Donor Gratitude

Annual Scholarship Reception: A Time for Thanks

President-elect Ari Berman speaks with a YU students at the scholarship reception.

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, President Richard M. Joel and the Board of Trustees hosted the Annual Scholarship Reception, on the Israel Henry Beren Campus.  The reception brought together scholarship donors and the students they support for an evening of celebration, sharing, and gratitude.  Phil Friedman, a vice chairman of the Board, ably hosted the event, and Marjorie Rasinovsky Matins Ferreira and Betzalel Fischman, two YU students, spoke on the importance of their scholarship support.

In 2009, Friedman endowed the Alexander Friedman Scholarship Fund in honor of his father, which awards multiple need-based scholarships each year, complete with offers of paid summer internships at Friedman’s company for the students and possible full-time employment once they graduate.  “I feel very grateful to be able to give back and make it possible for many people who might not have had the chance to pursue Jewish studies to do so in such a fine place as YU.”

Marjorie Rasinovsky Matins Ferreira speaks about the importance of receiving a scholarship.

As a woman born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ferreira spoke forcefully about the power and benefits of diversity and how being at YU has helped her learn that empowerment comes from within a person. In thanking the donors for their support, she hope that “one day I am able to do for our community as much as you do every year for my fellow students and me.”

Fischman related how important YU has been to him during those times when he has had to make crucial decisions about his life, and he praised the richness that YU offers in every aspect of living a good Modern Orthodox life. “There’s no way I would have been able to attend Yeshiva University without your help and the help of all YU’s donors. I’ll forever be grateful to Yeshiva University for all I’ve learned and experienced here.”

Betzalel Fischman speaks about the importance of receiving a scholarship.

Keynote speaker Dr. Lewis Rubin became a well-respected and world-renowned expert in pulmonary vascular disease because of the scholarships he received at Yeshiva College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  “It’s a simple fact,” he said, “that the scholarships were critical because I didn’t have the resources to cover tuition.” This is why his generous donations have gone into creating need-based scholarships for qualified men and women who want to attend Yeshiva University. He also plans to establish an endowed scholarship that will provide financial assistance in perpetuity. “This is my way of giving back because I have been very fortunate,” he said.

In Fiscal Year 2015, YU awarded almost $46 million in undergraduate scholarships. For more information on how you can support scholarships at YU, please contact Debra Schneiderman at 212.960.5376 or To read more testimonies about YU scholarship assistance, click here.

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