Last year, Yeshiva University announced the launch of Rise Up: The Campaign for 613. The campaign’s goal is to raise $613 million over five years; at the launch, it had $250 million in private-stage funding.
Over the year, the fund raised $100 million. That means that it has passed the halfway mark, with $350 million.
Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman of Teaneck, the president of Yeshiva University, released the figures and talked about the fund’s mission, and its success, in a room filled with more than 500 of YU’s friends and supporters at its 98th annual Chanukah dinner on December 4.
“Thank you to all of our friends, alumni and supporters for their commitment to building the flagship Jewish university,” Rabbi Berman said. “Any student of history understands that today our greatest need is to educate the next generations to be leaders of tomorrow, deeply rooted in our Torah values and forward focused to meet the challenges and realize the enormous opportunities of our times.
“In all of our metrics — national rankings, student enrollment, cutting-edge academic programs and career accomplishments of our graduates — Yeshiva University is on the rise. With gifts to secure scholarships, build state-of-the-art facilities, and support our world-class faculty, the continued success of the Rise Up campaign is propelling YU into its next great era.”
The dinner committee included YU leaders from across the country. Ingeborg and Ira Rennert were its honorary chairs, and Anita Zucker and former Senator Joseph Lieberman were dinner chairs.
The interactive program included virtual presentations demonstrating the dramatic impact of campaign gifts across the university, with touch-screen kiosks, pop-up theaters, surround-sound video, and hologram testimonials from YU students, all underscored by the dynamic big band sound of Chris Norton and the powerful voice of Shulem Lemmer.
Students already are benefitting from the campaign’s many new initiatives, including the Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development, the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks-Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership, a joint Yeshiva University-Albert Einstein College of Medicine B.A./B.S.-M.D. program, the endowment of the Abraham Arbesfeld Chair of the Director of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Semikhah Program, the Louis and Malca Drazin Beit Midrash, the Mitzner Master of Science in Real Estate degree program at Sy Syms School of Business, and a significant expansion of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought.
New initiatives and spaces are being developed. They include the new Belz Building on Wilf Campus, the Anita Zucker Program for Jewish Early Childhood Educators, the Graduate Nursing Program at the Katz School of Science and Health, and the Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice at Cardozo Law School. Significant scholarship funding has helped Yeshiva University support its stellar student body; students are benefitting from a YU education that uniquely prepares them for lives of personal meaning and great success.
About Yeshiva University
Yeshiva University was founded in 1886 and is animated by its five core Torah values: seeking truth (Torat emet), living your values (Torat chaim), discovering your potential (Torat adam), acting with compassion (Torat chesed), and bringing redemption (Torat Zion). Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools — Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business — offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Katz School of Science and Health, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic institutions.