Sacks-Herenstein Center Announces First Cohort of Ethics and Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellows

The Sacks-Herenstein Center for Values ​​and Leadership is proud to welcome the Sacks Scholars Graduate Fellows in Ethics and Entrepreneurship, 2022-2023. The scholarship honors the memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, an influential ethicist, religious leader and former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth.

In this inaugural interdisciplinary cohort coordinated by Dr. Shira Weiss and Dr. Erica Brown, the first initiative in YU history to bring together students from Yeshiva University’s ten graduate programs, applicants were selected to create and implement a social value project that impacts their field. as well as publish an essay on an ethical topic that contributes to scholarship in their discipline.

We congratulate the following Sacks Fellows. Read about each person in more detail on the academics webpage.


Rebecca Kreiser, a third-year student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, will study and assess the impact of current legislation on drug costs and identify next steps that Medicare can take to make drug costs more affordable for its beneficiaries and competitive with private market prices.


Hillel Broder, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, will develop a curriculum and text study guide to merge educational research and best practices with sophisticated textual study to enhance students’ spiritual development.


Talya Gordon is a doctoral student at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She will create and implement a trauma-focused psychoeducational intervention to enable homeless people to process their trauma before moving into homes.


Jordan Soffer, who is pursuing an Ed.D. in educational leadership at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, develop online resources on customer service industry best practices and implementation tools to improve Jewish Day Schools’ ability to serve stakeholders.


Daniela Weiss-Bronstein is a doctorate. candidate for Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where she completed her MSW. Daniela will develop additional training for clergy and premarital counselors working with couples with a history of trauma as well as online resources for couples to access.


Daniel Gottesman is a fourth-year student at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Masters student in Azrieli Graduate School. In a partnership between RIETS and Wurzweiler, Daniel will assess the needs of rabbinical students when working with trauma victims and collaborate with Daniela Weiss-Bronstein to train rabbis/pastoral counselors to support individuals/couples with a history of trauma.


Andrea Maxi, second-year doctoral student at Wurzweilerwill facilitate psychoeducation groups for Latin immigrant mothers to address postpartum needs, promote medical and mental health awareness, and increase cross-cultural practices, a new program for the Care Café in Wurzweiler.


Paul Kutner pursuing her Masters in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Paul will coordinate workshops for teachers, museum educators, parent groups, and professional organizations to teach how to effectively mitigate Holocaust distortion and propose improvements in Holocaust education.


Neti Linzer pursuing a master’s degree Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women as well as a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy at the Bernard Revel doctoral school. Neti will create an intellectual forum and reader for values-driven YU undergraduates to engage in text-based discussions with peers and faculty centered on the integration of Jewish and philosophical sources on topics of applied ethics.


Alvin McLaughlin, a PhD candidate who obtained his MSW from Würzweilerwill conduct psychoeducational workshops to advance mental health as a mechanism for improving the emotional development of young African Americans and their parents, extending the reach of Wurzweiler’s Care Café.


Jillian Rossi is a master’s student in speech therapy at Katz School of Health and Science. She will advocate for and provide accessibility to free speech and language services for children who are no longer eligible for early intervention due to a national shift in speech development milestones.


Marc Eichenbaum is a third-year doctoral student in Ferkauf‘s School-Clinical Psy.D. program. Marc will develop a resource book for Judaic Studies teachers/students that integrates psychological sources and guidance on critical adolescent mental health topics into Judaic Studies curricula.


Bracha Teigman, who is pursuing a master’s degree in taxation Sy Syms Business Schoolwill implement IRS Voluntary Tax Assistance (VITA) as a YU program and facilitate a tax subsection of the accounting firm of Sy Syms to train undergraduate students to provide low-income residents with free tax preparation services.

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