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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2018 , new Yechiel Malik is working toward an associate's degree Yeshiva University's Katz School By Ben Harris NEWYORK--Yechiel Malik was born and raised an hour's drive from New York City, but until age 10 he spoke only Yiddish. He grew up in an all-Hasidic village in New York's Hudson Valley, and for most of his school years his primary focus was Judaics, with only minimal secular studies. "No one around me spoke English," Malik recalled. "Maybe I picked up a word here and there--but my entire world was Yiddish speaking." Today, Malik not only is fluent in English, but he is pursuing a college degree in Yeshiva University's new two-year associate's degree program. Driven by his pas- sion for photography, Malik has his eye on a career in business and marketing, hop- ing to use his artistic passions to gain financial security and stability. Malik's road to college was not easy, beginning at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys. Com- ing from a strict, yeshiva-only background, just getting to the pointwhere he could start high school there required major academic catch-up. "Ninth grade was an ardu- ous journey," Malik recalled. "I spent a lot of sleepless nights in high school. It was like boot camp for me. I spent every waking hour studying. I was determined to follow through on the strong commitment that I made to myself." A turning point came at the end of his freshman year. Biology had been Malik's most 832796415 1 76485329 954132786 317524698 of science in management at difficult class, and despite his intense work, the light at the end of the tunnel seemed far away. In late spring he sat for the New York state-mandated Regents exam- and surprised himself by getting an excel- lent grade, far surpassing his expectations. "I put everything I had in me into that test," he said. "It took me a long time. I was the last person to walk out of that classroom. When I received my score, I knew without a doubt that there From page 4A in the financial black. The BDS supporters are know- ingly or unknowingly aiding and abetting in this deadly battle. It frankly doesn't matter if they connect the dots or not because their anti-Jewish and anti-Israel world views are driving them in many cases. President Trump is cutting off a portion of the $260 mil- lion earmarked through US- Aid to the Palestinians. Pres. Trump rightly believes if the Palestinians don't want peace it's foolish to keep funding them. President Trump has seen this Palestinian/Israeli From page 1A the KCOAwhich provides pro- grams for residents that are not included in the resident's monthly rent. These programs include onsite weekly exercise classes, cultural activities and holiday celebrations as well as excursions including trips to Publix, Walmart and area restaurants. KCOA also continues to fund the popular twice-monthly food pantry, which provides a bountiful grocery bag to residents at no cost. This program offers was no limit to what I could accomplish." With that confidence, Malik turned his sights to college. The Yeshiva University associ- ate's program offered business and management, liberal arts, and Torah and Talmudic stud- ies in a highly structured aca- demic environment, giving students plenty of one-on-one support. It was also that rare place where a student could obtain an associate's degree while remaining ensconced in an Orthodox Jewish environ- ment. Malik decided it was an ideal fit. "The unique structure of the program allows for each student to identify, point, shoot and collect the future they desire," Malik said "The program is fully equipped with staff that can help each student achieve the goals they set for themselves." Y.U. administrators say the idea behind the associate's program is for faculty and staff to help students build onwhat they do best while providing ongoing, personalized atten- tion to help students reach their personal and profes- sional potential. "Our focus is on student success," said Paul Russo, the university's vice provost and dean of the Katz School. "We want as many students as pos- sible to move on to a bachelor's program and, for those who choose to begin working, to build a career on their pas- sions, individual talents and values that undergird the Y.U. experience." Launched at the start of the 2017-18 academic year, the Associate of Science in Management program has 35 students and is cohort-based: All students start the program together and attend the same classes. There are no electives or course catalogs to consult. The program focuses on de- veloping key skills to succeed in a business environment and provides students op- portunities to gain hands-on experience through exposure to actual businesses operating in New York. The program runs for six consecutive semesters--fall, spring and summer two years running--and operates separate programs for men and women at the Wilf men's campus in Upper Manhattan and at the Beren women's campus in Midtown. Students enjoy full access to the university's resourc- es-participating in clubs, playing on NCAAsports teams and attending Jewish studies courses with the wider uni- versity community Malik said thatwhen he was considering his options after high school, he was drawn to the Y.U. associate's pro- gram because it offered more structure than a traditional college program while still being quite diverse. Naturally creative and keenly interested in New York business, art and culture, Malik was especially interested in the program's hands-on~ out-of-the-class- room integration of real-world experience with a supportive academic environment. "I feel like I have access to the best of both worlds," Malik said, "which is a rare opportunity in life." Russo, the Y.U. dean, said there are many young Or- thodox men and women for whom a two-year program is the ideal entry into college. This program was designed for them. "The program is challeng- ing and requires students to work long, hard hours, but we are so glad that we have a talented and trained faculty to carrying out this mission," Russo said. "We are also deeply appreciative to Drs. Mordecai and Monique Katz for their ongoing commitment to the young men and women in the associate's program and to the university." This article was spon- sored by and produced in partnership with Yeshiva University, the world's pre- mier Jewish institution for higher education. This article was produced by JTA's native content team. conflict continue in the same old predictable ways from one administration to the next. Breaking this never-ending cycle of unrest begins with cutting off the UN funding that fuels it. Conclusion Israel is now denying BDS leaders and activists entry into the State of Israel. Jewish Voices For Peace is one of the Palestinian BDS groups Israel is boycotting. JVPs leadership response to being boycotted is so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing. On the JVP website, in a Jan. 8, 2018 article titled, "To Our Members Who Are Concerned About The Israeli Ban On an array of healthy foods to residents, many who enjoy cooking their own meals. Cur- rently over 120 residents are participating in this program. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Sharon Weil at407-425-4537, ext. 211. Kinneret Apartments is a low-income independent living senior facility located in downtown Orlando. For information on the facility or to find out howyou can donate to KCOA, please go to www. kinneretapartments.com or contact Sharon Weil. JVP Activists," they offer this advice to their traumatized membership: Community Huddle: We can use this time to ask ques- tions, share knowledge, swap ideas, and offer support to one another. Pastoral Care: If you'd like to be connected with a rabbi to help you process your feelings or emotions related to the ban, please fill out this easy form or email ilana.lerman@jvp.org. JVP are the people who have chosen to ally themselves with the Jewish-hating terrorist groups Hamas and the PLO to inflict as much economic harm on the State of Israel, in the name of some false peace through the BDS movement. When Israel employs the same tactics JVP uses against them, by boycotting their leadership entry into Israel, it results in their members needing a group hug and pastoral care. JVP has no concern for the Palestinians who lost all their rights and are brutalized in Iraq by the Shia militias. JVP has no concern for the in- nocent Israelis murdered by their BDS partners Hamas, PLO, and Hezbollah. JVP ignores the calling for the "obliteration of Israel" in their partners Hamas Charter. JVP is ignorant to the fact that their Hamas and PLO partners' hatred of the Jewish people applies to them too. When Hamas finds the Jews of JVP no longer useful Hamas will turn their long knives on them too. And so it goes Alan Kornman is the re- gional coordinator with The United West. From page 1A students attended music class, and learned songs of freedom and hymns from the past. They spoke of segregation and the importance of unity. Fourth and fifth grades participated in a lesson with JAO's head of school, Alan Rusonik, where they consid- ered application of Leviticus 19:18: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." With a list of Dr. King's quotes, students were able to draw connections between the teachings in the Torah and Dr. King's own beliefs and teachings. The students' day was filled with recognition of the importance of peace, kindness, dignity, and respect for others. 549861237 628379154 785243961 493618572 261957843 From page 13A and 11 percent of Americans said they felt unsafe. In the World Zionist Or- ganization survey released Friday, which was conducted last year among a total of 1,361 respondents, 51 percent of those in Europe said that wearing Jewish symbols in public made them feel unsafe. In North America, that figure was 22 percent. A press statement by WZO about the survey said it was conducted among Jews not living in Israel but it did not say how many of the 1,361 respon- dentswere from Europe, North America and beyond. The statement also did not specify which countries in Europe the respondents on that continent came from. Nearly one third of Euro- pean respondents said they had experienced or witnessed an anti-Semitic event featur- ingvandalism, compared to 11 percent worldwide. Worldwide, most respon- dents who said they had experienced an anti-Semitic incident also indicated that they did not report it to police. Six percent said they did not report the alleged incident out of fear for their security. Thirty percent said they did not want "to make a big deal of it" and 42 percent said they lacked faith in authorities to act on their complaint.