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A GUIDE TO THE BENEFITS AND SERVICES FO R YESHIVA UNIVER SIT Y G RADUATE S
Our mission in the Office of Alumni Affairs is to partner with you as you take your place among the more than 60,000 alumni whose accomplishments reflect both the academic excellence of a Yeshiva University education and the enduring values of Torah Umadda. We look forward to accompanying you on your journey to success, and hope that you will remain a part of the YU community for years to come!
Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University
brings together the heritage of Western civilization and the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses. YU’s three undergraduate schools— Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and Syms School of Business—offer a unique dual program of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.
> MAZEL TOV
Welcome to life after Yeshiva University!
You are now a member of the Yeshiva University alumni community, which is composed of more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. As a YU graduate, you will enjoy a number of benefits—membership is free for all YU alumni. Please visit www.yu.edu/alumni for more information about the benefits and services available to you, such as: • Alumni online directory • Alumni events and programs on campus and around the world • Discounts and exclusive offers • Professional development and networking opportunities
Overview of Alumni Benefits USA
The Office of Alumni Affairs is here to ensure that your relationship with Yeshiva University does not end when you receive your degree. We coordinate programs for Yeshiva University graduates and serve as a valuable resource for maintaining links to your alma mater. For more information, go to www.yu.edu/alumni; visit us in person at 500 West 185th Street, Furst Hall, Suite 530, New York, NY 10033; or call 212.960.5373. Please let us know when you plan to visit New York. Every YU campus is undergoing transformations both in spirit and in the classrooms—just look at the changes that have taken place in the past few years: • The Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study opened on the Wilf Campus in September 2009. It houses a two-story, 500+ seat Beit Midrash, state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls, a satellite courtroom for the Beth Din of America and faculty offices. This majestic space serves as a hub of intellectual activity, a powerful symbol of the centrality of Torah at YU, an ultra-modern educational environment and a welcoming home for our community. Connected to the Glueck Center is the Nagel Family Student Commons, which offers students a bright, modern space to unwind, eat a snack from the “Nagel Bagel and much more…” food kiosk or access the Internet using Wi-Fi.
• The new dormitories and Beit Midrash on the Israel Henry Beren Campus provide students with the comforts of home and more space to study and socialize. • The Wilf Campus now features extensive state-of-the-art labs for science and psychology research, as well as a comfortable lounge and pantry for student and faculty use.
Regional Programming and Offices
Regional programs for alumni are growing and expanding around the world. Alumni can attend social and professional networking events in their hometowns. Visit our Web site to learn about regional programming in your area and find out how the YU network can benefit you. In addition to the Office of Alumni Affairs located in NYC, the following locations offer unique opportunities to local alumni.
Canadian Friends of Yeshiva University is committed to supporting our community of YU alumni in Canada. We are forging stronger relationships with our graduates—and local Jewish communities —working tirelessly to expand the Canadian family of Yeshiva University every day. We are organizing networks that will empower alumni, allowing them to serve as a mutual support network in professional, communal and personal arenas. We also help to educate prospective YU students from Canada and encourage them to apply to our undergraduate and graduate programs. To inquire about upcoming reunions or programs in Canada, please e-mail email@example.com or visit www.yu.edu/alumni/canada.
Yeshiva University in Israel stays in touch with more than 3,000 YU alumni in Israel through regular e-mail communications and the coordination of events and programs including shiurim and lectures in local communities. In addition, the officers of the Israel Alumni Association are building an alumni network in Israel that will support graduates by strengthening their ties to each other and with Yeshiva University. Israel alumni are an important resource to fellow graduates and current YU students considering making aliyah and to those who currently live in Israel. For more information on alumni regional programming in Israel, visit www.yu.edu/alumni/israel. The Rosenbaum Aliyah Incentive Fund (RAIF) was established to assist graduates of Yeshiva University who have made aliyah in the payment of their education loan debts. It provides assistance to eligible graduates in repaying loans taken for payment of tuition at YU. Payments to graduates who qualify are made annually. Assistance is limited by the availability of funds and may be offered in amounts up to the following maximums: • For those who took out loans to finance undergraduate study, eligible graduates can receive up to $1,000 per year with cumulative maximum of $10,000 • For those who took out loans to finance graduate study, eligible graduates can receive up to $2,000 per year with a cumulative maximum of $20,000 • The maximum time one can participate in the program is 10 years YU Israel Alumni also operates the Shmuel and Pearl Lamm Gemillat Chessed Fund, which provides interest-free loans to alumni living in Israel. Loans are for up to $3,000 and are repaid over 18 months.
> ALUMNI SERVICES AND BENEFITS
The Office of Alumni Affairs offers exclusive benefits for YU graduates. See the next few pages for more information about each benefit.
• YU’s campus libraries, where alumni are welcome to access our collections PAGE 12 • Online library resources, such as the YU Library Informational Services catalog and a collection of premium online Torah and Maddah resources PAGE 12 • Men’s and women’s kollels PAGE 13 • Opportunity to audit select YC, SCW and SB courses PAGE 15 • Special alumni discounts at Barnes & Noble and YU’s Seforim Sale PAGE 15 • Free subscriptions to our alumni publications PAGE 15 • Campus recreation and dining PAGE 16 • Your closest connection to everything YU: www.yu.edu/alumni PAGE 19 • Free admission to the YU Museum PAGE 20 • YUConnects, our exclusive online social initiative for alumni and students PAGES 20 – 21 • The Career Development Center PAGE 22
Note: Your Alumni ID Card may be required to access some of these benefits (see page 11). Visit www.yu.edu/alumni/benefits for information on additional benefits.
The YU Alumni ID Card
The YU Alumni ID Card may be required to access certain benefits. To learn how to acquire your Alumni ID Card in person or to have it mailed to you, please call 212.960.5373 e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit yu.convio.net/AlumniID.
Yeshiva University Libraries
Reading privileges at the libraries are available to graduates of Yeshiva University upon presentation of your YU Alumni ID Card. Alumni who visit the libraries will have on-site access to electronic collections offered to current students and faculty, within the parameters permitted by vendor agreements. Alumni may register at the Wilf Campus or Israel Henry Beren Campus libraries for borrowing privileges for a fee of $50 per year or $25 for a single semester. A collection of premium online resources, including Bar Ilan Online Judaic Responsa, national newspapers, Otzar HaHochma and the research library, are offered by special arrangement to YU alumni, courtesy of the libraries in partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs. To obtain a user name for e-resources, register at yu.edu/libraries/library-services/alumni-services and click on Register for E-Resources.
Kollel Yom Rishon and Midreshet Yom Rishon
Your access to the richness of YU’s Torah Studies resources doesn’t end with graduation. Through Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, you can enroll—at no charge—in The Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon program for men and The Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon program for women. Both are held (in separate buildings for men and women) on Sunday mornings at the Wilf Campus in Washington Heights. Shiurim are led by Roshei Yeshiva from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) as well as other noted Torah personalities, including women of great scholarship. Breakfast and parking are both provided at no charge. Check out our Web sites at yu.edu/kollelyomrishon and yu.edu/midreshetyomrishon for more information. You can also listen to the shiurim afterward at www.yutorah.org. This site contains thousands of recorded shiurim given by RIETS Roshei Yeshiva and Yeshiva University faculty on a variety of topics. There’s no better way to feel as if you are back in Yeshiva than to enjoy the Torah of YU. The shiurim are completely free to download and no registration is required.
> ALUMNI EDUCATION
The Yeshiva University Office of Alumni Affairs knows that your commitment to Torah Umadda doesn’t end when you pick up your diploma. Graduates can take advantage of a range of sophisticated symposiums, lectures and colloquiums hosted by campus groups, such as the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Program for International Affairs, the Center for the Jewish Future and the Center for Ethics. The Rabbi Arthur Schneier Program sponsors public lectures by notable world personalities and leaders. The Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) offers informal educational programs and retreats to enhance Jewish education and the Center for Ethics fosters research on ethical issues and hosts events that include the annual Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Scholar in Residence program. Additional programs available to alumni are: • The Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva Lecture hosted by CJF • The Dr. Marsha Robbins-Wilf Lecture hosted by the Stern College Political Science Center • The Doris and Ira Kukin Entrepreneurial Lecture Series on the Israel Henry Beren Campus • Annual conferences hosted by The Medical Ethics Society which address fundamental issues of medical ethics such as organ donation, fertility and Jewish law and medical malpractice • The Annual Student Arts Festival, where original works of art, photography, film and painting are displayed alongside a live jazz concert
YC, SCW, SB Courses
Graduates have the opportunity to audit selected undergraduate YC, SCW and SB courses on a space-available basis. Please contact the appropriate Dean’s Office for more information through www.yu.edu/academics.
Seforim Sale and Barnes & Noble
YU graduates receive a 5% discount at the Seforim Sale on Alumni Day. We also have a special arrangement with Barnes & Noble at select locations in Manhattan. Present your Alumni ID Card and receive a 10% discount and pay no tax on general trade books and most merchandise.
Alumni receive YU publications such as YUToday. Student newspapers can be read online at the following Web sites: The Commentator (www.yucommentator.org), Kol Hamevaser (www.kolhamevaser.com) and The Observer (www.yuobserver.com). Additionally, the Office of Alumni Affairs publishes a monthly alumni e-newsletter featuring all the latest campus news and events, plus special feature stories and alumni profiles. E-mail email@example.com to sign up for the newsletter or visit www.yu.edu/alumnidirectory to set your preferences.
> ALUMNI LIFE Recreation and Dining
The Yeshiva University Alumni ID Card can be used to access campus recreation and dining areas, including Le Bistro (Israel Henry Beren Campus), Sky Café (Wilf Campus) and other selected facilities.
Yeshiva University Museum
Alumni of Yeshiva University enjoy free admission to the Yeshiva University Museum located at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in NYC. The Museum has four galleries, an exhibition arcade, an outdoor sculpture garden, a docent lounge and a children’s workshop room.
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. www.yumuseum.org
> WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED
Our Web site is updated regularly with alumni news, upcoming events and announcements about the growing number of resources and benefits for alumni. Visit www.yu.edu/alumni to: • find former classmates in the online directory at www.yu.edu/alumnidirectory • search and post jobs for free using YU CareerLink • sign up to be a mentor and explore volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Network at www.yu.edu/AmbassadorNetwork • learn about upcoming reunions, events and regional programs • share your simchas, post pictures and submit class notes through www.yu.edu/alumni/notes In addition to visiting our alumni Web site, you can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Yeshiva University E-mail Account
Get your YU e-mail address, powered by the Google mail system which is integrated with the entire Google platform including Google docs, calendar, G+ and a whole lot more. To request a YU e-mail address and gain access to your YU account, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special feature of YUConnects is the “connectors”—a group of married men and women, most of whom are Yeshiva University alumni—available to meet with members and to suggest prospective dating opportunities. Connectors are experienced in helping singles network and are trained in the field of relationship building.
YUConnects is an initiative through The Center for the Jewish Future aimed at assisting both alumni and current students at YU undergraduate schools in their search for prospective spouses. YUConnects offers a variety of singles events. The activities include structured settings, such as shiurim given by YU Roshei Yeshiva, as well as an array of social activities and events that provide fun interactive opportunities to connect with one another. Additionally, an online component, www.yu.edu/cjf/yuconnects, allows members to get to know their “connectors” and be matched up appropriately among the thousands of members already in the database. Our connectors will forge relationships with members to facilitate their introduction to others. The connectors, trained in the area of relationship building, will be present at events, available to meet with members individually, and conduct searches on our online system.
Career Development Center
Alumni are welcome to stop by the Career Development Center (CDC) to review professional publications, tip sheets and other selected career resources. The CDC Web site at www.yu.edu/cdc has additional resources, links and a directory of companies operating in the U.S. as well as in Israel. The CDC also collaborates with the Office of Alumni Affairs on various career-related programs and events created especially for you. In addition, you can get involved in helping current students explore career options by signing up as a member of the Ambassador Network at www.yu.edu/AmbassadorNetwork. Job and internship postings for YU students can be listed on the CDC’s CareerLink system.
> ALUMNI PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Class reunions, professional development programs, family events, cultural programs, sports events and educational lectures are just some of the exciting ways in which alumni can come together and strengthen their relationship with the Yeshiva University community. Visit yu.edu/alumnievents to see what offerings are currently available or e-mail email@example.com if you have a suggestion for an alumni event.
We hope you will return to campus for class reunions. Reunions are a great opportunity to reunite with old friends, tour the YU campuses, and meet students and faculty members. If you are interested in volunteering to help with your class reunion, please visit the reunion Web site www.yu.edu/reunion or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.960.5373.
Special Events and Galas
Graduates are encouraged to take part in programs like Homecoming, Family Day events and industry events for our Wall Street Group, Real Estate Group and Accounting and Financial Planning Network. As alumni you are also invited to special events like the annual Yeshiva University Women’s Organization (YUWO) Spring Ballet Luncheon and the YUWO Fall Opera Gala at Lincoln Center, as well as the celebrated YU Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. Your participation in these events helps support vital programs and the entire University community. Alumni can also attend semiannual town hall meetings held at our various Manhattan campuses and many cultural and educational events. Watch for announcements of these and other presentations on the alumni Web site, www.yu.edu/alumni, and on the YU home page, www.yu.edu.
> WAYS TO GIVE BACK
There are so many ways you can help YU students and alumni. For example, you can: • Volunteer to serve on your reunion committee • Become a mentor for current students and share your career experiences • Help recruit prospective YU students in your community • Make a gift to the Yeshiva University Annual Fund at www.yu.edu/onlinegiving • Show your school pride with YU merchandise purchased at http://techtomix.com/yeshiva • Getting married? Include Yeshiva University in your announcement
The Yeshiva University Annual Fund provides critically needed funding for vital programs throughout the University, including scholarships to ensure that a YU education remains financially accessible to all deserving students. Gifts to the Annual Fund also support YU’s outstanding academic programs, advancements in technology, faculty and staff development, and improvements across all campuses. Gifts can be designated to the YU school of your choice and can be made in honor of a loved one or a special occasion. Every gift, at any amount, makes a difference. YU relies on alumni to support their alma mater. Gifts can be made by check, credit card or securities. For more information, call the Office of Annual Giving at 212.960.5373 or visit yu.edu/onlinegiving.
Henry T. Rubin, J.D., YU’s Senior Director of Development for Planned Giving, offers seminars on wealth preservation planning that are open to alumni. These popular presentations provide creative ideas on how you may be able to utilize charitable trust vehicles to help Yeshiva University while you help your own family. Alumni can also ask Henry questions about estate planning, retirement and succession planning. He can be reached at email@example.com or 917.326.4959.
Don’t Forget to Stay in Touch…
Get a YU Alumni ID Card 212.960.5373 firstname.lastname@example.org yu.convio.net/AlumniID Obtain a transcript www.yu.edu/registrar/alumni Give a gift to YU www.yu.edu/onlinegiving
Purchase YU merchandise http://techtomix.com/yeshiva
Visit us in person Wilf Campus 500 West 185th Street Furst Hall, Suite 530 New York, NY 10033 Call or E-mail us Phone 212.960.5373 email@example.com Visit us online Our Web site: www.yu.edu/alumni Facebook: facebook.com/yualumni Linkedin: yu.edu/alumni/linkedin YU Alumni mobile app: yu.edu/alumni/app
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