A reunion for Yeshiva University High School graduates will take place on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10 AM, at the YU Gruss Center in Jerusalem. Some 200 Yeshiva University High School alumni residing in Israel will honor Rabbi Dr. Abraham Nelson Zuroff at the event.
Rabbi Dr. Zuroff was the principal of the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Brooklyn for more than 30 years. He was one of the most important figures in modern Orthodox Jewish education in the United States. Under his guidance more than 2,000 young men received a first class education both in classical Jewish studies and secular studies in general. Year after year, the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Brooklyn placed very high (many times first) in the number of students attaining a New York State scholarship, based solely on a competitive exam, for higher education. The school also had an outstanding record in its students winning National Merit Scholarship recognition and in the very prestigious, very competitive Westinghouse scholarships in science. Virtually all YUHS graduates went on to higher education, and had exceptionally high acceptance rates at Ivy League schools, MIT, etc.
After serving as principal of YUHS in Brooklyn, Rabbi Dr. Zuroff went on to become the supervisor of all four Yeshiva University High Schools (boys and girls – Manhattan and Brooklyn). Thus, he was responsible for the education of approximately 400 high school students per year.
Rabbi Dr. Zuroff also published his dissertation on Maimonides’ Responsa Literature as well as a study of Jewish life in Egypt during the 12th Century. He compiled a book on questions concerning modern life and halacha, called Question Market. He also made an important contribution to the publication Shema in which he set out the philosophy of modern Orthodoxy.
Rabbi Dr. Zuroff’s son is Efraim Zuroff, the famous Nazi Hunter. His wife, Esther Zuroff, was affiliated with Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University for several decades.
YUHS in Brooklyn has many famous graduates in many fields: the Rabbinate, politics, the judiciary, science, law, business. Among them are: Professor Alan Dershowitz, who is delivering long-distance greetings by video to the reunion, and the late Rabbi Meir Kahane.
In Israel, YUHS graduates including many Rabbis, roshei yeshiva, judges, professors, lawyers, physicians, scientists, etc.