• Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

  • Honorees

    Yeshiva University’s annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, a cherished University tradition, will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at The Waldorf Astoria.

    Each year, we confer honorary degrees on outstanding members from the University community and beyond who have demonstrated committed leadership and dedication to education.

  • David Brooks - Convocation Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

    David Brooks is a renowned journalist and has been a New York Times columnist since 2003. He is also an author and political and cultural commentator who contributes to "PBS NewsHour." His books include Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense and, most recently, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Previously, he worked at the Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek and Atlantic Monthly.


    Jack A. Belz - Honorary Degree Recipient

    Jack A. Belz is the chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises and a Benefactor and Trustee of Yeshiva University. Belz graduated from Central High School in Memphis, TN, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in 1948. In the late 1940s, he joined his father in the business and together they developed commercial and industrial real estate, businesses and other properties that today are included under the umbrella business Belz Enterprises. The privately owned company has developed and operated a real estate portfolio of more than 25 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate in several states. Belz and his wife, Marilyn, are community leaders in Memphis, TN, and support a variety of organizations and institutions.


    Dr. Susan Band Horwitz - Presidential Medallion Recipient

    Dr. Susan B. Horwitz is the Rose Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research and co-chair of molecular pharmacology at Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Horwitz’s pioneering work on taxol has touched the lives of thousands of people with cancer who receive taxol as a component of first-line chemotherapy to treat breast, lung and ovarian cancer. For her discoveries, Dr. Horwitz has received numerous honors. She is a member  American Academy of Arts and Science, a fellow of the National Foundation for cancer research and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.


    Harvey Kaylie - Honorary Degree Recipient

    Harvey Kaylie is the founder, president and CEO of Mini-Circuits International, a family-held company that he began in 1968. Kaylie graduated from City College of the City University of New York in 1960 and went on to receive a master's degree from New York University. He and his wife, Gloria, have two children and are members of the Hamptons Synagogue. They support a wide range of charitable organizations.




    William Zabel - Honorary Degree Recipient

    William Zabel is a founding partner of Schulte, Roth & Zabel and head of the Individual Client Services Group. He practices in the area of estate planning, wills, trusts, charitable foundations, income and gift-tax planning, estate administration and family law. He graduated with a BA summa cum laude from Princeton University and earned his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Deborah, have three sons: Richard, David and Gregory.


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