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Alumni Network Pays Dividends

Wall Street Group Offers Alumni and Friends of Yeshiva University Professional Networking and Career Development Opportunities

More than 150 alumni and friends of Yeshiva University gathered for the most recent meeting of the YU Wall Street Group on June 23 to network, catch up and listen to a panel of experts discussing the latest trends in the real estate market.

Michael Stoler, standing, moderated a panel featuring Bradford Klatt, Brahm Cramer, Jeffrey Barclay, Ralph Herzka and Richard Born.

Moderated by Michael Stoler, president of New York Real Estate TV and managing director of Madison Realty Capital, the panel, titled “Changing World—What's Next for Real Estate,” included Jeffrey Barclay of Goldman Sachs; Richard Born of BD Hotels, LLC; Brahm Cramer of AllianceBernstein, Ralph Herzka of Meridian Capital Group, LLC; and Bradford Klatt of Roseland Property Company.

The event, hosted at AllianceBernstein’s New York City offices, served as the third meeting of the YU Wall Street Group in the past four months, providing many alumni the opportunity to network with a sizable cohort of individuals from the full spectrum of the business world. These encounters have resulted in group members securing new job opportunities ranging from beneficial internships to senior-level positions in respected firms.

“Yeshiva University has such a wide range of talented people associated with it,” said Yigal Marcus ’97YC, vice president of Bernstein Global Wealth Management. “It is always wonderful to spend an evening with such professionals.”

Started more than 15 year ago, the group now counts over 1,500 members in its ranks, nearly 70 percent of whom are alumni, according to Lawrence Askowitz ’87YC, the group's co-chair. “I know that there is momentum gathering from these events,” said Askowitz, whose company has taken on two YU interns in the past year. In addition to hosting these gatherings, the Wall Street Group had also started sending out frequent e-mail blasts since March, alerting its members to new job openings in a significant selection of business-related fields.

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In introducing the panel, University Trustee and Chair of the Real Estate Committee Joshua Muss ’62YC, spoke of his satisfaction that the Wall Street Group dedicated an evening to discussing current developments in the real estate market. Aside from spreading the information gleaned from the panel, Muss also hoped that those present share with their firms, employers and colleagues an “understanding that at YU you will find as good a group of bright and eager students as any university in the world.”

Many of those in attendance hoped to take advantage of this sentiment. “It is wonderful to join this large group of professionals with YU connections,” said Jeremy Apfel ’10YC. Similarly, former Yeshiva University Presidential Fellow Daniel Neiss ’09YC viewed the panel “as a great chance to expand my network and find new opportunities.”

Klatt, co-managing partner of Roseland Property Company, delighted in his invitation to speak on a panel at a YU event. “I think it is vitally important that YU penetrate the secular business world in a much stronger way and these forums enable YU to do that,” he said. “YU has a lot to offer. Our demography is spectacular. We believe in Torah values that make for a good business framework, and to bring those to the business world is invaluable.”

To learn more about the Yeshiva University Wall Street Group or to get involved contact Alan Secter at

In addition to the offerings of the Wall Street Group, alumni and friends of YU are invited to participate in a Continuing Professional Education series on “Optimizing Your Clients’ Retirement Benefits—Social Security, Medicare and Pension Maximization” on July 13 that is presented by the newly formed YU Accounting & Financial Planning Network, a growing community of accountants and advisors in complimentary fields. To learn more about the group and the CPE series e-mail For more information on upcoming alumni events visit

Check out photos from a Wall Street Group event held in March at Bloomberg here.