Ill Timed Junket Cruise for Yeshiva University Administrators

Bad timing at best.

Whilst major universities are under investigation for scandals in their overseas programs, two top administrators at Yeshiva University are advertising their junkets aboard a cruise ship to Europe.

Received in an email from Alumni Office :

Set sail aboard the Costa Concordia

with Yeshiva University's

President Richard M. Joel and

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

June 29-July 6, 2008

Hosted by Lasko Family and Suite Life Cruisesunder the kosher supervision of the London Beit Din

Explore the rich heritage and Jewish historical significance of sites in Rome, Sicily, Malta, Tunis, Barcelona and more. For more information, please visit www.slkosher.com/kosher_cruise_spain_and_italy.aspx or contact xxxxxxx.

The Cruise line web site informs us: "Special Guests: Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel & Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter"

Unfortunately coming close upon the heels of this news story:

College study abroad is corrupt, subpoenas say

News |

Fifteen university study abroad offices have been charged with traveling too much, not from their home countries, but rather, from the law. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo issued subpoenas to these colleges and universities for entertaining corrupt alliances with specific third-party programs.

Subpoenas were issued to three third-party programs in August and September, and the investigation continued last Friday at several college and universities. The list of colleges in question includes Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, and Brown universities, among others.

Of the 15 colleges and universities questioned, only Alfred State University publicly acknowledged its subpoena. Alfred State’s list of associations with third-party providers included the three first targeted by Cuomo. Although the subpoenas were issued last Friday, most of the colleges and universities have not yet revealed the exact contents of the subpoena nor publicly acknowledged their acceptance....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Huh ?

Why do you throw around terms like junket and study abroad here, when the situation involved is clearly different ? A junket is like a trip congressmen take on the public dime. This, on the other hand, seems to be a different situation, involving alumni rather than students, during summer vacation. It may well be a commercial thing, in which the company is trying to use President Joel and Rabbi Dr. Schachter to attract customers and is therefore paying their way. Other cruises have well-known Rabbis and cantors on board to do the same. Why do you assume that they are traveling on YU's dime?

It is not the same as study abroad programs either.

I am not a YU spokesman nor an almunus, but it just seems to me that the facts as presented do not support your implication that there is some type of big scandal and wrongdoing involved.