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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

Appleman300x300.pngJoseph 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

JoshuaMuss383x383_0.pngJoshua 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

20160919-Gitta-Nagel-Edited500x500_0.jpgGitta Nagel is a Los Angeles community leader admired for her devotion to Jewish education, Holocaust remembrance, and the State of Israel. Together with her husband Jack Nagel, chairman of Decron Properties and member of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees, the Nagels have been active and generous donors to many organizations, including Shaare Zedek Medical Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YULA High Schools, Bar-Ilan University, Israel Bonds, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Yeshiva University where they created the Nagel Family Atrium and Student Commons and the Nagel Scholarship Program for California students. Gitta received an honorary doctorate degree from Bar-Ilan University in 2001.