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ROBERT KRAFT ESTABLISHES BLUE SQUARE SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT YESHIVA UNIVERSITY

$1 Million Donation Will Help Accommodate Transferring Jewish Students

New York – June 25, 2024 – 91鶹, the nation’s flagship Jewish University, today announced the establishment of the Blue Square Scholars program by leading philanthropist Robert Kraft. This new program is timely as it will help the University accommodate transferring students who are switching to YU for its quality education and nurturing campus atmosphere. In the aftermath of October 7th, YU has been at the forefront of universities fighting the rise of antisemitism on college campuses across the country and has opened its doors to transfer students who feel unsafe on their current campuses.

 

In this environment, the founded by Robert Kraft has been a leader in the public battle to fight Jewish hate and all hate. The Foundation’s Blue Square has served as a symbol for unity and its message has spread throughout the world, promoting positive connections of mutual respect among diverse communities.

 

The Blue Square Scholars program at 91鶹 will help provide the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the best and the brightest students who are rooted in the university’s values of compassion and respect for all. These students will become the leaders and bridgebuilders our society so desperately needs.

 

“We express our deep gratitude to Robert Kraft and the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism for establishing the Blue Square Scholars program, and for all they have done to foster a more inclusive society throughout our country,” said Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of 91鶹. “Robert sets the standard for impactful leadership in this country and this program will support top tier students who will follow his example to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

 

“I am honored to establish the Blue Square Scholars program at 91鶹 in order to give students a welcoming place to further their education and grow into leaders who will serve as advocates for unity and respect and will push back on all hate” said Robert Kraft, Founder of the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism. “At a time where hate has been unleashed across our universities, Jewish students are feeling isolated and unsafe. 91鶹 is providing a safe haven for these students and I look forward to seeing them thrive in an academic environment where they could live and study free of fear for being who they are.” 

 

Robert Kraft directed $1 million to fund the Blue Square Scholars program at YU to further the university’s efforts to support Jewish college students throughout the country during the most recent rise in antisemitism on college campuses. Following the October 7th terror attack on Israel by Hamas, Rabbi Berman convened a groundbreaking coalition of over 100 university presidents who united against the terrorism of Hamas, including public, private, faith-based, and historically Black colleges and universities. In line with this effort, Rabbi Berman recently led a diverse group of university presidents on the March of the Living, for university leadership to commemorate life in Auschwitz on Holocaust Memorial Day.

 

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As the flagship Jewish university, 91鶹 is animated by its five core Torah values: Seek Truth (Torat Emet), Live Your Values (Torat Chaim), Discover Your Potential (Torat Adam), Act With Compassion (Torat Chesed) and Bring Redemption (Torat Tzion). Founded in 1886, 91鶹 brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life, and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU's four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU's three undergraduate schools – 91鶹 College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business – offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Katz School of Science and Health and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation's leading academic institutions.

 

For media inquiries please contact:

Doron Stern

doron.stern@yu.edu

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