Yeshiva University Announces 2nd Hall of Fame Class

The Yeshiva University Athletics Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor men and women who have distinguished themselves and the university in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Yeshiva University. Hall of Fame members include individuals who have demonstrated exceptional athletic ability, personal integrity, high standards of character, and supported the Maccabees while displaying the ideals and philosophy of Yeshiva University.

Yeshiva University is proud to announce the following Student Athletes Class of 2019:

  • Irv Bader ‘60, Men’s Basketball
  • 1999 MACFA Men’s Fencing Championship Team (Steve Mellner, Alex Traiman, Hadar Weiss)
  • Josh Hasten ‘98, Men’s Tennis
  • Dave Kufeld ‘80, Men’s Basketball
  • Elizabeth Penn ‘12, Women’s Fencing
  • Shai Samet ‘98, Men’s Tennis
  • Rebecca Yoshor ‘14, Women’s Basketball

The second Yeshiva University Athletics Hall of Fame Class Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m. The event will be held in Weissberg Commons (2495 Amsterdam Avenue), on the Wilf Campus. Ticket price is $150.

Hall of Fame sponsorship opportunities include:

  • All-Conference: $250—1 ticket and ¼ page
  • MVP: $500—2 tickets and ½ page ad
  • Rookie of the Year: $650—2 tickets and full-page ad
  • Player of the Year: $900—2 tickets and premier ad
  • All-American: $1200—4 tickets and premier ad
  • Supporting Sponsor: $2,500—6 tickets, premier table placement, premier ad, recognition on special journal page and on-site.
  • Table Sponsor: $5,000—10 tickets, premier table placement, premier ad, name recognition on registration website, on-site, and dinner journal.
  • “Presenting” Sponsor (Only 1 available): $10,000—10 tickets, opportunity to give opening remarks, premier table placement, prominent full-color premier ad with choice of location, name recognition on registration website, on-site, and dinner journal.

For more information, please visit or contact Barry Neuberger, assistant athletics director for alumni relations and student-athlete recruitment, at 212-960-0825.

YABA to Hold 8th Annual Dinner

We are the Yeshiva High School Alumni Basketball Association

We are not the NBA: we trained harder and had much more team loyalty and team unity. We are not the NFL: when you fell we picked you up and if you were injured we said “refuah sheleimah” (even if you played the same position on the team). We are not a men’s basketball league; there was little or no trash talking at our games. We all answer to a higher authority than a commissioner. Our dinner is not the Espys, though you’d think we were when seeing an honoree’s grandchild clutch the awarded baseball card. We are the subject of conversation almost daily among current and former players of the Yeshiva High School basketball league.

Who are YABA Members?

Anyone who ever played, coached, or managed in a Yeshiva High School Basketball game the last 68 years is now a “member” of YABA.

Anyone who ever saw or cheered at a Yeshiva High School basketball game or camp game, in the last 64 years is now a “friend” of YABA.

Anyone who has spawned a player in the yeshiva league has been grandfathered in as an “elder” of YABA.

What is YABA?

We are a brotherhood. We are a group of proud identified Jewish individuals who are connected by our love of basketball, Israel, philanthropy, and the Yeshiva League. We have created a network of individuals ready to share high school memories, reconnect with long-lost friends, participate in philanthropic projects, and honor individuals for their positive contributions to their Jewish communities and association with the Yeshiva League. Our venture into the world of reminiscing and good deeds has evolved into an annual spring dinner attended by family and friends. We induct a new class of well-deserving and well-respected players, coaches, and administrators into the YABA Hall of Fame annually acknowledging the positive accomplishments of our members.

YABA’s 8th annual dinner will take place on May 23 at 6:45 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Torah, 240 Broad Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey. Dress code is business attire.

Judah Rhine, who has been coaching youth basketball for more than 35 years, is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and MVP Girls Basketball Camp and co‑commissioner of the National Council of Young Israel basketball league. He can be reached at or


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