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Dr. Chaya Gorsetman

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Dr. Chaya Gorsetman

Chaya R. Gorsetman, Ed.D is Clinical Associate Professor of Education and Co-Chair of the Education Department at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. She specializes in supervision of student teachers and curriculum studies, with a strong emphasis on the constructivist theory of education. Her research has focused on mentoring novice teachers in Jewish day schools and as the Educational Director of the Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative of the Lookstein Center of Bar Ilan University, she has been mentoring those in educational leadership positions. Additionally, she is interested in how gender is expressed in day schools and as such served as the director and co-author of the JOFA Gender and Orthodoxy Curriculum Project, Bereshit: A New Beginning— A Differentiated Approach to Learning and Teaching. More recently, she co-authored a book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools, published October 2013, Hadassa Brandies, which won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award. Dr. Gorsetman is a member of the Israel International Research Group on Jewish Education in the Early Years. Sample Titles Communicating Effectively with Young Children Transmitting Jewish Values to Young Children Jewish Schools: Make the Right Choice for Your Child Gender in Early Childhood Education Gender Culture Differences in Teaching Bible The Importance of Play in the Lives of Children and Adults Creating an Inquiry based Jewish Early Childhood Classroom Mentors and Mentees: Building the Relationship Mentoring the Mentor in the Jewish Educational Community: A Case...

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Dr. Susan Gross

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Dr. Susan Gross

Susan Gross, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for prenatal testing company Natera, and is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health and Clinical Pediatrics at Einstein.  She also is the Founding Director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva/Einstein.  Susan received her medical degree from University of Toronto in 1985. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed by a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at the same institution. Following this training, she completed a second residency in Medical Genetics at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1994, she became a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), Bronx, NY and in 1998, became Director of the Division of Reproductive Genetics in its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health.  From 2008 to 2013 she served as the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology of Jacobi Medical Center and founded its Human Genetics Laboratory. Susan is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Medical Genetics and the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada). Sample Titles Practical Genetics Forum for Rabbis Guiding Couples through Genetic Issues: Your Piece of the Puzzle Genetic testing for young couples: It’s more than Tay-Sachs Family Health and Halacha Knowing Your Jewish Genetic Heritage: Awareness for the Sake of our Children and their Children (A Medical & Halachic...

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Dr. Naomi Grunhaus

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Dr. Naomi Grunhaus

Dr. Naomi Grunhaus is an Associate Professor in the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern College. Her book on the interplay between peshat and derash in Rabbi David Kimhi’s biblical commentaries will be published in Summer 2012 by Oxford University Press. In addition, Dr. Grunhaus is a devoted teacher, who has been teaching Tanach and methodology of biblical interpretation for more than twenty-five years. In an effort to include students in her research, she has twice mentored students who were awarded Yeshiva University’s Summer Research Grants. She has twice received a Ms. E. Billi Ivry Faculty Research Incentive Award and was also the recipient of the Murray and Madeleine Baumel Faculty Incentive Award. Dr. Grunhaus is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences, most recently presenting a paper at an international conference at Haifa University (May 2011). She has also authored scholarly articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. Dr. Grunhaus received her PhD in Jewish Studies from New York University, MA and MS degrees from New York University, and a BS from Brooklyn College. Sample Titles Avram Avinu and the Ten Trials of Faith ’Sheep Being Led to the Slaughter’: Jewish interpretation of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 Using Internet Resources for Research in Jewish Studies: Discussion and Demonstration The Significance of Peshat Comments that Contradict Halakhah Shemitat Kesafim: Cancellation of Debts after the Shemittah Year Ephraim and Menashe: One Shevet or Two? Form without Substance: Fasting and Rituals in Prophetic...

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock is the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including “Orthodox Jews in America,” “Judaism’s Encounter With American Sports,” and “American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective.” His “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” (Columbia University Press, 1997) was awarded the bi-annual Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society for the best book written in that field. Dr. Gurock is chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and served from 1982 to 2002 as associate editor of “American Jewish History,” the leading academic journal in that field. Sample Titles American Judaism’s Contemporary Scoreboard From Ancient Face-Offs through Medieval Time-Outs: Jewish History and the Culture of Sports Jewish Harlem: Past and Present Reaching American Jewry’s Millennial Generation American Orthodoxy’s Era of Non-Observance How Frum Was Rabbi Jacob Joseph’s Court? A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community An American Jewish Conspiracy Theory: Dr. Bernard Revel, Yeshiva and the Jewish Theological Seminary (A Text Study Workshop) The Religious Values of American Jews: Historically Reconsidered (A Text Study Workshop) The Voices of Immigrant Jewish Masses (A Text Study...

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Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff

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Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff serves on the Judaic studies faculty of Stern College for Women. Originally from London, England, Rabbi Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for two years for MTV in news production, and winning the national competition ‘Jewish Stand-Up Comedian’ of the Year, Rabbi Hajioff traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach. Rabbi Hajioff has worked extensively with young Jewish drug addicts, and in 2004 received an award from the Town of Ramapo for his work on their behalf. In 2005 Rabbi Hajioff joined the faculty of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. In 2006 he received the “Professor of the Year” award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern. Rabbi Hajioff also works for Birthright Israel in New York as their official Rabbi and educational director. He has been instrumental in implementing programs for Birthright Israel in Manhattan such as the very successful adult bar and bat mitzvah program which some four hundred people have completed so far. He also leads trips to Israel and Poland three times annually for some three hundred participants. Rabbi Hajioff also teaches on the Mechina Introductory Judaic studies program at Stern College. This program includes Shabbatonim on and off campus, and a summer learning program in Israel at the YU campus. He teaches introductory Judaic studies courses, which cover all the foundations of Jewish thought, as well as a lower intermediate level course covering all the Jewish holidays, and an intermediate level course on the Sabbath. He has developed a new course introducing kabbalistic ideas in Jewish thought. Sample Titles The Five Levels of Pleasure Four Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism Children – Planting and Building; Bringing up Healthy Children in Today’s Technological World. Finding Inspiration in a Hectic World Do Jews Believe in G-d War – What is it Good For? Israel – Whose Land Is It Anyway? Health and Healing in Jewish Thought Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People Bulls, Bears and the Big Guy Upstairs Are You a Control Freak? Talking To Your Kids About Drugs What’s Love Got to Do With It: Finding Lasting love in a Non Loving World Is it Love or Is It...

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Dr. Stu Halpern

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Dr. Stu Halpern

Dr. Stu Halpern is Chief of Staff to Yeshiva University President Ari Berman, responsible for overseeing the administrative, financial and operational affairs of the Office of President. He provides strategic support to the President, develops and coordinates high-priority initiatives, and serves as the primary liaison between the President and University stakeholders. During his 11 years at Yeshiva University, Dr. Halpern has served in various capacities, including in the Office of Student Life, Academic Advising, The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, YU Press, and as a professor of Bible. He has edited or co-edited 14 books, including From Within the Tent: Essays by the Rabbis and Professors of Yeshiva University on the Festival Prayers, Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity and Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought.  He has lectured in synagogues, Hillels and adult Jewish educational settings across the U.S.  Dr. Halpern received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Psychology in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, an MA in Bible from Revel, an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Touro University, and an EdD from the Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration. Sample Titles Angels and Demons: The Akedah, the Exodus, and a Pre-Rabbinic Midrash Az Yashir and the Creation Stories of Israel’s Ancient Neighbors Passover Polemics – Judaism, Christianity, and the Fight over the Seder Groundhog Day, Megillat Ruth, and Nighttime Seduction Scenes in Tanakh The Lion, the Pit and the Wardrobe: Daniel, Joseph, Esther and the Struggles of Being a Diaspora Jew Ve-nahafoch-Who? Purim and the Unfinished Business of Megillat Esther If I Forget Thee, O Uruk: The Mourning of Megillat Eicha in the Context of the Ancient World You Can’t Handle the Truth: Biblical Secret Identities and the Message of Yonah The Invisible Spy and the Zealot Who Didn’t Die: Two Ways to Read a Strange Tale of Pinchas “No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition”: A Case Study in What Monty Python Can Teach Us About Studying Tanakh Two Talmuds, Two Testaments: A Look at Repentance in Sefer...

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Mr. Charlie Harary

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Mr. Charlie Harary

Mr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is a Clinical Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship and an Associate Entrepreneur in Residence at the Syms School of Business in Yeshiva University. In addition, Mr. Harary is the CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York. Prior to H3 Capital, Mr. Harary was the First Vice President of Residential Operations and Legal Counsel of RXR Realty, a multi-billion dollar Real Estate Company based in New York. Prior to RXR, Mr. Harary was an associate in Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Davis Polk & Wardwell. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was awarded the James Kent Scholar and the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Harary is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad speaking for organizations, schools, universities and institutions on a variety of topics and to audiences of various sizes and affiliations. He has created dozens of videos that have received worldwide attention reaching hundreds of thousands of people in over 15 countries. Mr. Harary is also a Senior Lecturer for the Orthodox Union, Aish Hatorah and NCSY. In addition, he is an active community leader. He is the founder and president of Milvado Inc., an organization that develops innovative methods to teach spirituality in relevant and modern ways. He is a member of the Executive Board of the OU as well as the Founding Chairman of its Young Leadership Cabinet. He is also a member of the Conference of Young Jewish Presidents. Sample Titles From Vision to Execution: How to Turn Your Idea into a Reality The Traits of Great Jewish Leaders Tapping into your Inner Greatness Moses and the Making of a Great Leader How to Build and Excite A Board and Lay Leadership Creating Successful Companies Principles of Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship How to Have Great Relationships The Secret to Happiness The Building Blocks of Godliness in the First Four Stories of Genesis The Seven Shepards Why Judah Became...

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Dr. Meredith Hawkins

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Dr. Meredith Hawkins

Dr. Meredith Hawkins is associate professor of medicine in the diabetes research and training center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Her current research interests include the regulation of hepatic glucose production by hyperglycemia per se in type 2 diabetes mellitus, and the effects of nutrient excess on metabolic features of the insulin resistance syndrome. Dr. Hawkins has a tremendous interest to restrain the burgeoning epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the developing world. During the last ten years she has worked with key institutions in Uganda, Rwanda and India, to collaborate toward this vision. Dr. Hawkins earned her M.D. degree cum laude from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in clinical research methods cum laude from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is associate editor of the “American Journal of Physiology,” and secretary treasurer of the American Federation of Medical Research. Dr. Hawkins’ current research interests include the effects of nutrient excess on insulin resistance, nutritional regulation of adipose tissue macrophages, and the regulation of hepatic glucose production by hyperglycemia per se in diabetes mellitus. Dr. Hawkins is a Beeson Scholar of the American Federation of Aging Research, and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International and the Diabetes Action Foundation International. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Outstanding Clinical Associate Physician Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Junior Physician Scientist Award from the American Federation of Medical Research. She was recently awarded the Novartis Young Investigator award in Diabetes Research, an international prize given to the most outstanding clinical investigator under the age of 45 who is conducting diabetes or obesity research. Sample Titles Global Diabetes: Tackling the Twenty-First Century...

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Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary

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Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary

Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary is an assistant professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women where he teaches courses in Bible, Second Temple Jewish history, Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, Midrash, and Jewish ethics. He received his PhD from NYU where he was awarded a McCracken Fellowship and was also a graduate fellow in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Cardozo Law School. His forthcoming book, Dispute for the Sake of Heaven: Legal Pluralism in the Talmud, has been published in the Brown Judaic Studies series. He has articles appearing in AJS Review and Dine Israel and he has written entries for Encyclopedia Judaica and Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is also a rabbinics reviewer for The Lost Bible Project: The Library of Israel in Late Antiquity to be published by JPS and a contributor to the forthcoming New Oxford Annotated Translation of the Mishnah. Rabbi Hidary is developing a teachers guides for teaching Tanakh in Yeshiva High Schools. He is also an assistant rabbi at Sephardic Synagogue in Brooklyn and director of Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael. Sample Titles A History of the Afterlife in Jewish Thought 3 Conceptions of Sin, 3 Paths fo Atonement Second Temple Sectarianism and the Rabbis: How the Dead Sea Scrolls Shed Light on the Talmud Law and Literature in the Talmud Bavli: The Halakhah and Aggadah of Tsedaka Halakhic Pluralism vs. Communal Unity: How the Talmud Deals with...

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Rabbi David Hirsch

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Rabbi David Hirsch

Rabbi David Hirsch is a rosh yeshiva and holds the Eva, Morris and Jack K. Rubin Memorial Chair in Rabbinics at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Hirsch is a 1990 graduate of Yeshiva College, where he majored in computer science. Upon graduation, Rabbi Hirsch received the Rothman Award for Excellence in Talmud. He earned his MS degree in Jewish education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration in 1993. That same year, he was ordained at RIETS and was named a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon. Sample Titles Life Threatening Situations on Shabbos Dina de-Malchuta Dina Gambling in Jewish Law Faith of the Patriarchs Fast Days in Jewish Thought Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Understanding of Continuity in Sefiras Haomer A Torah Perspective on the BP Oil...

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