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President Emeritus Richard M. Joel

Richard M. Joel became Yeshiva University’s fourth president on September 21, 2003, and was named Bravmann Family University Professor in April 2010. Over the past 10 years, Joel has built upon the illustrious tradition of this storied institution by placing a renewed emphasis on the student experience, academic excellence, Torah scholarship and communal involvement. With these advancements, and guided by the distinctive belief in education as a process of “ennobling and enabling” young women and men to build whole and meaningful lives, Yeshiva has emerged as North America’s Torah-informed university. Further, with his guidance, Yeshiva University has expanded its focus far beyond the walls of the university, whether through professional and rabbinic placement globally or service learning missions worldwide. With his characteristic charm and wit, Joel can often be spotted around Yeshiva’s campuses engaging with students and learning about them; one of his great pleasures at Yeshiva is in serving on its faculty and teaching his weekly course. Following his lead, the university has further developed a culture of warmth. Joel is renowned as a charismatic leader and a captivating orator, and has traveled globally to dialogue with audiences on values-driven education, communal leadership, and Jewish identity. Just as Yeshiva University has embraced its role as the flagship institution of American Modern Orthodoxy, Joel has in many ways become more than a university president but a true spokesperson for the Jewish people. Before taking the helm at Yeshiva, President Joel earned his reputation as a dynamic force with young people as president and international director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. There, he facilitated an extraordinary renaissance of Jewish life on campuses through building  numerous new facilities, partnering in the creation of Birthright Israel, and using  engagement and empowerment models to reach Jewish youth. Growing up in Bronx, NY, Joel earned  his B.A. and J.D. from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar; he has received honorary doctorates from Boston Hebrew College and Gratz College. He also served as assistant...

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Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph

Josh Joseph is the senior vice president at Yeshiva University where he has operating responsibility for the administrative and academic aspects of the University, ensuring strategic planning and implementation of restructuring initiatives. Recently, Josh successfully defended his dissertation, earning his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management. A native of Montreal, Josh completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Penn as well. He received rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while completing a Master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also completed fellowships and certificates at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration, as well as Harvard’s Institute of Higher Education. Josh previously worked at a hedge fund, as a community rabbi, served as the executive director of the Orthodox Caucus, and director of social entrepreneurialism at YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. He and his wife, Julie, live in Lawrence and are the proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha. Sample Titles Leadership 2020 The End of Human Specialness The Creativity Crunch Happiness U Emotional Intelligence Next Practices to Train and Inspire the Next Generation of Jewish Leaders What Question is Hashem Asking YOU? The Guidance of the Netziv for Life Decisions & Direction Let My Startup Nation Go Power of Prayer The Power of Positive Thinking: Faith in Trying Times Blackberry Unplugged and The Power of Now Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Jewish Life A Survival Guide to the Second Seder UP: A direction we can all agree upon Blind Sides and Blind Spots: The State of Orthodoxy in 2010 Beyond Time: The many facets and faces of Shabbos What number was yesterday? A reminder about Sefiras haOmer The Closing of the Jewish Mind Forces for Good: Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today Transformational Conversations and the Speaker-Listener Technique THE EXPERT WITHIN: Educational Leadership and the Millennial...

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