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Justice Sotomayor Issues Stay Protecting Yeshiva University’s Religious Identity

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2022

Media Contact: Hanan Eisenman | hanan.eisenman@yu.edu | 714-794-4288

WASHINGTON – Justice Sotomayor has just ruled that Yeshiva University, America’s flagship Jewish university, can continue to live out its religious mission without government interference. Today’s ruling stays a prior New York County Trial Court decision and protects Yeshiva’s First Amendment rights and ability to conduct its internal affairs consistent with its religious values.

“We are pleased with Justice Sotomayor’s ruling which protects our religious liberty and identity as a leading faith-based academic institution,” said Rabbi Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University. “But make no mistake, we will continue to strive to create an environment that welcomes all students, including those of our LGBTQ community. We remain committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue with our students, rabbis and faculty about how best to ensure an inclusive campus for all students in accordance with our Torah values.”

Established in 1886, Yeshiva University is the nation’s flagship Jewish university that empowers its students to apply Torah values in the world through education. The University is the United States’ foremost expression of the Torah Umadda philosophy, which advocates for participation in secular culture in accordance with Torah values.

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About Yeshiva University:

As the flagship Jewish university, Yeshiva University is animated by its five core Torah values: Truth (Torat Emet), Life (Torat Chaim), Infinite Human Worth (Torat Adam), Compassion (Torat Chesed) and Redemption (Torat Zion). Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU's four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools – Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business – offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and

Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Katz School of Science and Health and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic institutions.

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