– Meet Our Distinguished –SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE
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.
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.
Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award -- the highest honor in business journalism. Greg is the author of “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters,” a national bestseller published October 2014 by Portfolio/Penguin Press. The book describes how a few unlikely individuals created an American energy resurgence that brought OPEC to its knees. The Frackers was named among the best books of 2014 by The Financial Times and Forbes Magazine and the New York Financial Writers Association.
Greg also wrote “The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History,” a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller published December 2010 by Crown Business/Random House. The book has been translated into ten languages. In May 2016, Greg and his two sons published Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to Become Stars,” a book for young readers and adults that describes the moving and remarkable stories of how various stars overcame imposing setbacks in their youth. The book was chosen by Scholastic Teacher magazine as a top recommendation for 2016.