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Baruch College Announces New Jewish Studies Center

Center Will Kick Off with Discussion of Jewish Immigration on Nov. 10

NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 5, 2010 -- Baruch College announced today the creation of a new Jewish Studies Center at the College, which will launch on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. when the Center hosts its first panel discussion on Jewish immigration to New York City.

The Center, part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, will serve as the Baruch College home for the celebration and study of Jewish life in America. It will offer interdisciplinary courses and public programs exploring the role of New York and American Jewry in national and global culture and politics; Israeli politics and society; and the Holocaust. Courses and programs will examine American Jewish history and culture, beginning with the first waves of large-scale Jewish immigration from Europe in the 19th century.

The curriculum will include several "intercultural" courses and programs that will have a broad appeal for students interested in global/cultural studies, history, literature, the arts, political science, philosophy, sociology, public affairs or New York City. The first course available through the Center will be offered in Fall 2011.

Through ongoing lectures, panel discussions and special events, the Center will address some of the biggest issues and challenges on the agenda of the American and New York Jewish communities -- Jewish philanthropy, Jewish business ethics, Jewish politics, Jewish identity and continuity, the changing face of American Jewry and many others.

"The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College is a natural extension of the story of Baruch itself, which has historically had a strong connection to the New York Jewish community, educating the sons and daughters of Jewish immigrants," said Jeffrey Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College. "I am very pleased that this community's vibrant story, which includes so many Baruch alumni and has so much in common with the experiences of today's students, many of whom are immigrants themselves, will now be shared here at Baruch College."

On Nov. 10, the Center will host a panel discussion on Jewish immigration to New York City. The panel will include:

  • Charles R. Dreifus, CFA, Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager of Royce & Associates, LLC, and a Baruch College Fund Trustee

  • Feliks Frenkel, who was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and is now Board Chairman of the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations

  • S. David Moche, CEO of Cornwall Partners, LLC

  • Nazee Moinian, former Consultant to Iranian Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations

  • Dov C. Schlein, Managing Partner of NuVerse Advisors LLC, who served previously as an Advisor to the Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings PLC on Israel

  • Alissa Shams, former Director of Programming at Congregation Edmond J. Safra

Jessica Lang, Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, will moderate.

Richard M. Joel, President of Yeshiva University, will deliver remarks, as will Mitchel Wallerstein, President of Baruch College, and Dean Peck.

For more information about the event or the Center, please visit


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