New York, NY, May 31, 2013—Hundreds of students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools were presented with degrees at YU’s 82nd Commencement exercises, held at the IZOD Center Rutherford, NJ 30. Excitement for the future was the air students and families hugged and snapped pictures the crowded area, but a shared sense of purpose and empowerment was also an essential theme of the day’s celebration.
“Your experience at Yeshiva has been exciting, varied, formative and informative in magnificent ways,” YU President Richard M. Joel told the new graduates. “But as you look back now, realize that you’ve done something else—you’ve lit a candle. You’ve spun your own unique wicks from a variety of threads, ancient and modern all bound up in one, one informing the other, and both ignited by your drive to matter in the world and to make a difference.”
his to the Class of 2013, Joshua Fass—an of YU’s Yeshiva, Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Azrieli for Jewish Education and—reflected on the way his own YU education had equipped him to pursue his difficult but world-changing visionfounder and of Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization
has helped 36,000 olim [immigrants] actualize dream of settling Israel.
“Heroically and astonishingly, YU transmits a and noble approach, a derekh ha-chayim [way of life], a mesorah [tradition]
resonates this extraordinary synergy,” he said. “We have been taught to open our eyes and see the number of concerns need to be addressed and repaired our community and beyond, to have the fortitude and courage to make those changes, while being grounded securely Torah and halakha [Jewish law].”
Urging the new to remain engaged and active members of the Jewish community and<><> advocates of the of Israel, Fass added, “ YU graduates, you are uniquely positioned to make a difference—you have the talent, conviction, passion and ideological to script the future story of our .”
Joel conferred an honorary degree upon Fass, as well as on Tony B. Gelbart, founder and of Nefesh B’Nefesh and a serial entrepreneur serves as a member of the and to the of the Jewish Fund; businessman and philanthropist Abraham Naymark, contributions to YU the establishment of the Naymark Scholarship Fund at the Sy Syms of Business; and Merryl H. Tisch, of the of Regents and of the Metropolitan on Jewish Poverty.
Meirah Shedlo, valedictorian of Stern for Women, echoed the message of engagement and responsibility remarks to classmates. “ we, the Class of 2013, from the house of learning
is Yeshiva University, we have been charged with the mission of using our personal development service of our communities,” she said. “At YU, we’ve had the opportunity to gain a stellar education and achieve a high level of accomplishment our respective fields. Now we’re all starting on new paths build upon the ideas, challenges and triumphs we have encountered .”
YU alumnus Mark flew in from , to watch his son Rafi graduate Yeshiva College. “I’ve been a member of the YU family for a and when the time came to send our to , we didn’t look anywhere else,” he said. “Where else could my son earn a world-respected education a top-level academic , surrounded by other religious Jews, minyanim and Torah learning? I’m excited for the opportunities and mentorship he’s had and I know they could only have happened at YU.”
The reunion classes of 1963, 1973 and 1988 were recognized at the graduation ceremony for
50th, 40th and 25th reunions, while all, <>><>><>400 undergraduate students from Yeshiva , Stern for Women and Sy Syms of Business, as well as students the fields of law, , social work, education, Jewish studies and psychology, were awarded degrees from YU during Commencement season.
Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools – Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business – offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.