George Finkelstein's Open Office Door

Yeshiva University High School removed the door of principal accused of abuse, but not the abuser himself.
12/17/2012 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

One of the more telling and unreported aspects of the George Finkelstein situation at Yeshiva University is the fact that at some point during the time he was principal of the high school several decades ago and accused of wrestling with students in his office, the door to his office was removed, according to a number of former students.

YU Warned By Accreditation Agency

12/04/2012 - 19:00

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.

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/25/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s 87th annual Hanukkah convocation at the Waldorf-Astoria, was impressed how the university’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) engages in the spirit of tikkun olam.

She said graduate Josh Teitcher spent a summer in Israel with Counterpoint Israel—a CJF initiative for students to help local youth connect to Jewish values—and changed the life one young boy named Yitzchak.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and YU President Richard Joel at YU Convocation.

Sex Story Engulfs YU Beacon Website

12/11/2011 - 19:00


It’s not your typical college sex scandal. There are no accusations of molestation, inappropriate faculty-student relationships or date-rape charges.

Acappella Maccabeats Closing In On 2 Million Hits

It's been a big week for YU -- a dreidel contest there made SNL's Weekend Update, and their student acappella group, the Maccabeats, are closing in on 2 million hits on YouTube with their "Candlelight" Internet sensation.

YU To Keep High School

03/11/1999 - 19:00
Editor & Publisher
After more than two months of concern and uncertainty about the future of Yeshiva University’s high school for boys, the board of trustees of the university Tuesday approved the continuation of the school on its Washington Heights campus, and pledged to strengthen it academically and financially.The decision, based on the recommendation of two committees, is a victory for advocates of the 80-year-old high school, some of whom may be wondering what the fuss was all about in the first place.

Riskin Out Of YU Race

09/12/2002 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
Much of the drama went out of the race for Yeshiva University president this week when Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, spiritual leader of Efrat, Israel, and best known of the potential candidates, withdrew his name from consideration. That left David Shatz, a professor of philosophy at Yeshiva and Columbia universities, as the likely contender to succeed Norman Lamm, according to sources close to the selection process. David Schnall, dean of Yeshiva’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration, also is expected to be a candidate for the post.

Back To The Center For YU?

12/05/2002 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
Will Richard Joel — expected to be elected this week as Yeshiva University’s new president — redirect the flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy from its rightward move of the past several decades back toward the center? That’s a question being asked in the halls of Yeshiva and throughout the community at the apparent culmination of a long and difficult search process for a successor to Dr. Norman Lamm, who has guided the institution since 1976.

Joel Elected YU President

12/05/2002 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
In a move widely seen as a victory for the centrist element of Modern Orthodoxy, and despite rabbinic opposition, Richard Joel, 52, was elected president of Yeshiva University late Thursday night, Dec. 5. In the spring he will succeed Dr. Norman Lamm, who has led the flagship institution of the movement since 1976.

YU Elects Joel President

12/12/2002 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
Richard Joel seems undaunted by the fact that some of the faculty and lay leadership at Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school opposed his becoming chief executive officer of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, the position he was elected to last week along with president of Yeshiva University. Joel, 52, said his skills for the new posts include “taking institutions where people look askance at my capacities and being able to empower them.
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