(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.
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.