Our University

Now in its second century, Yeshiva University is the oldest and most comprehensive educational institution under Jewish auspices in America.

It is an independent university that ranks among the nation’s leading academic research institutions and, reflecting the time-honored tradition of Torah Umadda, provides the highest quality Jewish and secular education of any Jewish university in the world. Since its inception the University has been dedicated to melding the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life with the heritage of Western civilization, and each year we celebrate as future leaders make YU their home.

In September 2003, Richard M. Joel was inaugurated as Yeshiva University’s fourth president in its 117-year history, succeeding Norman Lamm, who had held the office since 1976. President Joel’s two other predecessors were Bernard Revel, president from 1915 to 1940, and Samuel Belkin, who served from 1943 to 1975.