By: Andy Katz  | 

Glueck Carpeting Resurfaced in First Time in Nearly a Decade

The carpeting in the Glueck beit medrash, Yeshiva University’s main beit medrash housing the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and most Mazer Yeshiva Program (MYP) and Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program (BMP) shiurim, was resurfaced over the summer. The carpeting, replaced due to deterioration of the previous carpeting, was last replaced eight years ago. 

The work, covering the first and second floors of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study, was funded through a donation by Dr. David Abersfeld, a dermatologist who practices in Rockville Centre, New York, with work overseen by YU’s facilities department in July, Randy Apfelbaum, YU’s Chief Facilities and Administrative Office told The Commentator.

The carpet for campus batei medrash are typically replaced relative to the wear and tear of the specific carpet in question, Dean of Undergraduate Torah Studies (UTS) Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky told The Commentator. For example, the carpet in the Fischel beit medrash was last replaced more than 25 years ago. Given that carpeting in the other batei medrash are still in good condition, there are currently no plans for resurfacing the carpeting of other batei medrash

“We are pleased to upgrade the carpet in the Glueck Beit Midrash,” Kalinsky told The Commentator, “and hope that it enhances the learning environment in the Beis Medrash as the beautiful words of Torah reverberate in the room throughout the day.”

The Glueck beit medrash was one of two campus batei medrash that had construction over the summer. Construction on the new Sephardic beit midrash, moved from its previous location to the main lounge in Morgenstern Residence Hall, was completed shortly before students arrived on campus and is now in use. There are also plans for a future renovation of the James Striar School beit medrash on the third floor of Furst Hall. 

Abersfeld did not respond to a request for comment.


Photo Caption: The Gluck beit medrash had its carpet resurfaced for first time in 8 years.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Levin / The Commentator