Sunday, October 17, 2004

YU Plans the Jewish Future-And Israel's Part of It

Hirhurim just published the following item.

RIETS in the News II

Now it's official:

Oct 15, 2004 -- Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel today announced the appointment of Rabbi Kenneth Brander of Boca Raton, FL, as the inaugural dean of the Center for the Jewish Future, effective July 1, 2005.The Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will serve as the nucleus and central focus of YU’s educational and human-capital efforts to impact the Jewish future. The CJF will work with the university’s colleges, schools, and affiliates to shape programs--within and without the institution--that will train Jewish lay and professional leadership, develop initiatives and strengthen existing ones, create interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary synergies, as well as deliver services to its students and the broader Jewish communities...

Very Timely. Unfortunately, Simcha missed the most important part. The article continues...

CJF is the first of a series of envisioned multidisciplinary centers at YU that will utilize the rich resources of its colleges and faculty, and focus on an array of guiding principles, including ethics, leadership, community, and Israel. The CJF will be a think-tank for Jewish public policy, leadership and partnership strategies, community strengthening in Israel and throughout the Diaspora, and lifelong Jewish education.

Is it possible that YU has finally woken up to the fact that they (and the rest of American Orthodoxy) will rise (or, G-F) fall with Israel and not vice versa? 'Let it BE'


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