RTMA Delegation Practices
International Diplomacy at YU’s Model UN
Model UN - A Big Success!
In Photo Left to Right: Top Row: Mr. Avi Strulson, Bentzi Engel, Nuriel Schmutter, Joseph Salomon, Ben Cohen, Joshua Elyaszadeh. Middle Row: Jonathan Silber, Azriel Kimmel, Jake Stern, Yitzy Klipper, Shmuli Tannenbaum, Marc Cohen. Bottom Row: Moshe Rosenwald, Gabriel Altaras, Dovi Brand.
March 25, 2014/Elizabeth, NJ- Iran's nuclear compliance, trafficking of wild animals, the situation in Afghanistan, and verification of disarmament were all on the agenda for the Jewish Educational Center’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy students as they recently joined students from across the country for Yeshiva University’s 24th Annual Model UN Conference.
Fifteen RTMA juniors and seniors, accompanied by Mr. Avi Strulson, assistant to the Administration at RTMA and Model UN advisor, attended the conference, held this year in at the Stamford Sheraton in Connecticut. RTMA students had a unique opportunity to debate and resolve current international issues together.
The annual conference mobilizes students to engage in discussion of world issues. Richard M. Joel, President of Yeshiva University, addressed the 450 students at the closing ceremony.
According to the organizers, “The Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN) is a student-run simulation of the workings of the real United Nations that gives students an opportunity to experience and learn about the complex landscape of international diplomacy.”
Students were tasked with researching and advocating for their respective nations, organizing their platforms and presenting resolutions before the appropriate professional committees. The RTMA delegates represented Switzerland, Poland and El-Salvador and seniors Yitzy Klipper of Elizabeth and Azriel Kimmel of Hillside served as co-chairs for the group.
"The Model UN experience builds understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations among the American people," Mr. Strulson said. "Its educational policy and advocacy programs allow people to make a global impact at the local level."
"Our aim is to educate our students about the importance of the United Nations as an international organization, its capabilities, and goals," he added. "Model UN students learn to conduct research, write position and resolution papers, and most important - to have the opportunity to execute this resolution in reality by bringing twenty other countries to an agreement."
Azriel Kimmel said he learned a lot about how the real-world UN works. “It was very interesting to get a taste of it. The best part of my experience was when my committee passed a resolution… Everyone felt a sense of accomplishment. I think RTMA did very well. We heard all around good reports about us and I think we all learned a lot from the experience.”
For further information, please contact Mr. Avi Strulson at 908-355-4850,