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Local Events Help Connect YU Alumni to the University

The Office of Alumni Affairs has been busy connecting YU graduates to each other and the University. They recently hosted two events on September 6 and 7 to engage younger alumni.

Dovie Neuburger, the emcee of the Stand Up NY event, addresses the crowd

The first event, a Women's Open Beit Midrash, happened at the Shenk Shul near the Wilf Campus in collaboration with Women of the Heights, a local group of women who gather at Shenk for weekly learning. About 60 women came together on Wednesday night, September 6, for pizza and a special lecture by Professor Smadar Rosensweig from Stern College for Women. The event received excellent feedback, and attendees were grateful for the opportunity.

Co-chairs of the YU Young Alumni Council, Chayim Mahgerefteh and Yael Evgi

The next night, they organized a Young Alumni Night Out on the Upper West Side at Stand Up NY. Ninety-five people came to this sold-out event, which featured comedians Talia Reese and Eli Leibowicz, with alumnus Dovie Neuburger '14YUHS as the emcee. It marked the beginning of the season for the Young Alumni Council, and it generated a lot of enthusiasm and interest, with several attendees expressing a desire to join the Council.

“The Office of Alumni Affairs strives to reach as many different alumni as possible in ways that are relevant to them,” said Beth Lebenson Praver, Director of Alumni Engagement. “These two events illustrate how we can do that, and I am thrilled to see alumni engaging with the University in this way.”

And this is only the beginning, she promised. “We have a rich and varied alumni engagement calendar for the academic year, engaging people in Torah learning, business networking, financial guidance, sporting events, family outings and nights out on the town. Stay tuned and check your inbox for updates!”

YU boasts 70,000 alumni who live all over the world. The Office of Alumni Affairs connects alumni to YU and to one another through regular communications such as the alumni newsletter; reunions and other events; and professional networking and career opportunities. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Beth Lebenson Praver, Director of Alumni Engagement, at 646-592-4493 or at