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Margaret Gibelman Navigating Human Rachel Miller & Susan E. Mason Daniel Pollack Social Work and the
Service Organizations: Essential Informa- Diagnosis Schizophrenia: A Compre- Courts: A Casebook, New York, NY:
tion for Thriving and Surviving in Agencies, hensive Resource, New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge, 2003
Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books, Inc., 2003 Columbia University Press, 2002

This handbook gives social work This book includes 35 first-person This is a compendium of the most
students and new practitioners crucial accounts, as well as chapters by profes- recent and important legal cases in
information about the dynamics of sionals on a wide range of issues, includ- social work and social welfare. Its dissec-
human service agencies, while suggest- ing the latest research, social services, tion and analysis of crucial cases makes
ing methods for intervening within the hospitalization, and rehabilitation. The it an excellent tool for teaching social
organization itself to bring about patients profiled contributed to the workers to understand how courts view
change. Margaret Gibelman is professor book themselves. Rachel Miller is a social and deal with the performance, action,
and director of the doctoral program, worker for the research department of and conduct of social workers and their
Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Hillside Hospital’s Continuous Care Team agencies. The author, an attorney, is
Yeshiva University, New York. She has 14 for first-episode schizophrenia patients. associate professor, Wurzweiler School
years of experience as a social worker Susan E. Mason is associate professor at of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New
and agency manager, and was executive Wurzweiler School of Social Work, York, and senior fellow, Center for
director of the National Association of Yeshiva University, New York, and was a Adoption Research, University of
School Psychologists and associate social work supervisor working with Massachusetts Medical School.
executive director of the Council on schizophrenic patients at Hillside
Social Work Education. Hospital.

P U B L I C AT I O N S A R E AVA I L A B L E F R O M T H E R E S P E C T I V E P U B L I S H E R S O R A C A D E M I C B O O K S S T O R E S .
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F E AT U R E S

Bridging the Social Divide with Empathy


For Toronto student Sami-Beth Kohn, Wurzweiler’s
Block Program affords her a unique insight into two
social-service systems. 3
More Than Bricks and Mortar
Social workers are often the first line of defense in
ensuring the well-being of seniors living at home in
naturally occurring retirement communities, or NORCs. 4
Evolution of a Caregiver
Doctoral graduate Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur ’02 lights up the
lives of seniors admitted to Jewish Home and Hospital,
the nursing home in the Bronx where she works. 14
D E PA R T M E N T S

Dean’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Graduation 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

News & Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Philanthropy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Leadership Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Faculty Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

C O V E R Frank and Laura Pearl at home in the Bronx with the help of the Co-op City Respite Program, run by the Jewish
Association for Services for the Aged.

Photograph by Norman Goldberg


DEAN’S MESSAGE

Let us hope that 2003 brings us peace and stability. We will have to work hard
Yeshiva University
to overcome the economic realities that could devastate the clients and client
systems we serve.
Ronald P. Stanton
CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
In particular, one constituency that legislators and
health care providers cannot afford to ignore is the older
Dr. Norman Lamm ’49Y,B,R adult population, whose numbers are expected to increase
PRESIDENT
substantially over the next 30 years. This issue of Update
addresses the theme of aging in our cover story about
Daniel T. Forman
VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT
naturally occurring retirement communities (see p. 4),
the Alumni Profile (see p. 14), and a report about
Peter L. Ferrara Wurzweiler’s first conference on aging (see p. 8).
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
I am pleased to report to you that the Accreditation
AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Commission of the Council on Social Work Education
Robert R. Saltzman accepted our progress report that was submitted in August,
UNIVERSITY DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS 2002. Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s next review
will be in 2009, under newly adopted standards. Faculty members are refining
WurzweilerUpdate
er the curriculum and assessing whether assignments achieve stated objectives.
This academic year has been busy for faculty, who have contributed at local,
E D I TO R
national, and international professional conferences. During 2002, faculty pub-
Kelly Berman
lished 33 articles, two chapters, and a book. So far this year, two additional books, a
SENIOR DESIGNER
chapter (including software), and five articles have appeared. The books by
Emily Scherer Steinberg Professor Daniel Pollack and Drs. Margaret Gibelman and Susan E. Mason are
featured on the inside front cover.
P H OTO G R A P H E R S
I am pleased to welcome two new faculty members to Wurzweiler: Dr. Shantih
Norman Goldberg
Clemans (MSW from Albany, DSW from Hunter) and Dr. Deepali Bagati (MA in
Peter Robertson
Jayne Windsor Social Work from Delhi University, and PhD from Bryn Mawr).
Vera Etzion On a broader front, Yeshiva University elected Richard M. Joel as its fourth
president in December, succeeding Dr. Norman Lamm, president since 1976.
CO N T R I B U TO R S Mr. Joel, who takes office in June, comes to YU from Hillel, a global network of
Esther Finkle ’98S
Jewish student outposts, where he was president and international director for
David Hillstrom
14 years.
I’m both sorry and sad to report that Dr. Vicki Lens ’00 has moved on to
❖ Columbia’s School of Social Work and that Michele Sarracco, director of admissions
Adam M. Greenwald since 1997, and a member of our staff since 1993, has left to run the employment
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS, WSSW assistance program of a large food conglomerate. I am pleased to announce that
Ruth Bigman, who had been responsible for PEP field instruction since 1997, has
Leslie Waltzer Pollak been appointed director of admissions (see p. 9).
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, WSSW
We will also miss the voice and wise counsel of the late David Goldman, a
W U R Z W E I L E R U P D AT E founding member of the Wurzweiler Board of Governors (see Classnotes on p. 21).
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Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
STUDENT PROFILE

Bridging the Social Divide with Empathy


B Y K E L LY B E R M A N

A
s a Canadian student based in Toronto and

studying in Wurzweiler School of Social

Work’s summer Block Program in New York,

Sami-Beth Kohn is getting a double education.

For the past two summers, the second-year master’s


student and president of the Block Student Government
has attended classes on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus
in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, view-
ing human examples of the US welfare system. She
heads back north to spend the rest of the year doing
fieldwork in Canadian human-service agencies.
During summer, the students’ classroom often
extends beyond Wurzweiler’s four walls to include the
densely populated streets of Manhattan. “Just walking
around New York gave us Canadian students a different
perspective,” said Ms. Kohn. “You see a lot more home-
less people here than in Toronto, for instance.”
Because the Block Program condenses year-round
classes into an intense eight-week schedule every sum-
mer for three years, it attracts out-of-town and working
students. As the students’ main representative, Ms. Kohn
knows that Gotham offers newcomers little time to get
settled. It helps, she said, that Wurzweiler encourages
an open relationship between faculty and students.
“The benefit of a smaller program like this is that you
actually can sit and talk with the Dean [Sheldon It opened my eyes to society. These people have to
Gelman]. The administrative staff and faculty are so work so hard to lift themselves up, often going from
accommodating to students and their concerns.” shelter to shelter.” She found a similar experience
As a Canadian, Ms. Kohn found the field trips to area among single mothers at a shelter in the Bronx. “It’s
social welfare institutions eye-opening. “On a visit to almost as if society keeps them in that position—they
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (in Washington Heights), have to fight to get out.”
I was struck by how hierarchical the US health care sys- On dealing with clients who have disparate back-
tem is—the quality of care offered to patients with pri- grounds, she said, “I was more concerned initially about
vate health insurance was so much higher than what how clients would react to me, as I don’t know what it
poor patients have to settle for.” feels like to have those experiences. I realized that the
Poverty, however, affects people similarly on both natural empathy you feel for your clients is what binds
sides of the US-Canada border. “My first year of field you together.
work was at Jewish Family and Child Service in down- “It ultimately doesn’t matter where a social worker is
town Toronto, where I counseled mostly homeless or from as long as they have empathy for the people
really poor clients, many suffering from mental illness. they’re helping.” ❖

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More
Than Bricks
and
Mortar
Social workers are often the first line

of defense in ensuring the well-being

of seniors living at home in naturally

occurring retirement communities, or NORCs.


B Y K E L LY B E R M A N

L
aura Pearl, 88, used to worry
constantly about her hus-
band, Frank, 87. Two years
after he was diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s disease, she was
unable to leave him alone to shop
or visit the doctor.
Then she discovered the Co-op
City Respite Program, a social adult
day care program for people suffer-
ing from Alzheimer’s and related
disorders. The Respite Program is
sponsored and operated by the
Jewish Association for Services for ing activities such as arts and New Senior-Care Model
the Aged (JASA) and is part of crafts, exercise classes, storytelling These communities represent more
Gloria Wise Senior Services, a con- sessions, and bingo. But it is also economical and humane solutions
tinuum of programs under the aus- embraces caregivers’ well-being— to the problem of limited capacity
pices of the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls they also need relief, says Gloria in nursing homes. The assisted-liv-
Club. It operates only a short walk Gaev, a Wurzweiler MSW student ing facilities are also changing the
from the Pearls’ apartment at Co-op interning with JASA. way caregivers deal with the
City, a 300-acre complex of 35 The Pearls are a part of a grow- nation’s aging population, say
high-rise apartment buildings in the ing phenomenon in senior care in Wurzweiler experts in gerontology.
Bronx, where they have lived for the US: naturally occurring retire- Susan Bendor and Charles Trent,
33 years. Surrounded by thousands ment communities, or NORCs, in both Wurzweiler associate profes-
of other elderly residents, many which people age together in apart- sors, cite the importance of finding
also caring for ill or frail spouses, ment buildings, housing complex- innovative solutions to senior care,
Mrs. Pearl found a network of sup- es, or neighborhoods not originally as baby-boomers hit retirement age.
port right under her nose. conceived for seniors. The last generation of baby-boomers,
“This program is the most won- The emergence of NORCs and born in 1964, will enter their late
derful thing that has happened to other assisted-living options vali- 60s in 2030, swelling the aging
me,” she says. “It gives me peace of dates much of what social workers population by unprecedented
mind for the few hours that Frank is at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler levels, says Dr. Bendor.
here. When he’s home, all he does School of Social Work have learned What makes NORCs attractive to
is sleep. This place keeps him busy.” about “healthy aging,” says Dr. both seniors and experts in aging is
The Respite Program engages Sheldon R. Gelman, Dorothy and evidence that people living at home,
the group in simple, but stimulat- David I. Schachne Dean. rather than in institutions, live hap-
Close to 400,000 of the 1.25 mil- pier and healthier lives. “The home
lion seniors in New York City contains a lot of memories,” says
(left) Frank Pearl, a member of JASA’s already live in NORCs, according to Dr. Bendor. “It may be where a per-
Respite Program at Co-op City, and the United Hospital Fund, a health son lived with their spouse until he
Wurzweiler intern Gloria Gaev services research and philanthropic or she died, where their children
organization in the city. Co-op City were born and grew up, where they
(above) Frank and Laura Pearl in their houses the largest of the city’s 28 used to host parties when they
home at Co-op City in the Bronx NORC programs. were younger.”

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Living at home, rather than in a
nursing home, allows the Pearls to
retain their independence in the
comfort of their apartment

neighborhood transform, or lost


their spouse. Social workers can
help NORC residents identify new
roles for themselves.”
When counseling clients, Ms.
Gaev helps them feel more capable
of solving their problems. With
independence, she says, they feel
empowered to manage their lives.
NORCs recognize the many var-
ied needs of senior residents by
offering them supportive services
through a collaboration among gov-
ernment agencies, housing entities,
health-care and social-service pro-
viders, and private funders. Co-op
City’s 8,000 seniors, including the
Pearls, have access to health
screenings at three on-site senior
centers, transportation, hot lunches,
People often become disoriented seniors. One client, a temporary and recreational and educational
when removed from familiar set- resident at Co-op City, has too little activities such as yoga and computer
tings, she says. “Seniors forced to income to get into state-funded classes. They can also use other
move into nursing homes lose housing and facilities such as services, such as housekeeping,
their sense of identity and their Co-op City. She has fairly substantial Meals on Wheels, lectures on nutri-
connection with the neighborhood, savings, but this doesn’t count as tion and healthy aging, and sight-
as well as their privacy. It results income. Faced with this dilemma, seeing trips.
in a tremendous loss of control, Ms. Gaev has contacted several “The beauty of NORCs is that
which can lead to depression.” housing authorities and plans to they recognize the importance of
Social workers assigned to write to Senator Hillary Clinton familiar surroundings and home
NORCs are often the first line of (D-NY) for help. ownership, while also acknowledg-
defense in assessing seniors’ well- “We have to be out there in ing that as people age, their needs
being and supporting their quality front to ensure we stand by our change,” says Dr. Susan Bendor.
of life. Ms. Gaev helps her clients clients, so they can live in the com- “Seniors aging at home need more
deal with loss and grieving by munity independently and protect than bricks and mortar. They need
referring them to support groups their right to self-determination,” the social supports that enable
and counseling them on a daily she says. them to function.”
basis. She helps them secure gov-
ernment entitlements such as Building Seniors’ Strengths
Medicare and Medicaid, gets them Social workers help seniors to adapt
transportation through Access-a- to the shifts in their lives. “In most
Ride, and educates them about health care settings and much of
accessing community resources. “A society, aging is seen as a disease,”
lot of the elderly don’t know that said Dr. Bendor. “Social workers are
they’re eligible for entitlements, so good at looking for the strengths of
it’s up to the social workers to do people, not their deficits. The elderly
the research and pass along the have lost their roles as workers and
information,” she says. primary parents. They may have
Ms. Gaev also advocates for outlived their friends, seen their

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and breaks a hip, neighbors usually “Over half the tenants are over
knows about it soon afterwards.” 65, and many are frail and isolated.
As co-chair with Dr. Bendor of It’s difficult for them to leave the
the Washington Heights & Inwood building to receive help, so the
Council on Aging (WHICOA), Ms. Council on Aging is taking services
Hertzberg is seeking NORC funding to them,” Ms. Hertzberg says. The
for four buildings in close proximi- first step to prepare for NORC
ty to each other in Washington funding is developing a ‘buddy’ sys-
Heights. Even with proposed state tem and group activities. “NORCs
and city budget cuts for fiscal 2003, need an integrated community to
they are organizing tenants so that deliver services effectively.”
when funding becomes available,
NORC programs diverge from they will be ready. Staying in the Community
traditional health care and social NORCs, experts at Wurzweiler say,
services in their holistic, pro-active ensure that older people are nei-
approach to aging. Rather than ther isolated nor forced out of their
episodic health care, NORCs offer communities. “The theory of ‘dis-
seniors preventive check-ups, mon- engagement’ moves the elderly out
itor the ill, and help them regain of the way so that others can go on
some independence after hospital- with their lives,” says Dr. Trent. “But
ization. The result is greater famil- someone who is very frail or in a
iarity and trust between patient wheelchair should have the option
and professional, says Dr. Trent, of getting out of the house with the
who chaired the East Harlem aid of a special van to go have
Interagency Council for Older lunch somewhere and socialize.”
Persons and directed the East The elderly are an important
Harlem Committee on Aging, 1977- part of the social framework of a
1988. “Returning home knowing community, according to Dr. Trent,
that follow-up care is easily within who says people often approach
reach diminishes much of the anxi- aging with fear and anxiety about
ety the elderly feel about their being isolated. “Children need to
frailties,” says Dr. Trent. see their grandparents getting
older,” he says. “NORCs encourage
an informal support system
Bringing Neighbors Together between the generations. You have
Beyond supportive services, how- the children, the adults, and the
ever, the program’s success also older adults working together and
relies on frequent, informal contact looking for benefits from each other.”
among large groups of people liv- For Frank and Laura Pearl,
ing closely together. Maintaining living in Co-op City has proved a
healthy human contact is key, says godsend. Mrs. Pearl’s day-to-day
Fern Hertzberg ’87, executive direc- contact with the staff of the
tor of ARC XVI Fort Washington Respite Program has produced
Senior Center. trust and familiarity. They know
“The fear that generates the her routines, how to contact her
interest from within the building is The day care program is only a short in an emergency, and who her
of dying alone,” says Ms. Hertzberg. walk from the Pearls’ home in one of primary care physician is. “Where
“NORC programs bring residents Co-op City’s high-rise apartment else would I go?” she asks. “Here
together so that if someone falls buildings I can be independent.” ❖

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NEWS & VIEWS

WSSW Alumna Brings International Perspective to


First Wurzweiler Conference on Aging
ogy, she directed YU’s
Gerontological Institute,
1976–1988. Dr. Weisman
chaired the UN/NGO Com-
mittee on Ageing and helped
organize the UN/1999
International Year of Older
Persons. She helped ensure
the elderly were represented
in both Wurzweiler’s curricu- M.C.“Terry” Hokenstad speaks to Stan
lum and the UN’s agenda. Bernstein after their presentations
Like her mentor, Dr. Resnick
Helfgot is well versed in the
social service needs of older
people. Her involvement in
Dr. Resnick Helfgot initiated plans for WSSW’s aging conference the field began in 1980 as an
associate with the Brookdale
Institute on Aging and Adult

A
fter participating in the United Human Development at Columbia Univer-
Nation’s Second World Assembly on sity. She is a member of the UN/NGO
Ageing, held in Madrid in April 2002, Committee on Ageing and its Subcommittee
Dr. Rosa Perla Resnick Helfgot ’76 on Multigenerational Relationships, and a
suggested Wurzweiler hold a con- representative of the International
ference on the subject. She envisioned a Association of Gerontology to the UN.
gathering that would build on the “UN Inter- Dr. Resnick Helfgot has worked, taught, Fern Hertzberg ‘87 gave a workshop on
national Plan of Action on Ageing,” the report and conducted research in Latin America, policy with Bobbie Sackman
released at the conference in Spain. the US, and Israel. She has lectured at
“My first step was to bring this knowledge national and international conferences,
back to Wurzweiler. The international guide- received fellowships (including a Fulbright
lines recommended in the report needed Senior Scholar at the Catholic University of
local discussion and implementation,” Dr. Uruguay in 1995), and published in English
Resnick Helfgot said. and Spanish on international and cross-
“Meeting the Challenges of Older Persons: cultural topics.
Combining Practice and Policy, National Argentina-born, Dr. Resnick Helfgot
and International Perspectives on Ageing”— earned her MSSW from Columbia Univer-
the School’s first such conference—took sity in 1951 and her DSW in 1976 as one of
place February 2. It was co-chaired by Dr. Wurzweiler’s first doctoral graduates. She is
Resnick Helfgot and Dr. Susan Bendor, chairperson of the United Nations Annual Conference co-chairs Rosa Perla Resnick
associate professor. International Conference (International Helfgot ‘76 and Associate Professor
The Madrid gathering capped two years’ Immigrants Foundation) and a representa- Susan Bendor
work, beginning with the planning and im- tive of the International Immigrants
plementation of the UN’s 1999 International Foundation/International Cultures Mission.
Year of Older Persons. “Both the World Her involvement with many UN com-
Assembly and the Wurzweiler conference mittees has given her insight into social-
were organized in response to increasing welfare strategies worldwide. She has
longevity around the world, which is leading applied that insight to her teaching at Seton
to a demographic revolution,” Dr. Resnick Hall University, NJ; Hunter College, CUNY;
Helfgot said. Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate
The conference memorialized Dr. Celia B. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Weisman, professor emerita and faculty (now Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychol-
member at Wurzweiler for 33 years until her ogy), and the Paul Baerwald School of Social José Ortiz Ortiz co-presented the ‘Diversity
death in 2000. An expert in social gerontol- Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ❖ and Ageing’ workshop with Sharon Wolfe ‘95

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Conference Program Faculty News
“Meeting the Challenges of Older Persons:
■ Wurzweiler School of Social Work sent a large ■ Dr. ADELE WEINER, associate dean, presented at
Combining Practice and Policy–National
and International Perspectives on Ageing,” faculty delegation to “Think Group: Strength and the World AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
February 2 Diversity in Group Work,” the 24th Annual Inter-
■ Dr. URANIA GLASSMAN presented at the
national Symposium on Social Work with Groups, in
Welcome Remarks and Introduction International Association of Schools of Social Work
• SUSAN BENDOR, DSW, associate New York City in October. Presenting were: Dorothy
(IASSW) in Montpellier, France.
professor, Wurzweiler School of Social and David I. Schachne Dean SHELDON GELMAN;
Work; conference co-chair field instruction director Dr. URANIA GLASSMAN; ■ Wurzweiler bids farewell to
• ROSA PERLA RESNICK HELFGOT, Dr. SUSAN E. MASON, associate professor; Dr. MICHELE SARRACCO, director of
PhD/DSW ’76, United Nations/NGO MARTIN BIRNBAUM, Beate and Henry Voremberg admissions since 1997. She was
Committee on Ageing and Subcommittee on
Professor of Social Group Work; Drs. AARON assistant director of field instruction,
Multigenerational Relationships;
conference co-chair BECKERMAN and LOUIS LEVITT, both professors 1993–1997. RUTH BIGMAN, former
emeriti, and Dr. DAVID L. STRUG, associate professor. assistant director of field instruc-
Changing Demographics: Old and Young/
tion, takes over.
Changing World: Young and Old ■ Faculty attending the New York State Social Work
• STAN BERNSTEIN, senior research adviser, Education Association’s 35th Annual Conference in ■ The Center for Adoption Research at the Univer-
United Nations Fund for Population Activities
Buffalo, NY, in November included Dr. SUSAN E. sity of Massachusetts Medical School has appointed
The International Plan of Action: MASON; Dr. GERTRUDE RUTKOVE SANDERS, asso- Professor DANIEL POLLACK as a senior fellow. He
Turning Words into Action ciate professor; Dr. HEIDI HEFT LAPORTE, associate was also named editor of Jlaw.com, a website deal-
• M.C.“TERRY” HOKENSTAD, PhD, ACSW, professor; Dr. NORMAN LINZER ’60, Samuel J. and ing with the intersection of Halakhah (Jewish law)
Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor,
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Jean Sable Professor in Jewish Family Social Work; and American law.
Case Western Reserve University and Dr. JAY SWEIFACH ’88, ’02, assistant professor.
■ Two assistant professors joined
• HELEN R. HAMLIN, MSW, chair, United ■ Dr. RICHARD CAPUTO, professor, presented at the faculty this year. Dr. SHANTIH
Nations NGO Committee on Ageing
the 4th Annual Race, Gender, and Class Conference CLEMANS taught social work at
Priority Challenges for Older Persons in New Orleans, the 97th Annual American Hunter College, Columbia Univer-
in the United States
Sociological Association Meeting in Chicago, and sity, and Queens College. She headed
• ROSE DOBROF, DSW, Brookdale Professor
the 55th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological the Rape Crisis Intervention/Victims
of Gerontology, Hunter College of the City
University of New York Society of America in Boston. of Violence Program at Long Island College
Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. DEEPALI
PARALLEL WORKSHOPS ■ Dr. DEEPALI BAGATI, assistant professor, present-
BAGATI has worked in research in
Meeting the Work and Leisure Needs of ed her research at the International Conference on
the US and India, most recently at
Older Persons Gender in Keil, Germany.
West Chester University, PA. She
• JILL BECKER, MSW ’97, doctoral student,
Wurzweiler School of Social Work; former ■ Dr. SUSAN E. MASON presented a paper at the taught at Bryn Mawr College’s
director, The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior European Groupwork Symposium in London, England. Graduate School of Social Work and
Citizens Council, Inc. Social Research.
■ Associate Professor DANIEL POLLACK presented
• CAROL L. MERKUR, state director,
Experience Works, Inc. a paper on Adoption Law and Policy at the Annual ■ Dean SHELDON GELMAN appeared on the local
Meeting of the Child Welfare League of America cable TV news channel NY1 during the week of the
• MARCIA E. WAFFNER, special projects
coordinator, Experience Works, Inc. (CWLA) in Florida. one-year anniversary of September 11. He gave
advice about coping with the tragedy’s effects.
Diversity and Ageing ■ Dean SHELDON GELMAN and Dr. MARGARET
• JOSÉ ORTIZ ORTIZ, MSW, executive director, GIBELMAN, professor, presented papers at the 5th ■ Dr. SUSAN BENDOR, associate professor, spoke
Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES International Conference of the International on “Mobilizing Communities to Help Minority Elderly
(Roots)
Society for Third-Sector Research in Cape Town, Participate in Advance Directives”at the International
• SHARON WOLFE, MSW ’95, director, JASA/
South Africa; at the second Research Conference of Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal,
West Side Senior Center
the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in Maryland; and gave two workshops at the International Child
Successful Ageing and Influencing Policy and at the Association for the Study of Higher Survivors’ Conference in Toronto in October.
• FERN HERTZBERG, MSW ’87, executive Education in California.
director, ARC XVI Ft. Washington, Inc. ■ Dr. CHERYL KRAMER, assistant clinical professor,
• BOBBIE SACKMAN, MSW, director of public ■ WSSW faculty were well represented at the Annual led a program to help rabbis’ wives respond to vic-
policy, Council of Senior Centers and Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research in tims of domestic abuse in Fair Lawn, NJ, in October.
Services of NYC, Inc. Washington, D.C. with presentations being made
■ Adjunct Assistant Professor RENEE SCHLESINGER
Concluding Remarks and Next Steps by Dr. CHARLES AUERBACH, professor, and Drs.
presented “What’s Love Got to Do with It?,” a semi-
• SHELDON R. GELMAN, PhD, Dorothy and RICHARD CAPUTO, SHELDON GELMAN,
David I. Schachne Dean, Wurzweiler nar on relationships at the First Congregational
MARGARET GIBELMAN and SUSAN E. MASON.
School of Social Work Church of Haworth, NJ, in May, 2002.

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Mason and Strug Assess Unmet Social Service Needs of Hispanics in Washington Heights

F
or their most recent academic experts and focus groups with 30
study, David L. Strug and Susan Hispanic residents over six months.
E. Mason, both associate profes- The study identified the following
sors at YU’s Wurzweiler School unmet social-service needs:
of Social Work, chose a subject • Affordable health-care services;
close to home: the Hispanic immigrants • Mental health;
in Washington Heights, the northern • More adequate and affordable hous-
Manhattan neighborhood. ing, as well as better sanitation;
“Since the School is situated in this • Other needs included: higher wages,
community, and in a particularly His- help negotiating public assistance, bet-
panic area within it, it is important to ter education and more public schools,
understand the issues our neighbors face expanded legal aid, and improved pub-
in getting social services,” said Dr. Strug. lic transportation;
The results of the qualitative, pilot • Barriers preventing Hispanic resi-
study were published in the Journal of dents from accessing social services
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social include an inefficient delivery system,
Work, Vol. 10(3) 2002. poor English, family disunity, and feel-
The Hispanic immigrant population ings of cultural alienation.
of Washington Heights has grown over Drs. Mason and Strug conclude that
the last decade at a faster rate than the social workers have an important role
non-Hispanic population, with Dominican to play in increasing Hispanic immi-
immigrants exerting a significant eco- grants’ access to social services. This
nomic, cultural, and religious influence means advocating for greater immigrant
on the community. aid, and for health-care facilities and
The authors collected data from face- government offices to recruit culturally
to-face interviews with community sensitive, Spanish-speaking staff. ❖

Susan E. Mason When Dr. Susan E. Mason, asso- Patients, Families and Helping patients,” said Dr. Mason.
Publishes ciate professor of social work, Professionals, 35 patients The book answered a huge
Groundbreaking and Rachel Miller, research describe how they got sick and market need, said Dr. Mason. It
social worker at Hillside their road to recovery. The book went to a second printing,
Book on Hospital, began writing a book, also contains the latest research, Amazon.com ordered more copies
Schizophrenia they did something unheard of: as well as information about for sale, and the pharmaceutical
they asked their patients with social services and medication. company Bristol-Myers Squibb
schizophrenia at Hillside According to Dr. Mason, the col- bought 900 copies to train its
Hospital, North Shore (part of laborative project proved thera- staff. The book was also rated by
the Long Island Jewish Medical peutic for the patients, particu- the Library Journal as a “must-
System), to help them write it. larly when the prestigious have” for every library in the US.
“There was a substantial Columbia University Press Author profits are going to a
need for a book written specif- accepted it for publication. patient fund at Hillside in Glen
ically for patients—there were Before they found a willing Oaks, NY.
already several books for fami- publisher, however, the authors Recognized experts in the field,
lies, care-takers, and students,” faced prejudice from companies the authors have addressed four
said Dr. Mason. “Our book is the and agents convinced that peo- international conferences about
only one that has real patients’ ple with schizophrenia don’t the subject. “The book is opening
testimony from interviews we read. “The frustrating part was the gates to a better understand-
Susan E. Mason conducted. It’s really moving— that we really knew the truth— ing of schizophrenia and allowing
every story is a real story.” they do read. We have shown us to learn more from others to
In Diagnosis Schizophrenia: A that we have good ideas about enhance our knowledge base,”
Comprehensive Resource for how to work with these said Dr. Mason. ❖

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Israel Update: Learning to SKILLS FOR LIFE UNDER TERROR: A STUDENT’S TESTIMONY

Live with Terror Yael Laviel, a second-year A major concern among


MSW student in WSSW’s the PTSD patients whom Ms.
Block Program, is interning Laviel sees for psychotherapy
B Y D R . J OYC E R O S M A N B R E N N E R ’ 8 3 ,
at the Donald J. Cohen & is their fear of terrorist
Coordinator of the Block Program in Israel
Irving B. Harris Center for attacks and the possibility of
Trauma and Disaster Inter- an all-out war. The reality is

S
vention at the Tel Aviv that their fears are founded.
ixteen Block students in the Israel Unit work with a Mental Health Center. “It is very hard to contain
variety of clients, including the elderly, cardiac surgery The center’s patients in- clients’ anxiety as it is not
patients, dialysis recipients, the chronically mentally ill, clude soldiers and civilians out of proportion or about
and perhaps most relevant during this period of tension, traumatized in the 1973 Yom events unlikely to happen,”
post-traumatic survivors. Israel is particularly sensitive to Kippur War and the 1982 war she said. “It is an under-
the threat of violence and the possibility of a full-scale confla- in Lebanon, as well as acci- standable anxiety shared by
gration in the Middle East. And so every community and dent and abuse victims. But workers. So we have to
social-service agency is preparing instructions and plans of “lately, more and more people learn new coping skills.”
action in case of emergency. are turning to us after being Learning to manage stress
exposed to terror attacks,” has equipped Ms. Laviel with
Ms. Laviel said. “more than a profession—it
Given the difficulty of has given me skills for life in
reaching out to patients who my country at this time.”
don’t seek follow-up treat- “Knowing how to deal with
ment, the center is treating trauma and intervene effec-
more actively potential suf- tively is essential in Israeli
ferers of post-traumatic society. I am learning skills
stress disorder (PTSD) by that I can use outside the
intervening immediately trauma center, with future
after the event, even before clients, other colleagues, and,
symptoms appear. importantly, myself.” ❖

Interested in becoming more


Many of our students, such as Yael Leviel, whose testimony active with YOUR alumni
appears alongside, are directly or peripherally involved in these association, but don’t know how?
programs. [See also ‘A Chain Reaction of Compassion and Aid’
on page 17.] • Speak about your experiences in your field
With this topic weighing so heavily on our minds, it seemed • Host an alumni gathering in your home, office, or agency
a natural choice for discussion at our annual alumni gathering • Provide career assistance to current students
last year in Jerusalem hosted by Dr. Stanley Schneider ’72. The • Plan educational programs, help expand the alumni
forum of social work professionals offered the group of more website, identify and organize fund-raising efforts
than 50 alumni new ideas of coping with incessant stress. Dr. ❖
Schneider, director of the Martin Buber School for Integrative We are planning events now to build on our successful April
Psychotherapy, Hebrew University, spoke insightfully about 2002 program,“Learn From the Many Faces of Social Work.”
extremism within the world of Islam. I suggested that we need The gathering featured many prominent alumni and faculty
to activate the defense mechanism of denial in a positive way.
members, and was great! As you can see, there are many ways
Believe it or not, to our amazement we are learning to live in
to become an active member of the WSSW Alumni Association.
persistent expectation of random terror.
It seems contradictory to remain alert to danger while going ❖
about one’s daily routine—but that is exactly what seems to be Please call or email TODAY to participate!
happening throughout Israel. Despite the unease, the streets 212-960-5373
are crowded, the parks are full with the sounds of children play- email: agreenwa@ymail.yu.edu
ing, and the cafés and restaurants are busy. But, of course, as soon Wurzweiler School of Social Work Alumni Association
ADAM M. GREENWALD, Director of Alumni Affairs
as there is another terrorist incident we return to our cocoons,
waiting for an internal all-clear signal to venture out again. ❖

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Canada Update Last January she visited Toronto, where she held a field work
seminar with students and a session with field instructors and
B Y S T UA R T R A Z I N YC ’ 6 3 , F G S ’ 6 8 educational co-ordinators at local agencies. She also met with
National director of Canadian Friends of Yeshiva University parents to introduce them to the design of the MSW program
at Wurzweiler, and made a presentation to alumni on current
Canadian student enrollment at Wurzweiler jumped this year, issues in the profession.
with 16 students from Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, and London. During her trip, Dr. Glassman also gave a major presenta-
With this growth, the alumni office is forging stronger ties tion about group work to about 70 field instructors at Renison
with Canadian WSSW graduates and College, University of Waterloo, Ontario.
prospective students. Benay Lindenauer, career development coordinator, is
The high point of last year’s alumni planning a trip in the next few months to meet with alumni
activities was the visit by Dr. Sheldon R. about helping to make jobs more available to new graduates.
Gelman, Dorothy and David I. Schachne Looking ahead, Canadian Friends of YU is reaching out
Dean, to Toronto in June. Events included to Wurzweiler alumni in Montreal by compiling a list of
a breakfast for parents, interested leaders graduates working in Jewish communal service in that city.
in the community, and prospective stu- We encourage all alumni to get in touch. ❖
dents, and an evening presentation about Wurzweiler’s post-
9/11 assistance to survivors. TO R O N TO O F F I C E :
In October, Dr. Susan Bendor, associate professor, led a 3101 Bathurst Street, Suite 502, Toronto, Ontario M6A2A6
study session for alumni on “Victim or Victor: The Joy of Tel: 416-783-6960 / Fax: 416-783-9854
Strength-based Practice in Social Work.” MONTREAL OFFICE:
Dr. Urania Glassman, director of field instruction, also did 4950 Queen Mary Road, Suite 365, Montreal, Quebec H3W1X3
her bit to strengthen ties with students and alumni in Canada. Tel: 514-738-9011 / Fax: 514-738-0563.

Where in the World Is…? We have lost Dr.Everett Wilson,Wurzweiler Founding Faculty Member,Dies
track of the following alumni. If you know where these graduates are,

D
please contact the Office of University Alumni Affairs at 212-960-5373 r. Everett Wilson, professor emeritus at
or at alumdesk@ymail.yu.edu. Wurzweiler School of Social Work, died March 3.
He played an important role in the development
1950s Cheryl Newman ’73 Joanne Kelter ’77
Jeannette Katz ’59 Dorothy Tropper ’73 Moshe A. Kempinski ’77 of Wurzweiler, joining its faculty a year after the
Abraham Friedman ’74 Deborah Mackler ’77 School’s establishment in 1957 and retiring in 1976.
1960s
Lois Marvit ’74 Shirley L. Paglia ’77 Dr. Wilson was a strong promoter of social work
Rosalind Inhaber ’63
Tina Reale ’74 Linda Bril-Forem ’78 education. At Wurzweiler, he held a yearlong appoint-
Harriet B. Pappenheim ’64
Ruth Bronznick ’75 Robert M. Bruch ’78
Mimi Clurman ’65 ment by the Council on Social Work Education as a
Elaine B. Favilla ’75 Marc Chertok-Ackerman ’78
Naomi Etzion ’65 consultant to the Northern Rhodesian government
Ruth Gropper ’75 Mordechai Folger ’78
Irving Sansolo ’65 and the Oppenheim College of Social Service in
Elizabeth Hoffman ’75 Fay Geitzhals ’78
Liao Lung-Li ’67
Rose Jacobs ’75 Lynn Diane Gevantman ’78 Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He fol-
Barbara S. Posmanter ’67
Hanna Loeser ’75 Bernard Landin ’78 lowed in the footsteps of Dr. Morton I. Teicher, then
Madelaine Strauss ’67
Mark Mendelson ’75 Aviva Lapidus ’78 dean of the School, who helped found the college.
Wanda C. Lynch ’68
Faith C. Palermo ’75 Jill Massey ’78
Elanor D. Hiller ’69 Dr. Wilson was author of the third and fourth
Debra Joan Perkes ’75 Madelyn I. Mencer ’78
1970s Carla Ruth Sadik ’75 Rose Pinkus ’78 editions of The Field of Social Work (Holt, Rinehart,
Roberta Gelles ’70 Nina Steinfirst ’75 Jacqueline Rand ’78 and Winston, New York) with Arthur E. Fink and
Eitan Green ’70 Phyliss Tainey ’75 Leah Slivko ’78 Merrill B. Conover. He was a member of the National
Merle Kaufman ’70 Michele H. Vernon ’75 Edna Wilchfort ’78 Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social
Edward A. Schwartz ’70 Mary E. Chafey ’76 Beverley D. Zabriskie ’78
Hazel Zemel ’70 Work Education, and the American Association of
Marian R. Davidson ’76 Sara J. Craimer ’79
Gail Eisenberg ’71 Sharon Falk ’76 Thomas L. Goldenson ’79 University Professors.
Miriam Glassner-Zucker ’71 Alan N. Feldman ’76 Jeanette Hoffman ’79 Before Wurzweiler, Dr. Wilson taught at the
Zvi Handler ’71 Maureen M. Garry ’76 Joyce Itzkowitz ’79 University of North Carolina and West Virginia Univer-
David Milgram ’71 Karen Goldstein ‘76 Margaret Keller ’79 sity. He also directed the Adult Probation Department
Abby Schwartzberg ’71 Leshe Eleanor Kranz ’76 Barbara Kirshner ’79 of the Juvenile Court of the District of Columbia for
Roslyn Balitsky ’72 Nitzie Landsman ’76 Asher O. Melzer ’79
Judith Broch ’72 five years.
Eleanor J. Satok ’76 David Joseph Mozes ’79
Elinor L. Jacobs ’72 Karen G. Taylor ’76 Deborah Niznitzer ’79
Cheryl Meirovich ’72 Helene J. Feldman ’77 Shirley Rand ’79 A memorial service for Dr. Wilson
Alfonso Solazzo ’72 Nancy Giettman ’77 Harold Zvi Ron ’79 will be held at the School in the spring.
Clelia Goodyear ’73 Louise Haneman ’77 Tova Seigel ’79

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In Appreciation…
Thank you to the following WSSW alumni who have generously contributed thus far to the Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Alumni Annual Fund. Please remember that all pledges and gifts are due by June 30. Please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at
212-960-5373 to make your gift with a credit card or mail your contribution using the envelope inserted in this issue of the
Wurzweiler Update.

Rabbi David B. Aberbach ’80 Ms. Catherine Duffy ’82 Mr. Robert H. Hickman ’83 Ms. Olivia T. Miller ’77 Mr. Michael B. Schwartz ’91
Mrs. Janet S. Adler ’96 Mrs. Sheila B. Ebbin ’87 Mr. Edward N. Higgins ’78 Mrs. Susan Enid Mintz ’81 Ms. Anita Septimus ’82
Mr. David S. Albert ’96 Ms. Jill R. Edelman ’76 Ms. Anita Hilewitz ’79 Ms. Lisa Dale Moore ’78 Mrs. Betty M. Shapiro ’71
Ms. Alissa Aroesty ’97 Mrs. Olivia Tamara Erani Miller ’77 Ms. Elaine M. Hoch ’93 Ms. Riquelma Moreno ’01 Mr. Boris Shapiro ’98
Mrs. Irene G. Ash ’87 Mrs. Dolores Etrog ’71 Mr. Michael S. Hoffman ’95 Dr. Meryl Nadel ’94 Mrs. Risa Linda Shapiro ’84
Ms. Shira Carol Barnett ’78 Ms. Julianne Feddock ’01 Mrs.Tracy Horwitz ’92 Rabbi Joshua A. Narrowe ’95 Mrs. Lauren Shaps ’86
Mrs. Linda F. Basch ’78 Mrs. Audrey Feiner ’92 Mr. Michael Hyman ’75 Mrs. Sandra B. Nayberg ’83 Ms. Joyce Silver ’96
Mr. Shawn Victor Bayer ’81 Mrs. Harriet Feiner ’64 Mr. Judah E. Isaacs ’86 Ms. Barbara Neuman ’81 Dr. Edwin Simon ’75
Ms.Vivian Becker ’69 Mrs. Carole Feldman ’81 Mr. David M. James-Wilson ’94 Mrs. Goldie Newman ’81 Mrs. Celia Singer ’70
Ms. Nira Miriam Beer ’81 Mrs. Phyllis Fien ’79 Mrs. Chana M. Kahn ’88 Ms. Judith Newman ’89 Ms. Robin M. Sloma ’86
Rabbi Nehemiah Israel Ms. Beth R. Finkel ’95 Ms. Lisa R. Kanner ’98 Ms. Helga Newmark ’91 Ms. Judith B. Smith ’82
Ben-Zev ’98
Mr. Stanley Lee Fireman ’79 Mrs. Ellen Kaplan ’81 Dr. Danielle Nisivoccia ’84 Ms. Judith Sue Sokolow ’79
Ms. Elisabeth A. Bennett ’97
Mr. Mark J. Flanzraich ’79 Ms. Renee L. Karmy ’91 Mr. Harris Marshall Ms. Rosie Sosnowicz ’86
Mrs. Linda Bettinger Berger ’85 Oberlander ’83
Ms. Hannah Friedler ’80 Ms. Anne E. Katz ’95 Mrs. Janet Frankel Staub ’80
Mrs. Elaine Berkowitz ’85 Mr. Arthur M. Okner ’95
Mrs. Esther Friend ’79 Mr. Joel D. Katz ’81 Mr. Gershon M. Steinberg ’88
Ms. Lisa Berley ’77 Ms. Sophia Melinda Pappas ’72
Mr.William Gade ’61 Mrs. Barbara Wagh Kerman ’81 Dr. Abraham Stern ’50
Dr.Toby Berman-Rossi ’85 Mr. Joseph Pariente ’99
Ms. Mildred Galonsky ’75 Ms. Barbara Korson ’93 Ms. Robin J. Sternberg ’94
Dr. Lois Bernabo ’79 Dr. Joan K. Parry ’83
Mr. Pema T. Gashon ’94 Mrs. Leslie Kozupsky ’80 Mrs. Sylvia D.Taubenfeld ’02
Mr. Michael A. Bierman ’81 Mrs. Judith Peck-Stern ’78
Ms. Kim L. Gazda ’96 Mrs. Florence Kraut ’76 Mrs. Lilly Tempelsman ’79
Mrs. Harriette L. Birnbaum ’79
Mr. Isaac A. Geld ’97 Ms. Ruby W. Kreindler ’94 Mr. Merrill Robert Penn ’00
Mrs. A. Lillian Trilling ’84
Mrs. Marcia A. Blank ’73
Mrs. Barbara Gerson ’79 Mr. George G. Krevsky ’68 Mr. Emanuel C. Perlman ’88
Mr. Gene M.Tullio ’76
Mr. Allan J. Blau ’86
Mrs. Lila S. Gimprich d’Adolf ’81 Mrs. Estelle Krumholz ’73 Ms. Gretchen Phillips ’72
Mrs. Adena Twersky ’82
Mrs. Muriel Block ’78
Ms. Nechama H. Ginzberg ’93 Ms. Beth E. Kutis ’75 Mrs. Linda Poleyeff ’85
Mr. Seth Bloom ’89 Ms. Rhoda M. Urman ’92
Mr. Abraham J. Glasser ’85 Mrs. Fayanne Kuttler ’83 Mrs. Gail R Prystowsky ’87
Mr. Irving Borenstein ’86 Mrs. Anne Wallach ’79
Mrs. Michelle E. Goldberg ’89 Mrs. Naomi Lazar ’84 Ms. Jinsheng Qiu ’99
Ms. Susan L. Brandes ’92 Mr. Abraham J.
Mrs. Naomi M. Goldman ’01 Mrs. Naomi Eibshutz Lazarus ’80 Mrs. Barbara Rachlin ’81 Wasserberger ’74
Ms. Muriel M. Breitkopf ’84
Mrs.Toni Goldrich ’84 Mr. Harold A. Lederman ’81 Mrs. Rose S. Reiss ’67 Mr. Avy Weberman ’77
Mrs. Linda Joy Brizel ’78
Dr.William Goldstein ’62 Mrs. Elaine Leeder ’69 Dr. Charles L. Robbins ’92 Mrs. Alison Weiner ’92
Ms. Arlene K. Brofsky ’98
Dr. Nancy T. Gonchar ’93 Dr. Linda M. Leest ’95 Ms. Elaine G. Rockoff ’93 Mrs. Caryl P.Weinstein ’76
Ms. Marcia Iris Bronstein ’82
Ms. Cleo A. Gorman ’69 Rabbi Hyman Levine ’82 Mrs. Dorothy G. Ross ’67 Mrs. Judith Weinryb ’75
Mrs. Amy Carl ’92
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb ’73 Ms Sharon Levinson ’76 Ms.Vivian G. Roy ’93 Ms. June Weintraub ’66
Mr. Jerome A. Chanes ’74
Mrs. Regina Gradess ’76 Mrs. Janice A. Levy ’69 Mrs. Evelyn Rutstein ’82 Mrs. Sandra Welkes ’76
Ms. Marina Chernavsky ’01
Mr. Doni Greenblatt ’93 Ms. Marian Irene Lewek ’01 Mrs. Hanina Ruttenberg ’78 Ms. Patricia Weltman ’77
Mr. Aaron Cohen ’96
Mr. Max B. Greenwald ’62 Dr. Norman Linzer ’60 Mrs. Deborah A. Rutz ’83 Ms. Jessie Stith Wilson ’01
Ms. Andrea L. Cohen ’95
Mrs. Joanne Griffel ’78 Ms. Rhonda J. Liss ’99 Mrs. Stephanie K. Sabar ’70 Ms. Joan Wolchansky ’79
Ms. Susan E. Cohen ’88
Mrs. Audrey Harris ’63 Ms. Lisa J. Marcus ’95 Mr. Kenneth M. Saibel ’87 Ms. Roneet Carmel Wolf ’99
Rabbi Herman Lester Cohen ’82
Ms. Judith B. Haveson ’93 Dr. Randolph Owen Marcus ’82 Mrs. Andrea Samberg ’84 Dr. Jael N. Zickel ’92
Ms. Harriet B. Copeland ’65
Ms. Sally R. Heckelman ’88 Mrs. Helaine Fruchtman Mark ’85 Mrs. Barbara Sarah ’72 Rabbi Lawrence M. Ziffer ’80
Mr.Tomas Cruz ’93
Dr. Henry Heinbach ’96 Dr. Elaine Marshack ’84 Mr. Alan I. Sataloff ’92 Mrs. Janet L. Zimmerman ’79
Mr. Allen Dickstein ’69
Mr. Julio A. Hernandez ’00 Rabbi Daniel H. Mehlman ’82 Dr. Judy Scheel ’97 Ms. Lilly Zohary ’84
Dr. Kathleen Triche
DiLorenzo ’94 Ms. Esther Heyman ’67 Dr. Flora Miller ’84 Ms. Felice Schulman-Marcus ’96

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ALUMNI PROFILE

Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur’s daughter,


Sara Schwartz, six grandchildren,
and husband Nizan Zur celebrated
her doctoral graduation in July 2002

W
hen her mother died,

Evolution of a Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur ’02

Caregiver: Lessons was a 24-year-old wife

and a mother herself. Now she

in Life and Death would become caregiver to her

elderly father, who suffered for

B Y D AV I D H I L L S T R O M most of his adult life from

Parkinson’s Disease.

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Care-giving was a role for which she “It was the beginning of my edu-
had been preparing since childhood, cation about the lack of vision that
when caring for her father was shared existed in terms of options for the
by the whole family. Unwittingly elderly,” Dr. Erlbaum-Zur said. “It
perhaps, he also prepared her for definitely shaped my career, without
her career as a social worker devot- a doubt.”
ed to the needs of older people. Dr. Erlbaum-Zur’s experience car-
“As children, we grew up in a ing for her father has enriched her
caregiving environment,” Dr. work at the Jewish Home and
Erlbaum-Zur said of herself and her Hospital Lifecare System in the
siblings. “One of my chores before Bronx, where she directs admis-
leaving for school was to give my sions. The faces of residents in this
father his medicine.” nursing home light up when they
see her coming.
Myra Steinmetz, who lives at the
“A nursing home is perceived home and volunteers in the admis-
sions office, plants a kiss on Phyllis’s
as a place where the cheek and says the home has given
her and her husband new life. Later, cerned, of course, about life. But
elderly come to die. 100-year-old resident Beatrice Taishoff, also death,” she said. Dr. Erlbaum-

I want it to be a place where wheelchair-bound, takes Phyllis’s


hand and presses it to her own cheek.
Zur explored death in her
Wurzweiler doctoral dissertation.
they come to live.” The gestures are testaments to
the affection and respect Dr.
She interviewed 312 social workers
specializing in elder care for their
Erlbaum-Zur has earned. Respect is views on physician-assisted suicide.
Many years later, Phyllis and her a two-way street. Growing up in a She said that a majority of long-term
then-husband cared for her ailing Brooklyn Housing Project, she said, care social workers considered
father for four years until his death taught her to respect the individual physician-assisted suicide as an
in 1974. The experience had a pro- and to search for a person’s worth option in certain circumstances.
found effect on her. irrespective of appearance or age. Nevertheless, her research suggests
Digging deep is a that long-term care social workers
skill that serves her are concerned about the elderly as a
well at the Jewish vulnerable population and become
Home, where the more cautious in their approach to
worth of the elderly is end-of-life care options as they have
held sacred. more experience with the dying. Dr.
“A nursing home is Erlbaum-Zur hopes that social work-
perceived as a place ers will take a leadership role in the
where the elderly movement towards the development
come to die. I want it of quality palliative care for the dying.
to be a place where As a caregiver for her aging and
they come to live. A ill father, Dr. Erlbaum-Zur realized
place where they can that he deserved quality care. For-
enjoy a new stage in tunately, she got it for him at home.
their lives,” Dr. But she knows that’s not the case in
Erlbaum-Zur said. many households. Thus the need
While the focus is for places like the Jewish Home.
on life, Dr. Erlbaum- Appreciating the elderly is a
Zur knows well the value Dr. Erlbaum-Zur hopes to pass
reality of death. She on to her grandchildren, to whom
says more than 20 she has dedicated her doctoral thesis.
percent of all people “I want them to understand that
who die in this coun- getting old is only a state of mind,”
Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur ’02 and resident Beatrice Taishoff at try die in nursing she said. “You’re never too old to
the Jewish Home and Hospital homes. “We are con- learn new things.” ❖

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LEADERSHIP PROFILE

To Russia, New York City’s garment dis-


trict collected two containers
of children’s clothing, and
Following the success of
the Passover camps, Mr. Yavar-
kovsky organized a Torah

With Love shipped one to Moscow and


the other to Minsk.
A year later, he helped the
contest. Nine hundred chil-
dren competed and 10 won
a two-week trip to New York
Russian children rediscover and Washington. “It blew
B Y D AV I D H I L L S T R O M A N D K E L LY B E R M A N their Jewish identity, a right them away. Now we have
they had been denied under 9,000 children a year enter-
Communist rule. ing,” he said.

I
ra Yavarkovsky has run his family’s restaurant- “We established a Passover Then in 1996, he helped
camp for boys,” Mr. Yavarkov- open two orphanages, one
supply firm on New York’s Lower East Side for sky said. “We rented a resort each for boys and girls, in the
near Moscow and asked 10 city of Denepropetrovsk,
21 years. Since his great-grandmother started the rabbis to send us 20 boys each. Ukraine. “We have literally
Thus was born the first saved the lives of several
company in 1898, the role Passover camp in the former hundred children and helped
Soviet Union.” The first seder many teenagers make aliyah
of steering the business (Passover ceremonial meal) (emigrate to Israel),” Mr.
was held seven weeks to the Yavarkovsky said.
has been passed down day after the second shipment Next came the Ira Yavar-
of clothing left for Russia. kovsky and Marcia Robbins-
through the generations. “We borrowed a Torah from Wilf Childrens Medical Center
the Moscow Synagogue and in Zhitomer, Ukraine, named
Mr. Yavarkovsky, however, also held daily prayer services. We in honor of its two patrons
shares in another family her- taught the children the (Dr. Robbins-Wilf ’81F is a Board
itage—helping others. His meaning and observance of member of YU’s Stern College
mother, Rose, and late father, Passover, and took them to the for Women). Every year, the
Solomon, supported a college Moscow zoo, the circus, and hospital treats 3,500 children
outreach program run by the Gorky Park. We had a big bon- suffering the after-effects of
Yeshiva University affiliated fire for them at night where the 1990 nuclear accident in
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theolo- they learned Hebrew songs.” Chernobyl, just 40 miles away.
gical Seminary. Mrs. Yavarkov- These experiences opened The hospital boasts an X-ray
sky is also a long-time member up a new world to children unit, a psychology center,
of the Executive Council of who knew only poverty. physical therapy, and dental
Yeshiva University Women’s “We gave the boys fish and and eye treatment facilities—
Organization (YUWO). chicken every day for lunch rare services in this impover-
Ira’s continued support and dinner,” Mr. Yavarovksy ished region.
makes him a valued member said. “They had never seen Thousands of miles away,
of Wurzweiler School of Social Union more than a decade anything like this. On the first Mr. Yavarkovsky has not for-
Work’s Board of Governors, ago, that he has channeled night, they took extra food to gotten the hardships his great-
which he joined in 1986. He much of his philanthropy. their rooms, because they grandparents left behind.
also helped establish YU’s Sy As vice-chairman of the didn’t think they’d get more Reaching across the world to
Syms School of Business, and board of Tzivos Hashem, a the next day.” Russian Jewish children, he
was named a YU Guardian global Jewish youth organiza- The generosity of Mr. Yavar- has improved their quality of
for his involvement. tion, and board chairman of its kovsky and Tzivos Hashem life and kindled in them a
Mr. Yavarkovsky’s link to Russian division, he has led inspired the children to explore desire to learn more about
his past has spurred him onto many humanitarian and edu- their Jewish heritage. “After their spiritual heritage.
other philanthropic activities. cational projects in the region. the first camp, the rabbis asked His impact has not gone
As teenagers, his great-grand- “We have reached out to about us ‘What have you done to unnoticed. In 1999, YUWO
parents emigrated to the US 75,000 children in Russia and these kids? They all come to honored him at its 54th Annual
from Russia. It has been to Ukraine,” said Mr. Yavarkovsky. synagogue every Shabbat.’” Opera Benefit and Gala, and
that country, whose Jewish In 1993, moved by news A year later, they estab- in 2001, Tzivos Hashem gave
population faced poverty after coverage of bread lines, Mr. lished a girls’ Passover camp him the Joseph Papp Humani-
the collapse of the Soviet Yavarkovsky and a friend in and now hold both annually. tarian Award. ❖

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FA C U LT Y U P C L O S E

Studying the Human


Price of Poverty
B Y D AV I D H I L L S T R O M

Professor Richard Caputo is a dedicated husband. That’s how he ended up at

Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Well, one of the ways.

“I was teaching in Florida,” said Dr. Caputo. found that many adult children were either
“My wife-to-be left her teaching job in Penn- unable or unwilling to care for their aging
sylvania. We agreed whomever got a better parents. He recommended that low salaries
job first would determine where we would paid to many home health-care workers be
live. My wife got a job first. And it was in increased to attract well-trained personnel.
New York.” In addition to his work on caring for
True to his word, he frantically searched seniors, Dr. Caputo has an abiding interest
for employment in the New York area so he in the economic well-being of families. He is
could follow his fiancée to the Big Apple. conducting research into Head Start, a gov-
While visiting her in 1998, Dr. Caputo ernment project begun in 1965 “to help break
noticed an ad for a position at Wurzweiler, for the cycle of poverty by providing preschool
which he was not entirely qualified. “The job children of low-income families with a com-
was for someone with experience in Jewish prehensive program to meet their emotional,
communal service,” he said. “I figured I could social, heath, nutritional, and psychological
at least send my resumé.” Fortunately, Dean needs,” according to the US Department of
Sheldon Gelman and the Wurzweiler faculty Health and Human Services.
liked what they saw and offered Dr. Caputo a Comparing Head Start children to non-
job as a professor anyway. This year, he was Head Start children, Dr. Caputo is creating
rewarded with tenure. a portrait of the program’s effectiveness in
Much of Dr. Caputo’s research focuses on helping poor children. Thus far he has dis-
aging and poverty. He has studied the Baby covered that Head Start participants keep
Boomer generation, whose retirees will face pace with non-Head Start children in cogni-
everything from caring for children and par- tive development and behavior, measured
ents to the quality of home health care. by verbal skills and success in school. But
Researching the topic of adult daughters as Head Start children received less emotional
parental care-givers (his findings were pub- support and involvement from their parents.
lished in an article in the Journal of Family Dr. Caputo said his career in social work
and Economic Issues, 23 [1], 27-50), he discov- has two objectives: to contribute to the
ered that when it came to personal care knowledge base of social-work research and
(household chores or shopping), the women to influence public policy. He has accom-
studied were more likely to act out of true plished the former by publishing numerous
caring and concern. But when it came to articles and four scholarly books. The latter
financial assistance (paying for home health- objective is, he admits, a bit trickier. But he
care, etc.), the women he studied were more hopes that the results of his research will
concerned about possible inheritance. reach the hearts and minds of lawmakers.
“It was a mixed bag. It was not all altruism, For now, he continues to study poverty
but it was not all greed either,” Dr. Caputo said. from as many angles as possible—a chore
In another paper published in Families that requires much dedication, for which
and Society (vol. 83 [84], 355-364), Dr. Caputo Dr. Caputo has a verifiable track record. ❖

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G R A D U AT I O N 2 0 0 2

“While the world is not as it should be, we

can make it a better place. The demand 1 2


for social change gives purpose and

meaning to social workers. It is incumbent


43rd Diploma and Hooding
Ceremony, May 23, 2002
upon us to try to correct the injustice as
1. Pessy Cinner ’02
we see it, to narrow the gaps that divide
2. Amy Gross-Kirschenbaum ’02
so many groups of people, to believe in received the Dean’s Award

3. Assistant Professor Jay Sweifach ’88,’02


renewal and in the power of change, and with his daughter Orli after graduating
with his PhD
in second chances.
4. Dean Sheldon Gelman presented
Deep within the hearts of all of us who the Advocacy Award to Mary Jane
Perez-Cornielle and Jonathan Glover
graduate today, lies the knowledge, the
5. Lorna LaFortune ’02 received the
yearning, and the ability to make a differ- Edward Grupper Memorial Award
from Dean Gelman and Ruth Grupper
ence in the lives of others… 3
6. Edith Chilaka ‘02 and
As social workers, we will never reach Leah Anne Bromberg ‘02

the financial earnings of Wall Street traders.

But we are partners with God in tikkun olam

[repairing the world], and in making the

world a better place, as we shape a more

caring society, one piece at a time.”

— ESTHER COOPER ’02


student representative speaking at WSSW’s 43rd
Diploma and Hooding Ceremony, May 23, 2002

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G R A D U AT I O N 2 0 0 2

“[Wurzweiler’s] spirit…has allowed me to

look within and question the very essence

of who I am and openly share a part of

myself. It compelled me to be mindful of

the dignity and work of every human

being and to show people every single

6 day that they are important.

The encouragement of the professors

to think beyond the ordinary—to

question, to analyze and contribute to

discussions—has challenged me to

become a better professional. My field

instructor has helped me understand that

there is no generic brand of social work,

that each person and population is

7 8 unique and requires a different set of skills

25th Annual Block to help them accomplish their goals. We


Education Plan are the beneficiaries of an awesome
Commencement,
July 25, 2002 legacy, ethically helping those who trust

us to find the power to change their lives.”


7. Student representative Jeffrey
Edelstein ’02 addressed students
— BARBARA JACKSON ’02
8. David Schachne, chair of the student representative speaking at WSSW’s 43rd
WSSW Board of Governors, hoods Diploma and Hooding Ceremony, May 23, 2002
Daniele Dosch ’02

9. Hilary Sherman Rotenberg ‘02


and Eli Schwartz ’02
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PHILANTHROPY

Ms. Carlton interns at


A Chain Reaction of Compassion and Aid a clinic at Ichilov Hospital
in Tel Aviv, where she
BY ESTHER FINKLE observes family therapy
and treats patients both

N
ora Carlton and Rachel Meged, both second- as a cotherapist and on
her own. She also leads
year students of Wurzweiler’s Block Program in group therapy for terror
victims and soldiers who
Israel, are committed to helping their fellow suffer from post-traumatic
stress disorder and other
Israelis through their fieldwork activities, which include conditions.
Ms. Carlton also works

VERA ETZION
treating victims of terrorism. for Kidum Bakehila
(translated as “progress-
Wurzweiler recently awarded Ms. Carlton and Ms. Meged ing in the community”),
scholarships sponsored by the Israel Humanitarian Foundation Rachel Meged which rehabilitates
(IHF), which gave the School a $40,000 grant to assist Israeli mentally disabled indi-
students, enabling the viduals who, while not hospitalized, have difficulty functioning.
two women to complete “I assist them in whatever they have trouble with, encourage
their education. them to engage in activities, and listen to their doubts and fears,”
IHF funds medical, said Ms. Carlton.
educational, humanitar- “Being in the helping profession gives me great joy and
ian, and social-service satisfaction, and I feel privileged to be a part of it,” she added.
projects in Israel, the Prior to the Block Program, Ms. Carlton studied psychology
US, and Eastern Europe. and worked in a psychiatric ward for children in a public clinic.
Stanley Abrams, IHF There she cemented her desire to pursue social work because
executive vice president, it is “more community-oriented, hands-on, and ultimately more
said, “The IHF is inter- satisfying.” She realized that the value of social workers in
ested in Wurzweiler public service transcends the financial rewards of private
because it supports practice.
VERA ETZION

education, fills a social Ms. Meged interns at a state-funded mental health clinic in
need, and assists both Rishon L’Zion, a town seven miles southeast of Tel Aviv. “This
Americans and Israelis.” is a wonderful opportunity for me to gain diverse experience
Nora Carlton Mr. Abrams under- in case management,” she said. “The center serves an incredibly
scored the foundation’s varied population in terms of problems, types of referrals,
concern for those affected by violence in Israel and endorsed socio-economic situations, and methods of treatment.” Like
Ms. Carlton and Ms. Meged’s steadfast service. Ms. Carlton, Ms. Meged has taken great interest in treating
terror victims who inundate the clinic. “It is important for me
to help Israelis during one of the country’s most difficult peri-
Wurzweiler Capital Campaign to Support Scholarships ods. Caring for this population is the best defense against the
hopelessness and helplessness of the situation.”
During her first year in the Block Program, Ms. Meged
Goal: $5 million and 100% alumni participation worked at Be’er Ya’akov Mental Health Care Center, a home for
Raised as of December 31: $3,116,525 Holocaust survivors with psychiatric histories, 10 miles from
❖ Rishon L’Zion. There she provided case management and
By providing scholarships, we can attract the highest quality therapy with four of the home’s residents.
students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Ultimately, “This profession enables me to reach out to such a wide
we enhance Wurzweiler’s regional and national position as an range of people,” Ms. Meged said. She is grateful that IHF “enables
outstanding school of social work. To learn more about the capable people to complete their education, thereby creating
campaign or to make a contribution, please contact Leslie a new generation of social workers who are providing care so
Waltzer Pollak, director of development for Wurzweiler School greatly needed in Israel.”
of Social Work, at 212-960-0872, lpollak@ymail.yu.edu, The IHF scholarship, in her words, “sets in motion a chain
or 500 West 185th Street, BH 726, New York, NY 10033. reaction of compassion and aid” carried out by students dedi-
cated to improving people’s lives in meaningful ways. ❖

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CLASS NOTES

David Goldman, the WSSW Board in 1985 YU to mount a nationwide Sue Freedman ’74W, a geriatric social
Longtime Supporter and was elected treasurer ad campaign to attract worker in Israel, was presented with
of Wurzweiler, Dies in 1987. In 1989, he and his new students. an Outstanding Social Worker Award
wife were honored at a Mr. Goldman’s will also by Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert for
Wurzweiler dinner that led provides for a generous her work with volunteers.
to the establishment of the unrestricted gift to Dr. Rosa Perla (Resnick) Helfgot ’76W
Muriel and David Goldman Wurzweiler to support participated in the Research Forum
Scholarship Fund. the School’s operations. on Aging, Valencia, Spain. She also
Through their generosity, A resident of Fort Lee, authored an article, “Memories of
eight financially deserv- NJ, Mr. Goldman was a Brazil,” in 120 HIAS (Hebrew Immi-
ing students are selected founder of the Evans Rule grants Aid Society) Stories in celebration
as Goldman Scholars Company, a manufacturer of the 120th anniversary of the estab-
each year. of measuring instruments, lishment of HIAS.
“One of the unique which was later sold to a Amy (Herskowitz) Katz ’78W is executive
aspects about David Gold- major conglomerate. director of the Rabbi Joseph B. Solo-
man, in addition to his He was a vice presi- veitchik Institute, an educational and
long-term commitment, dent of the United Jewish leadership institute in Brookline, MA.
David Goldman, a leading was his vision for the Community of Bergen David Ribner Y,B,R,’74W and wife Mindy
supporter of Wurzweiler school,” said Dr. Sheldon County and North Hudson, (Ganz) ’74S,R celebrated the marriage
School of Social Work and Gelman, Dorothy and a president of the Jewish of daughter Avital to Itiel Oron. They
founding member of the David I. Schachne Dean. Center of Teaneck, a live in Jerusalem.
School’s Board of Gover- In 1992, the Goldmans founder of Bergen County’s Dina (Roemer) S,’79W and husband
nors, died in June 2002. He made a large contribution State of Israel Bond cam- Shaya Wexler ’74Y,B,R celebrated the
and his late wife, Muriel, of funds to assist Yeshiva paign, and a member of marriage of daughter Tehila to Jeremy
were YU Guardians who University in attracting the national board of the Gimpel. Dina lives in Efrat, Israel.
supported many initiatives students to Wurzweiler United Jewish Appeal, pre- Mazal tov to grandparents Rabbi Shlomo
at Wurzweiler. and to increase the School’s decessor of today’s United Wexler YH,’49Y,R and wife Chaya of
Mr. Goldman joined visibility. That gift enabled Jewish Communities. ❖ Har Nof.
Arje Shaw ’70W executive director of
YM-YWHA of Raritan Valley, Highland
Park, NJ, opens his play Magic Hands
1960s Freddy, about an Italian family, at the
Jerome A. Chanes ’64Y, WSSW adjunct Carol in Irvine, CA, and has two off-Broadway theater Soho Playhouse
professor, delivered seminars at children and a grandchild. in the spring.
Columbia and Yale universities, and Abe Siegelman Y,’63W and wife Doris Roslyn (Balitsky) Shultz ’72W is director
lectured at Oxford University. His celebrated the birth of granddaughter of 147 Elder Street, a new private
recent publications include a book, Eliana to Lisa (Siegelman) YH,’89S and residence for Jewish patients with
A Dark Side of History: Anti-Semitism Uri Lazar ’89Y. Alzheimer’s disease and other demen-
Through the Ages, and several op-ed Terry Zalma ’67W celebrated the birth tia, in Toronto. She is also chief execu-
articles and reviews in the English- of granddaughter Shandra Lorraine tive officer of its parent health care
language Forward. He gave courses on and daughter Alysa Dawn Back’s grad- company, SageCare.
the history of anti-Semitism and on uation with honors from her medical Joel Weiss ’75W stepped down as exec-
anti-Semitism in the US at the JCC of residency program. utive director, Jewish Fed. of Greater
Manhattan, and his review of Chaim Springfield, MA. He plans to start his
Waxman’s Jewish Baby Boomers own fund-raising consulting business.
appeared in American Jewish History. 1970s Miriam (Glassner) Zucker ’71W runs her
He has been named a member of the Gary J. Bomzer ’79W is executive direc- own practice, Directions in Aging,
Academic Council of the American tor, Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Com- which provides geriatric consultation
Jewish Historical Society. munity Center, North Miami Beach, FL. and care management services in
Max B. Greenwald ’62W, a colonel in the Jill Elliot ’78W opened a veterinary Westchester, NY, and Fairfield, CT.
US Army and a parole administrator practice at The Ritz Canine, a luxury Francine Schweiger ’92W has been work-
with the California Department of hotel and day spa for dogs and cats in ing there since 1998. Miriam cofounded
Corrections, has retired. He is a rating Manhattan. the Certificate Program in Professional
specialist for the Department of Judith G. Ellman ’79W has her own Geriatric Care Management in con-
Veterans’ Affairs. He lives with wife practice in Hackensack, NJ. junction with the Brookdale Center on

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Aging, Hunter College. She serves as Laura (Kamil) Hall ’80W presented a work- Park Youth Consortium. He lives with
an instructor in the program and lives shop on “Meditation as an Individual wife Jennifer McCray and daughter
with her family in New Rochelle, NY. Tool and an Adjunct to Psychotherapy,” Hannah in Evanston, IL.
North Carolina National Association of Cornelia (Lipscomb) Martin ’89W runs an
Social Workers (NCNASW) Fall Con- adult education program in North
1980s ference, Wrightsville Beach, NC. She Carolina.
Rabbi Moshe Berliner ’81W,F,R and wife would love to hear from her fellow Andrea (Ebert) Matlaw ’83W is coordina-
Shelley (Billauer) ’82S,B have a new WSSW alumni. tor of social services at a skilled nurs-
grandson, Yosef Yaakov, born to Michal Uri Jaffe ’86W is director, Volunteer ing facility for the elderly in Nahariyya,
and Yonatan Berliner. Bureau at the Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Munici- Israel, where she works with many
Danny Ehrlich Y,B,’88W and wife Batya pality. He sends regards to his former former citizens of the Soviet Union. She
celebrated the bar mitzvah of son Rafi classmates and welcomes all Wurzweiler lives with husband Ethan and three
in Efrat, Israel. School of Social Work alumni who visit children in the Western Galilee. She
Bayla Gold ’82W and husband Rabbi Tel Aviv to volunteer with the munici- would love to hear from her WSSW
Sholom Gold ’54Y,R of Har Nof, pality. He can be emailed at classmates.
Israel, celebrated the birth of a msuj@mscc.huji.ac.il. Adelaida Montemayor ’80W has been
granddaughter. William Kaplan ’87W is founder and elected region representative, AZ, LA,
Rev. Francis Gunn ’88W was appointed clinical director, House Calls Counsel- NM, TX, to the National Association of
pastor of St. Joseph’s in East Rutherford, ing, a human services company in Social Workers’ board of directors. She
NJ. An EMT and certified trauma spe- Chicago and neighboring communities is a school social worker for the Lubbock
cialist, Rev. Gunn was part of a crisis that provides individual, couple, and Independent School District, TX. She
intervention team that visited New York family counseling at home. He taught is also a board member of Lubbock
City firehouses after September 11. a child welfare course as a part-time Children’s Health Center and Lubbock
He continues to minister to firemen at instructor at Loyola University in County General Assistance, and serves
Ladder 25 on Manhattan’s Upper Chicago, and is on the advisory boards, on United Way committees.

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West Side. Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and Rogers Gail Prystowsky ’87W is codirector,
Geriatric Resource Services, a private
S O M E F R E Q U E N T LY A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S A B O U T Y O U R A S S O C I AT I O N geriatric care management practice in
northern NJ and NY.
WHAT IS THE WURZWEILER ALUMNI THE WURZWEILER ALUMNI Joseph Rothstein Y,’82W and wife Molly
ASSOCIATION? The Wurzweiler ASSOCIATION MISSION STATEMENT
(Goodman) ’78S celebrated the mar-
Alumni Association is a professional The Alumni Association will endeavor
organization serving Wurzweiler to enrich the lives of Wurzweiler School riage of daughter Shifra Chana ’02S to
alumni throughout their social work of Social Work graduates by providing Ariel Penkower ’00Y.
careers. It also serves as a resource
for current students, faculty, and
administrators.

WHO IS A MEMBER? Every Wurz-


weiler graduate is a member of
the Association.

ALUMNI BENEFITS Your Wurzweiler


Alumni Association membership
entitles you to
■ Use the Wurzweiler Career
Development Office
■ Use the Wurzweiler listserve and
other Internet resources
■ Receive invitations to Wurzweiler
and YU special events
■ Participate in career enhance-
ment and networking opportunities
?educational, social, and networking
opportunities in various venues. It
will enhance the spirit of fellowship
and school loyalty while promoting
the general welfare of the
Wurzweiler community.
The Alumni Association will
support the mission of the School by
serving alumni working within the
Jewish community and the greater
society. It will promote pride in the
Wurzweiler tradition and provide
programs that celebrate the growing
diversity of the School.

To become further involved,


please contact Adam M. Greenwald,
director of alumni affairs, at 212-960-5373
or at agreenwa@ymail.yu.edu
Dr. Jay Sweifach ’88W,’02W, WSSW assis-
tant professor, released a third album
of music, On Second Avenue, with his
band Hester Street Troupe, which
plays Klezmer and Yiddish music. He
plays instrumental keyboard.
Marc Terrill ’88W was appointed president
of The Associated: Jewish Community
Federation of Baltimore. He served as
executive vice president since 1998.

1990s
Stacy (Abroms) ’99W and Ari Bandler
Y,’99W announce the birth of son
Gadi Binyamin in Columbus, OH.
Tzippi (Chiger) YH,’93W and Adam
Rosen ’89C announce the birth of

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son Michael Jeremy. Mazal tov also
to Eleanor Chiger, office manager
at Yeshiva University Museum, and
husband Rabbi Jacob Chiger.

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Andrea (Pressman) Cohen ’95W social worker at Pioneer Memorial
announces the birth of second son Hospice, serving clients in their homes
Jacob Samuel. She is president, CAMP in two counties in rural North Central
Consultants, a firm specializing in the Oregon. Previously, he worked as the
development of children’s camping program director, Tri-County Early
programs for organizations and resorts. Education, a rural Head Start Program
Tomás Cruz ’93W is educational coordi- in the same area.
nator with responsibility for student Narcisa Toledo-Akay ’97W is working as
field placement coordination at the a bilingual social worker, Committee
Institute for Community Living, on Special Ed., District 30, Queens, NY.
Brooklyn, NY. Yaakov Zev YH,Y,R,’99W and wife
Michael Feinman ’94W is director of Chany celebrated the bat mitzvah of
development at the Anti-Defamation granddaughter Sara Chaya.
League, New York Region.
Richard Gins ’95W published Subway
Riders, (below), a book of ink drawings 2000s
done on the NYC subway between 1983 Aimee Goodman ’01W was appointed the Craig Cohen ’00 and his wife, Arielle Levites,
and 1998. first full-time development director, in Indian dress, at the JCC in Bombay
Atlanta YAD, the Jewish Young Adult
agency. Previously, she worked in the Craig Cohen ’00W worked as a JDC
fund-raising department of the Jewish (American Jewish Joint Distribution
Federation of Greater Atlanta. Committee) Jewish Service Corps
Aleeza (Maslow) S,’01W and husband volunteer in India, 2000–2001. The
Rabbi Natanel Lebowitz YH,’97Y,R had JDC sent Craig and his wife, Arielle
their first child, Gavriella Rena, in Levites, to Bombay as part of its efforts
Jerusalem. to assist the local community with the
creation of new educational and cul-
tural programs; development of social
Lyudmila (Levy) Leviyeva ’99W is a social Condolences to services to the elderly, ill, and poor;
worker in outpatient psychiatry at Tomás Cruz ’93W on the loss of his and the training of India’s next genera-
Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx older brother, Francisco Cruz, in the tion of communal leaders. Craig
and an adjunct professor, department Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World played a key role, running weekly
of social sciences, Mercy College, NY. Trade Center. activity groups with residents at the
Tania Lewis ’97W married Jonathan Dr. Jonathan Fast ’99W assistant profes- nursing home and initiating a teen
Center at the Altneu Synagogue in sor, on the loss of his father Howard group at the Jewish Community Center.
Prague. They live in Toronto, Canada. Fast, the novelist. Since Craig’s return to the US, the
Michele Rose ’90W is a training and activities of these groups are flourishing.
control analyst, Kentucky Psycho- We Mourn “Working in India enriched my
analytic Institute, Louisville. She is on Rabbi Stanley Greenberg YH,Y,’54W,R in social work skills tremendously. I
the clinical faculty in the department June ’02. Condolences to his children. experienced a lot of culture shock
of psychiatry, Vanderbilt University during the first six months as I tried
School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. to understand how best to communi-
K E Y TO S C H O O L A B B R E V I AT I O N S
Beverly Schneider ’95W is a psychoana- cate with my clients,” said Craig.
lyst serving her second term on the A Albert Einstein College of Medicine • AG Azrieli “But the group work skills I learnt at
board of the National Psychological Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administra- Wurzweiler helped me to assess the
Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). tion • BG Belfer Graduate School of Sciences needs of the community and then cre-
She volunteered as a crisis counselor BSJM Belz School of Jewish Music • B Bernard Revel ate programs to answer those needs.”
Graduate School of Jewish Studies • CTI Cantorial
at Pier 94 for victims of the World Trade Craig is a social worker with the
Training Institute • C Cardozo School of Law
Center disaster. She published an article, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s
F Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • R Rabbi
“A Letter to Family and Friends, Septem- Services at an outpatient mental health
Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary • S Stern College
ber 13, 2001, New York City,” in The for Women • SG Sue Golding Graduate Division of
clinic in the Bronx. He works with
Journal of Religion and Health (vol. 14, Medical Sciences • SB Sy Syms School of Business children, adolescents, and adults in
no. 1, Spring 2002). T Teachers Institute • T Teachers Institute for Women individual, family, and group settings.
Paul Smith ’94W earned his license in W Wurzweiler School of Social Work • Y Yeshiva Craig is also a first-year student in
clinical social work (LCSW) and is a College • YH Yeshiva University High Schools Wurzweiler’s PhD program.

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OPINION

An Anchor to His Art


A R J E S H AW ’ 7 0 family, secrets, anger, forgive- social work practices are very
Executive director, YM-YWHA ness, and recovery of fathers similar. I used my social work
of Raritan Valley, NJ and sons. skills to enhance my writing,
When I was raising money and I translated every aspect
for the Broadway production of my creative process into

W
hen I started of my play, the board of clinical terms. As a social
directors at the YM-YWHA of worker, you learn about trust,
writing plays Raritan Valley, NJ, where I relationships, defenses, vul-
worked, offered to invest. I nerability, and tolerance. I
in my mid-40s, cautioned them that this was brought all those dynamics
high risk. They said, “An into the theater. In plays, every
it was a desperate attempt opening on Broadway—it’s character must be written
worth it!” I said, “I’m not Mel sympathetically. You must
to leave social work. After Brooks. This is not The Pro- care about them and get the
ducers. This is a serious play audience to empathize with
two decades of running about the Holocaust.” They them. Like social work clients,
said, “Even better!” there are circumstances in the
community centers, It was exhilarating, but it characters’ lives that make
was not real. Early on in the them who they are.
dealing with budgets, production of my play, The
Gathering, I met with design-
buildings, and boards, I had ers, directors, actors, general
managers, and press agents.
“The most valuable
had enough. But what I knew I could write, so one After the meeting, I thought,
day out of the blue, I said, “I “This is all a figment of my lesson I learned
could I do? think I’ll write a play, make imagination. The whole thing
lots of money, become suc- is going to crash!” during my studies
cessful, and leave the field.” But it didn’t. That’s because
But a funny thing happened I had an anchor—a family who
on the way to the theater: the loved and supported me, and
at Wurzweiler:
very thing that was making a job with real problems and
me crazy became the thing real solutions. My job as exec- how to work
that kept me sane, focused, utive director of the Y grew
and, most important, solvent.
I began my new creative
more appealing to me. We had
concrete responsibilities: hot
with people.”
venture with a passion that lunches for seniors, kids in
still sustains me. For 10 years nursery, after-school programs About two years ago, I stood
straight, I woke at 3 am, wrote for working parents, day on the stage of Broadway’s
till 7 am, showered, dressed, camp, scholarships, and more Court Theater on the opening
and went to work, came home than 100 employees who de- night of my play, which took
at 7 pm, and wrote till mid- pended on the center for a job. 10 years to write and two
night. I was consumed. I hardly Managing a play is a pro- years to produce. I realized my
slept, but was rarely tired. duction, but managing a Y is dream, but I also had a deep-
My day job and writing be- a new production every day. er appreciation of my reality,
gan to flow together. As one It was at this time that I real- the foundations of which
went, so did the other. When ized the most valuable lesson were laid at Wurzweiler. ❖
people ask me what I did, I I learned during my studies
said, “I do numbers during at Wurzweiler: how to work This is an excerpt from Arje Shaw’s
the day and make up stories with people. commencement address at Wurzweiler’s
at night.” I wrote about love, Writing plays and good May 2002 graduation.

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