Yeshiva University

Needed: Independent Investigation On YU High School Scandal

12/24/2012

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. 

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/21/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

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.

Elie Wiesel Richard Joel and Jack Lew at the Yeshiva U. convocation. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

The Sins Of The Fathers

A sad day for YU, as scandal casts shadow on Rabbi Lamm's accomplished tenure.

12/14/2012

Reading The Forward’s thorough article about alleged sexual abuses against a former Judaic teacher and a principal at MTA, the Yeshiva University Boy’s High School, in the 1970s and 1980s, I felt profound sadness on many levels.

YU President Calls Abuse Allegations 'Reprehensible'

12/14/2012

The president of Yeshiva University said the school had a "zero tolerance" policy for sexual abuse and harassment following a lengthy investigation of past abuse allegations in the Forward.

President Richard Joel issued a statement Thursday following the publication of an article in the Forward newspaper which investigated claims, most of them more than two decades old, that two rabbis at the university's high school for boys were known for acts of inappropriate and sexual contact with students.

Richard Joel: Encourages calls about abuse to hotline.

YU Warned By Accreditation Agency

12/05/2012

Yeshiva University, the Orthodox community’s flagship institution, has received a warning that its accreditation may be in jeopardy, according to a disclosure the university made, as required by its accreditation agency.

In order to take advantage of federal grants and loans, colleges must be accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education.

New App Brings The Aleph Bet To The iPad

Application helps children identify and match Hebrew letters and practice writing in script and block letters.

12/03/2012
Associate Editor

Would you prefer your preschool-age child do less “Angry Birds” and more “Aleph Bet?"

A new app creates opportunities to teach the aleph bet on the go. Photo via notaboxmedialab.com

Hamas Doesn't Faze U.S. Students

My assignment this week was straight-forward and predictable: with hostilities heating up in Israel, with Hamas missiles from Gaza starting to aim at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with tens of thousands of reserve soldiers being called into active service, with Israel standing on the brink of war, I was to look into the situation of the thousands of teenage students from the States who are spending their gap year learning in Israeli yeshivot (the boys) and seminaries (the girls).

Missiles rain down, but U.S. students in Israel are staying put despite the conflict with Hamas. Getty Images

A Matchmaker Named Sandy

With Stern students evacuated uptown, Yeshiva University enjoyed a brief taste of co-ed life.

11/06/2012
Editorial Intern

A female student helping herself to dinner in the Yeshiva University cafeteria usually stands out like plant life on Mars. But, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the resulting influx of 200 Stern College women onto the men’s Washington Heights campus, the usual monotonous cafeteria scene was transformed.

Men and women, equally represented, stood together in lines and sat together at lunch tables, chatting, laughing and enjoying the co-ed hiatus.

Stern girls and YU guys in the lounge. Mordechai Tiefenbrunn

A Matchmaker Named Sandy

With Stern students evacuated uptown, Yeshiva University enjoyed a brief taste of co-ed life.

11/02/2012
Editorial Intern

A female student helping herself to dinner in the Yeshiva University cafeteria usually stands out like plant life on Mars. But, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the resulting influx of 200 Stern College women onto the men’s Washington Heights campus, the usual monotonous cafeteria scene was transformed. Men and women, equally represented, stood together in lines and sat together at lunch tables, chatting, laughing and enjoying the co-ed hiatus.

What's wrong with this picture? In the Heights Lounge at YU, Stern girls and YU guys mixed it up, courtesy of Sandy.
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