Yeshiva University

No Energy Crisis Here

Special To The Jewish Week
12/25/2009

One morning this past July, I visited the bet midrash (study hall) of Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan. Nearly 50 young people were there, spending their summer in serious engagement with Jewish texts. The room pulsated with the vitality of a traditional yeshiva and the intellectual openness of a university.

Day Schools Try New Ideas

At New Jersey conference — the first collaboration by all the movements —
educators seek ways to lower costs, engage families.

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

Teaneck, N.J. — A little-known foundation based in the Philadelphia suburbs is piloting an adult Jewish education program for parents of local day school students, one that aims to increase parental buy-in for the day school system while also easing some of the tuition burden.
The Kohelet Fellowship is providing a tuition credit of $1,000 for individual parents and $1,500 for couples at four Jewish day schools in the Delaware Valley in return for participation in 16 weekly phone sessions with a Partners-in-Torah mentor over the course of the school year.

Heads of the four partnership organizations for the North American Jewish Day School Conference, from left: Scott Goldberg, dire

The State Of The Union

Orthodox marriages are happier than others, but are nonetheless plagued with stressors, study reports.

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

Orthodox marriages may be happier than their secular counterparts. But religious unions are rocky enough to concern a team of researchers and rabbis who presented the results of their recent study on marital satisfaction at the Orthodox Union here last week.
“Traditional family values and religious values tend to overlap,” said Eliezer Schnall, an assistant professor of psychology at Yeshiva University, who was responsible for analyzing the data. “But there are also those in this community who are not as happy with their marriages.”

Lessons from an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

11/25/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

This past Sunday, as it has for many years, my congregation participated at an interfaith Thanksgiving service, held this year in a major Catholic church here in Forest Hills.

The service had all the elements common to these types of programs- responsive readings, performances by our various church and synagogue choirs, and a careful avoidance of liturgical language and hymns that would be offensive to anyone present.

The God Vitamin?

Staff Writer
01/30/2009

In an era when religion and science seem divided by a gaping chasm, one group of scientists is showing how these two belief systems may be a little closer than we think.

What’s New At The Seminaries?

Staff Writer
01/16/2009
Yeshiva University this year launched a new program, the Institute for University-School Partnership at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.

Kosher Kitchen Battle At Bronx Hospital

Montefiore supervisor says vigilance got him fired, files human rights complaint; OU says charges are unfounded.

01/06/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

A kashrut supervisor who was fired from his post at a Montefiore Medical Center kitchen says he paid the price for exposing what he claims were kosher violations at the Bronx hospital.

But an executive of the Orthodox Union, which placed him there, insists any infractions were routine and that the mashgiach, Robert Frank, tried to use them as bargaining chips to deal with disciplinary measures taken against him by the hospital.

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Gay YU Panel Broadens Discussion, Debate

Personal experiences draw big crowd to school’s campus, even as rabbis reaffirm ‘abomination’ of homosexual acts.

12/30/2009
Staff Writer

A standing-room-only public forum last week at Yeshiva University could take the discussion about gay Jews in the Orthodox community from a single meeting hall to the entire movement, focusing on the balance between empathy for individuals and the halachic ban on homosexual activity.

An estimated 600 to 800 people last week attended “Being Gay in the Modern Orthodox World,” a panel discussion on the university’s Washington Heights campus sponsored by YU’s year-old Tolerance Club and its Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Openly gay Rabbi Steve Greenberg likened the forum to the groundbreaking film “Trembling Before G-d.”

David Stern: The American Years

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 There’s a very worthwhile exhibit, “David Stern: The American Years (1995-2008),” at the Yeshiva University Museum, placing by a spotlight on an artist whose own story is as compelling as his talent. Check out Joel Silverstein’s exhibition review at ArtCritical.com.  

Hair, Harry And Hindus

Sunday, September 28th, 2008   In the end, of course, “Hair” is a Broadway musical, a superficial story with superb songs that just happen to be about drugs, dropouts and draft dodging. Some teenagers, from a yeshiva, told an old man (me) that seeing  “Hair” made them wish that they were “activists,” too, like the kids in “Hair,” which is as connected to real life as wanting to be a nanny after seeing “Mary Poppins,” or a horse after “Equus.”  
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