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Mission Statement

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains app University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with app from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow.

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Mission Statement

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains app University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with app from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow.

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Straus Scholars

The Straus Scholars Program seeks to identify and attract exceptionally gifted undergraduate men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition.

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Undergraduate Courses

The Straus Center offers a host of interdisciplinary courses that embody the values of Torah Umadda, including Shakespeare and the Talmud, Psychology and Jewish Thought, The Thought of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Jews of Early America, and Jewish Art and Visual Culture. 

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Impact Office

The Straus Center’s Impact Office, led by Dr. Tevi Troy, is responsible for fostering the growth of the Straus Scholars beyond the walls of the classroom by making them aware of internship and fellowship opportunities and job postings, offering mentorship and networking opportunities over the course of their early careers, and arranging continued intellectual enhancement activities following graduation.

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Contact Us

2495 Amsterdam Avenue
Belfer Hall, Suite 501
New app, NY 10033

Phone: 646-592-6383
Email: strauscenter@yu.edu

Recent News and Events

Tevi Troy

Dr. Tevi Troy Joins the Straus Center

In Fall 2023, Dr. Tevi Troy joined the Straus Center as its inaugural Senior Scholar & Impact Office Director.

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Dr. Tevi Troy Joins the Straus Center

A best-selling presidential historian and political scholar, Dr. Troy has previously served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the Bush Administration as well as Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Policy. 

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Fall 2023 Courses: Across the Expanse of Jewish and Western Thought

The Straus Fall 2023 courses include a variety of topics across different disciplines.

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Fall 2023 Courses: Across the Expanse of Jewish and Western Thought

For Fall 2023, the Straus Center, in collaboration with app College (YC) and Stern College for Women, is offering numerous courses for Straus Scholars and app University undergraduate students to study the great texts and traditions of the West and Judaism. READ MORE

Straus Scholars

Meet the 2023-2024 Straus Scholars

The Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars to app University! 

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Meet the 2023-2024 Straus Scholars

Every year, the Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars, incoming app College and Stern College for Women students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition.

Adam Kirsch

Imagining a Future Without Humanity

Exploring the possibilities of a post-human world.

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Imagining a Future Without Humanity

On September 11th, 2023, the Straus Center hosted Adam Kirsch, Features Editor at The Wall Street Journal, for a talk about his latest book , published by Columbia University Press. READ MORE

Noam Mayerfeld

Noam Mayerfeld Reaches for the Stars

An interview with Straus Scholar Noam Mayerfeld.

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Noam Mayerfeld Reaches for the Stars

YU News interviews Straus Scholar Noam Mayerfeld (YC '25), who spent this past summer at a prestigious internship for NASA and currently serves in a leadership role for students in undergraduate Torah studies. READ MORE

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Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East

The Straus Scholars joined President Berman on a historic trip to the United Arab Emirates.

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Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East

The Straus Center joined President Berman in a delegation to Mohammed Bin Zayed University for Humanities and met with dignitaries in the United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

Tevi Troy

Dr. Tevi Troy Joins the Straus Center

In Fall 2023, Dr. Tevi Troy joined the Straus Center as its inaugural Senior Scholar & Impact Office Director.

READ MORE

Dr. Tevi Troy Joins the Straus Center

A best-selling presidential historian and political scholar, Dr. Troy has previously served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the Bush Administration as well as Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Policy. 

Straus Center

Fall 2023 Courses: Across the Expanse of Jewish and Western Thought

The Straus Fall 2023 courses include a variety of topics across different disciplines.

READ MORE

Fall 2023 Courses: Across the Expanse of Jewish and Western Thought

For Fall 2023, the Straus Center, in collaboration with app College (YC) and Stern College for Women, is offering numerous courses for Straus Scholars and app University undergraduate students to study the great texts and traditions of the West and Judaism. READ MORE

Straus Scholars

Meet the 2023-2024 Straus Scholars

The Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars to app University! 

READ MORE

Meet the 2023-2024 Straus Scholars

Every year, the Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars, incoming app College and Stern College for Women students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition.

Adam Kirsch

Imagining a Future Without Humanity

Exploring the possibilities of a post-human world.

READ MORE

Imagining a Future Without Humanity

On September 11th, 2023, the Straus Center hosted Adam Kirsch, Features Editor at The Wall Street Journal, for a talk about his latest book , published by Columbia University Press. READ MORE

Noam Mayerfeld

Noam Mayerfeld Reaches for the Stars

An interview with Straus Scholar Noam Mayerfeld.

READ MORE

Noam Mayerfeld Reaches for the Stars

YU News interviews Straus Scholar Noam Mayerfeld (YC '25), who spent this past summer at a prestigious internship for NASA and currently serves in a leadership role for students in undergraduate Torah studies. READ MORE

MBZU

Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East

The Straus Scholars joined President Berman on a historic trip to the United Arab Emirates.

READ MORE

Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East

The Straus Center joined President Berman in a delegation to Mohammed Bin Zayed University for Humanities and met with dignitaries in the United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

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