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Yeshiva University

500 W. 185th St., New York, NY 10033 40.850488 -73.929232
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The first university in America under Jewish auspices, Yeshiva was founded after a merger between a Lower East Side seminary and a Jewish elementary school in 1915. Moving to its current main campus in Washington Heights shortly after, Yeshiva eventually phased out the elementary school, expanded its spiritual-education program, and implemented a liberal-arts curriculum, thus earning university accreditation in 1945. To this day, Yeshiva operates under the mission of Torah Umadda, which combines Jewish teachings with general academic study, at its three undergraduate and seventeen graduate and professional schools. Yeshiva spans four campuses throughout the city, but the Wilf campus in Washington Heights remains its main location, housing many of its classrooms and administrative offices, as well as David H. Zysman Hall, a Gothic structure that stands as the campus's focal point. Yeshiva's undergraduate programs are divided by gender, while male and female grad students attend classes in the same room. (Graduate students are also not required to take Judaic Studies classes, while undergrads are.) Other aspects of student life remain deeply rooted in Jewish traditions, as well, such as kosher dining halls and weekly Shabbat services and meals that draw hundreds of participants.


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