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Mrs. CB Neugroschl

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Mrs. CB Neugroschl

Mrs. Chaya Batya (CB) Neugroschl serves as the Head of School at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central). She is an educator with over twenty years of pedagogic, curricular, and administrative experience in both Judaic and General Studies. Before coming to YUHSG, Mrs. Neugroschl served as Assistant Principal and Co-Director of General Studies at SAR High School, where she introduced innovative curricular initiatives and special programming. Previously, Mrs. Neugroschl was the Director of Admissions at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, where she also taught Jewish History and Philosophy. Mrs. Neugroschl studied for two years at Michlala College for Women in Israel and earned her B.A. at Stern College for Women in 1993. She continued her studies at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, with a focus on History of Halakha and Medieval Ashkenaz. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1998. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “The Nexus of Law and Spirituality in Maimonides’ Laws of Charity.” Sample Titles Kabbalat Hatorah as Per Moshe Rabbeinu, Rabbi Akiva and Rav Chiya Simcha Shel Mitzvah: An Ethos of Inclusion Rav Kook: A Religious Zionism of Inclusion Sukkat Shalom: Paradigms for Peace Rabbi Akiva: Master Teacher and Master Student Yom Kippur: When Less is More Yafta Elokim l’Yafet – Vayishkon B’Ohalei Shem: Can we Beautify Judaism with Greek Culture? The Historical Context of Chanukah and the Enemy Within Zman Simchateinu: Understanding the Happiness of Sukkot The Role of Memory in Jewish Thought and Jewish History The Role of Memory in Jewish Law and Jewish History Religious Zionism – A Difficult...

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Dr. Chaim Nissel

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Dr. Chaim Nissel

Chaim Nissel, Psy.D. is the Director of the Counseling Centers of Yeshiva University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Previously, he has worked at YU for 14 years in various capacities, including school psychologist at the boy’s high school and Associate Dean of Students for Health Affairs. He holds a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University in NYC. He has lectured extensively on the topic of college mental health and has a specialty in suicide assessment and prevention. He has trained over 1000 clinicians about suicide risk and has presented at various international conferences, hospitals, clinics and universities in the U.S. and Canada. As a clinical psychologist, he has also worked with children and adolescents and their parents. Dr. Nissel resides in New Hempstead, NY with his wife and five children. Sample Titles Promoting Mental Health in our Community College Mental Health Sending your Child Off to College Parenting your College Aged Child Psychology and Judaism Getting your Preschooler to Sleep Managing your Preschooler’s Behavior Feeling Good Suicide Prevention in our Communities (Best Suited for Clinicians, Rabbis, Lay...

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Dr. Steven Nissenfeld

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Dr. Steven Nissenfeld

Dr. Steven Nissenfeld is a clinical professor of management science at the Sy Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University. He joined the SSSB faculty after 27 years of experience in the field of human resource consulting as a partner of the Hay Group, a global human resource consulting firm. Dr. Nissenfeld has worked with CEO’s, top management and boards in diverse industries. He has helped organizations design and implement creative human resource management programs, strategies, plans, processes and systems to address the new competitive environment. He has extensive experience in managing and facilitating organizational and executive effectiveness, development, learning and culture change. Dr. Nissenfeld has directed large-scale, broad-based consulting engagements in all human resource areas, including: organizational analysis, competency design, staffing, selection, performance management, culture and attitude assessment, executive and managerial compensation design. He has spoken extensively at various national professional forums on ongoing human resource challenges confronting the business world today. Dr. Nissenfeld received his PhD in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 1979....

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Dr. Rona Novick

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Speakers | 0 comments

Dr. Rona Novick

  Rona Novick, PhD is the Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values. In addition to her Yeshiva University appointment, Dr. Novick has, since its founding, served as the Co-Educational Director of the Hidden Sparks program which provides consultation and professional development to day schools and Yeshivas to support the success of diverse learners. Dr. Novick received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director, bringing state-of-the-art social emotional, behavioral, and mental-health prevention and services to students.  Collaborating with her Alliance staff and experienced educators, she authored the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools. Dr. Novick has extensive clinical and research expertise in behavior management and child behavior therapy, bullying and trauma, and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on school applications of behavior management, special education, children and trauma and bully prevention and social emotional learning in schools.  She has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, focusing on her research interests in parenting and parent-school partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning, special education and the behavior and development of young children.  Along with many scholarly publications, she is the author of a book for parents:  Helping Your Child Make Friends, and editor of the book series Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals. Her blog is called Life’s Tool Box and can be found at www.lifestoolbox.wordpress.com And her children’s stories can be found on www.storybird.com, by searching under drronovick as the author. Sample Titles Kindling Spirituality -Keeping the Home Fires Burning Bullying, from Playground to Boardroom Jewish and Psychological Approaches to Loss, Trauma, and Consolation Bystander  Obligations – from a Jewish and Psychological Perspective Safe and Healthy School Environments Creating Caring Classrooms Thinking about Thinking – The Power of Metacognition Hakarat Hatov – The Positive Psychology of Gratitude and Jewish Parallels Developing Socially Responsible Children Building Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children Living in a Dangerous World – Coping and Managing Stress Including Diverse Students – Our Jewish Imperative Understanding Difference – Creating Inclusive School Environments Positive Behavior Support – Motivating With Rewards that have No Salt, No Sugar, and Cost No Money The Psychology of Happiness The Cognitive, Emotional and Physical Benefits of...

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Dr. Harry Ostrer

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Dr. Harry Ostrer

Dr. Harry Ostrer, M.D. is Professor of Pathology, Genetics and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Genetic and Genomic Testing at Montefiore Medical Center. He investigates the genetic basis of common and rare disorders and, in the diagnostic laboratory, translates the findings of genetic discoveries into tests that can be used to identify people’s risks for having a disease prior to its occurrence or for predicting its outcome once it has occurred. Dr. Ostrer is a long-time investigator of the genetics of the Jewish people. In 2007, he organized the Jewish HapMap Project, an international effort to map and sequence the genomes of Jewish people. In a series of publications about Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era, Dr. Ostrer and his team of investigators demonstrated that the history of the Jewish Diasporas could be seen in the genomes of contemporary Jewish people. He explores the significance of a biological basis for Jewishness on individual and group identity in his forthcoming book, Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People (Oxford University Press, June 2012). He is also an investigator of the genetics of Hispanic and Latino people, including Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, and Colorado Hispanos. Dr. Ostrer is an advocate for fairness in the use of genetic information. As a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Biotechnology and the Law, he reviewed and critiqued all recently enacted legislation related to genetic testing. Currently, he is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, Association of Molecular Pathology versus Myriad Genetics. Dr. Ostrer is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained in pediatrics and medical genetics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and in molecular genetics at the National Institutes of Health. For 20 years, he was the director of the Human Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine. He has received awards from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Skin Cancer Foundation and Weizmann Institute of Science. In October, 2010, he was named to the Forward 50 list of “people who have made an imprint in the past year on the ways in which American Jews view the world and relate to each other.” Sample Titles Abraham’s Children in the Genomic...

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Dr. Moses Pava

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Dr. Moses Pava

Moses Pava is the Alvin Einbender Professor of Business Ethics and professor of accounting at Sy Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University, where he has taught since 1988. Prof. Pava’s research interests include business ethics, financial accounting, corporate social responsibility and the interface between religion and business. His work in these areas is frequently cited in both academic and professional literatures. He has written numerous books and articles on these topics, including “Leading with Meaning,” “Business Ethics: A Jewish Perspective,” “The Search for Meaning in Organizations” and “Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance,” which was named by Choice Magazine as an “Outstanding Business Book Selection.” Prof. Pava’s most recent book is “Jewish Ethics as Dialogue: Using Spiritual Language to Re-Imagine a Better World.” In addition, Prof. Pava serves as editor of the annual series “Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations” published by Elsevier. He also serves on the editorial boards of Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Business Ethics and is a frequent contributor and reviewer for these journals. He has lectured at Wharton, Yale, Stamford Law School, Hebrew University, NYU and many other prestigious business schools worldwide. Sample Titles Jewish ethics and the financial crisis Ethics of Jewish organizations Philanthropy and jewish ethics Teaching Jewish ethics Jewish business ethics Jewish ethics as...

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Dr. David Pelcovitz

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Dr. David Pelcovitz

Dr. David Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University. He is also special assistant to President Richard M. Joel. In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz is an instructor in pastoral counseling at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Serving for more than two decades as director of psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychology at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Pelcovitz has consulted extensively with the Jewish community in the United States, Europe and Israel on a wide range of issues facing children and adolescents. Dr. Pelcovitz, who received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to education, parenting and child mental health. Areas of research and clinical specialty include family violence, the impact of domestic violence, stress management, transmitting values to children and adolescents and coping with trauma and loss. His most recent publication was “Balanced Parenting,” a book he wrote in collaboration with his father, Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz, on parenting from a Jewish perspective. Sample Titles The funds, faith, family and friends of happy People: What does Judaism and Psychology teach us about what makes us happy Dealing with Loss: Psychological and Jewish insights on illness and loss Gratitude: What does recent psychological research teach us about the importance of gratitude- and how can we build these insights into our every day lives? Anger: Jewish and psychological perspective on anger management at home and at work Cynicism Vs. Respect: Teaching respect for parents and grandparents in an age of cynicism Helping your child deal with external influences: Television, video games, movies and the Internet How to raise your child to be a mentch: what does psychological research teach us about mentch making? How does this relate to Jewish values? Money and Your Child: How to instill the proper values about money in your children Communication with your children: The basic building block of building a relationship with your child and adolescent How to Talk so Your Teenagers Listen and How to Listen so your Teenagers Talk Helping your child deal with trauma: talking to your child about loss, terrorism in Israel Motivating your child Developing your child’s uniqueness The at risk child Beyond Sibling Rivalry: Help Your Children Become Cooperative, Caring and Compassionate Children Witnessing Domestic Violence The Year in Israel Talking to your Children about Issues of Intimacy Infertility: The Emotional Roller Coaster The Building Blocks of a Healthy Relationship The State of Depression and the Jewish Community: It’s Prevalence and Profound Impact on the Individual, Family, and Community It’s Tough Being a Kid: Navigating the Ups and Downs of a Child’s Life Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy...

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Rabbi Menachem Penner

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Speakers | 0 comments

Rabbi Menachem Penner

Rabbi Menachem Penner is the Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and the Men’s Undergraduate Torah Studies programs at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Penner also serves as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Holliswood in Queens, a position he has proudly held since 1996. Rabbi Penner received his semikha from RIETS in 1994 and his BA from Yeshiva College in 1991. The parent of a child with special needs, he speaks across the country on issues of children with disabilities. Sample Titles Conversations with an Invisible G-d: A Groundbreaking Approach to Tefilla The Great Rabbi Akiva: One Man who Changed the World Shiva and Beyond: The Journey of the Soul after Death Haftarot of Destruction and Consolation Moshe Meets Erikson: Yetziat Mitzrayim in Light of Theories of Social and Developmental Psychology Faith and Fire: Theological Implications of the Holocaust Gedolim – Wanted Dead… or Alive? The Jewish Wedding in Halacha and Minhag or other Life Cycle topics The Rambam’s Letter to Yemen : On Moslems, Messiahs and...

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Dr. Jeffrey Pessin

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Dr. Jeffrey Pessin

Dr. Pessin is the diabetes center director and the Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He received his B.A./MA. degrees from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois. He then was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Michael Czech at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center and was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Physiology & Biophysics at The University of Iowa in 1983. Dr. Pessin was promoted to Associate Professor (1988) and Professor (1991). He was also appointed as the Associate Director of The University of Iowa Diabetes Center in 1991 and received the Eli Lilly Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Diabetes Association in 1996 and The University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professorship in 2001. In 2003 he became the Chair of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University where he received the William and Jane Knapp Professorial Chair of Pharmacological Sciences. Dr. Pessin accepted his current position in 2008. Dr. Pessin’s research in diabetes and insulin action has centered on the molecular analysis of receptor tyrosine kinase activity and regulation of proteins kinases, small GTP binding protein cascades that control the rate of glucose uptake and metabolism in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. More recently his laboratory has been investigating the role of adult progenitor cells in the development of adiposity. These efforts utilize state-of-the-art cell biological approaches including microinjection and living single cell confocal fluorescent microscopy in cell model systems and homologous recombination in mice to generate several genetic animal models of insulin resistance and diabetes. These mouse models of insulin resistance are providing important new information for our understanding of the molecular events causing altered metabolism and the basis for more effective treatments of diabetes and metabolic dysregulation. As a well-established and internationally recognized research scientist, Dr. Pessin has served on numerous scientific review panels, research boards and program development committees. He has also been active in the management of the peer-review process serving as the past editor for “Endocrinology” and the “American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology & Metabolism).” His wealth of experience in diabetes research and administration will continue the tradition of strong leadership as the director of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine diabetes center. Sample Titles Physiology of Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Signaling Pathways Regulating Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Energy Expenditure and Fatty Acid...

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Dr. Shay Pilnik

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Speakers | 0 comments

Dr. Shay Pilnik

The grandson of Holocaust survivors from Lithuania and Poland, who immigrated to Israel from the USSR about a decade after the founding of the Jewish state, Dr. Pilnik is the new director of the Emil and Jenny A. Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at YU. Prior to landing this position, he was the executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) in Milwaukee between 2014 and early 2020. Under his leadership, the organization doubled both its outreach and capacity, serving schools and communities across the state of Wisconsin with programming, lectures, teacher workshops, study abroad trips and more. Pilnik earned his bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Comparative Literature and Jewish Thought; an MA in Jewish Studies from McGill University and a doctoral degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in the field of Modern Jewish Studies, which he earned in 2013.  His PhD dissertation dealt with the commemoration of the Babi Yar Massacre in Soviet Russian and Yiddish literature.  From 2008-2014, he was an adjunct instructor at the Universities of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Oshkosh, lecturing on a variety of topics including the Holocaust, modern Jewish history and culture, Judaism, Hebrew Bible, and the religions of the world.   Sample Titles ‘Don’t Ever Say the End is Near & Hope is Gone:’ Jewish Armed Resistance during the Holocaust Holocaust in Context: A Multi-faceted Exploration of the Shoah against the background of Modernity, Anti-Judaism and the rise of Modern German Culture Unbroken Silence: The Commemoration of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and the Story of Babi Yar Bearing Witness to those who Bore Witness: Teaching the Holocaust in a Survivorless...

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