On December 9, Yeshiva University celebrated its 94th annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation. Its president, Dr. Ari Berman, conferred honorary degrees on Hadassah Lieberman, an advocate for Jewish and global causes, and J. Philip Rosen, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a trustee of Yeshiva University, and vice-chair of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Bennett Schachter, the managing director of the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs, was the inaugural recipient of the YU Shield, an award created this year to reward service to the university.
Including this year’s dinner journal —which raised more than $5 million — during this Chanukah season YU raised more $20 million in new commitments to fulfill the university’s mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow. The evening ended with YU students Esti Eckstein, Jaime Gutt, Lior Brik, Jacob Ovadia, Brielle Broder, and Simcha Halpert sharing their inspiring YU stories, highlighting its unique strengths in spreading positive Jewish values and teaching the market skills of the future, and strengthening deep ties with Israel.