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Iyyar 5772 • May 2012

Dear Friends,
As we near the end of this academic year and set our horizons on the summer ahead, we are as proud as ever of the efforts underway to provide outstanding leadership opportunities to students and Jewish professionals alike.
Our students can choose from different service learning missions to locations including Haiti as well as summer learning and internship initiatives around the United States including Kansas City, Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles, or they can opt to be a part of our exciting Counterpoint Israel program which will be expanding from two to five development towns this summer. Opportunities like these truly help our students explore their potential to be agents of change in this world.
On the professional front, 23 different Jewish communal professionals will be joining our second cohort of the Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education and will do their part to professionalize and advance this exciting field. And an august group of pulpit rabbis and educators will shortly complete a series of special programs hosted by the CJF, in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, focused on enhancing their skills as public intellectuals and communal visionaries.
We invite you to take advantage of our upcoming Shavuot To-Go, our monthly Shabbat Table Conversations and visit us at anytime at YUTorah.com. Our best wishes to you for a healthy, happy and meaningful summer.
Our best wishes to you for a healthy, happy and meaningful summer. 

Suzy Schwartz
Assistant Dean
Center for the Jewish Future (CJF)
Yeshiva University


News from the CJF

The Yeshiva University Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education Welcomes its Second CohortThe Yeshiva University Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education Welcomes its Second Cohort
We have recently accepted our second cohort of Jewish educators for the Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education! After an intensive and rigorous international selection process, 23 in-service Jewish professionals have been selected to join our community of educators dedicated to professionalizing their passion and advancing the field of Experiential Jewish Education.
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Puah Course Counterpoint Israel 2012
Over the course of five weeks this summer, a group of Yeshiva University students will travel to Israel to run a fun, safe and educational summer camp for Israeli teenagers who are, for the most part, categorized as Youth-at-Risk. The Counterpoint curriculum is centered on providing opportunities for self-discovery, recognition of one’s potential, and overcoming barriers, for both the Yeshiva University counselors and the Israeli teens. Through daily English lessons, extracurricular activities, occasional field trips and informal interactions, the dynamic between the two groups becomes powerful.
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Meet Amanda Gelb Innovator’s Circle: Meet Amanda Gelb
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Tikva Fund and CJF CJF Works with the Tikvah Fund to Create Seminars for Rabbis
In the winter of 2011 and spring of 2012 The Center for the Jewish Future, in partnership with The Tikvah Fund, continued a program for North American pulpit rabbis and educators that was initiated a few months earlier. The program, led by Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, proceeded with a series of three seminars, each of which explored a broad moral theme of both contemporary urgency and deep Jewish dimensions.
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CJF Summer 2012 Service learning missions CJF Summer 2012 Service Learning Missions to Germany and Haiti
This summer, the CJF will be running two impactful programs for the Yeshiva University student-body: an educational program to Germany and a humanitarian mission to Haiti:
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