Richard Joel

$100 Million Gift To Yeshiva University

09/15/2006
Staff Writer
Ronald P. Stanton is hoping his gift to Yeshiva University, announced this week, will spur other Jewish philanthropists to give to major donations to Jewish causes in general and YU in particular. At $100 million — what appears to be the largest gift ever to a Jewish educational institution — it certainly will attract attention. “I’m hoping that this contribution will trigger more” donations to YU, said Stanton, 78, a New Yorker who has made his fortune trading and transporting petrochemicals and chemical fertilizers.

Panel: Offending Rabbis Must Pay The Price

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
Richard Joel was unequivocal: one strike and you should be out. The head of the Jewish campus organization Hillel, and chairman of the commission convened to look into the Orthodox Union’s mishandling of the misdeeds of former youth leader Rabbi Baruch Lanner, said any religious leader behaving in a sexually or physically abusive manner should be kicked out of whatever position he inhabits. “It’s a no-brainer,” said Joel. “Leadership is a right, not a privilege.”

Colleges Intifada On The Green

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
Call it Intifada III. Through student rallies and verbal attacks, the 18-month-old Arab uprising against Israel is spreading to college campuses across the United States. Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, which had faded at historically politicized universities after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has now assumed its former high profile since the Israeli army embarked on its campaign to root out West Bank terrorists.

New Dean From The Beth Din

08/24/2007
Associate Editor

From the beginning of Richard Joel’s presidency at Yeshiva University in 2003, observers were waiting to see what he’d do with YU’s rabbinical program, what he calls “the soul” of YU but a place that others considered an isolated and traditionalist fiefdom sometimes at odds with the “university” half of YU’s moniker.But as the advance word spread of Joel’s appointment of Rabbi Yona Reiss as dean (expected to be announced this week), the positive reaction Joel said he’d been getting had Joel feeling rightly proud.

YU Plans Careful Trimming

10/12/2008

Assistant Managing Editor
Yeshiva University officials insist they won’t roll back five years of investing that partially led to a $24 million budget gap this fiscal year to balance the books. Instead, they’ll work carefully to slash expenses without harming the core mission of Modern Orthodoxy’s academic and religious stronghold, minimizing the impact on student life.

YU Degrees Dismissed Again

06/30/2006
Staff Writer
When Rabbi Jonathan Snowbell was taking undergraduate and graduate classes at Yeshiva University, he never dreamed the State of Israel would find his YU degrees unacceptable. The problem: the Ministry of Finance changed the criteria in 2003 of what it requires to pay Israeli teachers a higher salary for their college and graduate degrees. "I was told my degrees are legitimate except for salary evaluation purposes," said Rabbi Snowbell, 30, a high school teacher in Jerusalem who has lived in Israel since 1998.

Birthright Israel Boom

10/01/1999
Staff Writer
Birthright Israel, the unprecedented offer of a free 10-day trip to Israel for 6,000 Jewish college students worldwide, has met with such a huge response that three of the 14 organizations sponsoring trips have stopped taking applications. Funding for the January trip is available for 5,000 students from North America but Moshe Margolin, vice president of educational services for Birthright Israel, North America, said that based on the response to date, "we will significantly exceed 15,000 applications."
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