– Meet Our Distinguished –SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE
Richard M. Joel became Yeshiva University’s fourth president on September 21, 2003, and was named Bravmann Family University Professor in April 2010. Over the past 10 years, President Joel has built upon the illustrious tradition of this storied institution by placing a renewed emphasis on the student experience, academic excellence, Torah scholarship and communal involvement.
President Joel is renowned as a charismatic leader and captivating orator, and has traveled globally to dialogue with audiences on values-driven education, communal leadership, and Jewish identity. Just as Yeshiva University has embraced its role as the flagship institution of American Modern Orthodoxy, President Joel has in many ways become more than a university president but a true spokesperson for the Jewish people. Before taking the helm at Yeshiva, President Joel earned his reputation as a dynamic force with young people as president and international director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Born in the Bronx, nearby to Yeshiva’s Wilf Campus, Joel earned his B.A. and J.D. from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar; he has received honorary doctorates from Boston Hebrew College and Gratz College. He also served as assistant district attorney in New York, deputy chief of appeals in the Bronx, and Associate Dean and Professor of Law at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
President Joel considers his greatest accomplishment marrying his best friend and partner, Esther, who holds a Ph.D. from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. The Joels are proud to share in the lives of their six children, daughters-in-law, son-in-law and ten grandchildren.
Rabbi Josh Joseph is the senior vice president at Yeshiva University where he has operating responsibility for the administrative and academic aspects of the University, ensuring effective planning and service delivery. Josh guides the University’s strategic planning process as well as its implementation. He also works to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of various departments around the University, developing collaboration opportunities and proper partnerships between and among faculty, administration, staff, students and trustees.
A native of Montreal, Josh completed his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of Pennsylvania. He received rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while simultaneously completing a Master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also completed fellowships and certificates at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration, sponsored by the Muehlstein Foundation and UJA Federation NY and Harvard’s Institute of Higher Education. Most recently, Josh was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program which he is on track to complete by the summer of 2016.
Josh previously worked in a hedge fund, as a pulpit rabbi, and served as the executive director of the Orthodox Caucus. Before joining the YU administration, Josh served as director of special projects for Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, where he developed his passion for social entrepreneurship that informs his daily work. He and his wife, Julie, live in Lawrence and are the proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha.
Dr. Steven Dyckman obtained his under-graduate degree from Yeshiva University. He then attended George Washington University Medical School, Washington, DC, where he received his Doctor of Medicine. He completed a residency and fellowship in Adult and Child Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been serving as a School Psychiatrist for more than 15 school systems in Central NJ.
Dr. Dyckman is also an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at Seton Hall University. He is on staff and works as a consultant in child psychiatry at the Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, where he helps train pediatric neurology residents. Dr. Dyckman is a nationally recognized speaker on topics such as ADHD in children and adults and Major Depression and Sleep Disorders. He has delivered more than 70 talks on these topics throughout the United States and has been interviewed numerous times on television and radio. He is a member of and a speaker for the Medical Board of New Jersey Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. Dr. Dyckman is currently in private practice in East Brunswick and Shrewsbury, NJ. He lives in East Brunswick, NJ with his wife, who is a licensed occupational therapist, their 3 sons and 2 dogs.
Dr. Aliza Septimus is a psychologist and former Assistant Director of CARES, an adolescent day program at the Child and Family Institute at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, and has been in practice for over 17 years. Currently, Dr. Septimus has a clinical private practice with offices in NY and FL and conducts online therapy with people living in the US
and abroad. Dr. Septimus helps people interested in psychological growth, personal well-being, as well as individuals interested in improving personal and family relationships and raising children. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Septimus runs parenting classes and gives talks on a wide variety of psychological topics.
Rabbi Shmuel Hain is an educator, pulpit Rabbi, and scholar. As Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR High School, he directs the Beit Midrash Fellowship and teaches advanced Judaic Studies classes and as spiritual leader of Young Israel Ohab Zedek he leads a vibrant community synagogue in North Riverdale. Rabbi Hain has also co-authored and edited several volumes of Torah and academic scholarship. His most recent book was a volume in The Orthodox Forum series entitled The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy (Ktav: 2012). He is currently completing the next volume of the series, From Fervor to Fanaticism, an examination of the rise of extremism in the 21st century from religious and academic perspectives.
Rabbi Hain previously served as Rosh Beit Midrash of The Graduate Program for Women in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation at Yeshiva University from 2005-2011, where he oversaw the placement of over 30 graduates in Jewish communal work. Rabbi Hain also previously served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center in Manhattan and as Rabbinic Assistant at the Young Israel of Woodmere. He graduated with honors from Yeshiva College with a BA in Psychology, studied Medieval Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School and is currently pursuing a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics. Rabbi Hain was also an inaugural fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS.
Dr. Julie Stern Joseph is a master teacher, having taught Judaic studies to high school and college students, as well as adults over the past 15 years. She holds a MA from NYU in Medieval Jewish History. She is also the author of her own memoir, ``Am I My Mother's Daughter: A Search for an Identity,`` describing one of her struggles surviving malignant melanoma. Just recently, Dr. Joseph received her doctorate from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, researching how bullying may affect the self-esteem of middle school victims in Modern Orthodox Day Schools. She is a voracious reader and her areas of interest range from popular fiction, memoirs, Israel, and the Holocaust. She and Rabbi Joseph live in Lawrence,NY and are proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha.
Rabbi Yossi Kastan, Head of School at Brauser Maimonides, has been involved in education for 20 years. With a background in both formal and informal education, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning, Rabbi Kastan constantly works on balancing best practices with innovative strategies to teach timeless Jewish values. Having taught Chumash, Tefilla, Jewish History and Jewish Civics courses, in Middle School and High Schools, he constantly searched for ways to increase his students’ level of Jewish engagement. While working on his dissertation on educational technology for a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, he created Student Impact Films, a cutting-edge filmmaking program geared towards engaging students in Jewish values. One of the films, One Last Shot, which deals with the timely issue of bullying, has been screened at 5 film festivals.
Rabbi Kastan’s work has been featured in the Alumni Spotlight for Nova Southeastern University, and has been published in the Jewish Education Leadership Journal at the Lookstein Center in Israel, the HaYidion journal at RAVSAK, as well as in several newspapers.
When Rabbi Kastan is not researching, collaborating, coaching or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, and his four children, Anaelle, Netanel, Lielle and Gavriel.