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, positions at YU.
A Yeshiva University (YU) student writing on Hurricane Sandy won first place in the 2013 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics essay contest, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity announced. The contest has taken place since 1989.
Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s rabbinical seminary, called for the creation of panels to evaluate the veracity of abuse claims before they are forwarded to the authorities.
After being told that his Oceanside, L.I., synagogue had won $10,000 in a Yeshiva University Facebook contest, beating out four other synagogues and a day school ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, Rabbi Jonathan Muskat decided to share his winnings with them.
“We felt so many communities also suffered that it was only right we share this act of chesed (kindness) with other communities that suffered damage as well,” he explained.
Six New York programs will receive a total of $744,000 this year from the Covenant Foundation. The grants are among $1.2 million in grants the foundation, which seeks to “support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education,” approved last week.
The media has reported serious accusations against two former employees of Yeshiva University’s High School (known as MTA), Rabbi Macy Gordon, a Talmud teacher, and Rabbi George Finkelstein, the principal.
As President Richard Joel bestowed honorary degrees at Yeshiva University’s 88th convocation last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, not a word was uttered about allegations of sexual abuse by two rabbis in the 1970s and ‘80s at its boys high school. That was the era of Rabbi Norman Lamm, the university’s third president.
In 2003 Joel succeeded Lamm who then became chancellor. Lamm, 84, was conspicuously absent from this convocation even though he participated every year.