• In Memoriam


    We sadly report the loss of our beloved colleague David Phillips who passed away Saturday, April 4th, 2015. Dr. Phillips was a long-time adjunct professor of over 30 years,married to his wife of 45 years, Mary Anne. A memorial event is planned.


    We are sad to report the passing of Dr. Sam Goldstein.

    Dr. Goldstein was the second Dean of Wurzweiler School of Social Work (1986-1989) and was a long time fervent supporter of the School.


    Funeral information:

    9:30am Friday, July 11th, 2014

    Boulevard Chapel

    1450 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557 | 516-295-3100 | MAP   (Near the Hewlett stop on the LIRR)



    Yeshiva University and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of David I. Schachne, a cherished and beloved University trustee for more than two decades and a most respected and admired long serving Chair of the WSSW Board of Overseers. David was a tireless leader on behalf of Wurzweiler who contributed boundless energy and generous resources. David and his full partner in life, Dorothy, provided significant philanthropic support including the naming of the Wurzweiler deanship and creating scholarship funds. David was a true mensch and everyone at Yeshiva University and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work who knew David will continue to model his values of hard work, kindness, loyalty, and caring for others. We extend our love and deepest condolences to his dear wife Dorothy, his sons Jay (Andrea) and Sydney (Leslie) and to the entire Schachne family. At the funeral, which was attended by several members of Wurzweiler and of Yeshiva,  including President Richard Joel, Dean Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, Associate Dean Jade Docherty, Director of Field Instruction Ronnie Glassman and Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement Tamar Major, many wonderful things were said about Mr. Schachne. His rabbi and son both spoke movingly about how he led his life and how much importance he put on helping people. Both of them mentioned several times how much Yeshiva University and Wurzweiler meant to him. Shiva will be observed at the Schachne’s home in Commack, NY.


    Yeshiva University Mourns the Passing of Dr. Adrienne Asch, Prolific Scholar and Engaged Activist

    Dr. Adrienne Asch, director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University and the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, passed away on the morning of November 19, 2013.


    Asch taught courses at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Cardozo School of Law, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine on bioethics, reproductive rights, professional ethics, and disability. She was a prolific scholar and engaged activist. Her sharp mind and her love of ideas will be sorely missed by her colleagues at Yeshiva University. Asch’s work focused on the ethical, political, psychological and social implications of human reproduction and the family. She authored numerous articles and book chapters and was the co-editor of Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights and The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse SocietyRead more on Adrienne Asch



    We are saddened by the passing of Dr. Catherine Papell, a friend and colleague to Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a distinguished School of Social Work faculty member of Adelphi University, pioneer in social work practice, and longtime friend to the University and the profession. For 30 years, she served the University with distinction, sharing her knowledge and commitment to educational excellence with the Adelphi community.  It is with great sadness that we pause to celebrate her life and accomplishments.

    Dr. Papell’s career in social work spanned over 65 years, with almost half of that spent as part of the Adelphi social work community.  She was a visionary in the academic arena and an innovator in social work group practice.   She was a significant force in the development, practice and professional education aspects of social work with groups since 1950. Her “Pioneers in Social Work Profile” on the NASW Foundation National Programs website included the following excerpt of her writing that speaks to her philosophy on the importance of group work to the profession:

    “A group represents human togetherness. It is not that the group creates the togetherness for the members. Rather it is the other way around — its members must create the group, and if they are unable to do this there is nothing but a collection of individuals striving helplessly for the unknown. Humane human relationship is group membership successfully created. When people—even just two- try to create a group and fail, the search for relationship—for togetherness—becomes tension, frustration, unfulfillment, anger, conflict, failure and even violence. Fulfillment in relationship does not come automatically to us humans. We each bring our very selves to the process, each of us with the complexity of our ever emerging needs. The human process of “grouping” constantly calls upon us to participate in meeting the needs of others in their yearning for connectedness. Of course grouping is difficult, and always will be, as it will always be a fundamental human process that can be misused or fail..."

    Dr. Papell earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1937, an M.A. in teaching from Columbia University in 1938, her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 and her D.S.W. from Yeshiva University in 1979. She received numerous awards and recognitions.  Contributions in her name can be made to the International Association for Social Work with Groups’ Catherine Papell Symposium Scholarship Fund which can be found on the IASWG’s website at (http://iaswg.org/Donate).

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. A memorial service will take place at a date to be announced. 



      We are saddened by the news that Dr. Aaron Beckerman, emeritus faculty member of Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and the father of Professor Nancy Beckerman, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012 at the age of 89.  This is a tremendous loss to our community and his family.  Aaron was a colleague who exuded warmth and laughter whenever we were together.    

     He was designated by the NASWNYC Chapter as  a Social Work Pioneer in recognition of his important professional contributions during more than 50 years of his career as a social worker.  He received his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and his doctorate at  Columbia.  

     A master teacher of research, he served on the faculty of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work for over thirty years, including several years as Associate Dean. He was a key member of the doctoral faculty and was a dissertation advisor for many Wurzweiler graduates.  His interest in health care brought him an invitation to help develop and teach a seminar for students at the NYU Medical School focused on helping doctors understand and treat patients as whole persons functioning in a social environment.  

     Aaron's interest in social group work led to the authorship of a number of papers and active involvement with other social workers in that field. He served for two years on the board of the New York City chapter. He helped to found Rekindling Reform, a pioneering health reform and advocacy organization and was the vice-president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of New York 

     Over the past few years, Aaron pursued his interest in poetry  and led a children's poetry workshop every summer at Camp Walt Whitman. He published a volume of his poems entitled "Meandering."   On the last day of his life, he had an appointment to meet with the staff of his member of Congress in order to lobby against a Grand Bargain that would hurt our country's social programs and was unfortunately unable to keep that appointment. His former colleague Dr. Lou Levitt writes "I believe that if he had the opportunity, he would have echoed Joe Hill's famous message:  Don't mourn for me.....ORGANIZE!" 

     The funeral for Aaron Beckerman will be Thursday November 29th, 2012 at 1:30pm at the Riverside Nassau North Chapel at 55 North Station Plaza.


    The Yeshiva University family is deeply saddened to advise you of the passing, on Monday, August 27th, of Henry Voremberg,  z’l, a former member and Vice Chair of the Board of Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  Together with his wife Beate, z”l, Henry was a generous supporter of Wurzweiler, having established the Henry and Beate Voremberg Chair in Social Group Work and The Beate and Henry Voremberg Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wurzweiler.  Henry Voremberg will be remembered with gratitude. We extend deepest sympathy to his children Leslie Kozupsky, an alumna of Wurzweiler, David Voremberg and their entire family

    The family of Bella Harris (Wurzweiler '86) sadly reports her death after a long battle with lymphoma. She is survived by her husband Jack; daughter Judith (Wurzweiler '04); sons Richard, Edward and Gordon; and four grandchildren.

    Condolences to Rebecca Leibowitz '09 on the loss of her grandfather, Herschel Leibowitz, PhD.

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and Wurzweiler colleague Dr. Joanna Mellor, DSW, LMSW, who passed away 02/06/2011 from a long illness.More information about Dr. Joanna Mellor here (PDF). Obituary in the April 2011 NASW Newsletter (PDF).

    Condolences to Dr. Michele-Winchester Vega '92 on the loss of her sister Lisa.

    Mildred Golansky'75, retired social worker for the NYC Board of Education.

    Beate Voremberg, wife of Henry Voremberg, a former member and Vice Chair of the Wurzweiler Board, passed away on November 22, 2010. Beate and Henry were generous supporters of the School having established the Henry and Beate Voremberg Chair in Group Work and the Beate and Henry Voremberg Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wurzweiler

    Joel Daner '62, long time member of the Wurzweiler Board of Overseers, who devoted his professional career to enhancing the quality of Jewish Communal Services and the careers of Jewish Communal Professionals.

    Julie Green, wife of Professor Emeritus Sol Green, a member of the Wurzweiler faculty from 1958-1987 and former Associate Dean

    Richard Holody, a 1993 graduate of the Wurzweiler doctoral program and a faculty member at Lehmen College

    Mariam Dinerman, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University School of Social Work and Adjunct Professor at Wurzweiler from 1999 through 2009, who mentored many of our doctoral students in their dissertation research.

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