|Motto||תורה ומדע (Hebrew)
Torah Umadda ("Torah and secular knowledge")
|President||Richard M. Joel|
|Location||New York, New York|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III, Skyline Conference, MACFA|
Yeshiva University is a private university in New York City, with six campuses in New York and one in Israel. Founded in 1886, it is a research university.
Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools—Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Syms School of Business— "offer a unique dual curriculum inspired by Modern-Centrist-Orthodox Judaism's hashkafa (philosophy) of Torah Umadda ("Torah and secular knowledge") combining the finest, contemporary academic education with the timeless teachings of Torah.” Yeshiva is perhaps best known for its secular, highly selective graduate schools, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Yeshiva University is an independent institution chartered by New York State. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by several professional agencies.
Yeshiva University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States that combines Jewish scholarship with studies in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies and education, and psychology.
Yeshiva University has its roots in the Etz Chaim Yeshiva founded in 1886 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a cheder-style elementary school founded by Eastern European immigrants that offered study of Talmud along with some secular education, including instruction in English.
As of August 2012, Yeshiva University enrolls approximately 6,400 undergraduate students, 3,500 graduate students, and 1,000 students at its affiliated high schools and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. It conferred 1,822 degrees in 2007 and offers community service projects serving New York, Jewish communities, the United States and Canada.
Richard M. Joel is Yeshiva University's president, while Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm serves as chancellor. President Joel's nomination as president was unprecedented and considered by some to be controversial, because he is the first president of YU who is not a rabbi. The university's past leaders include Dr. Bernard Revel, Dr. Samuel Belkin, and "The Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.
The University's main campus, Wilf Campus, is located in Washington Heights. A 1928 plan to build a spacious Moorish Revival campus around several gardens and courtyards was cancelled by the Great Depression of 1929 after only one building had been erected. Building continued after the Depression in modern style and by the acquisition of existing neighborhood buildings. In the past 122 years, Yeshiva University has expanded to comprise some twenty colleges, schools, affiliates, centers, and institutions, with several affiliated hospitals and health care institutions. It has campuses and facilities in Manhattan (Washington Heights, Murray Hill, Greenwich Village), the Bronx, Queens, and Israel.
Student life 
Yeshiva University maintains four campuses in New York City:
- The Resnick Campus in the Morris Park neighborhood of the eastern Bronx contains the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, along with dormitories, a library, a hospital and other medical facilities.
- The Brookdale Center in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of downtown Manhattan contains the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, law clinics and office, and a dormitory. The Center for Jewish History, which includes the Yeshiva University Museum along with other institutions, is nearby in the Chelsea neighborhood.
- The Beren Campus in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan is home to the undergraduate schools for women, including Stern College for Women and the Midtown branch of the Syms School of Business, along with dormitories and other facilities. The Azrieli School has classes on this campus as well.
- The Wilf Campus is centered around the area of Amsterdam Ave and West 185th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan. Yeshiva University's main office is located within the Wilf Campus, at 500 185th St., and Wilf is considered the main campus. It is home to the undergraduate schools for men, the rabbinical seminary, the Belz School of Jewish Music, the high school for boys, the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration, the Wurzweiler School for Social Work, and the Bernard Revel Graduate school, along with other divisions, offices, libraries, dormitories, and other facilities.
The high school for girls is located in New York City as well, in the Holliswood neighborhood of eastern Queens.
S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program 
The campus in Jerusalem, in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood, contains a branch of the rabbinical seminary and an office coordinating the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, a formal arrangement between Yeshiva University and 42 men's and women's yeshivot in Israel that enables students to incorporate study in Israel into their college years. While studying in Israel, students are exposed to intense, concentrated study of Jewish subjects with top teachers while learning firsthand about Israel's land, people, history, and culture.
Yeshiva University Israel advisers visit each school regularly to offer academic guidance, career planning, and personal counseling. In addition, the program sponsors lectures and activities where students can gather under the auspices of Yeshiva University, and a guidance center to provide support to help ease the occasionally challenging adjustment to a year's study in Israel. Yeshiva University also cosponsors major events for American students in Israel, such as the Battle of the Bands and Inter-Seminary Choir Competition, and an annual career fair.
Student government 
Numerous clubs and activities are maintained by the students in each school, generally under the auspices of a student government. Activities are funded by a student activities fee collected by the school but freely distributed by the elected council. (Athletics are usually an academic department.) Each graduate school maintains a student council, such as the Student Bar Association at Cardozo, which, in turn, supports the many clubs and publications in each school.
At the undergraduate level, there are separate student governments on the two campuses. Although the two student governments are separate, they work closely in coordinating joint events. The men's schools are represented overall by the Yeshiva Student Union, and specifically by the Yeshiva College Student Association, the Syms Student Council, the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY, which represents both undergraduate MYP students as well as RIETS students), and student councils for SBMP, IBC, and JSS. The latter four run most Jewish-related activities on campus, including holiday celebrations and the famed SOY Seforim (Jewish book) sale annually around February, which is open to the general public and attracts large crowds from near and far. There are also individual councils for each class, council committees, a Student Court, and clubs.
The women's schools are represented by the Stern College and Syms Student Councils; there are also a Torah Activities Council, which coordinates Jewish-related events, and individual class councils, along with various clubs.
The various positions on all councils are chosen by elections open to all students (both as voters and candidates) generally held in the Spring (for the following year's councils), although Freshman and Sophomore class councils are elected in the Fall, the latter owing to the large number of students spending the freshman year abroad in Israel.
The undergraduate men's newspaper is The Commentator, and the undergraduate women's The Observer, as well as a co-ed satirical news site The Quipster; there is also a student newspaper (in addition to a number of law journals) at Cardozo. There are numerous other publications on a wide range of topics, both secular and religious, produced by the various councils and academic clubs, along with many official university publications and the university press. The call letters of the student radio station are WYUR, currently an Internet-only station, available at
Dormitories and student housing 
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There are dormitory and dining facilities on each campus. Cardozo has a single dormitory building a block south of the classroom building, while Einstein has a number of student housing buildings on campus for single and married students.
Approximately 80% of the undergraduate student populations live on campus.
The Wilf Campus includes three main dormitory buildings: Morgenstern (nicknamed "Morg") Rubin, and Muss Halls. Many upperclassmen and some graduate students live in the surrounding independent housing that is run by the university or in other nearby buildings; there is also a small high school dormitory on campus, Strenger Hall, which houses some older students as well who serve as counselors.
The Beren campus includes four dormitory buildings: Brookdale, Schottenstein, the 36th Street and 35th Street Residence Halls. Many students live in university-administered independent housing nearby.
Yeshiva University is home to a variety of NCAA-level sports teams. The teams, nicknamed "The Maccabees", include: men's baseball, basketball, golf, volleyball, wrestling, women's basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
One of the most successful teams in Yeshiva University sports history is the fencing team, known as the "Taubermen", named after the coach of the team, Professor Arthur Tauber, who served as the head coach of the team from 1949 through 1985.
Because of Yeshiva's dual curriculum, most of the sports teams practice at night, sometimes even as late as 11:00 pm. A few of the sports teams have been known to get in an early morning practice or workout before classes begin at 9:00 am.
One of the unique aspects of Yeshiva athletics is the way it connects with communities around the country. It is not rare for a team to participate in a weekend tournament outside of New York City and for the athletes to stay with local families in the area. Most recently this has taken place in Boston with the basketball and fencing teams, and in Hollywood, Florida with the baseball team in 2008. Yeshiva even maintains an international connection through the many international students who participate in NCAA sports. While some teams may only have one or two nationalities, others have as many as nine different nationalities representing the school on the sports field.
Yeshiva has seen a few of its student-athletes go on to professional-level competition. Two members of the Yeshiva Maccabees Baseball team were drafted out of college by professional teams of the Israeli Baseball League. One of them, pitcher Aryeh Rosenbaum, even celebrated a championship with his team in the IBL's first year.
Yeshiva's Men's Basketball team is an annual playoff contender. The best era for Yeshiva basketball in recent history has been the first few years and last few years of the 1990s. Banners hang in the Max Stern Athletic Center commemorating seasons from both eras. The 2007–2008 season had particular note as Yeshiva was home to the NCAA Skyline Conference's Rookie of the Year.
The 2008–2009 season saw the men's NCAA volleyball team have its best season ever. Other teams that are quickly becoming contenders are the men's soccer, baseball, and tennis teams. In the 2009–2010 season, the men's NCAA volleyball team won the HVMAC (Hudson Valley Men's Athletic Conference) Championship.
In 2010, the Men's Cross Country team won the HVMAC Championship by a huge landslide. The team repeated as champions in 2011. YU Maccabee Sam Cohen won the individual championship.
Student groups and organizations 
A wide variety of student clubs, groups, and organizations are run by the student body. The range of student groups includes the Commentator (a student newspaper) and the Yeshiva University Dramatics Society (YCDS) that puts on a performance each semester. A student-run group known as the Heights Initiative sponsors several outreach programs that work with the schools and organizations of the Washington Heights community. Student Government is run through YSU, YCSA, SOY-JSC, and SYMS. These four student run organizations hold weekly meetings with their respective councils and a weekly meeting with university administrators. Their goal is to help ensure that the student clubs and organizations are receiving the appropriate funding and support. Additionally, they run community events like the annual Hannukah Concert and a major carnival extravaganza celebrating Israel's independence day.
In 2009 students gathered together to create a "Tolerance Club", the purpose of which was to promote the idea of there being a diversity of people within the Yeshiva University community. The group was controversial on the Yeshiva University campus. This controversy came to a head when the Tolerance Club sponsored a panel discussion entitled "Being Gay in the Orthodox World" in December 2009. Several hundred people attended this panel discussion. Numerous Jewish news sources covered the panel and the conflict that enveloped the Yeshiva campus in its wake. The Tolerance Club disbanded in May 2010. "
The Yeshiva University Medical Ethics Society (MES), is an undergraduate student-run organization of Yeshiva University which was founded by students in the fall of 2005 with the help of the Center for the Jewish Future toward the goal of promoting education and awareness of Jewish medical ethics in the university itself and the community at large. Since that time, MES working closely with the CJF has grown from a small group of students with common interests to running large-scale events with university-wide participation. In the first several years alone, they have hosted a diverse program of on-campus lectures by leading experts in the field of medical ethics and Halacha (Jewish law). Topics covered have included stem cell research, cloning, do not resuscitate orders, genetic testing, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and birth control. They also host genetic testing events to help combat the high incidence of various genetic diseases in the Jewish community. The Society hosts many events throughout the year, including a large, annual conference focused on a chosen medical ethics topic. The events are open to all those who have an interest in learning more about Jewish medical ethics. Students, teachers, rabbis, physicians, and laymen are welcome.
The U.S. News and World Report's 2011 "America's Best Colleges" ranked Yeshiva University as the 45th best national University. In 2009 "America's Best Colleges" ranked Yeshiva University as the 50th best national university rising from the 2008 rank of 52nd. YU was also ranked 41st "Best Value" Colleges, and 5th in percentage of students studying abroad (90% of the class of 2007). Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein School of Medicine was ranked 41st in the nation.
The Washington Monthly 2007 College Rankings placed Yeshiva University 94th nationally. In a similar list, The Center for Measuring University Performance found Yeshiva University 45th nationally among the Top American Research Universities.
YU has also received worldwide recognition. The Times Higher Education Supplement of the UK ranked it as 68th in the world in 2011, a substantial jump from the 172nd top world university ranking it received in 2006 and the 254th ranking the school received in 2005. According to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the university is ranked in the 151–200 category among world universities and 76–98 among universities in the Americas.
The university's national research impact has also been evaluated. The university's rank of research impact in Biology & Biochemistry placed 5th in the US by Thomson Reuters, surpassing Washington University, Stanford, Duke, and UCSF.
Notable faculty, alumni, and board members 
Notable faculty 
- Dr. Jekuthiel Ginsburg
- Rabbi Benjamin Blech
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich
- Elisheva Carlebach
- Rabbi Shalom Carmy
- Dr. David Alan Johnson
- Rabbi Dr. David Berger
- Joshua Fishman
- Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
- Rabbi Elazar Hurvitz
- Dr. Adam Zachary Newton
- Rabbi Dr. Moshe David Tendler
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter
- Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman
- Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schachter
- Rabbi Dr. Haym Soloveitchik
- Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig
- Rachel Wischnitzer
- Rabbi Benjamin Yudin
Notable alumni 
- James Babendir, Business
- Jeff Ballabon, American lawyer
- Saul Berman, American scholar and founder and director of Edah
- Dr. Howard Dean (M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
- Dr. Dickstein (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
- Professor Laurence Dreyfus, Bach Scholar and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
- Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber
- Adam Ferziger
- Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel
- Professor Hillel Furstenberg, American-Israeli mathematician
- Professor Ari L. Goldman
- Baruch Goldstein, perpetrator of the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre
- Gary Gruber, Author, physicist, testing expert, educator
- Lucy Kaplansky, American singer-songwriter
- Aaron Klein, New York Times bestselling author, WABC radio host, journalist
- Daniel Kurtzer, former United States Ambassador to Israel and Egypt
- Rudolph Leibel, (M.D., Class of 1967), awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2005), Scientist at Columbia University whose co-discovery at Rockefeller University of the hormone leptin, and cloning of the leptin and leptin receptor genes, has had a major role in the area of understanding human obesity.
- Matthew Levitt
- Nat Lewin, American lawyer
- Rabbi Dr. Moses Mescheloff
- Rabbi David Nesenoff, filmmaker and journalist
- Chaim Potok
- Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
- Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt
- Sheldon Silver, NY State Speaker
- Leonard Susskind, the Felix Bloch professor of physics at Stanford University
- Joseph Telushkin, American rabbi, lecturer, and author
- Samuel J. Danishefsky Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
- Daniel Wise (mathematician)
Notable board members 
- Bernard Madoff, former Chairman of Board of Directors of Sy Syms School of Business and Treasurer of Yeshiva University Board of Trustees
See also 
- American Jewish University – a Los Angeles based university, whose intimate undergraduate programs involve ethical Jewish principles.
- Bar-Ilan University – a Ramat Gan based university which aims "to blend tradition with modern technologies and scholarship, and teach the compelling ethics of Jewish heritage to all.”
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- Education in New York City
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- Hebrew Theological College – a Chicago based institution, "preparing its graduates for roles as educators and Rabbis", while providing "broad cultural perspectives and a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts and Sciences."
- Jerusalem College of Technology – a Jerusalem based college, founded to "educate students who see the synthesis of Jewish values and a profession as their way of life."
- Lander College – a New York City based college, a division of Touro College, which offers "a superior college education for students committed to serious Beis Medrash learning in an atmosphere of Torah." It has a program structure similar to MYP at Yeshiva College.
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Undergraduate schools 
Graduate schools 
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
- Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
- GPATS – Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies
- Wurzweiler Graduate School of Social Work
Affiliates and centers 
- Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
- Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music
- Yeshiva University High School for Girls
- Yeshiva University High School for Boys
- Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University
- Center for the Jewish Future
- The Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University
- Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization
Scholarly and cultural resources 
Student organizations 
- "Yeshiva University Baseball" (NCAA Division III Baseball Program)
- The Maccabeats (Yeshiva University's a cappella group) noted for their hit song Candlelight
- WYUR:Yeshiva University Radio
- The Commentator (Yeshiva College and Sy Syms School of Business' student newspaper)
- The Observer (Stern College For Women's student newspaper)
- MacsLive, Online Home of Macs Basketball and the Red Sarachek Tournament
- Yeshiva University Soccer
- SOY Seforim Sale
- YU Student Medical Ethics Society
Other YU resources