YU celebrates investiture of Rabbi Ari Berman as 5th president

'Yeshiva University is in my heart and soul,' says YU President Rabbi Ari Berman. 'I don't need a history book to understand the school.'

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JTA - Yeshiva University celebrated the investiture of Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as its fifth president.

More than 2,000 people, including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Consul General of Israel in New York, Dani Dayan; former Sen. Joseph Lieberman; former Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon; and Israel’s United Nations Amb. Danny Danon, were in attendance at the ceremony at the university on Sunday.

Berman, a graduate of Yeshiva University and its rabbinical seminary, outlined his vision for the future of the university.

“Most new presidents of universities need to learn the story of their institutions to understand their narrative and its purpose, but I do not need to read a history book to understand Yeshiva University—it is in my heart and it is in my soul,” said Berman. “In an era in which there is a breakdown of civic and civil conversation, Yeshiva University is uniquely positioned to address the most pressing moral issues of the day. Moving forward, we will continue to be steadfast in bringing to bear our vast, interdisciplinary resources on these fundamental issues both for the general public and also internally for our students. We stand proud as educators, thought leaders and moral voices for our generation.”

A special viewing event was held in Jerusalem, preceded by a lecture by Michael Oren, deputy minister of public policy in Israel, on the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people.

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis delivered the ceremony’s invocation. Mark Wilf, honorary chair of the Investiture Committee and member of the YU Board of Trustees, offered welcoming remarks. Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, introduced Berman.

Berman served for 14 years as a rabbi at The Jewish Center, a prominent modern Orthodox congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, until immigrating to Israel in 2008. He taught Talmud at Y.U. beginning in 1998.

During his time in Israel, Berman earned a doctorate in Jewish thought at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He now serves as rosh hamerkaz, or head of the center, at Hechal Shlomo, The Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem. He is also an instructor at Herzog College, a teachers’ college in Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.








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