Yeshiva University Journal of the Arts

Yeshiva University Journal of the Arts A student-run publication dedicated to giving a voice to Yeshiva University's creative community.

Since 2009, Yeshiva University's Journal of the Arts has published the best student art and writing. The journal aims to showcase student expression and promote the arts at Yeshiva University. Contact us at [email protected]

"The poem I performed in the talent show, the opening of it talks about when I got anti-Semitic hate mail on the interne...
02/17/2020

"The poem I performed in the talent show, the opening of it talks about when I got anti-Semitic hate mail on the internet and it was really shaking. It stayed with me for a while and years later I actually ended up writing that poem. That was just in reaction to the fact that Jews are kind of badass and we get bashed down a lot, but we stand back up and that’s something I’m really passionate about. That was actually my first real poetry slam that I ever wrote and what got me into poetry slam.

I started writing slam poetry in my senior year of high school. This poem is actually a very old poem but it just felt really apropos in light of all the antisemitism that's been happening recently, because when things get tough it is really hard to remember that we are tougher. I was talking to my mom and she was saying that with all the attacks that have been happening and all the hate that's been happening it might be good to bring it back and to remind people that we are not as weak as people think we are. We stay strong and we continue and we are a lot more powerful than we think we are and than other people think we are.

I think, for me, poetry in general is an outlet. I can always just feel my brain is calmer when I get something down on paper. It takes the words out from buzzing inside my head and putting them down in front of me and makes them cohesive and something that I can see and process. It's become a really important part of my life, because it functions in a way almost like a therapy for me where everything in the world is always so cacophonous, and this is like peace and calm within the storm and that I find really powerful."

- Eli Azizollahoff, SCW ‘20, English Journalism Major, Teaneck, NJ

"There were several points throughout my life when I expressed interest in a career in theater, but I was very quickly t...
02/10/2020

"There were several points throughout my life when I expressed interest in a career in theater, but I was very quickly told that it simply wasn't possible for an observant Jew, especially not an observant Jewish girl. I realized that I loved the theater so much that it didn't matter to me that the professional theater world was relatively uncharted territory for Orthodox women. I wanted it badly enough that I would find a way to make it work. It was definitely a difficult decision; it means that I'm alone on my academic pathway, and I have to fight for every class and coordinate with 2 different schools and 4 or 5 different departments. The lack of resources and precedent is frustrating, but I think it's worth the extra effort to be able to study and build a career in something I love.

One of my favorite things that is really unique to theater in particular is how much the experience is shared. With a novel or a painting, there is generally one artist putting forth the work and one consumer encountering it at a time; but theater is both created by a large group and experienced by a large group. There's something really special about so many different people with different skills collaborating to bring one piece to life, and so many different people coming together to experience it. It fosters a sense of community by creating connections between the artists, technicians, managers, staff, and audience members."

- Sarit Perl, SCW '21, Theater Major, Woodmere, NY

"Being a film major in Stern is definitely a conversation starter. Whenever people find out what I’m majoring in they’re...
02/03/2020

"Being a film major in Stern is definitely a conversation starter. Whenever people find out what I’m majoring in they’re like “What? Stern offers that?” I chose to major in film because I love everything about the filmmaking process, but my focus is on film editing because the editing style can really make or break a movie. It might just be me, but good editing is so important for a film. I’ve noticed that there are some films that are just boring because of the way they are edited, and then I’ll see a documentary about whales that has me on the edge of my seat because of how intriguing the editing is."

- Tamar Ciment, SCW '20, Film Major, Hollywood, FL

“I wrote a 64 page story titled ‘Modern Ecstasy,’ which follows the beginning and end of a relationship between two indi...
01/27/2020

“I wrote a 64 page story titled ‘Modern Ecstasy,’ which follows the beginning and end of a relationship between two individuals over a nearly 3 year period. When I started to write the story, I felt that I would take it to about 25 or 30 pages at the longest, but as I kept writing, I felt that I had more to say. At a certain point, length became an afterthought to the content. The way that I look at it is that the story writes itself; I'm just the method of getting it out there.

I think if there is one thing I would want readers to take away when they finish reading the story is to relate to the characters on a deeper level. I really tried to make the characters universal. A reader may be going through a situation similar to that depicted in the story and to read something that they can relate to or help them understand that they aren't alone in their struggles can be helpful to them. I'd say that like moving on from situations, writing is never linear, and I would encourage anyone to just get their feelings out there even if it is just for themselves. Whether it's a poem, story or a journal entry, just write it all down, there'll always be someone listening to your voice, even if it's just ourselves.”

- Josh Leichter, YC ‘21, Political Science Major, Los Angeles, CA

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“I’m having this concert, which I named 'This is Satire' because I much prefer playing my own songs over those of other ...
01/06/2020

“I’m having this concert, which I named 'This is Satire' because I much prefer playing my own songs over those of other artists. This will be my first show under my stage name Joe Rosenbran since 2016 and my first ever concert playing my own music. Most of my original songs are lyrically inspired by personal experience and spiritual struggle.

I’ve had stage fright since 2nd grade, so performing in front of any number audience members is always nerve-racking. But performing my songs is, at the same time, my favorite thing about the writing process. I’m happy with, and very excited by what I’m doing now and with the progress I’m making toward becoming a successful recording artist.”

- Yosef Rosenfield, YC ‘21, Music Major, Boston, MA

Check out Yosef Rosenfield performing his original songs at the back to school concert on January 23rd at 8:00pm in the Schottenstein Theater. Free admission.

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"My senior project was a ‘3D-like’ portrait of me and my mother, titled ‘Part of You, Part of Me.’ While looking at the ...
12/30/2019

"My senior project was a ‘3D-like’ portrait of me and my mother, titled ‘Part of You, Part of Me.’ While looking at the print through the blue gel of handmade 3d glasses you can see a clear picture of me and through the red gel you can see a clear picture of my mom.

It all started with one word that I wanted to investigate that lead to a few words: Memory, Family, Generations and Legacy. I looked at archives of my own family, then I thought about the importance of generations. How important my role, as the only daughter of my parents I have to bring to the future and make our ultimate legacy.

I was looking at old pictures of my parents, dissecting their youth and lifestyle to see if I can relate, if I do any of the same things they do. Even how they pose, look and smile at the camera.

I learned to accept the attributes I clench from my parents, the good and the bad. However, my mission, as part of their legacy, is to refine those attributes.

But no matter where I go, or what I choose, and what changes I wish to do, I want my parents to know that I will always be a part of them and they will always be a part of me."

- Karen-Lynn Amouyal, SCW '19, Studio Art Major, Montreal, QC Canada

If you haven't had a chance to look through the second issue of YUJA, here's a sneak peek. Make sure to check out the fu...
12/27/2019
Yeshiva University Journal of the Arts

If you haven't had a chance to look through the second issue of YUJA, here's a sneak peek.

Make sure to check out the full issue at yeshivaarts.com.

Yesterday, YUJA invited YU students to explore the newly renovated MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, where we perused the g...
12/26/2019

Yesterday, YUJA invited YU students to explore the newly renovated MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, where we perused the galleries and took in artworks spanning from the very beginnings of modernism to the latest contemporary artists. Thanks to everyone who came and made this visit a success!

Issue No. 2 is now live! "Here" shares stories from YU's LGBTQ students through art, photography, poetry, writing, and m...
12/24/2019

Issue No. 2 is now live! "Here" shares stories from YU's LGBTQ students through art, photography, poetry, writing, and more.

Check it out at http://www.yeshivaarts.com

“I chose to take inspiration from pop culture that I have always felt connected to. Many of my references are musicians,...
12/23/2019

“I chose to take inspiration from pop culture that I have always felt connected to. Many of my references are musicians, artists and performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Miley Cyrus, Queen and Chance the Rapper. I find listening to their music while working allows me to get into the mindset that is conducive for this type of creativity.

I feel very privileged to be able to have my major be a passion of mine. People are often discouraged from studying and aspiring to work in a field that is so competitive and difficult to be successful in, but that is total bullsh*t. Art is an important part of culture and life itself. If you are a creative person, it is imperative that you find an outlet to express that creativity.”

- Yael Frank, SCW ‘20, Studio Art Major, Hollywood, Florida

YU student and stand-up comic SJ Tannenbaum reflects on  his experience performing at YUJA's Open Mic Night in his artic...
12/22/2019
Why Everyone Should Try Stand-Up Comedy - The YU Observer

YU student and stand-up comic SJ Tannenbaum reflects on his experience performing at YUJA's Open Mic Night in his article for The YU Observer​, where he argues that everyone should try stand up comedy.

Check it out here: https://yuobserver.org/2019/12/why-everyone-should-try-stand-up-comedy/

By SJ Tannenbaum Recently, I attended an “Open-Mic Night” event held at the Beren Campus, which was an unbelievable experience for me. Students from both YC and Stern got a chance to read poetry, stories, and songs, and share many kinds of personal artistry in front of their fellow students and ...

Hadassah Penn, YUJA's Non-Fiction Editor, profiled YU student Molly Meisels and her work in LGBTQ advocacy at YU in a pi...
12/20/2019
UNDER PRESSURE

Hadassah Penn, YUJA's Non-Fiction Editor, profiled YU student Molly Meisels and her work in LGBTQ advocacy at YU in a piece recently published by Mission Magazine.

Check it out here: http://missionmag.org/under-pressure/

Molly Meisels Talks Labels, Identity, and Being “100% Queer”. By Hadassah Penn. Molly started questioning her sexuality at 12 years old, but, like many queer kids growing

Support the arts on campus by seeing Stern College Dramatics Society’s moving production of Defying Gravity in its final...
12/19/2019

Support the arts on campus by seeing Stern College Dramatics Society’s moving production of Defying Gravity in its final performance, tonight, December 19 at 7:45 in the Schottenstein Theater.

Get tickets now before they sell out: scds.ticketleap.com/defyinggravity/

That moment when there are only 40 tickets left for the final performance of Defying Gravity! BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE WE SELL OUT!! scds.ticketleap.com/defyinggravity/

Come see Sarit Perl play Elizabeth in our final performance tonight at 7:45! Sarit Perl is the second student in SCW history to pursue a major in theater which is fitting since she has been pegged as a “drama queen” from a young age. When she's not acting, directing, or designing, Sarit enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to show tunes, and standing in rush ticket lines at Broadway theaters.

12/18/2019
WYUR - Yeshiva University Radio

WYUR, Yeshiva University’s radio station, will be back up and running for the Spring semester. Check out this promotional video and stay tuned for the upcoming semester.

After some inSANE technical difficulties, WYUR will be back up and running for the spring semester! Keep an eye (and ear) out for emails regarding board positions, show times and all things WYUR from our station manager, Raphael Alcabes!

The students of Yeshiva College's "Parisian Views" course spent the semester exploring New York City as the 19th-century...
12/17/2019

The students of Yeshiva College's "Parisian Views" course spent the semester exploring New York City as the 19th-century French poets and writers did Paris, and documenting their examination of New York's urban spectacle through their own photography and writing.

A gallery featuring their works will be on display on the first floor of the Gottesman Library. Join them for the gallery opening at 12PM this Friday, December 20th to hear more about their work, or stop by the Gottesman Library any time afterwards to view the gallery.

"I love the idea of putting your heart into something and giving it all your energy. Monet is one of the most challengin...
12/16/2019

"I love the idea of putting your heart into something and giving it all your energy. Monet is one of the most challenging characters I’ve ever had to play, with that being said he’s one of my favorites and I have grown so much as an actress through him!"

- Leah Golda Schewitz, SSSB Management and Stategy Major, East London, South Africa

Come support Leah in SCDS's production of Defying Gravity which is running this week in the Schottenstein theater.

Calling all INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC ARTISTS!  YU is collecting art from international AND domestic current students f...
11/12/2019

Calling all INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC ARTISTS!

YU is collecting art from international AND domestic current students for an “International Pop-Up Gallery” for International Education Week, which is November 18-22.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. We want to showcase the diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment at YU!

The art can be submitted from any international student OR any domestic student who has art that has been inspired by something international. It can be music, a painting, photography, etc. There will be a gallery at both Wilf and Beren.

If you’re interested in showcasing your work, please email [email protected]

Missing the summer sun? Get your fix with Meira Axelrod's piece, Summertime, featured in Issue No. 1 of YUJA.yeshivaarts...
10/06/2019

Missing the summer sun? Get your fix with Meira Axelrod's piece, Summertime, featured in Issue No. 1 of YUJA.

yeshivaarts.com/issue-1/fine-art

To a new year filled with amazing art and self-expression. Shana Tova from YUJA!
09/29/2019

To a new year filled with amazing art and self-expression. Shana Tova from YUJA!

Read Kesser Frankiel's poem "Role Models" in the poetry section of YUJA's first issue.yeshivaarts.com/issue-1/poetry/rol...
09/25/2019

Read Kesser Frankiel's poem "Role Models" in the poetry section of YUJA's first issue.

yeshivaarts.com/issue-1/poetry/role-models-kesser-frankiel/

We hope you've been enjoying our first issue. Meet the team of dedicated editors who put it all together!Read the first ...
09/24/2019

We hope you've been enjoying our first issue. Meet the team of dedicated editors who put it all together!

Read the first issue of YUJA now at yeshivaarts.com.

The first digital issue of Yeshiva University Journal of the Arts is live! Check out amazing fine art, photography, writ...
09/22/2019

The first digital issue of Yeshiva University Journal of the Arts is live! Check out amazing fine art, photography, writing, music, and more from talented YU students at yeshivaarts.com

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09/11/2019

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09/11/2019

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Looking for a good book to read during this "snow day"?Our photography co-editor, Aryeh Korman, recommends you try Edwar...
03/07/2018

Looking for a good book to read during this "snow day"?

Our photography co-editor, Aryeh Korman, recommends you try Edward Wilson's "Letters to a Young Scientist" ❄️

Submissions closing soon! But you can make it! Submit your pieces/work to the yeshivaarts@gmail.com now! In between clas...
01/29/2018

Submissions closing soon! But you can make it!

Submit your pieces/work to the [email protected] now! In between classes! (or during 😉, we wont tell 🤫)

This is your chance to get your work PUBLISHED!

Meet our editorial staff for the 2017-2018 Journal of Fine Arts!Poetry Section: Judy Leserman & Avi HirschFiction: Sarah...
12/11/2017

Meet our editorial staff for the 2017-2018 Journal of Fine Arts!

Poetry Section: Judy Leserman & Avi Hirsch
Fiction: Sarah Casteel & Gideon Turk
Fine Art: Michal Neiman & Ari Hoffman
Creative Non-Fiction: Matthew Haller & Estee Lichtenstein
Photography: Molly Meisels & Aryeh Korman

Co-Editors in Chief: Masha Shollar, Neta Chizhik & Rebecca Kerzner

Learn more: https://yujfa.com/about/2017-editorial-staff/

Very excited to announce the official launch of the 2017-2018 Yeshiva University Journal of Fine Arts! Interested in sub...
11/29/2017

Very excited to announce the official launch of the 2017-2018 Yeshiva University Journal of Fine Arts!

Interested in submitting fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, fine art and/or photography?

Submit to: [email protected]

(Want to see this mural up close and in person? Check it out in the 245 Lex Lounge!)

08/27/2017
Literary Map | Brooklyn Public Library

Looking for a Sunday activity? Take a literary walking tour of Brooklyn!

We’re launching the next generation of the BPL online catalog on August 28, 2017. Learn more! Content (booklist, shelves, ratings, comments) created in our current catalog, between now and August 28, will not migrate to our new catalog. All BPL locations will be closed Saturday, September 2 through...

Still need a copy of the Journal?245 Lobby has you covered!
05/24/2017

Still need a copy of the Journal?

245 Lobby has you covered!

Hot off the press! The Journal is now available for pickup throughout the Wilf Campus!On the Beren Campus tonight? No pr...
05/22/2017

Hot off the press! The Journal is now available for pickup throughout the Wilf Campus!
On the Beren Campus tonight? No problem! They'll be available this evening in the 245 Lobby!

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