Yeshiva University’s Alumni Office celebrated last week the 40-year career of men's basketball Coach Jonathan Halpert with a court-naming ceremony in his honor.
The event included the unveiling of Coach Halpert's signature on the men's basketball court, as well as the launch of the Coach Jonathan Halpert Scholarship Fund, an endowment that will be awarded annually to children of YU alumni living in Israel wishing to study at the University.
Coach Halpert, who took over the Yeshiva University Maccabees roster in 1972, is now the longest tenured men’s basketball coach in New York City history. He was named coach of the year in the NCAA's Skyline Conference twice, and at one point compiled a streak of 15 winning seasons.
Above all, Coach Halpert has served as a role model for core Jewish values to three generations of Yeshiva University students.
“For four decades, Coach Halpert has imbued the Melvin J. Furst Gymnasium with the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and Jewish pride,” said Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel. “With this deserving honor, Coach Halpert’s example and leadership will inform the play and actions of the future scholar athletes of Yeshiva University for generations to come.”
Over the last 30 years, Coach Halpert has visited Israel twice a year to recruit Israeli talent interested in representing Yeshiva University on the court, while receiving a top-notch Torah and academic college education. The Coach Jonathan Halpert Scholarship Fund was established under his guidance to benefit YU alumni who have immigrated to Israel.
“When I heard that YU wanted to mark this milestone in my tenure, I insisted that the celebration include the establishment of the scholarship fund,” said Coach Halpert, adding, “This grant is an expression of gratitude to Yeshiva University alumni who have made aliyah, and my way of ensuring that Israel's future leaders obtain the tools they need to continue to build the Jewish State.”