Yeshiva University

Yeshiva U. Has ‘Substantial Deficits,’ President Richard Joel Tells Staff

11/21/2013
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NEW YORK  — Yeshiva University President Richard Joel acknowledged the school was facing “substantial deficits.”
In an email to faculty and staff obtained by JTA, Joel disclosed that the measures taken to shore up finances at the New York City university following the financial crisis in 2008 have been insufficient.

YU Fires Professor With Abuse Record

10/15/2013
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(JTA) -- Yeshiva University terminated Akiva Roth, a recently hired teacher, after his past sexual misconduct came to light.
Roth, 42, who started as a Hebrew teacher this term at Yeshiva College, had pleaded guilty to four counts of abuse against boys he tutored for their bar mitzvahs in 1997. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

An Ancient Gift, An Unlikely Friendship

10/15/2013
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Steven Fine, a professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and director of the school’s Center for Israel Studies, figured an article he published last year in Biblical Archeology Review about ancient tombstones in the Holy Land, would resonate with other archeology buffs.

Steven Fine

Lamm Deemed Unfit To Testify In Yeshiva U. Sex Abuse Case

09/30/2013
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Rabbi Norman Lamm, the former chancellor of Yeshiva University, was found unfit to testify in a $380 million sex abuse lawsuit against the school.

What Abuse In The ’80s Obscures About YU Today

08/13/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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The recent news stories about Yeshiva University bring back memories from my own experiences in the 1980s, when I attended both high school and college at YU. For me, those were positive and powerfully transformative years, with YU playing the central role. I am profoundly sad that not all of my peers had the same experience, and of course pray that deep wounds suffered by victims of abuse will be healed.

Yossi Prager

Twelve More Plaintiffs Allege Abuse In Suit Against YU

08/07/2013
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Twelve former students joined a $380 million lawsuit against Yeshiva University aleging the school covered up sexual abuse at its high school.

The new plaintiffs’ names came out in court papers used in a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y., according to the New York Daily News, and bring to 31 the number of plaintiffs in the case.

The YU Impasse: Putting A Price On Sexual Abuse

Sorting through conflicting interests when it comes to compensation for alleged victims.

07/17/2013
Editor And Publisher
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A few days before Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, I sat down and read a modern-day version of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Gary Rosenblatt

Alvin Schiff, Author And Pioneer Of Jewish Education, Dies

07/09/2013
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Alvin Schiff, a  pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, has died.

Former Students File $380 Million Lawsuit Against YU

07/09/2013
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A $380 million lawsuit was filed against Yeshiva University by former students who allege the school covered up allegations of sexual misconduct by staff members.

Norman Lamm Cites Mistakes As He Retires From YU

Initial reaction to Finkelstein sex-abuse allegations ‘ill conceived’ but ‘well intentioned,’ chancellor writes.

07/02/2013
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Nearly seven decades after he first entered Yeshiva University as a student, five decades after he began teaching at the school, 37 years after he became its president and a decade after he stepped down from that post, Rabbi Norman Lamm this week retired from his last, mostly ceremonial, position at YU.

In open letter, Rabbi Norman Lamm admits he must now “do teshuva” over missteps in handling the Finkelstein allegations.
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