It's a simple question, yet one that has numerous answers.
Yeshiva University, which offers an excellent education in both Jewish and secular studies, is first founded on a commitment to Jewish learning and values. It is dedicated to the synergy of modernity and Jewish law and tradition; to finding a common grown between Jews of all denominations and perspectives; and to a Modern Orthodoxy that is based in Jewish law and open and tolerant, with an emphasis on tikkum olam [communal service for the betterment of mankind].
Our graduates go on to become leading rabbis, heads of Jewish communal organizations, scholars, and teachers at day schools and yeshivot throughout the world.
Yeshiva University is, quite simply, the premier institution of higher secular education in North America under Jewish auspices. It is a top-tier global university with three undergraduate schools of liberal arts, sciences, and business; six graduate and professional schools of medicine, law, psychology, social work, education, and Jewish studies; and an affiliated rabbinical seminary.
Our graduates go on to become successful lawyers, doctors, psychologists, and others who contribute to the welfare of their communities and society at large.
YU's distinguished faculty constantly works to fulfill our mission: to ''bring wisdom to life'' through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve.
The majority of YU's undergraduate students participate in programs that enhance Jewish life and greater society, in keeping with Judaism's core values of helping to repair the world and assisting those in need.
In line with YU's mission and in response to the major problems affecting the Jewish community, Yeshiva University developed Center for the Jewish Future in 2007. Its mandate is to develop future professional and lay leaders of the Jewish people and to implement programs and services that will meet the needs of the Jewish community. Some of its vital resources to communities across the globe are Torah Tours, international Counterpoint Program, Torah Leadership Network, and YUConnects.
YU's most recent development is the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, which will provoke meaningful conversation in Jewish communities across North America and beyond about what it means to view Western ideals and values through the lens of Torah Judaism.
A strong Yeshiva University is the best assurance that the Jewish people will preserve their identity and values and flourish for generations to come.
With a first-rate education in both Jewish and secular studies comes an expense that many families, especially in the current economic climate, cannot always meet. YU's most important priority is scholarships for our students. We are deeply committed to never turning away a qualified student who wishes to attend Yeshiva, no matter what his or her financial situation may be.
In 2011-12, YU awarded $38 million in undergraduate scholarships, with seven out of ten students receiving scholarship assistance. Approximately a third of this comes from philanthropy and two-thirds from the University's budget. The average scholarship award, in the past few years, exceeds $20,000. Our undergraduates embody the Jewish values and ideals we hold most dear: a passion for the Jewish people; absolute support for the land, State, and people of Israel; the development of future Jewish leadership, in the United States and Israel; and the strengthening of Modern Orthodoxy.
''There's nothing more important than providing students with all the benefits YU has to offer - including protecting the ideals and the foundations of the Jewish tradition. If a student cannot attend because of financial issues, it is not just a missed opportunity for that person, it is potentially a multi-generational loss for the broader Jewish community.''-- Lance Hirt '89YC, Yeshiva University Board of Trustees
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