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Rabbi Israel Miller Named to Major New Administrative Post at Yeshiva University

May 3, 1968
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Yeshiva University announced yesterday creation of a major new administration post, the appointment of two new deans and other changes related to its current expansion programs. Dr. Samuel Belkin, president, said that Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry and of the American Zionist Council, had been appointed to fill the new position of assistant to the president for student affairs. It was indicated from other sources that Rabbi Miller plans to resign all of his organizational posts, as well as his pulpit at the Kingsbridge Heights Jewish Center, to devote himself entirely to his Yeshiva University position. He will assume his new duties formally on September 1, it was understood.

Professor David Mirsky, now dean of admissions and professor of English, was named dean of Stern College for Women, the university’s undergraduate liberal arts and science school for women. He succeeded Dr. Norman E. Frimer, who resigned to return to the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations.

Rabbi Jacob M. Rabinowitz, dean of students, was named dean of the Erna Michael College of Hebraic Studies, an undergraduate school now developing a tuition-free, four-year bachelor’s degree program for students planning to enter the field of Jewish education. Rabbi Rabinowitz succeeds Dr. Hyman B. Grinstein, who will retire next month after serving 24 years as director of the school, but will continue at the university as professor of American Jewish History.

Dr. Belkin said Rabbi Miller’s position was created in recognition of the “enormous growth and changing needs of our student population” which require strengthening “the links of communication” between students and the university.

As dean of Stern College, Prof. Mirsky will be involved in a $10 million expansion program, which includes building a $4.5 million building with 38 classrooms for 1,200 students, to be attached to the existing facility which is undergoing a $1.5 million dollar renovation. The Erna Michael college has been under change toward a tuition-free school since the university received a $1,250,000 gift from Jakob Michael in 1966. It will offer experimental approaches aimed at meeting the critical shortage of qualified teachers for Jewish education.

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