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Mission Statement

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow.

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Mission Statement

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow.

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Straus Scholars

The Straus Scholars Program seeks to identify and attract exceptionally gifted undergraduate men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition.

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Undergraduate Courses

The Straus Center offers a host of interdisciplinary courses that embody the values of Torah Umadda, including Shakespeare and the Talmud, Psychology and Jewish Thought, The Thought of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Jews of Early America, and Jewish Art and Visual Culture. 

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Impact Office

The Straus Center’s Impact Office, led by the Impact and Recruitment Officer, is responsible for fostering the growth of the Straus Scholars beyond the walls of the classroom by making them aware of internship and fellowship opportunities and job postings, offering mentorship and networking opportunities over the course of their early careers, and arranging continued intellectual enhancement activities following graduation.

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Contact Us

2495 Amsterdam Avenue
Belfer Hall Room 501
New York, NY 10033

Tel: 646-592-6380
Email: strauscenter@yu.edu

Recent News and Events

Professor Adam Kirsch

Beyond the Hebrew Bible: The Legacy of Psalms

Exploring the literary legacy of King David and Psalms. 

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Beyond the Hebrew Bible: The Legacy of Psalms

On May 3, 2022, the Straus Center welcomed Adam Kirsch, features editor at The Wall Street Journal, for a guest lecture in Dr. Shaina Trapedo’s course, “Tehillim and the Human Condition.” Kirsch’s presentation drew on his illuminating chapter on the literary legacy of King David and Psalms in his 2019 book Who Wants to Be a Jewish WriterREAD MORE

Yehuda Goldberg

Reflections of an Outgoing Straus Scholar: An Interview With Yehuda Goldberg

An interview with former Straus Scholar, Yehuda Goldberg.

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Reflections of an Outgoing Straus Scholar: An Interview With Yehuda Goldberg

Outgoing Straus Scholar Yehuda Goldberg was named the Yeshiva College valedictorian for the 2021-2022 academic year. YU News sat down with Goldberg to discuss his time at YU and how the Straus Center shaped his university and yeshiva experience. READ MORE

Straus Israel Trip

Exploring the Nuances of Israeli Culture and Society

The Straus Scholars traveled to Israel to close out the academic year. 

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Exploring the Nuances of Israeli Culture and Society

Straus Scholars closed out the 2021-2022 academic year with a whirlwind trip to Israel, where they met with Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Ambassador Danny Danon, Yossi Klein Halevi, Dr. Moshe Koppel, Matti Friedman, and Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody to discuss the nuances of Israeli society. READ MORE

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Strengthening Jewish Ideas and Identity

Discussing Jewish ideas at the Jewish Leadership Conference. 

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Strengthening Jewish Ideas and Identity

On June 12, 2022, several Straus Scholars attended the Tikvah Fund’s annual Jewish Leadership Conference (JLC), where they heard from speakers such as journalist Bari Weiss, former Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, MK Simcha Rothman, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. READ MORE

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Milton at the Morgan Library

Exploring the John Milton collection at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan.

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Milton at the Morgan Library

Students from the Straus Center's “Milton and Religion” course recently visited the rare books room at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. The class examined some highlights from the museum’s noted collection of materials from English poet John Milton, including the earliest first printed edition of "Paradise Lost," an extremely rare first American edition of the poem printed in Philadelphia in 1777, and some examples of Milton’s pamphlets on matters such as education and censorship. READ MORE

Straus Center

Meet the 2022-2023 Straus Scholars

The Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars to Yeshiva University! 

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Meet the 2022-2023 Straus Scholars

Every year, the Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars, incoming Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition. This year's group hails from all across the country — from New Jersey to Florida to Illinois — and plans on studying a multitude of topics, including philosophy, biology, and art. READ MORE

Professor Adam Kirsch

Beyond the Hebrew Bible: The Legacy of Psalms

Exploring the literary legacy of King David and Psalms. 

READ MORE

Beyond the Hebrew Bible: The Legacy of Psalms

On May 3, 2022, the Straus Center welcomed Adam Kirsch, features editor at The Wall Street Journal, for a guest lecture in Dr. Shaina Trapedo’s course, “Tehillim and the Human Condition.” Kirsch’s presentation drew on his illuminating chapter on the literary legacy of King David and Psalms in his 2019 book Who Wants to Be a Jewish WriterREAD MORE

Yehuda Goldberg

Reflections of an Outgoing Straus Scholar: An Interview With Yehuda Goldberg

An interview with former Straus Scholar, Yehuda Goldberg.

READ MORE

Reflections of an Outgoing Straus Scholar: An Interview With Yehuda Goldberg

Outgoing Straus Scholar Yehuda Goldberg was named the Yeshiva College valedictorian for the 2021-2022 academic year. YU News sat down with Goldberg to discuss his time at YU and how the Straus Center shaped his university and yeshiva experience. READ MORE

Straus Israel Trip

Exploring the Nuances of Israeli Culture and Society

The Straus Scholars traveled to Israel to close out the academic year. 

READ MORE

Exploring the Nuances of Israeli Culture and Society

Straus Scholars closed out the 2021-2022 academic year with a whirlwind trip to Israel, where they met with Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Ambassador Danny Danon, Yossi Klein Halevi, Dr. Moshe Koppel, Matti Friedman, and Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody to discuss the nuances of Israeli society. READ MORE

JLC

Strengthening Jewish Ideas and Identity

Discussing Jewish ideas at the Jewish Leadership Conference. 

READ MORE

Strengthening Jewish Ideas and Identity

On June 12, 2022, several Straus Scholars attended the Tikvah Fund’s annual Jewish Leadership Conference (JLC), where they heard from speakers such as journalist Bari Weiss, former Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, MK Simcha Rothman, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. READ MORE

Morgan Library

Milton at the Morgan Library

Exploring the John Milton collection at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan.

READ MORE

Milton at the Morgan Library

Students from the Straus Center's “Milton and Religion” course recently visited the rare books room at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. The class examined some highlights from the museum’s noted collection of materials from English poet John Milton, including the earliest first printed edition of "Paradise Lost," an extremely rare first American edition of the poem printed in Philadelphia in 1777, and some examples of Milton’s pamphlets on matters such as education and censorship. READ MORE

Straus Center

Meet the 2022-2023 Straus Scholars

The Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars to Yeshiva University! 

READ MORE

Meet the 2022-2023 Straus Scholars

Every year, the Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars, incoming Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition. This year's group hails from all across the country — from New Jersey to Florida to Illinois — and plans on studying a multitude of topics, including philosophy, biology, and art. READ MORE

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