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Office of Admissions

: Marc “Ziggy” Zharnest

Name: Marc “Ziggy” Zharnest, Director of High School Recruitment and Admissions
Hometown: Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in Business Management, M.S. in Healthcare Administration
Alma Mater: Sy Syms School of Business, Seton Hall 
Hobbies/Interests: Riding the ambulance, sports, learning
Contact me: (646) 592-4440, or text (646) 600-9185

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

If I was to describe YU I would say, we are a small top tier University with a Yeshiva located in New York, where you can play on a NCAA sports team, join clubs, get internships all while making no sacrifices on your Judaism!



Name: Ari Lewis, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Degree: B.S. in Business Management (SSSB)
Alma Mater: Yeshiva University
Hobbies/Interests: Sunday outings with my family, singing, cooking, home improvement projects
Contact me: (646) 592-4440, or text (646) 791-4086

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

YU provided me with an environment to develop the tools I needed to succeed professionally and spiritually. I look forward to helping prospective students discover the many opportunities for growth that await them at YU!


Aharon Goldwasser

Name: Aharon Goldwasser, Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Teaneck, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in Management, M.B.A. in Finance
Alma Mater: Yeshiva University
Hobbies/Interests: Sports, music, spending time with family, traveling
Contact Me: (646) 592-4440, or text (856) 397-4709

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

Yeshiva University is a world class University where a student can receive both an unparalleled secular education as well as a top notch Jewish education. As a former student, I understand the commitment our students take upon themselves when they commit to Yeshiva University and it is quite inspirational. I am grateful to have the opportunity to play a small role in helping our students reach their goals.

Jon Green

Name: Rabbi Jon Green, Director of the James Striar School of Jewish Studies; Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Far Rockaway, NY
Degree: Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, Semicha from Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv
Alma Mater: Bellevue University
Hobbies/Interests: Biking, hanging out with my wife and five children in Far Rockaway
Contact me: (646) 592-4440, or text  (516) 316-8782

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

I am passionate about inspiring future inspired Jews. I love working for Yeshiva University in both my roles as Director of JSS and as an Admissions Counselor, because it allows me to help students before, during and even after they come to YU. If you visit campus, you can find me in the JSS Beit Medrash, in the Admissions office or on the Quad playing frisbee. I would love to invite you to join me and my family for Shabbos in Far Rockaway.

Elaine Frankel


Name: Elaine Frankel, Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: West Hempstead, New York
Degree: B.S. in Accounting
Alma Mater: Brooklyn College
Hobbies: Piano, dance, listening to shiurim and spin
Proud parent of 3 YU Alum and 2 Alum sons in law.
Contact me: (646) 592-4440, or text (646) 798-1857

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

As soon as you step foot to YU’s campus you will understand what I love about YU. The warm community, shared values, Yeshiva in the heart of Manhattan. My passion is meeting prospective students and families, assisting them in their journey to YU.

Avelet Strauss

Name: Ayelet Strauss, Assistant Director of Admissions
Hometown: Staten Island NY
Degree: B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Accounting
Alma Mater: Sy Syms School of Business
Hobbies/Interests: tennis, reading and baking
Contact me: (646) 592-4440, or text (646) 969-3784

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

I joined the Admissions team shortly after graduating from YU’s Sy Syms Business School and I really enjoy having the chance to share everything I loved about YU with prospective students and guide them along the application process.

Miriam Sternberg

Name: Miriam Sternberg, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Sharon, MA
Degree: B.S in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and a Minor in Finance
Alma Mater: Sy Syms School of Business
Hobbies: Baking, hanging out with friends, reading, going to the movies, seeing Broadway shows
Contact me: (646) 592-4440,

To schedule an appointment please click HERE

From the community, to the shared values, to the top notch education, my time as an undergraduate student at Yeshiva University was an unforgettable experience. There I was given the tools to excel in all aspects of life. My time at YU has shaped me into the person that I am today, and I owe that to the incredible faculty and professors, as well as the amazing individuals who make up the student body. As an admissions counselor, I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge about YU to potential and incoming students.


Name: Rabbi Ari M. Solomont, Director of International Admissions and Recruitment
Hometown: Ashkelon, Israel
Degree: B.S. in Business Administration
Alma Mater: Touro College
Hobbies/Interests: Mountain biking, fine wine and good cigars, grill master, guitar playing and floral arrangements
Contact me:

Yeshiva University is the only University outside of Israel the flies the Israeli flag 365 days a year. International students at YU combine a top level university degree, individualized career preparation, with engaging and inspiring Torah classes. YU’s International students hail from over thirty countries across the globe, enhance the campus experience for all students, and are a dynamic presence involved at every level of campus life. At YU, tools for success are not only defined as the education necessary to prepare for a successful career, but include the skills required for a vibrant and meaningful life.


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