YU’s annual Chanukah dinner to celebrate tradition, innovation

YU’s annual Chanukah dinner to celebrate tradition, innovation

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University
Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University

Through an innovative blend of immersive technologies and a state-of-the-art culinary experience, Yeshiva University’s 98th annual Chanukah dinner, on Sunday, Dec. 4, will reimagine a cherished tradition with an eye on the future, imbued with the core Torah values that underscore every aspect of the university.

The event, “Rise Up: Experience the Impact,” will give participants the opportunity to experience the effect of their gifts on Rise Up: The Campaign for 613 through touch-screen kiosks, pop-up theaters, surround-sound video, and hologram testimonials from YU students. It will all be backed by trumpeter and big band leader Chris Norton and the powerful voice of Shulem Lemmer.

Fueled by our core Torah values, committed to academic excellence and geared to empower our students to be the leaders of tomorrow, the flagship Jewish university is on the rise.

“We are rising in national rankings, soaring in student enrollment, launching in-demand academic programs, and helping secure great jobs for our graduates — hakol lichvodo,” said YU president Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. “I am looking forward to joining all of you at the Chanukah dinner to celebrate our achievements and the exceptional generosity of the YU community.”

The Rise Up campaign aims to raise $613 million to position the university for future growth and success. The dinner will showcase the many ways the campaign is bringing to life YU’s five torot: Seek Truth (Torat Emet), Discover your Potential (Torat Adam), Live your Values (Torat Chaim), Act with Compassion (Torat Chesed), and Bring Redemption (Torat Tzion).

The generous gifts and commitments that have been made through the campaign demonstrate confidence in the university’s future, and a dedication to the values and traditions of the Jewish people. With the success of Rise Up, the university is meeting the evolving needs of its students and faculty through innovative and entrepreneurial new programs and initiatives and state-of-the-art facilities. Students benefit from many of these, 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 Center for Values and Leadership, the Anita Zucker Program for Jewish Early Childhood Educators, and the Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice at Cardozo Law School.

“This event is for everyone — all of our family, parents, supporters, and friends,” said Ellen Finkelstein, chief strategy officer for YU’s Office of Institutional Advancement. “It will be a fun, informative, and inspiring evening.”

The dinner, on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., will take place at the Glasshouse in New York. To register, go to yu.edu/impactdinner. For information, contact Michal Kleiman at impactdinner@yu.edu or

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