Founded in 1886, only a few years after the first wave of Eastern European Jewish immigrants reached the shores of New York City, Yeshiva University is one of the leading Jewish institutions for higher education in nation. Yeshiva was born out of the Etz Chaim school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan which provided a traditional Jewish education mixed with basic liberal arts - a practice known as Torah Umadda (Torah and secular knowledge).
Today, Yeshiva is comprised of several undergraduate and graduate schools, including Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School for Business, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Student housing and college housing at Yeshiva revolves around the school's four New York City campuses and a location in Jerusalem, Israel. Students participating in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program allow students to live abroad while directly learning about Israeli culture, history and people.
Student living and university living at Yeshiva include the school's NCAA athletics teams, known as the Maccabees. The university's location in New York City also provides students with direct access to the city's various cultural and entertainment centers such as Central Park, SoHo, Little Italy, Times Square, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium.
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