental in coordinating a remarkable year of practicefocused programming in 2005–06, including a panel discussion on culturally sensitive work with the LGBTQ community and a presentation on human trafficking (see News and Views section). “I would love to see 100 percent participation from alumni during the events of the 50th anniversary—just suit up and show up!” says Mark, who is proud that he shares the same birth year as Wurzweiler. O


Leading the Charge
Sheldon R. Gelman, the longest-serving dean in Wurzweiler’s history, reflects on how far the school has come in 50 years and looks ahead to developments in the future.
and of learning how to confront and resolve the ethical dilemmas that occur when delivering services to vulnerable populations. Of our new appointments, Lynn Levy and Dr. Saul Andron, both with strong backgrounds in Jewish communal service, will help expand and modify the Certificate Program. Part of our strategic plan—and part of the university’s vision for Wurzweiler—is to become, in President Richard Joel’s words, the ultimate address for the training of Jewish communal professionals. Gary Stein, who is both an attorney and an MSW with training in bioethics, brings added policy and ethics strength to the faculty. Jessica Strolin, a dynamic young researcher from SUNY-Albany who has an interest in cultural competence and is bilingual in Spanish and English, will strengthen all of our offerings. Karen Bonuck, an epidemiologist from Einstein College who is trained both as a master’s and doctoral-level social worker, will have a part-time appointment here as a teacher and mentor to our faculty.

What do you see as your greatest accomplishments during your tenure?
Over the past two decades, the school has continually proven its ability to recruit a high-quality faculty who are committed to teaching and scholarship, and who have earned national and international reputations through their research and writing and through their visibility in the professional social work community. That, in turn, has enabled us to recruit quality applicants, who choose Wurzweiler because of our curriculum and the research interests of our faculty.

What sets Wurzweiler apart from other social work schools in New York City?
Dr. Samuel Belkin [president of Yeshiva University when Wurzweiler was founded in 1957] did not want a model that would mirror the other schools of social work in New York City. So the school started as a school of group work and gradually added case work and community social work. The school has always had at its heart an emphasis on values and ethics. The tradition of ethical inquiry and the exploration of ethics to practice began with founding professor Dr. Charles Levy’s seminal work on social work ethics and continues through the contributions of Dr. Norman Linzer. The new Center on Ethics at Yeshiva University, led by Dr. Adrienne Asch, Millstein Professor of Ethics, who is a trained social worker and is based at Wurzweiler, continues that tradition. The center brings together ethicists from across the various divisions of the university, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Wurzweiler. It is an evolving enterprise. As we get additional funding, there will be annual conferences and its impact on the gradu-

How has the make-up of the student body changed over the years?

“We encourage alumni to attend all of the events we’re organizing for our 5oth anniversary.”
ate and undergraduate curricula will broaden. We have the first scholar-in-residence, Dr. Michael Walzer, a professor of political science at Princeton University, coming for three days in 2007.

Our students’ diversity mirrors the demographic make-up of New York City. Over a good many years, we attracted large numbers of students of African-American descent. They are now joined by an increasing number of students from Latino and Asian backgrounds. Our diversity among our Jewish students continues, from those who identify strongly with their Jewish heritage to those who are integrated into the mainstream of life in the City. We’ve always had students coming from around the world—from Israel and from countries in Africa and South America, and now even from countries such as China, India, France, and Nepal.

What role has the Board of Governors played in this evolution?
Over the 20 years of its existence, the board has worked hand in hand with the administration and faculty on initiatives to enhance the learning experience—hiring an alumni director, creating a career development office, engaging in systematic ad campaigns to get the school’s name out, expanding our emphasis on social action and advocacy, holding regular interdisciplinary conferences on HIV/AIDS, and maintaining a close connection with Israel.

How do you see the faculty profile changing and growing over the next few years?
Our success in recruiting Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, a 1993 doctoral graduate of Wurzweiler, as associate dean and as a full professor, made a major statement about who we are. The fact that we shifted the administrative position of associate dean to a faculty position speaks to her qualifications and to the respect that our faculty has for her leadership.

What message do you want to send to alumni?
Wurzweiler alumni should be proud of their school, their own achievements and those of their fellow alumni, and the quality of the faculty that they were exposed to and that future generations of students will have available to learn from. We encourage them to support the school and to attend all of the events we’re organizing for our 50th anniversary.

How did this focus on ethics come to be at the heart of Wurzweiler?
Ethics became a core part of Wurzweiler’s curriculum long before it became a popular field within social work. It originated from Yeshiva University’s recognition of the importance of values in a Jewish context


How It All Began…
Morton I. Teicher, founding dean of Wurzweiler School of Social Work, recounts the early days of the school, from its creation in 1957 to his departure in 1972.


n 1956, Dr. Samuel Belkin, president of Yeshiva University, invited me to come to New York to develop what eventually became Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He wanted Yeshiva to have an accredited school emphasizing the preparation of students for Jewish communal service. My task was to prepare for the school’s opening in September 1957, by hiring a faculty, recruiting students, developing a curriculum, arranging field placements, and establishing policies and procedures. I appointed Everett Wilson and Charles (Chuck) Levy; arrangements

were made for Sol Green to join us later. Student recruitment was difficult because we had to tell candidates for admission that there was no guarantee they would graduate from an accredited school. The earliest we could receive accreditation was May 1959, just in time for the first class to receive their degrees in June 1959. Curriculum development was relatively simple since there was a standard curriculum for all schools of social work. Ours was somewhat different since we required an extra course each semester reflecting our Jewish interests.

Field placements were readily arranged since we planned to express our Jewish emphasis by concentrating initially on social group work. We sought placements in the Y’s and Jewish community centers, which were largely cooperative. Establishing policies and procedures flowed from an initial decision to adopt as our mantra, “quality, quality, quality”—in terms of students, faculty, and the educational program. We decided this could be best achieved in a small school so we limited our total enrollment to about fifty stu-

Small classes and personal attention distinguished Wurzweiler from the start. Pictured above, L-R, with students are Everett Wilson, Victor Sanua, and Morton Teicher, standing under the clock, and top, teaching a class.



Charles Levy teaching a class.

dents. We envisaged a time when we would be extremely selective in admissions decisions and, indeed, in just a few years, only one out of seven candidates was accepted. We also decided that we would base our admissions decisions largely on the admissions interview that we required for all candidates. Selecting from the function of universities to develop knowledge through research, to transmit knowledge through instruction, and to apply knowledge through service, we insisted on stressing instruction. We wanted to be student-

We expected them to challenge our concentration on social group work since, to the best of our knowledge, no school offering only social group work had been previously accredited. We also worried that the visitors might question the four Jewish courses in our curriculum. We were prepared to defend our single emphasis on social group work by pointing out that Smith College was accredited although it only offered social casework. This was the height of chutzpah, since Smith College’s school had been in business since 1918 and was

A student signs up for the new School of Social Work in 1958.

“ We were determined to become known
as a school that was hard to get into and hard to get out of.
centered, with our resources focused on helping each student to get the most out of the educational opportunity. We planned an intensive faculty advising process and periodic “grading conferences” in which the faculty would review the progress of each student. Also, at the end of the first year, a comprehensive examination would be required for students to enter the second year. We were determined to become known as a school that was hard to get into and hard to get out of. From the beginning, and throughout our first two years, we were preoccupied with accreditation. Documents were assiduously prepared and we steeled ourselves for the site visiting team that came to look us over in January 1959.

nationally respected. As for the extra courses required of our students, we were prepared to argue that our students were very bright and could manage the load. As it turned out, neither of these issues concerned the site visitors. Instead, they criticized our heavy reliance on the admissions interview to determine who would be accepted. They urged us to consider the Graduate Record Examination, undergraduate grade point average, the applicant’s essay, and reference letters. We agreed to think about their recommendation; fortunately, they did not make it mandatory. In May 1959, I flew to San Francisco where the Accrediting Commission was meeting. I waited outside the door just

as a PhD candidate waits after defending the dissertation. Finally, the chairman of the commission came out and congratulated me. We were accredited! That was the text of the telegram I sent to the school. That telegram was posted on the school’s bulletin board for more than a year. The success of Wurzweiler in achieving a reputation for high quality was soon recognized by our being invited to help start schools of social work in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and at Bar Ilan University in Israel. During the planning year, 1956–57, I studied the history of previous efforts to start Jewish schools of social work. Four survived for brief periods; the longest lasting one was the Graduate School for Jewish Social Work, which was in business for fifteen years. My objective was to survive for at least fifteen years. In 1972, when that goal was reached, I left to become the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In my judgment, Wurzweiler School needed fresh leadership. The correctness of my decision is attested to by the fact that we are now happily celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wurzweiler. O

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ThePower ofGroups


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Group work holds a special place in Wurzweiler’s history: it was the first and only method offered to students when the school was founded in 1957. As chairperson of the group work sequence at Wurzweiler from 1990 to 2006, Martin Birnbaum, PhD (left), was uniquely placed to watch its growth.


“As I look back, what stands out is the importance of academic change, as well as the values of collaboration, connection and community that have personal meaning for me,” said Dr. Birnbaum, who was the Beate and Henry Voremberg Professor in Social Group Work until he retired in July of this year. He reflects here on developments in group work education at Wurzweiler.

From the outset, an ongoing issue among students was a limited understanding of the difference between working with groups and doing group work. “Why do I have to study group work when I am already working with groups?” was a prevalent attitude. So was the idea that social workers could work effectively with groups without formal training. We needed to explain the difference between working with groups and doing group work, and to point out that working with groups without formal training usually leads to doing casework in the group rather than group work. We demonstrated that the group work method is based upon a theoretical foundation requiring knowledge of group dynamics, systems theory, and

stages of group development. Over the years, students themselves became involved in efforts to strengthen group work by demonstrating how their practice changed as a result of studying group work. They made presentations to firstyear students who were considering a choice of methods to study in the second year. Latanya Bispham ’02W, Nicole Goodman ’02W, Barbara Jackson ’02W, Juliet Smith ’02W, and I addressed frequent misconceptions about group work in a paper titled “What Group Work Is—What Group Work is Not: The Role of the Social Worker in the Group” presented at the Annual Symposium on Social Work With Groups in 2002.

Sarah Mirsky ’06W
Volunteer social worker Nechama, Jerusalem WHAT I LEARNED “At Wurzweiler, I saw firsthand the power a group experience has on its members by virtue of the commonality and mutuality that exists among them.” CURRENT GOALS “Upon realizing the scarcity of group work resources in Israel, I proposed a digital resource support network for graduates of Wurzweiler, which will provide a venue for group work alumni to share information, ideas, stories, and dilemmas.” Visit www.yu.edu /wurzweiler for updates on the group work online network.

A vital part of the group work curriculum is field instruction. However, a national problem is that many field instructors lack formal training in group work. Students often are assigned groups without instruction in how to define group purpose and on the necessary steps for forming a new group. To help remedy this limitation, I undertook two initiatives. First, I organized the curriculum to start

where the students were in their field practice. The first semester assignment was to develop a statement of group purpose for a field work group. Over the years, such statements served as models for clarifying group purpose with different group types and populations. Second, Wurzweiler offered training and provided educational materials to field instructors to strengthen group work field instruction.

A History of Wurzweiler School of Social Work 1956 – 2006



Dr. Samuel Belkin, President of Yeshiva University, invites Morton Teicher to develop the School of Social Work at the Washington Heights campus




Dean Teicher recruits the first faculty— Charles Levy, Sol Green, and Everett Wilson—and the school opens in the fall, focusing on group work

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Yaakov Nadler ’06W
Social worker, Kadimah Psychosocial Club, Brooklyn, NY WHAT I LEARNED “With proper cultural sensitivity, group work with the ultraOrthodox mentally ill can be highly effective. The group can help its members alleviate loneliness, internalized shame, and denial.” CURRENT GOALS “I hope to publish my essay, ‘Social Group Work with the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Mentally Ill,’ as a guide for other professionals working with this population.”

their knowledge to practice groups. In 1999 and 2000, student volunteers participated in a study to test the impact of sessional endings and found them to be a positive addition to their group practice skills in a variety of groups and with diverse client populations.

The group work sequence has played an active role in working with Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and the New

Steven Rod ’68W
Vice president of professional development services, Jewish Community Center Association of North America, New York, NY WHAT I LEARNED “Wurzweiler provided me with insights into how to use myself with clients and group members. To this day, I am guided by the principles of group work I learned there—for example, that a group has a beginning, a middle, and an end.” CURRENT GOALS “I am involved in recruiting, training, and retaining those involved in Jewish communal service—a challenging task as turnover in the field today is very rapid. I am also striving to get lay boards to understand the needs of Jewish professionals.”

A third initiative, still to be accomplished, is to select and train group work alumnae as field instructors.

in New York, and I conducted staff training in four Jewish community centers to enhance group work skills. A group of Wurzweiler alumni at ACS—including Therese Hargrove ’01W, Barbara Jackson ’02W, Shanaz Mohammed ’04W, Angela Dielingen ’01W and Nodica Johnson ’00W—together with a number of field instructors for our school, formed a steering committee to strengthen group work practice at the agency. This year the steering committee sponsored a group work conference attended by 200 ACS staff members. After 16 years of teaching at Wurzweiler, I can say that group work is alive and well—and I am confident it will continue to evolve and grow under the direction of Dr. Jay Sweifach and Dr. Shantih Clemans, the acting chairs of the group work sequence. O

Barbara Jackson ’02W
Youth development training manager, Administration for Children's Services, New York NY WHAT I LEARNED “The most important thing I learned at Wurzweiler was how group process leads to mutual aid and how leadership can emerge from the group. Dr. Martin Birnbaum emphasized the importance of not doing case work in a group, which was particularly beneficial because my training at ACS is in case work.” CURRENT GOALS “Group work is not new to ACS, but there has been a big discrepancy between what it is and isn’t. I co-chair ACS’s Steering Committee to Strengthen Group Work Practice. Our focus for 2007 is continuing to educate staff about group work practice and maintaining practice standards as stipulated by the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.”

Andrew Cicchetti ’95W, a former student, and I became interested in the power of purposeful sessional endings, a neglected area of group work practice. In a published paper, we conceptualized the sessional ending stage for each group session. Students received instruction about purposeful sessional endings and were encouraged to apply

Andrew Cicchetti ’95W
Psychotherapist and PhD candidate, City University of New York Graduate Center WHAT I LEARNED “My social work education at Wurzweiler provided me with a solid foundation for my ongoing professional development. I co-authored three articles with Dr. Martin Birnbaum that address group work theory and practice.” CURRENT GOALS “I plan to focus my dissertation research on group work in substance abuse treatment.”

York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to enhance group work practice and field instruction. Wurzweiler joined forces with the Association of Jewish Center Professionals to hold an integrative seminar for group work students placed in JCCs. We established a Committee to Strengthen Group Work in JCCs, which developed field work standards for group work students in JCCs. Bessie Pine, former associate director of personnel services at the JCC Association

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School of Social Work receives initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education


School of Social Work moves to 110 West 57th Street Charter amended to authorize granting of degrees of master of social service (later changed to master of social work)



Case work added to the curriculum


The Road Ahead for Group Work

As a specialization, group work has disappeared from most social work schools across the country. In fact, Wurzweiler remains one of only four schools in the United States to offer the group work concentration, says Assistant Professor Jay Sweifach ’88W, ’02W, DSW. This despite the fact that its cost effectiveness and success with clients made it a popular mode of agency practice over the past five years. This quandary translates into opportunities for Wurzweiler faculty and students in areas of group work education, practice, and research. “As new types of groups are needed by agencies, and as clients with new needs emerge, we plan to incorporate the necessary knowledge and skills into the curriculum to respond to demands,” Dr. Sweifach says. In his own research, this has led to collaborations with Heidi Heft LaPorte ’87W, ’00W, DSW, on a survey of group work students in the four remaining schools; with Martin Birnbaum, PhD, and Dr. LaPorte on

outcomes of group work field instruction without knowledgeable supervisors; and with Dr. LaPorte on the implementation of group work modalities with Orthodox Jewish women in domestic violence groups. “The immediate plan is to promote our program through outreach, research, and conference presentations; integrate new course material to adapt to changing trends; and provide continuing education opportunities to those in the field who lack the skills and knowledge necessary to either facilitate groups or supervise MSW students,” Dr. Sweifach says. The movement away from group work training across the country makes Shantih Clemans, DSW, assistant professor, even more focused on underscoring its benefits to her students. “I want students to see that studying group work keeps them close to the root of the social work profession, and equips them with an extra set of skills that distinguishes them when it comes to finding a job. I am hopeful about students’ continued inter-

est in the method,” she says. In her experience running groups with mostly female survivors of rape, domestic violence and child sexual abuse, she observed the benefits that shared support offered to members of the group. “A group is a remarkable avenue to foster empowerment, strengths, self-determination, and mutual aid,” she explains. “Many of the clients I worked with in these groups made tremendous strides in their recovery because they were getting the support and guidance they needed and they were able to help each other.” Dr. Clemans’ current research with Susan Mason, PhD, involves looking at the success of rape survivor groups from the survivors’ perspectives. “There is a lot written on causes of rape and incidences of violence, but very few studies involve group members—in this case, rape survivors—as the experts on their own experiences, and to help create evidence on the effectiveness of treatment approaches, such as survivor groups.” O

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Susan Mason

Jay Sweifach

Shantih Clemans

Heidi Heft LaPorte



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Dean Teicher takes leave of absence to help establish the Oppenheimer College of Social Service in Northern Rhodesia



Wurzweiler publishes inaugural issue of the Jewish Social Work Forum

A Framework of Values



From Wurzweiler’s earliest days, ethics was a key component in the curriculum. Now the school is forging ahead in the cutting-edge field of bioethics.

Before ethics became a fashionable topic for social workers and academics, it was a fundamental part of the Wurzweiler curriculum. In part, the focus on ethics was born of the school’s emergence out of a Jewish context that emphasized a spiritual orientation and service to the community. But it was championed by the faculty, who set the bar on a quality social work education from the very outset—and it was pioneered in particular by Charles “Chuck” Levy, DSW, a founding professor who joined Morton Teicher in starting the school in 1957.

Dr. Levy was at the forefront of teaching and writing about ethics. He wrote one of the first books on the topic—Social Work Ethics, in 1976—which analyzed social work

values in-depth, organizing them into a typology of three groups. He went on to publish another book on the subject, Social Work Ethics on the Line, in 1993. Dr. Levy chaired the National Association of Social Workers’ Task Force on Ethics, which produced the Social Work Code of Ethics in 1979—the basis for all the NASW’s subsequent revisions. He cemented the place of ethics in Wurzweiler’s curriculum when he developed the “Values and Ethics” course in the mid-’60s and made it a requirement for MSW students. He passed his legacy down to Norman Linzer ’60W, PhD, the Samuel J. and Jean Sable Professor of Jewish Family Social Work, who was a student of Dr. Levy’s and then a colleague after joining the faculty in 1966. He took over the teaching of the course in 1982 when Dr. Levy retired, adding his own twist by applying his teacher’s theories to real-world cases. “We are at the forefront of teaching these kinds of issues,” Dr. Linzer says. While other social work schools teach ethics as part of the curriculum, Wurzweiler is one of the few to give the study of values and ethics such a high profile and make it a required course. Dr. Linzer hit his stride in the

Dr. Simone Gordon ’94W
Adjunct assistant professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work; forensic social work consultant and psychotherapist, New York, NY ROLE OF ETHICS “Social work practitioners are constantly faced with situations that place them at the forefront of potential litigation; they need to know how to explain their choices and interventions. They must have a sound grasp of values, clinical knowledge, and the capacity to present competing ethical theories in order to justify their ethical decisions.” MY PRACTICE “My dissertation research examined how ethics were taught at the master’s level in several schools of social work in the Northeastern United States. Since I teach casework in the master’s program, I have had an ongoing interest in ethical dilemmas presented in the practice classes.”
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field of ethics when he published a paper in Families in Society about his work helping a Baltimore agency set a policy on sexual behavior in group homes for the developmentally disabled. “I used Dr. Levy’s typology of val-


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Dean Teicher undertakes feasibility study into establishing a social work school at Bar-Ilan University in Israel at the request of Rabbi Joseph Lookstein, chancellor of Bar-Ilan


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Community social work sequence launched


Dr. Frederick J. Streets ’81W, ’97W
Chaplain, Yale University; adjunct associate professor, Yale Divinity School; assistant clinical professor of social work, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT ROLE OF ETHICS “Discerning the ethical and moral implications of a given personal matter, public issue, or policy is an essential aspect of being a social worker, a citizen and member of the clergy.” MY PRACTICE “My Wurzweiler education provided me with an important framework from which to consider the tensions and complexities inherent in making personal and professional decisions.”

ues and applied it to this case,” Dr. Linzer says. “No one had done that before.” Dr. Linzer went on to publish two books about ethics in social work, including Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Practice (1999), which

Norman Linzer

is used in the class today. “All students are offered the opportunity to explore conflicts between their personal and professional values,” says Dr. Linzer. Nowhere is this interplay more evident, however, than among the students in the Interdenominational Clergy Program, which Professor Irving Levitz established in 1979 and which, with Dr. Linzer’s input over the years, has grown into a strong and viable program at Wurzweiler. “The religious values of these clergy men and women confront client and social work values in their dayto-day work,” he says. “The program enables them to work through this confrontation in the classroom.” Other faculty who have made significant contributions in the field include Sheldon R. Gelman, the school’s Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean. In the late 1980s, his research covered the ethics of withholding treatment to handicapped newborns. Later, he and the late Margaret Gibelman, professor at Wurzweiler, focused on ethical breaches in non-profit organizations, publishing a series of articles in academic journals on various scandals and the misuse of funds by non-profit management. More recently, Dean Gelman worked with Dr. Gibelman, on research misconduct. “The whole issue of plagiarism has obvious ethical implications,” he says. “Addressing ethical dilemas in an analytic fashion not only informs practice and increases accountability, it also leads to quality practice.” Dean Gelman will present his latest research on responsible research and safeguards against plagiarism, data falsification and fabrication at the bi-annual research conference of the National In-

Adrienne Asch

stitutes of Health’s Office of Research Integrity in December. Now Adrienne Asch, PhD, the University’s Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, who joined the University in August

Dr. Marsha Wineburgh ’01W
Psychoanalyst/clinical Social Worker, New York, NY ROLE OF ETHICS “In the absence of strong criteria for diagnosis and subsequent treatment, the central decision for what is in the patient’s best interest is at stake, particularly in managed care treatment situations. In the end, it is the practitioner’s values, standards, and professionalism that has the most profound effect on the quality of service.” MY PRACTICE “Ethics becomes an even more poignant issue in private practice because the private practitioner is totally responsible for all aspects of patient care, including managing and collecting fees, and confidentiality of records.”

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Dean Teicher leaves to become dean of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina; Dr. William A. Rosenthal appointed acting dean



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First of 20 national conferences on bereavement and grief hosted by Wurzweiler


Dr. John Winer ’00W
Executive director, Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities, Hackensack, NJ; adjunct professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work WHAT I LEARNED “Wurzweiler taught me to look at my concrete practice, not just hypothetical situations. I attribute my strong sense of social justice in part to the doctoral program’s integrated approach to teaching ethics.” MY PRACTICE “My training in ethics together with my practice in administering an organization have been incredibly influential in my teaching at Wurzweiler.”

2005, is expanding the scope of ethical studies at Wurzweiler by creating a new Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University. Dr. Asch, who came from Wellesley College, says she expects to learn a great deal at her new job, including “how to bring a Jewish perspective into ethics, which is not my expertise.” She notes that master’s students must take a semester of “Jewish Social Philosophy,” a requirement that continues even as the student body has become more diverse. The course’s goal is “not to make you Jewish, but to make you think about what values you bring from your own religious tradition and help you understand your values and your clients’ values, recognizing that those traditions influence how you deal with a client and how your client deals with you,” she says. Dr. Asch’s expertise in such high-profile issues as cloning, stem-

Charles “Chuck” Levy pioneered the study of ethics in social work.

cell research, end-of-life questions and distribution of health-care resources means she will be teaching frequently at Yeshiva University’s other schools. (Wurzweiler students will be able to take those courses.) As bioethical topics become increasingly prominent, more social workers will need to become familiar with them. Contributing to that effort is Gary Stein, MSW, JD, appointed associate professor this year, who attributes his attraction to Wurzweiler to its emphasis on the role of ethics in social work education. He believes social workers need more training to be effective in the field of bioethics (he did his own at Georgetown University, Columbia College of Physicians and Sur-

geons, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center) because “they struggle to assume a primary role in shaping policy and practice in bioethics and end-of-life care,” he says. “With our skills in patient advocacy and in understanding individual and family dynamics during times of serious illness, social workers should be on the forefront in conducting ethics consultation and formulating institutional practices,” says Professor Stein. What better place to start than at the very outset of the social worker's career? With its new center, Yeshiva Univeristy is showing the way. “Ethics needs to be talked about in all schools of social work,” says Dr. Asch. O



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Centers of




Since Wurzweiler opened its doors fifty years ago, and more recently since the inception of the Certificate Program in Jewish Communal Service in 1990, a steady stream of graduates have filled key positions at Jewish community organizations across North America, securing the role of social work in these fast-changing agencies.


Eric Levine ’79W, ’94W, DSW
Vice president, Jewish Renaissance and Renewal Pillar, United Jewish Communities, New York, NY BUILDING COMMUNITY “Wurzweiler taught me not only the basic techniques and strategies of community organization but also the skill of active listening and relationshipbuilding. My understanding of and competence in organizational dynamics, social conflict, and community building was deepened in ways I could not have predicted.” TAKING THE LEAD “In working with federations and sister organizations, I have been able to take the lead in international issues related to Jewish education, identity, and affiliation.”

“Jewish organizations are complicated places,” says Norman Linzer ’60W, PhD, Samuel J. and Jean Sable Professor of Jewish Family Social Work, and one of the earliest graduates of Wurzweiler. Dr. Linzer, believes that students in the master’s program need additional knowledge to serve the Jewish community.

The Certificate Program—established 16 years ago with a pilot group of eight students—responded to the expressed need of Jewish organizations for personnel whose training included not only traditional social work skills but enhanced Jewish content. While Wurzweiler itself, founded in 1957, has traditionally been committed to preparing students for the Jewish communal world, Dr. Linzer explains that the Certificate Program was created specifically to provide that additional knowledge. “Wurzweiler is unique,” says Dr. Linzer. Other schools offer similar social work or Jewish material, “this is the only program that fully integrates the two.” Many of the program’s more than 450 graduates now hold key leadership positions in federations and large Jewish agencies throughout the world. “We hope that by integrating Jewish content [into the electives], we will entice students,” says Dr. Linzer, noting that two new faculty members—Lynn Levy ’98W, MSW, former director of premarital education at the Union for Reform Judaism, and Saul Andron, PhD, who is active in the federation

world—will help expand its offerings. Prof. Levy will focus on the area of family systems; Dr. Andron on organizational structure. Joel Daner ’62W, Wurzweiler board member and another early graduate of the school, recalls the “incredible

Joel Carp ’65W
Senior vice president emeritus for community services and government relations, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, IL BUILDING COMMUNITY “It’s very easy to take away someone’s dignity, but almost impossible to give it back. Ours is a tradition of social justice— a strong connection must be drawn between the practice of social work and Jewish principles.” TAKING THE LEAD “In the early 80s, we created a service network for the old, poor, disabled, and new immigrants in Uptown Chicago. Today, the project boasts a five-story multiservice complex with a $1.2 million budget and represents the first time an organization went back into a neighborhood to recreate a sense of Jewish community.”

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Interdenominational Clergy Plan and Plan for Employed Persons (PEP) launched

Wurzweiler moves back to its present home in Washington Heights


Wurzweiler’s Board of Governors established, headed by Herbert H. Schiff of Columbus, OH


43 students from 11 states and from Canada graduate at the first commencement of Block Plan




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Joel Daner

Lynn Levy

Saul Andron

Amy Wasser-Simpson ’94W
Vice president for planning and community services, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Seattle, WA BUILDING COMMUNITY “I used my internship to broaden the scope of my responsibilities at my workplace, the Jewish Federation. That’s how I discovered I wanted to work in planning.” TAKING THE LEAD “In 2001, we did a demographic study that looked at how our community had grown over the past 10 years and the implications of that data so that it would be easier for the institutions in our community to form a plan of action. Many other communities across the country have used this model.”

offering unique material to prepare for Jewish communal service,” says Mr. Daner. As director of personnel services, training, and human relations for

Robert Aronson ’78W
Director and chief executive officer, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, MI BUILDING COMMUNITY “The most important thing I learned at Wurzweiler was that there was such a thing as a Jewish professional. It was a turning point in my life. Meeting people who cared about Jewish communal service was a revelation.” TAKING THE LEAD “We launched the $60-million Millennium Campaign, with each gift of $1 million targeted to a different area of Jewish life. And with the Professional Leaders Project, we came up with a national initiative to assure a steady flow of Jewish leaders from generation to generation by providing generous scholarships.”

thing needed in Jewish communal work today is a knowledge and understanding of how the Jewish community operates,” he says. “And that requires effective networking.” Different organizations in the Jewish communal world have different needs. Jewish Family Services and vocational services demand clinical experience; national groups, fundraising organizations, and federations need community organi-


Max Kleinman ’76W
Executive vice president, United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey, Whippany, NJ BUILDING COMMUNITY “Professors Charles Levy and Louis Levitt helped me understand the political climate, the role of interest groups, how to mobilize, and how to encourage people.” TAKING THE LEAD “Jewish communal professionals need to be master motivators, organizers, and fundraisers, and they must know how to measure success and failure. I helped create senior citizens camps in New Jersey and Minneapolis, and an endowment program for Jewish education.”

camaraderie and warmth between the [then] small student body and faculty.” He graduated the first year the school accepted clinical students; prior to that, the focus was entirely on group work. “Wurzweiler has always walked a kind of tightrope [since] there’s been a fine line between being an accredited school of social work, with all the skills that entails, and

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United Jewish Communities for over a decade, he has seen first-hand the need for more trained Jewish professionals. “The most important


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Dr. Norman Linzer appointed acting dean


The first group of students from South Dakota graduate from the Block Plan—they include Patricia Mechling ’86W, Bonnie Rigenbach ’86W, and Constance Watson ’86W

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The Certificate in Jewish Communal Service is inaugurated


Pinchas Berger ’71W
Director of Jewish community services, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York, NY BUILDING COMMUNITY “Wurzweiler provided a context of Jewish values that has continued to inform my work. I also received invaluable feedback from the faculty.” TAKING THE LEAD “I helped to develop a variety of programs to serve the Jewish community that have become significant models of practice—in particular, the placement of social workers in synagogues, an HIV/AIDS prevention education protocol in response to the epidemic, and designing mental health services for émigrés.”

zation skills; and JCCs need both. Mr. Daner says he would like to see Wurzweiler focus more on administrative skills, offering a variety of continuing education courses. Jay Sweifach ’88W,’02W, DSW, who received his master’s and doctorate from Wurzweiler and now serves as assistant professor, agrees that “responding to the unique challenges and complexities of the Jewish community today requires specialized knowledge and skill.” “A social work education with a focus on Jewish communal service is a standard of excellence” in training Jewish professionals, he says. With this in mind, the Certificate focuses on specialized practice and administration in Jewish settings. Dr. Sweifach, who worked as director of youth services for 10

years for JCC MetroWest in New Jersey, recalls that during that time, the JCC had eight full-time MSW youth workers, all with degrees from Wurzweiler. In a scholarly paper comparing JCC personnel with and without social work training, Dr. Sweifach reported that there are pronounced differences—in knowledge, skills, values, and perceptions— between the two groups. According to Dr. Sweifach’s findings, a great deal of worker time is spent on the agency’s social service function, “emanating out of its concern for individual, family, and community interaction.” And, he concluded, “as long as these goals continue to permeate agency function, there will be a continued need to maintain a social work presence in agencies such as JCCs.” O

Marc Terrill ’88W
President, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, MD BUILDING COMMUNITY “Wurzweiler instilled an appreciation and awareness of the complex nature of community and the role of the practitioner in facilitating the nurturing of healthy and empowered communities.” TAKING THE LEAD “Last year, the Baltimore Jewish Community had more volunteers engaged in agency work, more donors who supported our resource development efforts, and an Annual Campaign which surpassed the $30 million mark for the first time in our history. I’m most pleased with our veteran and next generation leadership in bridging generational differences and working in unison on our community’s Strategic Plan.” Jay Sweifach teaches in the Certificate Program.


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In collaboration with the Jewish Board of Family Children’s Services and the New York Association for New Americas, Wurzweiler enrolls Russian émigré professionals for retraining



Silvia and Irwin Leiferman Center for Professional Training in the Care of the Elderly established through a gift from Irwin Leiferman


The Carl C. Icahn Institute for Child Protection established to train students in detection, treatment, and prevention of child abuse




David I. Schachne appointed Board Chair

An Aging Concern




Wurzweiler’s involvement in gerontology has come a long way. Despite the existence of a post-graduate Gerontology Institute at the school from 1976 to 1988, a study by faculty in the late 1980s showed that many alumni had little knowledge of the field. Today, faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way in raising awareness on issues of aging.


When she arrived at Wurzweiler in 1988, Associate Professor Susan Bendor, DSW—who conducted the alumni study with Charles Auerbach, PhD—knew that gerontology was “the wave of the future.” The Gerontology Institute, which had been led by Dr. Celia Weisman, was headed for dissolution due to a lack of interest. Dr. Weisman had retired, taking her interest in developing policies and programs for the elderly to agencies in the metropolitan New York area and to the United Nations NGOs. Nonetheless, “I had to make sure that students could still study gerontology,” recalls Dr. Bendor. Following in Dr. Weisman’s footsteps, she became involved with the Washington Heights & Inwood Council on Aging, Inc. (WHICOA), an umbrella organization of 25 community and government agencies serving the elderly in Northern Manhattan. Dr. Bendor saw good field opportunities for students to work with the active elderly population served by WHICOA agencies. As many sites did not have an MSW-level social worker to supervise students, she helped hire a roving supervisor, paid for by a grant from the United Way

Fern Hertzberg ’87W
Executive director, ARC XVI-Fort Washington, Inc., New York, NY WHAT I LEARNED “Social work is about building community. My Wurzweiler field assignments gave me contacts that led to my first job at the agency I now lead. There is such an interlocking history between my years at Wurzweiler and my position in the community—it’s hard to know where one ends and the other begins.” CURRENT GOALS “We’re working on extending the senior center to be open on the weekend. People have nowhere to go—they need a place to socialize and have a meal.”

National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education—an initiative funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation through the Council on Social Work Education—Wurzweiler faculty Joanna Mellor DSW, Richard Caputo, PhD, director of the doctoral program, and Dr. Mason, are helping to infuse aging-related content into Wurzweiler’s curriculum. “We work with curriculum chairs in each content area to make sure

Strategic Alliance Fund. “In the last 10 years, we have had 42 student internships in the Gerontology Student Project,” Dr. Bendor says. With a grant from the Leslie Fox Samuels Foundation, professor Susan Mason, PhD, and David Strug, PhD, are now researching whether these graduates are still working with the elderly. Thanks to a grant from the

Susan Bendor


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On its 40th anniversary, Wurzweiler is presented with two NY State Assembly proclamations by Assemblyman Vito Lopez ’70W



Wurzweiler hosts its first symposium examining Black-Jewish issues, featuring Kweisi Mfume, Hugh Price, and Israel Singer

First HIV/AIDS conference held

Wurzweiler creates the Gerontology Student Project with the Washington Heights and Inwood Council on Aging


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Wurzweiler hosts second “African Americans and Jews: A Dialogue for the 21st Century,” featuring Martin Luther King, III as keynote speaker

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Dr. Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur ’02W, ’06W
Director of admissions and discharge services, Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, Bronx, NY WHAT I LEARNED “My education has broadened my horizons and visionary ability while firming up a sense of humility necessary in the field of social work. This has enabled me to enjoy a strong leadership position at Jewish Home and Hospital.” CURRENT GOALS “I’m making the transition into academia—I will be teaching “Social Work in Health Care” in the fall.”

aging is included in our courses and to see that the faculty is educated about aging,” says Dr. Mellor, a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America who recently co-edited Baby Boomers: Can My Eighties Be Like My Fifties? Dr. Mason, chair of the curriculum committee, views this effort as urgent and far-reaching. “It’s a challenge to get young

Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur, of Jewish Home and Hospital, focused on gerontology in her PhD.

Joanna Mellor

students interested in working with older people. Because we offer electives and encourage students to think in that direction, it is happening, but we have to keep working on it—we have to think of it as a long-term goal.” Dr. Caputo, author of the recentlypublished Challenges of Aging on US Families: Policy and Practice Implications, reports that the PhD Program is attracting students with interests in the area of aging. Five recent doctoral graduates, Phyllis ErlbaumZur ’03W, PhD; Ilan Ledner ’00W, PhD; Jinsheng Qiu ’99W, ’05W, PhD; Evelyn Laureano ’04W, PhD; and Jill Becker-Feigeles ’97W, ’06W, PhD, have completed dissertations related to gerontology. For the past several years, the school has hosted conferences on issues in aging that have attracted practitioners and policy makers from across the New York Metropolitan area. “Meeting the Challen-

ges of Older Persons: Combining Practice and Policy, National and International Perspectives on

Dr. Evelyn Laureano ’04W
Executive director, Neighborhood Self Help by Older Persons Project, Inc. (SHOPP) Bronx, NY WHAT I LEARNED “At Wurzweiler, I found my niche as a strengthsbased practitioner. The ‘Theoretical Foundations’ class opened my eyes to empowerment theory. I have built my organization using this theoretical framework—it has proved to be most valuable professionally.” CURRENT GOALS “We want to expand the services we offer to reflect the continuum of needs for elders of color. We’re in the planning stage with the proposal for a grant to develop a NORC supportive services program.”

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Third “African Americans and Jews: A Dialogue for the 21st Century,” features the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.





The Fifth HIV and Diversity Conference is held at Wurzweiler

Career Development Center opened



NY State Department of Education approves conversion of DSW degree to Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare degree



Wurzweiler establishes field work program for ACS employees at Child Protection Center, Montefiore Hospital


Joseph Bensmihen ’95W
President and chief executive officer, United Elder Care Services and Boca Home Care, Boca Raton, FL WHAT I LEARNED “By incorporating my field placement into my academic studies, my education taught me to foresee outcomes. I’m like the surrogate son in Florida: when adult children have questions, they call me. It is sometimes difficult for them to grasp what the problem is. If you can foresee the difference between the question that is being asked versus the actual need, you can have a plan that works 100 percent of the time.” CURRENT GOALS “I was recently elected president of the Florida Private Care Association, the trade association which represents the interests of care givers and families in the pursuit of home health care services. I will also be on the new Governor of Florida’s Health Care Transition Team.

Student Carmen Lopez (right) works at ARC XVI-Fort Washington Senior Center.

tackles—and that have been championed by Drs. Bendor and Mellor, and alumni such as Fern Hertzberg ’87W, executive director of ARC XVI Fort Washington Senior Center —is the development of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs), in which people age together in housing complexes not originally intended for seniors. Wurzweiler faculty view the Baby Boomer retirement wave and its impact on service needs as a wake-up call for students and faculty to become involved in aging issues. “My hope is that we can end up with a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute on aging,” says Dr. Mellor. Somewhere, Celia Weisman is smiling. O

Aging,” co-chaired by Rosa Perla Resnick Helfgot ’76W, DSW and Dr. Bendor, explored the local implications of the UN International Plan of Action on Aging in 2002. “The Future of Aging” conveyed policy and service recommendations to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, DC. and “SelfNeglect of Elder Persons,” in 2006, took an interdisciplinary approach to issues such as hoarding, depression, and social isolation (see story on page 5). Gerontology is also one of the symposia themes being highlighted in the 50th anniversary conference, Celebrating a Tradition of Caring, on May 6–8 2007. “We are making ourselves visible and identifying ourselves as

players in this big arena,” says Dr. Mellor. She hopes to get ongoing funds for the development of a gerontology specialty, now a pilot project in which two students will rotate between two agencies for their field requirement, and graduate with four different experiences in working with the elderly. Dr. Mason and Dr. Strug are also examining the effect of culture on coping mechanisms in Hispanic and Chinese American elderly in New York City post-9/11, research that has already been published in The Journal of Gerontological Social Work. In its capacity as a member of WHICOA, Wurzweiler also cosponsors the interagency council’s annual conferences on aging. Among the issues the conference

Dr. Rebecca Mushkin ’80W
Director of senior services, Sunnyside Community Services, New York, NY WHAT I LEARNED “Wurzweiler emphasized getting in touch with clients’ feelings, which still influences how I practice social work.” CURRENT GOALS “After the opening of our $2 million state-of-the-art center for active older adults, I will be focusing on the needs of our members, as well as the needs of the community of Western Queens, in line with our commitment to building and maintaining strong and integrated communities.”



Dr. Robert Schwalbe appointed Board Chair

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Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University created, led by Dr. Adrienne Asch

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Wurzweiler launches 50th anniversary celebrations with alumni gatherings and professional symposia across the United States, Canada, and Israel

Sixth multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS symposium held at the New York Academy of Medicine


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Wurzweiler School of Social Work
50th Anniversary Conference and Gala Dinner May 6–8, 2007


Celebrating a Tradition of Caring: Social Work Practice Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


he culmination of our golden anniversary celebration will be marked by a major professional social work conference in New York City. We invite your submission in our Call for Papers. E-mail wsswabstract@yu.edu with your submission or for more information. This landmark event will include a gala dinner on Sunday, May 6, honoring various political dignitaries and individuals whose contributions throughout the years have helped distinguish Wurzweiler from among this nation’s leading academic institutions. Join your classmates in this once-in-alifetime opportunity to pay tribute to the school where you began your journey as a social worker.

Sheraton New York 811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street New York, NY 10019 Special room reservation rates are available for out-of-towners.

For more information about any of the 50th anniversary events, contact Mark Miller, director of alumni affairs Wurzweiler School of Social Work 212-960-0127 cmmiller@yu.edu

Tuesday October 24, 2006 6:00 PM

Catastrophic Events: The Challenges of Working with People in Crisis Hillel House, McGill University, 3460 Rue Stanley, Montreal, Quebec Featuring Dr. Heidi Heft LaPorte and Dr. Jay Sweifach, assistant professors. Alumni reception from 6 PM to 7 PM, program open to Montreal community from 7 PM to 9 PM. Inheriting the Past and Influencing the Future: A Conference for Adult Children of Holocaust Survivors Baycrest Wagman Centre, 55 Ameer Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Dr. Susan Bendor, associate professor, will discuss “Strong at the Broken Places: Diverse Voices from the Second Generation.” Gladstone’s Wine Bar and Grill, 398 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario Alumni reception. Featuring remarks by founding dean Morton Teicher and Dr. Susan Bendor. Twenty-five Years of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: An Interdisciplinary Symposium New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Featuring Dr. Arye Rubenstein, director of The Family Immunology Clinic and professor in the departments of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Sunday October 29, 2006 8:45 AM–3:30 PM 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Friday November 17, 2006 9:30 AM–3:30 PM

NJ Wednesday December 6, 2006 6:00 PM

The First 50 Years at Wurzweiler Fair Lawn Jewish Center, 10-10 Norma Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ Alumni reception featuring Dr. Morton Teicher, Wurzweiler’s founding dean; Dr. Sam Goldstein, former dean; Dr. Elsbeth Couch, former professor; and Dr. Sheldon R. Gelman, Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, WSSW. How Historical Developments at Wurzweiler Reflect Changes in Society The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD Alumni reception featuring Dr. Sheldon R. Gelman, Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, WSSW; Dr. Morton Teicher, founding dean; and Dr. Norman Linzer, Samuel J. and Jean Sable Professor of Jewish Family Social Work. Healing Individual and Collective Traumas The Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA Dr. Shantih Clemans, assistant professor, and Tamar Miller ’80W participate in a panel discussion. Alumni cocktail reception to follow. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Practice Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA Alumni brunch with Dr. Norman Linzer, Samuel J. and Jean Sable Professor of Jewish Family Social Work. Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel will deliver greetings. Boundaries: When Your Neighbor is Your Client – Ethical and Cultural Considerations Avera McKennan Transplant Institute, 1001 East 21 Street, Sioux Falls, SD Conference in conjunction with NASW, featuring Dr. Simone Gordon, adjunct assistant professor, and Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, associate dean. Alumni reception to follow. Ethical Issues in Social Work: Organizational and Individual Responses Venue and time to be announced. Alumni conference featuring Dr. Adrienne Asch, Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, as keynote speaker Dr. Morton Teicher, founding dean, speaks about the history of Wurzweiler at lunch reception. Wurzweiler’s Contribution to Israel Time and venue to be announced. Dr. Sheldon R. Gelman, Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, WSSW, will speak at a reception in conjunction with the World Conference of Jewish Communal Service, where Professor Naomi Abramowitz and Dr. Sol Green, former Wurzweiler faculty, will be honored.

Thursday December 7, 2006 6:00 PM

Sunday January 28, 2007 1:00 PM-6:00 PM

Sunday February 11, 2007 11:00 AM

Monday–Tuesday March 26-27, 2007


Sunday–Tuesday June 24-26, 2007


Honor Your Most Inf luential Professor
On the occasion of Wurzweiler’s 50th anniversary, celebrate the faculty members who have had the greatest impact on you and your career. Consider a contribution in honor of your favorite faculty member/s and his/her name will be listed alongside yours in the upcoming issue of The Update alumni magazine.


1) Wurzweiler Unrestricted Fund A general fund that helps cover the deficit between operational expenses and tuition revenue. This fund is vital to the school. 2) Wurzweiler General Scholarship Fund A fund to assist students with established financial need. 3) 50th Anniversary Israeli and International Student Scholarship Fund A newly established fund that will help us continue our support of Israeli students and increase our recruitment efforts for students from other countries. 4) The Elaine Schott Advocacy and Social Action Initiative Established by Wurzweiler board member Elaine Schott and her husband, Rudy, this fund will support programs and activities to educate students about social action.

Our Goal is 100% Participation. Please Consider a First-Time Gift or an Increased Gift During This Milestone Year.
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Gifts of any amount will be truly appreciated. (Pledges of $5,000 or more may be paid over 5 years.) Use the accompanying envelope to make your contribution. We look forward to your participation in this historic event! Contact Leslie Waltzer Pollak, director of institutional advancement, at 212-960-0872 or Mark Miller, director of alumni relations, at 212-960-0127 for more information.


Board Member Elaine Schott Establishes Social Action Project
urzweiler Board member Elaine Schott and her husband, Rudy, have established a fund at Wurzweiler to motivate and empower students to be effective advocates and change agents, promoting social and economic justice both in their role as professionals and as citizens. “The aims of the Elaine Schott Advocacy and Social Action Initiative are consistent with the objectives of our existing Social Action Committee,” said Susan Bendor, DSW, associate professor and the committee’s chair. “We anticipate that the initiative will build Wurzweiler students’ competence in influencing social policy.” The project will have both theoretical and practical components. The theories of social action and advocacy will be infused into the curriculum, particularly the first-year practice courses. Two Common Day events will educate students and faculty about social action. All students will be encouraged to take part in Lobby Day in Albany. Finally, the curriculum committee will explore the possibility of adding an elective course on the topic. Using as a guide the ideas put forth by Judy Lee ’80W in her book, The Empowerment Approach to Social Work Practice, the initiative will develop a more potent sense of self among students, build their critical comprehension of the web of social and political realities, and cultivate resources and strategies to realize their personal and collective goals. O

F I F T Y Y E A R S O F G E N E R O S I T Y Thanks to all of our generous graduates, parents, foundations, agencies, corporations, and friends who have established or supported the following scholarships, programs, chairs, and deanship over the last half century. Your contribution has helped our students to become some of the most well-respected practitioners, researchers, and educators in the world. If you would like to support any of the funds below, or desire additional information, please contact Leslie Waltzer Pollak, director of institutional advancement, at 212 960-0872 or lpollak@yu.edu.
Alice and Herbert Barbanel Scholarship Fund Amy Bodian Endowed Scholarship Fund Anfang Jewish Communal Service Scholarship Fund Anfang Publication Fund Anolic Scholarship Asher Melzer Scholarship Fund for Students Studying Jewish Communal Services Atran Lecture Series Beate and Henry Voremberg Endowed Scholarship Aid Fund Benerofe Family Scholarship Fund Carl and Dorothy Bennett Chair in Pastoral Counseling Carl C. Icahn Foundation Institutes Scholarship for Child Protection Carole Scherz Memorial Fund for Landowne Library Central Bureau Jewish Aged Scholarship Fund for Students Committed to Advocacy Cielia Dicker Memorial Scholarship Fund Computer Learning Center Laboratory Daniel N. Davis Scholarship David Dubin Scholarship Fund for Students Interested in Entering Jewish Community Center Field David Goldman Student Recruitment Advertising David H. Zysman Scholarship Fund David Michael Kagan Memorial Scholarship Fund David Schachne Endowed Scholarship Fund Dean’s Discretionary Fund Dennis Mehiel 4H Endowed Scholarship Fund Doctoral Alumni Scholarship Fund Doctoral Fund on Child Abuse Dorothy and David I. Schachne Deanship Dorothy and David I. Schachne Scholars Program Dorothy and Philip Zaro Scholarship Fund Dorothy Carroll Endowed Scholarship Fund Dr. Israel Jacobowitz Scholarship in Memory of Father Nathan Dr. Maurice B. Hexter Endowed Fund Dr. Norman Lamm Merit Scholarships Program Established by Lorin Silverman Dr. Norman Lamm Scholarship Award Earmark for Ethiopian Jewry in Israel Project Ed Grupper Memorial Award Fund Eileen and Peter Rhulen Endowed Scholarship Fund (Peer) Evaluation Project Eugene Korda J. Endowed Fellowship Established by Anna Berta Mann Florence and Herbert Tenzer Scholarship Frank Selma Doctoral Scholarship Fund Fredda S. Leff Presidential Fellowship Endowment Fund Gerentological Studies Grace Mary Zimmerman Scholarship Harvey M. Krueger Scholarship Fund Health Policy Conference Hedi Steinberg Library Henry and Beate Voremberg Chair in Social Group Work Henry and Joan Katz Scholarship Henry Taub Endowed Scholarship Fund Henry Voremberg Endowed Scholarship Fund Herbert and Florrie Tenzer Personal Scholarship Fund Herbert Schiff Computer Program Herbert Schiff Scholarship Ira and Rose Yavarkovsky Endowed Scholarship Israel Humanitarian Foundation Scholarship Israel Program Israeli and International Student Scholarship Fund Jack D. Weiler Endowed Scholarship Fund James Young Scholarship Fund Janet Saporta Adler Scholarship Fund Janie and Robert Schwalbe Program for Aids Education Janie and Robert Schwalbe Scholarship Jewish Communal Service Scholarships Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Scholarships Joyce and Arthur Joseph Endowed Scholarship Fund Krueger Scholars (Three SecondYear Students) Lawrence and Ruth Kobrin Endowed Scholarship Leah Chinitz Memorial Fund for Student Emergency Loans Leon Luchansky Memorial Scholarship Fund Lifelong Center for Learning and Social Development Lilian Kitt Golden Award Lilly Tempelsman Scholarship Martha K. Selig (Judaica Fund) Martin Birnbaum Group Work Scholarship Fund Marvin and Dassie Bienenfeld Israeli Student Working with Russian Jews Marvin Bienenfeld Scholarships Students from Long Beach Meri Kraidman Endowed Scholarship Mildred and Philip P. Goodkin Scholarship Fund Milton Gralla Scholarship Fund Mr. and Mrs. Harvey M. Krueger Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Martin Prince Endowed Scholarship Muriel and David Goldman Scholarship Fund Murray Raim Scholarship Fund Naomi Anolic Memorial Scholarship Nathan and Sadie Garfinkel and Rose and Irving Closter Memorial Scholarship Native Leadership Scholarship Neil Norry Endowed Scholarship Fund Norman Seiden Endowed Scholarship Peter Krueger Scholarship Phyllis G. Minces Memorial Book Fund Rachel and Felix Kraidman Memorial Scholarship Rachel and Felix Kraidman Memorial Lectureship Rita and Martin Prince Scholarship Riverside Memorial Chapel Personal Endowed Scholarship Robert W. Schiff Scholarship, Landowne Library Ronald Shear Scholarship for Needy Students Roselyn and Walter Weitzner Endowed Scholarship Fund Ruth and Lawrence Kobrin Certificate Program in Jewish Communal Service S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation Scholarship Samuel and Jean Sable Chair in Jewish Family Studies Samuel Hausman Chair in Communal Social Work Sarah Lederman Endowed Scholarship Fund Scheuer Family Foundation Scholarship in Gerontology Scheuer Foundation Scholarship for New Soviet Emigres Scholarship Fund for Students in Oncology Shield Institute Scholarship Shirley and Milton Gralla Scholarship for Resettlement of Soviet Jewry Silvia and Irwin Leiferman Center for Professional Training/Care of Elderly Simon Gold Scholarship Soviet Jews Resettlement Scholarship Stanton Gerontological Lecture Student Discretionary Fund Beate and Henry Voremberg Endowed Scholarship Fund Central Bureau for the Jewish Aged Scholarship Dr. Israel Jacobowitz Scholarship in Memory of his Father, Nathan Jacobowitz Elaine Schott Social Action Initiative Isadore Orenstein Endowed Scholarship Fund Sadinoff-Katz Scholarship Fund Schott Family Endowed Scholarship Fund Thelma and Maurice Leigh Memorial Scholarship Linda C. Cooper Memorial Award United Way Scholarship Fund Wexner Foundation Fellowship Grant William E. Wiener Chair in Jewish Communal Organization 5 0 T H A N N I V E R S A RY I S S U E Wurzweiler School of Social Work Committee to Strengthen Group Work in Jewish Community Centers


Representatives from American Jewish World Service gave out information on genocide in Darfur to Jill Becker-Feigeles ’97W, ’06W PhD at Common Day

Dr. Margaret Gibelman Memorial Doctoral Scholarship Fund



Celebrating 40 Years of the Atran Foundation’s Support
cults and their impact on Jewish youth, and changing patterns in philanthropy in the Jewish community. It has brought outstanding social work practitioners, educators, and community leaders onto campus—such as Barry Schrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston; Professors Uri Aviram and Eliezer Jaffe from Hebrew University in Israel; and David Black, executive director of the JCC in Manhattan. The foundation also supports the publication and distribution of Wurzweiler’s annual journal, The Social Work Forum. The foundation was established in 1945 by Frank Z. Atran, an entrepreneur in the textiles and real estate industries. Mr. Atran grew up in the province of Kiev, Russia, and was swept up in the socialist revolution, joining the Bund, a Jewish socialist group. He took part in the failed uprising of 1905 where he was shot in both legs. He left the Soviet Union in 1925 for Berlin after the Bolshevik takeover. There he built a successful hosiery business, Etam, becoming a partner in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. After fleeing Nazi Germany for the United States in 1940, he went into real estate and property management. The foundation provided a framework for his continued activism, and supported such causes as the survival of imperiled Jews around the world, both after the Holocaust and in the Soviet Union and Ethiopia; Yiddish culture; labor education and labor relations; medical research; and social welfare. Thank you to the members of the Atran Foundation, and in particular its president, Diane Fischer, for making a difference in the lives of so many individuals. O

Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Robert Schwalbe, MSW, PhD Chair Joan Sadinoff Katz, ’80W, MSW Vice Chair Arthur Joseph Treasurer Herbert Barbanel Secretary Joan O’Donnell, ’80W, MSW Assistant Secretary David I. Schachne, LHD Chair Emeritus Janet Adler, ’96W, MSW David A. Alpert Edward Anfang Joseph Bartlett Froma Benerofe, MSW Madaleine Berley, MSW David B. Chapnick Joel Daner, ’60Y, ’62W, MSW Philip P. Goodkin Richard M. Joel Saul Kagan Lawrence Kobrin Meri Kraidman, ’62W, MSW Ira Kukin Robin Hirtz Meltzer, PhD Eileen Rhulen Peter Rhulen Irving M. Rosenbaum Elaine J. Schott, MSW Lilly Tempelsman, ’79W, MSW Morry J. Weiss Roselyn Weitzner, ’76W, MSW

Estanne Fawer, founder of Miklat


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hen Estanne Fawer and Noach Korman, founder and executive director respectively of Miklat—Israel’s only network of domestic violence shelters for ultra-Orthodox Jewish women and children—spoke at Wurzweiler in June, it was a rare opportunity for students and faculty to learn more about a little-known topic. Ms. Fawer’s talk was sponsored by the Atran Foundation, whose generous support to Wurzweiler over the past four decades has ensured that the Atran Lecture Series deepens and enriches students’ education in topics related to social work. This year marks not only Wurzweiler’s 50th anniversary, but the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the lecture series at the school. “The Atran Foundation serves an integral role in the education of our students,” Sheldon R. Gelman, PhD, David I. and Dorothy Schachne Dean, said. “The Atran Lecture Series exposes our students every year to important topics and speakers that prepare them for the field.” Over the years, the lecture series has addressed such topics as the evolving role of Jewish Family Service,

Honorary Governor Ira Yavarkovsky

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Thanks for Your Generosity
The accomplishments of Wurzweiler’s faculty and students would not be possible without the generosity of friends like you.
Thank you to our alumni donors, who contributed to Annual Fund 2006 (July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006)
Mrs. Gail Abramson ’76W Rabbi Mitchell S. Ackerson ’89W Mrs. Janet Saporta Adler ’95W Mrs. Carmeta V. Albarus-Rodney ’95W Ms. Helen L. Aldor ’92W Ms. Johane Marie Alexandre ’04W Mrs. Edith Hersch Allen ’81W Mrs. Marian Davidson Amodeo ’76W Mrs. Shoshanna April ’81W Mrs. Barbara P. Arfe ’80W Mrs. Deirdre Arnowitz ’75W Mr. Gadi Aronson ’92W Ms. Joan G. Astrin ’97W Mrs. Sara J. Bailyn ’86W Mrs. Laura Stark Baker ’89W Ms. Shira Carol Barnett ’78W Mrs. Naomi Bar-Yam ’81W Ms. Yocheved S. Bateman ’2004W Mrs. Barbara Baum ’77W Ms. Vivian Becker ’69W Ms. Nira Miriam Beer ’81W Mrs. Sheryl Bellman ’72W Ms. Randie Robin Bencanann ’82W Mrs. Lisa Bendetowicz ’92W Ms. Elisabeth A Bennett ’97W Mrs. Desiree Berkley ’03W Rabbi and Mrs Elchonon M. Berkowitz ’85W Mrs. Lisa Berley ’77W Mrs. Bertha A. Berman ’83W Dr. Lois Bernabo ’79W Dr. Charles S. Bershatsky ’83W Mr. Joshua D Bienenfeld ’85W Mrs. Yuditha R. Bienenfeld ’75W Mr. and Mrs. Stewart M. Birnbaum ’79W Mrs. Sara M. Birnbaum ’03W Ms. Alice Blue ’84W Mr and Mrs. Ruby Asuleen ’81W Mr. Stuart J. Bokser ’73W Mr. Irving Borenstein ’86W Ms. Lorraine J. Braun ’86W Mrs. Sora Brazil ’75W Ms. Stacie A. Bresler ’96W Mrs. Amy Brody ’85W Ms. Marcia Iris Bronstein ’82W Mr. Neil Bueno ’03W Ms. Maxine Angella Campbell-Reid ’00W Ms. Laurie B. Caplan ’95W Mr. Frank J. Cassa ’91W Mr. Saul M. Chapnick ’80W Ms. Alicia Cohen ’83W Rabbi Herman Lester Cohen ’82W Ms. Lisa Cohen ’93W Ms. Susan E. Cohen ’88W Ms. Scott B. Colton ’83W Ms. Helene Bell Cook ’05W Ms. Harriet B. Copeland ’65W Mr. Richard A. Corman’76W Mrs. Emily Damron ’84W Ms. Victoria David ’02W Mr. Joel Daner WS Ms Marcia Davidowitz ’75W Ms. Susan W. Davis ’97W Ms. Florence De Lavalette ’92W Mr. Allen Dickstein ’69W Mrs. Lois W. Dinkin ’63W Ms. Diane Dougherty ’95W Ms. Dahrys Druck ’73W Ms. Catherine Duffy ’82W Ms. Syma Echeandia ’68W Ms. Jacquelyn Efram ’82W Mrs. Nancy Einbinder ’73W Mrs. Marci Eisen ’80W Ms. Lynn Ellenbogen ’82W Ms. Judith G. Ellman ’79W Dr and Mrs. Lawrence Miller ’77W Mr. Nathan Etrog ’69W Mrs. Dolores Etrog-Friedel ’71W Mrs. Lillian Evers ’77W Ms. Mindy Evnin ’69W Ms. Debbie J. Ezersky ’89W Ms. Andrea C. Fallick ’85W Mrs. Myra Coren Feinberg ’78W Mrs. Audrey Feiner ’92W Mrs. Harriet Feiner ’64W Ms. Gwendolyn C. Feldman ’98W Mr. Matthew Saul Feldman ’01W Mrs. Susan Mindy Ferbank ’78W Mr. David Fiebert ’04W Mrs. Phyllis Fien ’79W Ms. Myrna Figueroa-Henry ’04W Ms. Adell Fine ’70W Mrs. Linda Klein Fingerman ’79W Dr. Mark J. Flanzraich ’79W Mrs. Susan Forer-Dehrey ’80W Ms. Gillian D. Francis ’89W Mrs. Arlynn Freedman ’83W Ms. Barbara Gamm Frenkel ’82W Dr. Maina Fridman ’93W ’01W Ms. Lynn C. Friedman ’88W Mrs. Sari F. Friedman-Rosner ’94W Rev. Robert J. Fritz ’85W Rabbi Robyn Michelle Fryer ’01W Ms. Mildred Galonsky ’75W Ms. Ilse Garfunkel ’78W Mr. Peter H. Gartner ’83W Mrs. Mari-Ann Gaynes ’90W Ms. Andrea Lamb Gaynor ’00W Mr. Lawrence Gelfand ’65W Ms. Jane K. Gelsi ’86W Iby De George-Gearey ’ 06W Ms. Norma S. Gindes ’89W Mrs. Laurel R. Gladstone ’96W Dr. Rosalie J. Gleicher ’95W Ms. Marcia B. Glenn ’96W Ms. Sheryl Glickman ’72W Mrs. Andrea Goldberg ’82W Mrs. Harriet Faith Goldberg ’93W Mrs. Mary L. Goldiner ’76W Ms. Esther S. Goldman ’76W Mr. Herbert Goldman ’67W Ms. Nancy E. Goldstein ’73W Ms. Roberta I. Goldstein ’87W Mrs. Sorie Goldstein ’81W Dr. William Goldstein ’62W Mr. Gary P. Golio ’97W Ms. Lorie J. Gombin-Sperling ’79W Ms. Elizabeth Gomez ’96W Dr. Nancy T. Gonchar ’93W Mr. Edward C. Goodell ’66W Mrs. Rhoda H. Goodman ’78W Mr. Barry Stephen Gordon ’81W Mrs. Sharon Gordon ’89W Mrs. Laurence Gordon ’71W Rabbi Mel Gottlieb ’73W Mrs. Prudence Robin Gousby-Rogers ’05W Mrs. Regina Gradess ’76W Mrs. Marylin S. Granat ’84W Mrs. Rachael L. Gray-Raff ’87W Ms. Nkechi P. Green ’01W Mr. Martin Greenberg ’76W Mr. Sanford B. Gruenfeld ’93W Rabbi Peter H. Grumbacher ’91W Mrs. Felice C. Grunberger ’77W Mr. Rocco Guglielmo ’73W Mr. Steven Gursky ’82W Ms. Lynne Miller Guss ’80W Mr. Martin W. Haberer ’88W Mr. Sandor G. Haft ’85W Mrs. Doris J. Hait ’74W Mrs. Laura B. Hall ’80W Dr. Marilyn Hamlin Palasky ’96W Ms. Avery Hart ’95W Ms. Anne Hartley ’91W Ms. Carol Anne Harvey ’99W Mrs. Judith B. Haveson ’93W Dr. Henry Heinbach ’96W Mrs. Ann Heller ’82W Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks ’93W Ms. Esther Heyman ’67W Mr. Robert H. Hickman ’83W Mr. Edward N. Higgins ’78W Mrs. Devora Hoschander ’06W Mr and Mrs. Eric M. Hocky ’80W Mrs. Gayle Hoffman ’67W Mrs. Irene Hollander ’84W Mr. Stephen M. Horowitz ’66W Ms. Toby M. Horowitz ’69W Mrs. Tracy Horwitz ’92W Mr. Alan Isaacs ’83W Mr. and Mrs. Judah Isaacs ’86W Mr and Mrs. Gregg Jaclin ’01W Mr. David Lee Jacobs ’78W Ms. Hinda Jacobs ’85W Ms. Oreet Jiji ’80W Ms. Deborah Ann Josell ’00W Ms. Leslie R. Kallus ’79W Mr. Paul Kantrowitz’78W Mrs. Ellen Kaplan ’81W Ms. Carolyn Karasick ’81W Mrs. Ruth Nusbaum Katzenstein ’82W Mrs. Joan Sadinoff Katz ’80W Mr. Erik Shane Kessler’04W Mr. Jeffrey M. Kirschenbaum ’80W Mr. Larry Kirshner ’59W Ms. Relly Klarman ’94W Ms. Bonnie Sherman Klem ’80W Mr. Alan Edward Klugman ’80W Ms. Eve S. Kohut ’96W Mrs. Yona I. Kollin’80W Mrs. Barbara Korson ’93W Mrs. Florence Kraut ’76W Ms. Julia B. Kronfeld ’87W Mrs. Estelle Krumholz ’73W Ms. Margarita M. Kugler ’94W Mrs. Fayanne Kuttler ’83W Rabbi and Mrs. Stuart Lavenda’80W Mrs. Naomi Eibshutz Lazarus ’80W Mr. Harold A. Lederman ’81W Dr. Judith Dimant Lentz ’83W Mr. Shea Z. Lerner ’00W Ms. Lynn Susan Levanda ’89W Mrs. Ruth S. Levi ’90W Mr. and Mrs. Philip Levy ’98W Ms. Margo Joseph Levy ’85W Mrs. Jenifer Lewison ’87W Mrs. Ellen Lightman ’71 Dr. Norman Linzer ’60W Ms. Gabrielle D. Lipkin ’94W Mrs. Marcy L. Lippman ’86W Ms. Jill Feuerstein Lipson ’79W Ms. Rhonda J. Liss ’99W Ms. Inna V. Litrovnik ’93W Ms. Marilyn Litwak ’82W Ms. Marie Lopresti ’88W Mrs. Annelen Hughes Madigan ’96W Ms. Sofia Desiree Temel Maisler ’80W Mr. Wsewolod Majdanski ’64W Ms. Barbara K. Maltz ’80W Rabbi Alvin M. Marcus ’52W Dr. Valerie P. Markovitz ’97W Ms. Elaine B. Marks ’90W Mrs. Michelle Rothberg Marom ’97W Dr. Elaine Marshack ’84W Ms. Liduvina Martinez ’98W Mrs. Maritza Martinez ’05W Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mayer ’69W Ms. Linda D. Mccracken ’96W Ms. Cindy E. McQuade ’82W Mr. Robert A. Meyer ’87W Dr. Parivash M. Michlin ’92W C. Mark Miller ’06W Ms. Estelle B. Miller ’77W Mrs. Sheryl Millstein ’76W Sarah R. Mirsky ’06W Rabbi Meir E. Mitelman ’82W Mrs. Rochelle S. Mogilner ’82W Ms. Lisa Dale Moore ’78W Ms. Riquelma Moreno ’01W Mrs. Frady Moskowitz ’81W Mr. George J. Moskowitz ’84W Ms. Marilynn Myles ’92W Ms. Virginia B. Nade ’83W Ms. Doris N. Neil ’04W Mr. Jay D. Neinstein ’81W Mrs. Leah Slivko Nestelbaum ’78W Ms. Barbara Neuman ’81W Dr. Arline N. Newman ’86W Mr and Mrs. Erwin Newman ’81W Dr. Daniele Nisivoccia ’84W Mrs. Karen Novick ’93W Dr. Vukani Gaskell Nyirenda ’69W Mr. Harris Marshall Oberlander ’83W Mr. John P. O’Connell ’97W Mrs. Ethel Oderberg ’83W Mrs. Joan O’Donnell ’80W Mr. Arthur M. Okner ’95W Ms. Rebecca Oliver ’00W Mrs. Kate Osman ’93W Ms. Oluwakemi O. Owolabi ’01W Mrs. Naomi S. Oxman ’81W Ms. Elizabeth M. Padilla ’93W Dr. Joan K. Parry ’83W Ms. Ruth Parzen ’93W Dr. Adria Pearlman ’89W Ms. Shoshana Pearlman ’02W Mr. Merrill Robert Penn ’00W Mrs. Harriet Pepperheim ’65W Mr. Howard M. Percival ’75W Mrs. Aviva B. Peress ’73W Ms. Jacqueline Robinson Perrier ’01W Ms. Diane E. Peterson ’95W Ms. Loraine C. Petrucci ’96W Ms. Sue E. Pincusoff ’89W Mr. Gary L. Piscitelli ’80W Mr. Martin A. Pohrille ’75W Ms. Jill M. Pollack ’89W Ms. Elana R. Ponet ’90W Ms. Linda Stein Poskanzer ’79W Ms. Laura Price ’83W Ms. Madeline C. Queck ’90W Ms. Jinsheng Qiu’99W Mrs. Shulamis W. Rabinowitz ’87W Mrs. Barbara Rachlin ’81W Mrs. Melissa Eve Racklin ’00W Mrs. Eileen Rafield ’80W Ms. Seeta Ramprasad ’01W Mr. Sam Rausman ’78W Mrs. Rose S. Reiss ’67W Dr. Rosa Perla Resnick Helfgot ’76W Mr. David Ribakoff ’83W Dr and Mrs David S. Ribner ’74W Mrs. Beth P. Riemer-Schachtel ’85W Mrs. Bernice Ripson ’85W Mr. Hector Rivera ’99W Mrs. Carol E. Rocklin ’74W Ms. Eileen L. Rogers ’77W Dr. Reuben L. Romirowsky ’98W Rabbi Samuel B. Rosenberg ’89W Mrs. Esther Rosenthal ’76W Ms. Pamela J. Rosmarin ’95 Mrs. Debra Roth ’80W Ms. Vivian G. Roy ’93W Ms. Estelle Royfe ’81W Ms. Madlena Rozenblyum ’93W Mrs. Stephanie K. Sabar ’70W Mrs. Jodi Lynn Samson ’82W Mrs. Martha Sarnotsky ’78W Mr. Daniel Savage ’82W Mrs. Susan G. Sawyer ’96W Mrs. Barbara Scharfstein ’73W Mrs. Esther M. Schlesinger ’80W Ms. Audrey Schottland ’75W Ms. Arondelle L. Schreiber ’71W Mr. Michael Schwartz ’71W Mr. Herbert Schwarz ’69W Ms. Francine E. Schweiger ’92W Mr. Robert H. Schweitzer ’74W Mr. Richard T. Segall ’92W Mrs. Lisa Selsby ’68W Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Senter ’83W Dr. Anita Septimus ’82W Ms. Margarita Serper ’92W Ms. Helaine Shahar ’92W Ms. Donna J. Shakin ’80W Dr and Mrs William Shapiro ’71W Mr. Arie Shaw ’67W Mrs. Esther Shaw ’67W Ms. Rebecca Shein ’66W Ms. Sellie Selma Shine ’84W Dr. Dina Shtull-Leber ’81W Mrs. Anita Shulman ’75W Mrs. Adrienne Shutt ’80W Ms. Joy Silber ’69W Ms. Esther S. Silberberg ’02W Ms. Ellen Rhoda Silberman ’83W Cantor Paul C. Silbersher ’74W Mrs. Marilyn R. Silberstein ’69W Ms. Cheryl Silver ’98 Ms. Joyce Silver ’96W Ms. Julie K. Simhi ’91W Ms. Donna B. Simon ’89W Dr. Edwin Simon ’75W Dr. Alan M. Singer ’78W Mr. Richard Sipser ’78W Mrs. Robin M. Sloma ’86W Ms. Tatiana Sloutsky ’96W Ms. Judith Sue Sokolow ’79W Mrs. Sally Love Solnica ’83W Ms. Rosie Sosnowicz ’86W Mrs. Lora Speiser ’78W Mrs. Diane Sperber ’76W Dr. Meryl Nadel Spigelman ’94W Mr. Zvi S. Spiler ’76W Mrs. Judy S. Spira ’82W Ms. Sheila Stanger ’84W Mr. Alan I. Stein ’95W Mrs. Amy Steinberg ’79W Mr. Herbert S. Steiner ’94W Ms. Jean Steinfeld ’80W Mr. Ira J. Steinmetz ’60W Mrs. Marjorie Stern ’76W Mr. Todd L. Stettner ’74W Ms. Judith Sultan ’97W Mrs. Sylvia D. Taubenfeld ’02W Ms. Helen Theodorou ’64W Mrs. Lilly Tempelsman ’79W Mr. Joseph M. Tierney ’99W Mrs. Terri K. Tompkins ’00W Dr. Kathleen Triche ’94W Mrs. A. Lillian Trilling ’84W Mr. Stuart D. Trosch ’86W Mrs. Ellayda Trubetskoy ’02W Mr. Gene M. Tullio ’76W Mr. and Mrs. David Z Twersky ’82W Ms. Barbara Collene Vail-Stout ’83W Mr. Alan M. Vietze ’94W Dr. Florence Vigilante ’80W Sister Monica B. Vinges ’00W Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Wallach ’79W Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Wallach ’79W Derrick Thomas Watson ’06W Mr and Mrs Philip Weberman ’80W Ms. Mary S Webster ’79W Mr. Stephen Gary Weinberg ’79W Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Weinstein ’76W Mrs. Muriel G. Weisel ’64W Dr. Bella K. Weisfogel ’78W Mr. Sidney Weiss ’79W Mrs. Judith Gordon Weitz ’79W Ms. Viva L. White ’04W Mrs. Roselyn Weitzner ’76W Mrs. Bonnie M. Wind ’81W Ms. Leslye Gail Winkelman ’81W Mrs. Sandra Wintman Welkes ’76W Mrs. Leah Wolin ’84W Ms. Eve K. Woodfin ’90W Ms. Ruth Zachary ’79W Mrs. Bella Zelkin ’03W Mrs. Janet L. Zimmerman ’79W Mrs. Susan Zito ’71W Mrs. Miriam Glassner Zucker ’71W Ms. Roberta G. Zuckerman ’94W

Thank you to the following friends, foundations and corporations who contributed to Annual Fund 2006
A.M. Josephs Family Limited Partnership Mr. and Mrs. Edward Anfang Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Barbanel Jeannette P. Barron Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Benerofe Dr. and Mrs. Martin Birnbaum Mr. Arnold Penner and Mrs. Madaleine Berley Ms. Nicola Binglano Dr. and Mrs. Eugene L. Bodian Mr. Leonard N. Brown Mr. Irving Burkhoff Dr. Marcia B. Cohen Channel Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David B. Chapnick Cremona Fund, Inc. Ms. Madeleine L. Dale Mr. and Mrs. Joel Daner Ms. Areyeh Edelman Mr. Gavriel Fagin Mr. William Farmen Mr. Warren A. Felt Family First, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Daniel T. Forman Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon R. Gelman The Gill Family Trust Mr. Ralph I. Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Philip Goodkin Ms. Patricia E. Graydon Mrs. Frances Harris Jewish Communal Fund of New York Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton- Passaic Ms Ferne Katleman Mr Abraham Katz Ms. Pat K. Kobes Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Krueger Mr. Emil Lax Ms. June M. Linden Mr. Norman Linzer Dr. Don-David Lusterman Mr. Jeffrey Mac Mr. Umberto Marcucci Minneapolis Foundation Mr. Robert G. Neuville Mr. and Mrs. Laurence O’Donnell Ms. Deborah K. Orth Mrs. Anna Smith Payne Ms. Diane Pearl Ms. Bessie Pine Jean and Henry Pollak Leslie and Steve Pollak Mr. David M Raim Mr. John H. Ramey Riverside Memorial Chapel Mrs. Claudia J. Rosa-Bienenfeld Mr. Irving M. Rosenbaum Samuel J. and Jean Sable Family Foundation Dr. and Mrs. David I. Schachne Elaine and Rudy Schott Dr. and Mrs. Robert Schwalbe Joel M. Schreiber Family Foundation Inc. Ms. Barbara Schwimmer Mrs. Ethelle Shatz Eleanor and Barry Shrage Alan B Slifka Foundation Mr. Albert Stein Mr. Maurice Tempelsman Dr. Charles Trent Mr. Gregory J. Tully Mrs. Ruth Warshauer-Metzger Washington Center for Psychotherapy Westchester Golf Association Lauren and Steven Witkoff Wurzeiler 2005 Block Students Mrs. Roberta R. Zweifler Mrs. Dorothy Zaro


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Degrees of Excellence

More than 150 master’s and nine PhD students graduated from Wurzweiler in 2006. Louise Skolnick, DSW (this page: middle row, first photo), director of human services in the Department of Health and Human Services for Nassau County, and Marc

Terrill ’88W, MSW (facing page: middle row, second photo), president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, delivered commencement addresses and were honored at the May and Block graduation ceremonies respectively.

May Graduation 2006


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Block Graduation 2006


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Victor B. Geller YH, Y, ’50W received an honorary degree from Yeshiva University at its first Academic Convocation and Weeklong Colloquium in Israel in March 2006 (see News article on pg. 6).

Primer on the American Jewish Community, is going into its third edition. Richard Corman ’76W recently became president of the board of directors of Rutgers Hillel. He is executive director of the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains, and lives with his wife, Jean, in Westfield, N.J. Dr. Martin Garfinkle Y, ’76W recently published The Jewish Community of Washington D.C. (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing). Felice (Cohen) Grunberger ’77W is a geriatric care manager in private practice in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. She lives in Silver Spring, Md. Rebecca Hecht ’77W is a psychotherapist at Volunteers of America, where she works with nursing-home residents. She lives in Lincoln, Mass.

Syma (Ehrlich) Echeandia ’68W is the director of the Behavioral Health Center, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Mich. Frances Slater ’64W is a psychotherapist in Boulder, Col., specializing in women’s issues, PTSD, and crisis intervention. She volunteers for the Boulder County AIDS Project and chairs the Boulder County Victim Compensation Board.

Carol (Schultz) Welsch ’78W is the clinical director of the New Jersey Association for Psychotherapy. She is the founder of Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel’s Parenting Center, which offers educational and supportive programs for families after the birth of their first child. She has three grandchildren, with whom she recently learned to ski! Dr. Elliot M. Zeisel ’73W is a psychoanalyst in private practice and is on the faculty at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York City.

Myra Ackerman ’87W is a program manager with Travels Aid Family Services in Boston, where she assists homeless families with transitional housing. Irene (Borins) Ash ’87W is working on an exhibit of photos and text for the Ontario Long Term Care Association to help change the negative image of aging in a nursing home. The exhibit is scheduled for the Annual Convention for Health Care Providers at the Metropolitan Convention Centre next April, after which it will travel around Canada. The work, she says, will be published in her second book. David Bedein ’80W published Swimming Against the Mainstream (Philadelphia, Pa.: Pavilion Press), which collects his writings as a social worker and journalist. He recently addressed the United Nations Correspondents Association at

the UN in New York on the subject of “How to Provide a Humanitarian Solution to the Plight of Palestinian Refugees.” In addition, Mr. Bedein recently launched the Let My People Know Speakers’ Bureau, at www.lmpk.com. He directs the Israel Resource News Agency at the Beit Agron International Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as president of the Center for Near East Policy Research. He is also a contributing editor to the Jewish Star in Lawrence, N.Y., and the correspondent for Shalom Toronto, the Hebrew language weekly newspaper of Toronto, Canada. He is producing a film and book, The Wizard of Oslo: How Arafat Was Repackaged. He publishes the e-zine Israel Resource Review, at www.IsraelBehind TheNews.com. Dr. Marcel Biberfeld ’83W is vice president of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has worked for Maimonides for 33 years, administering and running many departments. JoAnn M. Brill ’82W is a regional coordinator, Advanced Behavioral Health in Middletown, CT. She supervises a case management program in Fairfield County. Rabbi Dr. Herman Cohen ’82W recently received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Anita Galvan-Henkin ’88W is a psychotherapist specializing in depression, anxiety, PTSD, and stress medicine in Westport, Conn.

Jerome A. Chanes YH, Y, BR, ’74W, authored “Who Does What? Governance and International Jewish Communal Organization in 2004” for the Jewish Agency’s Jewish People’s Policy Planning Institute Yearbook. He delivered a paper, “Eisav Sonei et Ya`akov? Setting a Historical Context for Catholic-Jewish Relations Forty Years after Nostra Aetate,” and delivered a Columbia University seminar on “Forty Years after Vatican II: The Papacy and CatholicJewish Relations in a Historical Context.” Mr. Chanes is an editor and author of the forthcoming second edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica. His widely used monograph, A

Dr. Carl Mazza ’77W, ’95W is assistant professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and national chairperson of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Symposium of the Council on Social Work Education. Sara Mills-Cohen ’75W is a school social worker to special education children and families at Putnam County/ Northern Westchester BOCES. Cyrelle Rapps-Gutman ’78W is employed by the New York City Dept of Education as a school social worker, specializing in special education evaluation, crisis intervention and counseling.

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Peter and Louisa Daratsos—The Best Kind of Duty
orn in Flushing, New York, to a typical New York Greek-American family, Louisa Daratsos would never have imagined herself as a social worker. It was her older brother, Peter—a Wurzweiler Master of Social Work graduate and an ordained Greek Orthodox priest, currently serving as an Army chaplain in southern Afghanistan— who suggested that Louisa pursue a career in social work. Peter graduated from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1986 with an MSW in the Clergy Program and had such a positive experience that he encouraged his sister to follow in his footsteps. Peter holds the rank of major and in civilian life is a clinical social worker for


kind of duty, to take care of people who need help.” She describes her family as having very strong values of love, caring, and mutual support. With some training and skills, Louisa was able to channel her familial inclination to “help” into a viable profession. She assumes it was the same for her brother, who also chose a helping profession. “It just seemed like a natural progression for us,” Louisa describes, “to care for people who need help and to be of service.” Louisa’s love for social work inspired her to actualize her dream of pursuing a doctorate and today she is enrolled as a third-year doctoral student at Wurzweiler. She is completing research on her docPeter Daratsos ’86W (left), an army chaplain on duty in Afghanistan, encouraged his sister, Louisa (right), to attend Wurzweiler.

this respect and give them specialized services and help them adjust to the news that they’re sick now. “People always ask me what it’s like to work with end-of-life oncology patients and my answer to them is that it is a privilege to be able to provide choices for veterans near the end of their lives. I educate them about the options for care that are available to them, such as when they might choose to go to the doctor, or stay home, move into a nursing home or accept hospice services.” Louisa has been the recipient of two prestigious awards in the social work field. Her first award was a Social Work Doctoral Training Grant from the Ameri-

the Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Center in Albany, New York. Louisa followed his advice, finished her MSW at SUNY Albany, and has been working as a full-time social worker for the past 15 years at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System Brooklyn Campus (Brooklyn VA). “My master’s studies took me back to experiences in my childhood,” says Louisa. Louisa and Peter grew up in a home where they observed their mother as the primary care-giver to a series of loved ones coping with cancer. “These experiences instilled in me, and my brother too, a kind of duty, a good duty, the best

toral thesis, which examines the end-oflife experiences of Vietnam veterans with terminal cancer—an interest born out of the work she has been doing at the Brooklyn VA. Louisa’s work there focuses on oncology social work and palliative or comfort care—caring for veterans who are at the end of their life. She is part of a team that identifies patients at the very end of life and helps them to get the services and support they need. “Research indicates that veterans are considered VIP’s—Very Important Persons—with special needs, having served in the military. Our job is to continue

can Cancer Society that is awarded to selected doctoral social work students from across the country to study psychosocial oncology. Her second award is through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM), which is a one year mentorship program for palliative care research. Louisa and her mentor, Dr. Karlynn Brintzenhofe Szoc of Catholic University of America, received a $4,000 grant to develop Louisa’s research skills in her field of expertise. “My mother always impressed upon me the notion that there are two sides to life. Unfortunately, bad things happen to people, but there is the ability for life to carry on. My life is interwoven with these two ideas.” For Louisa and Peter, it is evident that the good things born out of the bad things, has spurred them on to do great things. O



Peter H. Gartner ’83W is a staff psychologist at the University Behavioral Center of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Norma S. Gindes ’86W is the director of voluntary initiatives at United Hospital Fund in New York City. She is on the national board of Hadassah and is a trainer for the New York Association for Voluntary Administration and other networking organizations. Lisa (Presser) Goldberg ’85 is administrative director of Community Synagogue in Rye, N.Y. Previously, she was associate executive director, Rosenthal Jewish Community Center in Pleasantville, N.Y. In 2005, she completed the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She lives with husband Rabbi David Goldberg and son Joshua in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Dr. Joan L. Goldstein ’81W is a group leader for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and member of the Bertha Capen Reynolds Society. She lives with her husband, Sam, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Dr. Andrew R. Gottlieb ’82W is in private practice in New York City and on the editorial board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. He has published three books: Out of the Twilight: Fathers of Gay Men Speak (2000), Sons Talk About Their Gay Fathers: Life Curves (2003), and Side by Side: On Having a Gay or Lesbian Sibling. He has two new projects in the works: From the Inside Out: Clinical

Interventions with Families of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and On the Meaning of Friendship Between Gay Men, both to be published by the Haworth Press. Brenda (Felsen) Kassan ’87W is a staff therapist at Washington Square Institute in New York City. Daniella Krause ’89W is the director of the Aliyah Coaching Institute, which specializes in family therapy for new immigrants to Israel. She runs a private practice, Kosher Date and Kosher Marriage, with offices in Jerusalem and Bet Shemesh. She reports that a large part of her work is running marriagepreparation seminars. She is working on an advanced degree to qualify as a homeopathic physician. In recent years, she has been invited by the princess of Thailand to lecture in the field of family therapy at teacher’s colleges throughout Thailand. She invites alumni to visit her Web site at www.israelifecoach.org. Dr. Judith A. Lee ’80W is professor emerita, University of Connecticut School of Social Work. For the past three years, she has done direct practice with troubled middle-school youth and provided consultation in the Lee County School District. She continues to write, and does visitation ministry and social-work assessment with the elderly and other populations. She lives in Fort Myers, Fla. Miriam (Pollak) Lieberman ’83W is the editor of A T.I.M.E. (A Torah Infertility Medium of

Exchange), a magazine for Jewish couples dealing with infertility that offers emotional and practical support. She recently published Saying Goodbye with Dr. Neal Goldberg, a book for teens dealing with loss and mourning. Ethel Oderberg ’83W is busy dividing her time between her private practice and consulting with three adult day health care facilities in Los Angeles working with largely geriatric populations and individuals with chronic mental illness. She balances this with her family; her oldest child entered UC Berkley this fall. Dr. Laura Petracek ’86W published her first book, The Anger Workbook for Women (Oakland, Calif.: New Harbinger). She is assistant professor of clinical psychology at National University in Sacramento, Calif. She maintains a private practice in San Francisco and is a certified treatment provider for the San Francisco Department of Probation. Evelyn Queen-Baron ’83W is the owner and director of Home Instead Senior Care, a franchise operating as a nonmedical home-care company serving Union and Essex counties in New Jersey. She lives in Millburn, N.J. The Rev. Frederick J. Streets ’81W, ’97W, chaplain of Yale University and senior pastor of Christ Church at Yale, was named an African-American Trail Blazer by WTNH News Channel 8 and UPN 9 in New Haven. He is also a clinical social worker at the Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Stefan R. Zicht ’84W,F presented a paper, “The Psychotherapeutic and Experiential Dimensions of Psychoanalytic Supervision,” at the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis Meeting, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Lana Bind ’97W serves on her local Community Board 11 in Queens, New York City, and lives with her husband, Leon, and daughter, Sabina, in Oakland Gardens, Queens. Gila Bronner ’97W is cofounder at the new Sexual Medicine Center and head of the sextherapy service in the Department of Urology at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Andrea Pressman Cohen ’95W is the director of B’nai Tzedek, a teen tzedakah program at Jewish Community Foundation that empowers teens to establish their own named endowment funds and donate their time to worthy causes. She and her husband, Greg, live in Scottsdale, Ariz. Barbara (Buchsbaum) Gilford ’93W runs a private psychotherapy practice in Morristown, N.J., specializing in postpartum depression, trauma, loss, and grief. Dr. Rosalie Grossman ’90W is director of HIV services at Greenwich House in New York City.



Keith Leiderman Steers Kingsley House through Stormy Times
post-traumatic stress disorder in this city. We’re at a critical juncture where the mental health issues are starting to come to a head.” The social service sector as a whole was “devastated,” says Dr. Liederman. About 85 percent of social service agencies were decimated by the storm and their staff were displaced all over the country. Today he estimates it’s back to about 40 percent pre-Katrina. Because of its own speedy recovery, Kingsley House was well-placed to lead the charge in reaching out to help struggling families, and the traumatized population. As cochair of the human services committee of the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, Dr. Liederman put together a short-and long-term plan of action based on what other communities have done to recover from similar tragedies. “We looked at what the 9/11 United Services Group did in New York City, but the difference there was that all the agencies were operating at full capacity. We had few staff and greatly depleted budgets.” The agencies found new ways of doing things. They shared financial and human resources so that Keith Liederman, above left, with former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton at Kingsley House. there was no duplication of the “When we came back at the end of September, we services they delivered. “We found a better way of working together,” says were in shock,” said Dr. Liederman, who evacuated with his family the morning before the storm. “From the the Wurzweiler alumnus. “Everyone in our network outside everything looked fine, but the interiors of the works off the same service plan for families so that building were covered in mold and were completely when a client walks through our door, we can automatically offer them access to the services of all the devastated.” Repairs to the physical structure began the next partner agencies. This was one of the silver linings day and were completed the following March. As soon as that came out of the storm.” Kingsley House received a half a million dollars in it regained enough staff and facilities, Kingsley House rebounded, becoming the first agency in the area to contributions after the hurricane “without even askestablish a resettlement and recovery program in ing,” says Dr. Liederman. “A newspaper syndicate in Germany sent us $60,000 after seeing our Website.” early October 2005. Before Katrina, their budget was $4.6 million; that The agency also banded together with several other major local agencies, and two prominent area has now risen to over $6 million. “The outpouring of foundations to pool their resources. They have provid- support from around the world really lifted our spired financial support, housing, food, clothing, utilities its,” he says. He recently hosted former Presidents George Bush assistance, and furniture purchases to 3,000 families with the support of the Louisiana Recovery Corps. and Bill Clinton when they visited New Orleans to About 75 case managers work with the families to announce the allocation of emergency funds. “We help them resettle in the area and provide counseling. were very honored and humbled by that experience,” Said Dr. Liederman: “Everyone’s going through says Dr. Liederman. O
Keith Liederman ’86W, PhD, executive director of Kingsley House in New Orleans, has seen firsthand that out of extreme adversity can come the most surprising strength. Although the settlement house—the oldest in the entire southern region of the United States—didn’t flood during Hurricane Katrina, seven of the eight buildings on its four-acre campus were seriously damaged, resulting in 45,000 square feet of lost space and over $3 million in repairs. Of their staff of 135, about 100 had to be laid off.

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Elaine (Matelli) Hoch ’93W is working on a postgraduate certificate to become a certified bereavement counselor through Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass. She recently relocated from Bloomfield, N.J., to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Susan (Farkas) Hollander ’93W is director of the mobile mental health program, Tikvah, at Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also the director of utilization review for the entire outpatient clinic and home visiting program. Lynn H. Levy ’98W and her husband, Phillip, welcomed their first grandchild, Hunter Myles, into the family on October 11th. Lynn is currently an instructor at Wurzweiler and a full-time student in the Wurzweiler Doctoral Program.

Laura O’Donnell ’97W is a therapist in private practice specializing in eating and mood disorders in Naples, Maine. She also works with clients interested in gastric bypass surgery. Sister Madeline Queck ’90W is chaplain of Stony Brook University Hospital and a therapist at the Ecumenical Consultation Center in Hicksville, N.Y. Loretta Riley ’92W is a psychotherapist in the Bronx, New York City. She counsels and directs children with learning difficulties and works with families and individuals. Eric Robbins ’93W is executive director, Camp Twin Lakes in Atlanta, Ga. David Rosner ’97W is the development director of Mid-Island

YJCC in Plainview, N.Y. Before that, he was director of annual giving at the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Foundation. He lives with his wife, Michele, and two children in Old Bethpage, N.Y. Lynn Siepser ’94W is a clinical social worker at Bergen Family Center in Hackensack, N.J. Cheryl B. Silver ’98W is a psychotherapist at the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy. She lives in Manhattan. Molly (Jalenak) Wexler ’94W is director of programming, Jewish Foundation of Memphis. Since November 2004, she has overseen B’nai Tzedek, a teen philanthropy program. She lives with her husband, Jason, and two children in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Terence Williams ’92W is a special education consultant at the California Department of Education in Sacramento. Osman Yildiz ’97W is an administrative supervisor for the therapeutic foster-boarding home program at New York Foundling in the Bronx, New York City. Deborah Mira Zuckerman ’97W is director of donor development, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Conn. She was formerly assistant director, Young Leadership Division of the UJA-Federation of New York.

Rabbi Robyn M. Fryer ’00W is the rabbi-in-residence at Chicagoland Jewish High School in Morton Grove, Ill., where she teaches Talmud, Bible, and Jewish law. Erik Kessler ’04W was appointed development director of Rutgers Hillel in New Jersey in August. He will oversee Hillel’s $700,000-plus annual campaign as well as a $15 million capital campaign. Previously, he served as campaign and endowment associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County. Rabbi David Kilimnick Y,’00W recently performed his comedy show, The Aliyah Monologues, in Albany, N.Y. He lives in Jerusalem, where he cofounded Off the Wall Comedy, an English-speaking group that performs regularly, does improvisation, and provides instructional comedy classes. Yehuda Kranzler ’06W married Deena Amsel in November. Mazal tov! Tamima Kupfer ’06W is a student at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan. Barbara Rabin ’05W recently completed a master’s degree in education at the University of Toronto. She continues her work as co-executive director of A Circle of Warmth, a multifaceted social service organization that she founded with Cindy Blakely in January 2005. Ms. Rabin reports that the organization recently helped to clothe over 1,000 families, delivered gifts to over 140 families over the Holiday Season, and sent a mobile unit to deliver

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Wurzweiler wishes board member Arthur Joseph and his wife, Joyce, (pictured here at a Wurzweiler board dinner in their honor in 1998) a continued recovery from their recent car accident.

Alison Brown ’02W is service coordinator at Forward Shady Apartments in Pittsburgh, Pa.



Playwright, director, acting coach, teacher, author, psychotherapist, trauma expert—these are only some of the titles that
David Grand ’76W, PhD, lists on his long and impressive resume.

Recently, the accomplished Dr. Grand added yet another title to the list: film documentarian. In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, he treated many traumatized firefighters, police, and emergency medical technicians using “brainspotting,” a method that he developed to identify and relieve neurophysiological pain. Now, five years later, he has made Come Hell or High Water, a cinema verite-style narrative documentary that follows the healing journey of three trauma survivors from New York who, with the filmmaker/trauma therapist, travel to post-Katrina New Orleans. The three survivors include Rose, the mother of a firefighter who died on 9/11; Judy, a singer who survived a nightclub

David Grand Projects His Trauma Expertise onto Movie Screen

suicide bombing in Tel Aviv; and Dennis, permanently disabled in an industrial accident. According to Dr. Grand, a crucial aspect of a trauma survivor’s recovery is telling his or her story, but the acknowledgement of the effects of trauma on its victims has been historically shortlived. As an example, Dr. Grand cites the fleeting attention given to traumatized soldiers returning from the two World Wars and from Korea and Vietnam. “Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 were remarkable events in the sense that they brought attention to the effects of these existential traumas, which made their mark on millions of our citizens,” he says, explaining that when trauma is repressed, it leaves its survivors with symptoms such as flashbacks, hypervigilance, and exaggerated startle response. Come Hell or High Water, which highlights in detail some of the aftereffects of trauma, was shown at the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on Riverside Drive in Manhattan on the 5th anniversary of 9/11. Thomas Taylor ’06w, a Lutheran minister and fire chaplain who graduated from Wurzweiler’s clergy program in July, referred many of the survivors of the attacks to Dr. Grand for treatment. “The film shows how we were touched and affected by the people we met, the places we visited, and the experiences we shared,” says Dr. Grand, who lives in Massapequa Park on Long Island with Nina Cohen ’75w, his wife, also a graduate of Wurzweiler and a professional singer. O

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How an Accident Became William Samuels’ Call to Action
In 2002, William Samuels ’90W, a social worker with Jewish Family Service in Memphis, suddenly found himself ministering to his own family after his wife, Sherri, lost her right leg from above the knee down in an auto accident. For Mr. Samuels, his wife’s despair and sense of isolation as an amputee became a call to action. Out of his initial efforts evolved the organization Out on a Limb—Memphis Area Limb Loss Support. Now part of Jewish Family Service, the local group, which provides peer counseling and much-needed information and contacts for amputees, recently reached out to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The organization also helps those with limb loss to lobby on their own behalf— most recently for a state law that would raise insurance coverage “to a level that will allow a person with limb loss to receive a working prosthesis,” says Mr. Samuels. Out on a Limb’s remarkable success has earned it a Merit Finalist Award in the 2006 Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Competition. For the past 11 years, the Omaha-based insurance giant has bestowed the honor on US organizations that serve people in need. Mr. Samuels, who also is a chaplain for Jewish Family Service, explains how his studies helped him develop his methodology: “At Wurzweiler, I learned not to solve problems for clients, but to enable them to solve their own problems, and that’s how I work today.” “The main thrust of what I learned in my first year at Wurzweiler was to look beyond one’s immediate community and take in the larger picture, and never to give up on people. That approach continues to stand me in good stead.”

clothing to several senior subsidized housing apartments. Thanks to Barbara and her husband, Arnie, for their assistance in the 50th anniversary celebration in Toronto and for hosting the director of alumni relations.

Dr. Rivka Ausubel-Danzig ’75W, ’81W, former faculty member at Wurzweiler. Condolences to her family. Herbert M. Goldman ’67W passed away in May 2006. Condolences to his family. Michael Massa ’99W passed away September 2005. Condolences to his longtime partner, Sheilah Rourke ’00W, and his family. Carl Newman ’61W, a school social worker with the New York City Board of Education, passed away in October 2005. Condolences to his family. Dr. Meyer Schreiber ’83W, passed away in August 2006. He was a professor of sociology and social work at Kean College, now Kean University, before retiring. He previously worked for the Children’s Bureau and was widely recognized for his work in the field of mental retardation. He was an early mentor to Dean Gelman and influenced his pursuit of doctoral education. Condolences to his wife and family. Dr. Abraham Stern, former Wurzweiler faculty member. Condolences to his family. Marci Wargon, field instructor for the Block Program in Canada, passed away last winter.

Sol Green, professor emeritus, on the loss of his brother, Raphael. Amy Wasser-Simpson ’94W, whose husband, Charles “Chuck,” passed away in May.
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