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Impact Office

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought


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. The education and guidance our students receive allow them to impact the realms of ideas, politics, journalism, and public affairs at a time when both the West and Judaism find themselves at critical junctures.

The Straus Center’s Impact Office, led by Senior Scholar Dr. Tevi Troy, 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.

The Impact Office works in conjunction with Yeshiva University’s Admissions department and Career Center in identifying and cultivating aspiring Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders, who share a passion for the Jewish and Western textual traditions.

Straus Scholars Making an Impact

  • Published in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Mosaic Magazine, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, The Lehrhaus, Compass, and other prestigious publications.
  • Internships and fellowships at The American Interest, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), Goldman Sachs, the Hoover Institution, the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Kohelet Policy Forum, the Salvatori Center, the Tikvah Fund, the Witherspoon Institute, and other prestigious institutions.
  • Clerkships for district judges in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
  • Campus leadership positions on American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council, the Alexander Hamilton Society Yeshiva University Chapter, the Pre-Law Society, Yeshiva University Political Affairs Club (YUPAC), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Campus, the J. Dunner Political Science Society, Israel on Campus Club, Yeshiva University Student Court, Machine Learning + Artificial Intelligence Club, and others.
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