Sharona Margolin Halickman
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The solution to Yeshiva University’s problems

Telling the beleaguered Yeshiva University to pack up their troubles and move on up

As a graduate of two of Yeshiva University’s schools, I have a solution to the problems that the university is facing. It is time for Yeshiva University to sell off all of its buildings in New York and move to Israel.

It is time for Yeshiva University to make aliya.

The whole concept of Torah U’Madda can only be realized in the State of Israel where a life of Torah combined with the sciences is our every day reality.

Yeshiva University already has an Israel campus for its Rabbinical students. Why not expand that campus to include university studies as well.

If Yeshiva University moved to Israel there would be a boost in aliya from North America as many of the faculty would jump at the chance to be able to relocate to Jerusalem with jobs in hand. Those professors who choose not to come on aliya can easily be replaced by the many talented Judaic studies teachers and academics who already reside in Israel, many of whom are looking to supplement their income.

Judging by the fact that most students at Yeshiva University spend their first year in Israel and many of whom either stay for a second year or have to be dragged back to New York by their parents, I don’t think that there will be any problem with registration.

While studying in Israel, the students can get internships as well as job placements upon graduation relieving the burden of how to make aliya without a job.

Right now there is an opportunity for another university to take over the Lander college in Jerusalem. This would be a great way to get started.

Let’s face it. The future of the Jewish people is in Israel. If Yeshiva University really wants to be the center of the Jewish future then it should take this opportunity to move to Israel.

About the Author
Sharona holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School, Yeshiva University. Sharona was the first Congregational Intern and Madricha Ruchanit at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY. After making aliya in 2004, Sharona founded Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a non profit organization based in Jerusalem which provides Torah study groups for students of all ages and backgrounds.
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