• Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

  • Honorees

    Yeshiva University’s annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, a cherished University tradition, will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

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

  • Joseph Appleman, Honorary Degree Recipient

    Joseph Appleman squareJoseph Appleman, an attorney in New Jersey, graduated from Yeshiva University High School for Boys in 1943 and from Yeshiva College and Yeshiva University’s Isaac Breuer College in 1947. He received his LL.B. from New York Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1960. 

    As a proud alumnus, he served as President of the Yeshiva College Alumni Association and currently serves as an Honorary Member of the Cardozo Board of Overseers.

    Joshua L. Muss - Honorary Degree Recipient

    Joshua Muss squareJoshua Muss, who serves as Principal of Muss Development, a family company founded by his grandfather Isaac in 1906, has a rich history with Yeshiva University.  He graduated from Yeshiva University High School for Boys in 1958 and Yeshiva College in 1962.  He did his graduate work at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1965.

    He continues his relationship with YU by serving on the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees, Yeshiva College Board of Overseers, YU Executive Committee, YU Recruitment and Admissions Committee and chairs the YU Real Estate Committee.

    He and his wife, Harriet, are Yeshiva University Benefactors whose contributions support the Rabbi Hyman Muss Torah Learning Center and Beit Midrash, Yeshiva College and Yeshiva University as a whole.

    Gitta Nagel - Honorary Degree Recipient

    Gitta Nagel SquareGitta Nagel is a renowned community leader and philanthropist who is married to Jack Nagel, Chairman of Decron Properties Corp. and a member of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees.

    The two of them have been active and generous donors for many different organizations, such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles, Bar-Ilan University, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and, of course, Yeshiva University, most notably the Nagel Family Atrium and Student Commons on the Wilf Campus and the Nagel Scholarship Program. Gitta received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bar-Ilan University in 2001.



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