Yeshiva University Milestones

The Yeshiva University interactive timeline captures major milestones from the University’s inception to today. We invite you to take this walk with us down memory lane and learn things you might not have known about YU. If you have any feedback, please e-mail to webdev@yu.edu.

1886-09-01 00:00:00

September 1886

Yeshiva Eitz Chaim, the origins of YU, is established at the Mariampol Synagogue, 44 East Broadway, on New York’s Lower East Side.

1896-03-01 00:00:00

March 1896

Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Spektor, rabbi of Kovno, Lithuania, dies. A year later, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) is chartered by New York State Board of Regents.

1906-12-01 00:00:00

December 1906

First RIETS ordination ceremony is held at Kalvarier Synagogue, 13-15 Pike Street. Semicha is granted to three rabbis.

1915-12-01 00:00:00

December 1915

Dr. Bernard Revel is inaugurated as YU’s first president.

1915-12-16 00:00:00

September 1916

Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy opens its doors at 9-11 Montgomery Street as the first academic high school under Jewish auspices in the United States.

1928-03-01 00:00:00

March 1928

Yeshiva College—the first college of liberal arts and sciences under Jewish auspices—is established.

1929-01-01 00:00:00

January 1929

RIETS and Yeshiva College move to Washington Heights quarters—Main Building, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue (186th Street).

1932-06-01 00:00:00

June 1932

Yeshiva College holds first commencement, graduating 19 students.

1934-10-01 00:00:00

October 1934

Albert Einstein receives an honorary degree.

1935-06-01 00:00:00

June 1935

Benjamin N. Cardozo receives an honorary degree.

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