Name: Sara Levine
School: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Hometown: Westchester, NY
Passion: Asylum law
You began your career as a journalist for Israeli television. Why did you decide to pursue law?
Before law school, I worked as a journalist for the English nightly
news. Because our news bureau was relatively small compared to the
Hebrew and Arabic news departments, I was able to cover a large range of
issues, from domestic politics to foreign affairs to civil rights and
the law. It was this latter group that fascinated me the most. In
particular, covering stories relating to marginalized groups and their
struggle for the most basic, fundamental rights, both frustrated and
motivated me. While I loved my job as a journalist and the challenges
every day brought—the rigors of fact-finding, learning people’s stories,
extracting the salient facts and effectively conveying stories to our
audiences—I felt that something was missing. I knew that law was the key
to making real change in society and fighting against the same
injustices I covered as a reporter. The journalist is meant to educate,
draw awareness and illuminate issues of the marginalized, the struggling
and the voiceless. The lawyer, I realized, can give them a voice.
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/24/graduate-profile-sara-levine/
Name: Willie Roth
School: Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS)
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Passion: Halakha and law
What is unique about semikha studies at RIETS?
RIETS is the only place where a rabbinical student can learn from first-rate talmidei chachamim [Torah scholars], poskim [deciders of Jewish law], rabbanim and mental health professionals all under one roof. Whether you’re in rabbanus
[rabbinate] or Jewish education, a rabbi’s job entails many different
responsibilities. You need training indifferent areas and exposure to
many kinds of experts. RIETS offers a comprehensive and holistic
approach to a rabbinical career.
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/22/graduate-profile-willie-roth/
Name: Tamar Weinberger
School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown: Woodmere, NY
Passion: Pediatric medicine
I chose medicine because I saw it as an opportunity to combine my
love for science with my desire to contribute to patient care. I also
enjoy the academic challenge medicine presents: being confronted with
myriad signs and symptoms, deducing a differential diagnosis and
effectively diagnosing and treating a disease is a challenging and
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/28/graduate-profile-tamar-weinberger/
Name: Nuttha Udhayanang
School: Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Research Focus: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
You started your university studies as an economics major back in
Thailand. How did you end up pursuing graduate psychology in the United
Economics is a popular major in Thailand. I had already done a year
of university when I decided I wanted to explore the world outside
Thailand. Initially, when I came to the U.S., I continued working toward
a degree in economics, but there were other foundational courses I was
required to take, including Psychology 101. It seemed like an
interesting field. I began thinking about other options and decided to
pursue forensic science, since that’s an area few people study in
Thailand. I went home to do an internship in criminology that summer.
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/17/graduate-profile-nuttha-udhayanang/
Name: Shira Weiss
School: Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Hometown: Southfield, Michigan
Passion: Jewish philosophy
At Revel, you earned both a master’s and doctoral degree. What fascinates you about Judaic studies?
An Orthodox upbringing and education had given me a firm religious
foundation, but I sought to explore and substantiate my convictions and
observance through the study of philosophy.
Medieval Jewish philosophers discussed many important theological and
philosophical concepts that are still debated today. I feel that my
self-understanding as a Jew has been enhanced through my studies and my
beliefs and practice have become far more meaningful.
Read More here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/20/graduate-profile-shira-weiss/
Name: Eli Shapiro
Hometown: Far Rockaway, NY
School: Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration
Passion: Professionalizing Jewish education
Why Jewish education?
Jewish education is the foundation of our community and the basis of
our future, but we often approach it in a “this is what’s done” fashion
that causes us to miss out on best practices. I feel very strongly that
if in some way I can effect a positive change and bring more deliberate
practices to such a significant component of Jewish life, I have an
obligation to do so. To quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it
is the only thing that ever has.”
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/10/graduate-profile-eli-shapiro/
Name: Savyon Lang
Hometown: Somers, NY
School: Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Passion: Supporting deaf and hard of hearing populations
How did you decide to go into social work?
My sister and I are hard of hearing. All my life, people have been
fighting to ensure that our needs are met—speech therapists, speech
pathologists, audiologists, special education teachers, my mom and dad.
Even my hearing brother learned Cued Speech, a phonemically-based hand
supplement to language, to better communicate with my sister and me. I
have been touched by the love, acceptance, help and care I have been
shown and really felt that I needed to give back as well.Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/08/graduate-profile-savyon-lang/
Name: Yonina Fogel
Hometown: Passaic, New Jersey
School: Sy Syms School of Business
Career Focus: Wealth Management
Why was Yeshiva University the right place for you?
I wanted to go to a college where I could get a solid business
education and enriching Judaic studies. I had been studying subjects
like Tanakh and Halakha since I was very young and I did not want
to sacrifice that, especially entering university and anticipating a
career in the business world. At Sy Syms, I had both options; I could
take challenging business classes and then attend a shiur afterward.
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/05/01/graduate-profile-yonina-fogel/
Name: Zamir Pearsall
School: Yeshiva College
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Passions: Music and Political Science
What was your most memorable college experience?
In my first year at Yeshiva University, I started taking classes at the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music,
which specializes in academic musical education. It occurred to me that
it would be interesting to create a club that would provide the student
body with practical musical education as well. So I spent the summer
pulling together ideas in music theory that had hands-on applications to
the processes and techniques of musical composition. I collaborated
with a few other students to form a club that could use this foundation
as a springboard for members to compose their own work—the Songwriting
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/04/26/graduate-profile-zamir-pearsall/
Name: Margot Reinstein
School: Stern College for Women
Hometown: Teaneck, New Jersey
Passion: Jewish Education
When you look back at your college career, what experiences have made the deepest impact on you?
The very first class I took at Stern College was with Rabbi Mordechai
Cohen, professor of Bible. From the very beginning, he urged us to take
advantage of everything Yeshiva University had to offer. He challenged
us to go to an event once a week, write an article for a student
newspaper, seek out professors and speak with them after class, stay in
for Shabbos, take the most rigorous classes we could handle and become
active members of the YU community.
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/04/22/graduate-profile-margot-reinstein/
Name: Devir Kahan
School: Yeshiva University High School for Boys / Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA)
Hometown: Monsey, New York
Passion: Information technology
Why did you choose MTA?
Coming out of middle school, I liked the idea of a high school on a
college campus. MTA feels like a university. When you have a free
period, you can go to the library or the gym.
In 11th grade we met with YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Hershel Schachter. It
was right before Pesach, and we were all sitting around asking
questions to this posek who most people wouldn’t be lucky enough
to meet. That’s because of the high school’s ties with the University,
and it’s just one of the things I got to experience here that I couldn’t
have done anywhere else.
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/04/12/graduate-profile-devir-kahan/
Name: Michal Auerbach
School: Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central)
Hometown: West Hempstead, New York
Passion: Fertility science
What experience made the deepest impact on you during your high school career?
When I think back on my time at Central, I think of an AP Biology
course taught by Mrs. Ruth Fried, one of my teachers. I loved it and I
really appreciated the way she taught it, emphasizing how science and
religion can work together. Science can be another way to think about
how involved G-d is in every facet of everything. There are so many
things that could go wrong in a human body but, most of the time, they
don’t. That class showed me that G-d is in every detail of human
biology, and it’s important for people to learn as much as they can and
interact with His world in an educated way, which is the whole concept
of Torah Umadda. That bio class just made me want to learn more and
Read more here: http://blogs.yu.edu/news/2013/04/05/graduate-profile-michal-auerbach/
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