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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 U'Madda, 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
Fax: 212.960.0846
Email: strauscenter@yu.edu

Recent News and Events

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

Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Sacks

Debating Great Jewish Writers and Thinkers

Dr. Abraham Socher and Rabbi Dr. Dov Lerner discuss Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.  

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Debating Great Jewish Writers and Thinkers

The Straus Center hosted Dr. Abraham Socher, professor emeritus of Jewish studies and religion at Oberlin College and editor of the Jewish Review of Books, in conversation with Straus Center Clinical Assistant Professor Rabbi Dr. Dov Lerner. The two discussed the feisty exchange between Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the latter having reviewed Sacks' 2017 book, Not in God's Name, in the pages of Socher's publication. READ MORE

Baruch-Lev Italy

A Straus Scholar Impacts Jewish Life in Italy

Straus Scholar Baruch-Lev Kelman traveled to Italy to research Jewish life in the European country. 

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A Straus Scholar Impacts Jewish Life in Italy

Straus Scholar Baruch-Lev Kelman, who is currently pursuing a master's at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, embarked on a four-month research trip to the Italian cities of Urbino, Ancona, and Vatican City, where his work aims to spotlight the intellectual and political life of Renaissance Jews in the Marche region of Italy. READ MORE

Ruth Wisse

Jews, Power, and Politics: A Conversation With Dr. Ruth Wisse

A Straus Center lecture with Dr. Ruth Wisse. 

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Jews, Power, and Politics: A Conversation With Dr. Ruth Wisse

On March 29, 2022, the Straus Center hosted Dr. Ruth Wisse in conversation with Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik on "Jews, Power, and Politics," with a focus on Dr. Wisse's recent book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-LiberationREAD MORE

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Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today

Dr. Alex Priou presented the lecture "Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today."

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Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today

On Monday, Feb. 14, Dr. Alex Priou, teaching assistant professor at the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society at the University of Colorado, presented the lecture “Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today” to Dr. Neil Rogachevsky’s Great Political Thinker’s class. In his thought-provoking lecture, Dr. Priou presented a compelling case that Plato’s work, relevant as it always is, may be growing more immediate and urgent in our confusing and tumultuous times. READ MORE

Judah Fortgang

Straus Scholar Spotlight: Judah Fortgang

Learn more about Straus Scholar Judah Fortgang. 

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Straus Scholar Spotlight: Judah Fortgang

As a Straus Scholar, Judah Fortgang is pursuing a degree in political theory and American political economy and is the co-founder and president of Yeshiva University’s Alexander Hamilton Society. Off-campus, Fortange serves as a teaching assistant for the Tikvah Fund’s Tikvah Online Academy (TOA). 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

Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Sacks

Debating Great Jewish Writers and Thinkers

Dr. Abraham Socher and Rabbi Dr. Dov Lerner discuss Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.  

READ MORE

Debating Great Jewish Writers and Thinkers

The Straus Center hosted Dr. Abraham Socher, professor emeritus of Jewish studies and religion at Oberlin College and editor of the Jewish Review of Books, in conversation with Straus Center Clinical Assistant Professor Rabbi Dr. Dov Lerner. The two discussed the feisty exchange between Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the latter having reviewed Sacks' 2017 book, Not in God's Name, in the pages of Socher's publication. READ MORE

Baruch-Lev Italy

A Straus Scholar Impacts Jewish Life in Italy

Straus Scholar Baruch-Lev Kelman traveled to Italy to research Jewish life in the European country. 

READ MORE

A Straus Scholar Impacts Jewish Life in Italy

Straus Scholar Baruch-Lev Kelman, who is currently pursuing a master's at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, embarked on a four-month research trip to the Italian cities of Urbino, Ancona, and Vatican City, where his work aims to spotlight the intellectual and political life of Renaissance Jews in the Marche region of Italy. READ MORE

Ruth Wisse

Jews, Power, and Politics: A Conversation With Dr. Ruth Wisse

A Straus Center lecture with Dr. Ruth Wisse. 

READ MORE

Jews, Power, and Politics: A Conversation With Dr. Ruth Wisse

On March 29, 2022, the Straus Center hosted Dr. Ruth Wisse in conversation with Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik on "Jews, Power, and Politics," with a focus on Dr. Wisse's recent book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-LiberationREAD MORE

Plato

Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today

Dr. Alex Priou presented the lecture "Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today."

READ MORE

Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today

On Monday, Feb. 14, Dr. Alex Priou, teaching assistant professor at the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society at the University of Colorado, presented the lecture “Reading Plato’s Republic in America Today” to Dr. Neil Rogachevsky’s Great Political Thinker’s class. In his thought-provoking lecture, Dr. Priou presented a compelling case that Plato’s work, relevant as it always is, may be growing more immediate and urgent in our confusing and tumultuous times. READ MORE

Judah Fortgang

Straus Scholar Spotlight: Judah Fortgang

Learn more about Straus Scholar Judah Fortgang. 

READ MORE

Straus Scholar Spotlight: Judah Fortgang

As a Straus Scholar, Judah Fortgang is pursuing a degree in political theory and American political economy and is the co-founder and president of Yeshiva University’s Alexander Hamilton Society. Off-campus, Fortange serves as a teaching assistant for the Tikvah Fund’s Tikvah Online Academy (TOA). READ MORE

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