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As its profile rises, Yeshiva University launches campaign to raise $613 million

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(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — While its basketball team has been amassing a historic winning streak, Yeshiva University has been on a spree of its own, raising more than $250 million over the last two years in the “quiet phase” of a fundraising campaign.

Now, the flagship Modern Orthodox university has announced it wants to raise more than $350 million more, bringing the total yield of its new, five-year “Rise Up” campaign to $613 million.

The campaign will generate resources across Y.U.’s four campuses and nearly a dozen schools, according to a press release from the university. It also comes at a time when the school is facing significant potential costs arising from the revival of legal challenges over its past handling of sexual abuse allegations.

The fundraising target was chosen because of the significance of the number 613 in Judaism: It is the number of commandments outlined in the Torah.

The Torah teaches 613 ways to honor God, show respect for others and build an ethical, flourishing society. Raising $613 million for scholarships, faculty and facilities reflects our core Torah values and meets our needs for the future,” Rabbi Ari Berman, the school’s president, said in a statement. “Now is the time to rise up and become a partner in the future.”

The campaign — which officially launched Saturday night at the the........

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