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Shevat 5772 • February 2012

Dear Friends,

Below we have listed various articles which reflect our mission and vision for creating a culture of engaged young people, helping to develop strong vibrant communities led by inspired and passionate leaders, and sharing a Jewish Torah ethic that is tolerant, relevant, and meaningful.

We are proud to have sent 141 students on Service Learning Missions over Winter Break, spanning three continents, and five countries. We have seen time and again, that the more opportunities students have to see and experience how they can be agents of change, the better the chance they will recognize their capacity to assume positions of professional and communal leadership in the future. We look forward to seeing great things from these students and the many others who participate in all of our different leadership programs.

We continue to take pride in our Shabbat Table Discussion series that is growing in distribution and readership. We hope that you and your family are using them to enrich your Shabbat Table conversations.

Rabbi Kenneth Brander
The David Mitzner Dean
Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future


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2012 winter missions on flickr

 Coast to Coast and Around the Globe
Israel MissionsStudents Explore Social Justice on CJF Missions to Ukraine, Central America, Israel and the West Coast

Whether building libraries in the Nicaraguan heat or renovating a youth center in the cold of Kharkov, Ukraine, Yeshiva University students were hard at work during the winter intersession participating in Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) programs around the world. Comprised of seven service-learning missions across Europe, Israel, Central America and the United States, the programs ran from January 12-22 and involved 140 undergraduates.
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CJF Winter Missions in the News
Read about the missions on New Jersey Jewish News
Read about the mission on the New Jersey Jewish Standard
Read about the missions on jWeekly.com
Read about the mission on the Canadian Jewish News
Read about the mission on eJewish Philanthropy

Rabbinic Conference on GeneticsRabbis Explore Jewish Genetic Health
Twenty-five percent of Ashkenazim are carriers for at least one genetic disorder—“which means that it’s not a stigma; it’s a community problem,” said Dr. Nicole Schreiber-Agus at a rabbinic symposium on genetics hosted by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) on Monday, December 5. “There are many options for having a healthy family,” said Agus, noting that there are also specifically Sephardic disorders.
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Puah Course Puah Institute Course at Yeshiva University
As former rabbi of South Florida’s Boca Raton Synagogue, Rabbi Kenneth Brander would regularly field questions from couples struggling with fertility issues. “I didn’t know how to answer these difficult questions,” said Brander, who currently serves as David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). After taking a sabbatical and studying at the Puah Institute (Machon Puah)—Israel’s renowned institute of fertility and medicine in accordance with halacha [Jewish law]— Brander realized just how important it was for young rabbis to be trained in this emerging field.
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rabbi jacob j schacter Orthodox rabbi discusses haredi extremism
From the Canadian Jewish News
Almost 40 years after being ordained by a haredi yeshiva, a leading modern Orthodox rabbi says he is still very much in contact with the haredi world and that recent reports of marginalization of women by that community are “a reflection of militancy on the part of a very tiny minority that I don’t believe represents the true values of the world in which they were raised.”

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