Judge Sotomayor continues to protect Yeshiva University’s religious identity

For immediate release: September 9, 2022

Media contact: Hanan Eisenman | hanan.eisenman@yu.edu | 714-794-4288

WASHINGTON — Judge Sotomayor has just ruled that Yeshiva University, America’s flagship Jewish university, can continue to carry out its religious mission without government interference. Today’s decision remains a prior decision of the New York County Trial Court and protects Yeshiva’s First Amendment rights and its ability to conduct its internal affairs in accordance with its religious values.

“We are pleased with Judge Sotomayor’s decision which protects our religious freedom and our identity as a leading faith-based academic institution,” said Rabbi Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University. “But make no mistake, we will continue to strive to create an environment that welcomes all students, including those in our LGBTQ community. We remain committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue with our students, rabbis, and faculty about how best to ensure an inclusive campus for all students in accordance with our Torah values.

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University is the nation’s flagship Jewish university that empowers its students to apply Torah values ​​to the world through education. The University is the primary expression of the Torah Umadda philosophy in the United States, which advocates participation in secular culture in accordance with Torah values.

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About Yeshiva University:

As a flagship Jewish university, Yeshiva University is driven by its five core Torah values: Truth (Torat Emet), Life (Torat Chaim), Infinite Human Worth (Torat Adam), Compassion (Torat Chesed) and redemption (Torat Zion). Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York campuses: Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools—Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business—offer a unique dual curriculum consisting of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliated schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and

Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Katz School of Science and Health and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the leading academic institutions in the country.

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