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YU is Commemorating the 20th Yahrtzeit of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, Zt"l

Sunday, Apr, 14, 2013 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Full day of discussions, conversations, shiurim, multimedia presentations—
and an exhibit—on the life and impact of Rabbi Yosef B. Soloveitchik zt”l.

9:00 – 9:30 am 
Exhibit Viewing – Celebrating the Rav: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

9:30 am
Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Rabbi Joel Schreiber – Chairman, RIETS Board of Trustees
President Richard M. Joel – President, Bravmann Family University Professor, Yeshiva University
Rabbi Julius Berman – Chairman Emeritus, RIETS Board of Trustees

9:45 – 11:30 am 
Presentation: “Multiple Faces of the Rav”
Moderator: Rabbi Yona Reiss – Max and Marion Grill Dean, RIETS
Dr. Atarah Twersky – Former Chair of School Committee at Maimonidies School, Daughter of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt”l
Rabbi Hershel Schachter – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS
Dr. David Shatz – Professor of Philosophy, Stern College for Women
Rabbi Kenneth Brander – The David Mitzner Dean, CJF

11:45 am -12:30 pm
Keynote Lecture
Mesorah & Modernity: The Role of the Rav
Rabbi Mayer Twersky – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS

12:45 -1:45 pm 
Lunch Option available – please see registration for details
Remarks by Rabbi Marvin Bienenfeld, Event Chair

2:00 – 2:45 pm
Breakout Session I
Derech Halimud of the Rav
Rabbi Hershel Schachter – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS
Rabbi Menachem Genack – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS
Rav Soloveitchik On Interfaith Relations: Guidelines, Limitations, and Controversies
Dr. David Berger – Dean and Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Dr. David Shatz – Professor of Philosophy, Stern College for Women
The Importance of the Rav’s Teachings in Modern Society
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter – University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future

3:00 – 3:45 pm
Breakout Session II
Prayer: Privilege and Practice
Rabbi Shalom Carmy – Assistant Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Bible, Yeshiva College
Rabbi Michael Taubes – Rosh Yeshiva and Head of School at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy – Yeshiva University High School for Boys
“Relating to Non-Orthodox: Engaging the Reform and Conservative
Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld – Rabbi Emeritus, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
Rabbi Julius Berman – Chairman Emeritus, RIETS Board of Trustees

4:00 pm 

9:30 p.m. 
Special Shiur for the Talmidei HaYeshiva
Rabbi Zevulun Charlop
Dean Emeritus, RIETS

Event will be streamed live online at

Registration is now closed. We invite you to watch the program online at