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Muhlenberg College Announces Appointment of Rabbi Rachmiel Gurwitz as Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director

Posted on May 14, 2018

Rachmiel Gurwitz, YCT Class of 2018, will serve as a key member of the College Chaplain’s senior leadership team and serve as representative for Jewish student life at Muhlenberg College, effective July 16.

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Dr. Michelle Friedman explores mental illness and stigma

Posted on March 22, 2018

To mark the opening of The NEW OHEL Jaffa Family Campus, OHEL published the ground-breaking Journal Voices of Strength, to help further discourse in the community and break down the many stigmas that exist. Dr. Friedman, YCT’s Sharon and Steven Lieberman Founder and Chair of Pastoral Counseling was invited to submit the article, which you’ll find below.… Read the rest

YCT at 18: A Balance to Rightward Orthodoxy

Posted on February 6, 2018

Dr. Steve Bayme, American Jewish Committee’s Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life, reflects on YCT’s impact on the Jewish community over the last 18 years. “Communal leaders report that YCT alumni are respected for their success in building institutions that are open, inclusive and engaging.”… Read the rest

“Keeping Children Safe – Our Sacred Mission” – Dr. Michelle Friedman

Posted on January 30, 2018

In a recent article featured in Kol Habirah, Dr. Michelle Friedman, the Sharon and Steven Lieberman Founder and Chair of Pastoral Counseling, addresses our obligation to protect our children in light of recent events in Baltimore:

“The Jewish community is built on a code of moral and ethical action.… Read the rest

R’ Avidan Freedman, ’07, invites fellow Israelis to be shelter for African refugees

Posted on January 24, 2018

In a Jerusalem Post article, YCT musmakh, Rabbi Avidan Freedman describes his relationship with three African refugees in Israel and invites his fellow Israelis to follow the Torah’s commandment in offering shelter to those in need.

“Rather than comply blindly with the government’s policies, I will open my eyes, extend my hand, and say to all who need it: I will be your shelter.”… Read the rest

Base Hillel: A pluralistic project for millennials takes a page from the Chabad playbook

Posted on January 19, 2018


YCT musmakhim Jon Leener and Avram Mlotek impact hundreds of millennials in their respective Base Hillels in the NYC neighborhoods of Chelsea and Williamsburg. Their work is well described in this JTA article:

“Base occupies a middle ground between the home-and synagogue-based outreach of Chabad, the outward-looking Hasidic movement, and Moishe House, a network of apartments where young Jewish singles host social and holiday events in exchange for rent subsidies.… Read the rest

The Solution to Growing Chasm Between Israel and North American Jewry

Posted on January 4, 2018

In a recent eJewishphilanthrophy article, YCT musmakh Amitai Fraiman, proposes a “reverse Birthright” program, to address the growing chasm between Israel and North American Jewry.

“(US Jews) are people that never send their children to fight for their country … Most of them are having quite convenient lives.”… Read the rest

What the Book of Genesis Tells Us About Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Posted on December 7, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Daniel Goodman (’16) claims that the first book of the Torah has plenty to say about sexual exploitation.

“Bill Cosby. Bill O’Reilly. Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. John Conyers. What drives these men to engage in such terrible behavior?… Read the rest

Adult Learning is the Number One Priority for the Jewish Future

Posted on October 16, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (’10) has written a new piece on the importance of Jewish Adult education in eJewish Philanthropy:

“Adult Jewish learning need not be relegated as an afterthought, nor does it have to follow a cookie cutter approach into mediocrity and, ultimately, irrelevance.… Read the rest

Libi B’Mizrach- New IRF Journal on Religious ZIonism

Posted on October 9, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Zach Truboff ’10 has announced the publication of a new IRF Journal, Libi B’Mizrach, a collection of essays and reflections on Religious Zionism. This past year saw two momentous anniversaries in the history of Zionism- fifty years since the Six Day War and one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration.… Read the rest