Senior Leadership

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman  

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman
646.592.4300 |  

Julie Auster, JD 

Julie Auster

Julie Auster, JD
Chief Human Resources Officer
646.592.4335 |

Julie Auster is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Yeshiva University. In her role as CHRO, she provides strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of integrated human resources programs and policies including University Benefits, Employee/Labor Relations, Compensation, Recruitment, Diversity and Affirmative Action, and Training and Development.  She also oversees Title IX compliance activities. These programs support all officers, faculty, and staff of YU, and enhance YU’s organizational performance and capability.

Auster began her career at the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. She came to YU from Sarah Lawrence College, where she served as Vice President for Human Resource Services and Legal Affairs.  Auster had a long and distinguished tenure at Sarah Lawrence, in positions that oversaw areas such as Human Resources, Risk, Budget and Legal Affairs.  Auster received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and JD from Pace University, and is a member of the New York Bar Association. She is also Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors of the Academic Federal Credit Union and on the Board of Trustees of the Graham School Foundation

Selma Botman, PhD

Selma Botman

Selma Botman, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
212.960.5217 |

Dr. Botman, who grew up outside of Boston, holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, a B.Phil. in Middle Eastern studies from Oxford University, and an AM in Middle Eastern Studies and PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. A scholar of modern Middle Eastern politics and society, she has published three books and a number of scholarly articles. She has also taught a range of courses on the Modern Middle East and international development.

Provost Botman has dedicated her career to higher education and has served in leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Southern Maine, and The City University of New York. Under her leadership as provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CUNY created a School of Public Health, an Institute for Demographic Research, a master¹s program in Middle Eastern Studies, and CUNY's first-ever online degree. Provost Botman also headed a Campaign for Student Success   which set out to ensure that more students successfully graduated from the colleges of the university.

As the president of the University of Southern Maine, she inspired new academic programs, raised scholarship dollars for students who would have otherwise been unable to attend the university, and promoted technology assisted instruction. Dr. Botman's commitment to campus engagement with local communities resulted in a five-campus environmental studies initiative at the University of Massachusetts that addressed community needs during her tenure. As Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMass, she strengthened technology and engineering education throughout Massachusetts by bringing together K-12 teachers, university faculty, and retired engineers to design new programs that were introduced to secondary schools, and helped create UMass Online.

Dr. Botman has also taught at the College of the Holy Cross where she was involved in international programs and promoted Middle Eastern studies.

Herbert Dobrinsky, EdD

Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky

Herbert Dobrinsky, EdD
Vice President for University Affairs
212.960.0850 |  

Born in Montreal, Rabbi Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky came to New York City in 1948 to attend the third year of high school at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy. He graduated from Yeshiva College in 1954 and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in 1957. Dr. Dobrinsky also holds a master's degree and a doctoral degree in education from the University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

Following five years as a rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Dobrinsky joined Yeshiva University in 1962 as associate director of the Community Service Division at RIETS. He was named vice president for university affairs in 1981, following 19 years of service to the institution in numerous positions, including director of rabbinic placement for nine years.

Dr. Dobrinsky's outstanding achievements as a scholar, educator, administrator and communal leader include being co-founder with the late Haham, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Gaon of the Sephardic Studies Program and the Sephardic Community Activities Program at the University, aimed at preserving the rich Sephardic Jewish heritage of North America. He was also co-founder of the American Society of Sephardic Studies and served as vice president of programming for the society. He is the author of A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs. He also helped establish the University's Holocaust Studies Program and has been honored several times within the University and RIETS.

During his years of service to the University, Dr. Dobrinsky has traveled and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, England and Israel. He has visited more than 100 communities to gain firsthand insight into their needs. He also directed the initial stages of the University's $100-million Century Campaign.

Adam Z. Gerdts, MBA

Adam Z. Gerdts

Adam Z. Gerdts
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
212.960.0058 |

Adam Z. Gerdts is Yeshiva University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, overseeing all University philanthropy, including major gifts, the annual giving program, endowments, scholarship fundraising, the Hanukkah Dinner and Giving Day events, and other fundraising endeavors.

Gerdts is a veteran advancement professional with deep expertise in the world of higher education after an outstanding career at University North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, for which he led its flagship business school. His appointment reflects Yeshiva University’s emergence into a new era. Gerdts began his development career in 2002 at Manhattan Theater Club, working on five annual fund campaigns and a highly successful capital campaign to restore Broadway’s Biltmore Theater. In 2006, he moved to higher education fundraising with his work at American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gerdts joined UNC in 2007 as director of the Young Alumni Programs for Carolina Annual Fund within the University of North Carolina Development Office. He came to UNC Kenan-Flagler as a major gift officer in 2008, becoming the executive director of development in 2010. In 2014, Gerdts was named the associate dean of advancement

Gerdts received his BA and MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Jacob Harman, CPA 

Jacob Harman

Jacob Harman, CPA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
646.592.4005 |

Jacob “Jake” Harman is Yeshiva University's Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Harman leads the University's finance functions and plays an integral role in developing and implementing financial and operational plans to support and meet the strategic goals set by the University. He serves on the executive cabinet and works closely with Senior Vice President Josh Joseph on numerous strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining YU, Harman spent his career at KPMG where he most recently served as a senior audit partner in the firm's Office of the General Counsel. Previously, he was a partner in several areas of KPMG's activities, including its Assurance, Forensic, and Mergers and Acquisition Practices. Harman is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of science with a concentration in accounting from Brooklyn College. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodsburgh, New York.

Andrew J. Lauer, Esq., JD, LLM

Avi Lauer

Andrew J. Lauer, Esq., JD, LLM
Vice President for Legal Affairs, Secretary and General Counsel
212.960.0051 |

Andrew ''Avi'' Lauer serves as Yeshiva University's vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel. In this capacity, he is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to Yeshiva University and its affiliates within the United States and abroad.

Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva University, Lauer was a partner at the international law firm of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman and Steiner LLP, where he maintained a large and diverse practice while also serving as an active member of Thelen's labor and employment law department. Lauer served as relationship partner to numerous clients in relation to various areas of legal specialty, including corporate, real estate, litigation, technology, outsourcing, bankruptcy, patent and trademark, and he often functioned as outside general counsel to many companies. He also established and maintained an extensive Israel practice at Thelen and worked with many Israeli-owned and/or -affiliated companies and regularly traveled to Israel to meet with his Israeli clients and contacts.

Lauer also has prior professional experience as senior employment counsel in the Office of General Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC Consulting), where he was responsible for all employment-law-related matters affecting the firm and its more than 30,000 employees. In addition, he was responsible for all in-house employment-law- related matters pertaining to the planned IPO and the ultimate sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Before joining PwC, he served as assistant general counsel of Deloitte & Touche USA, where he was employment counsel to both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting L.P.

Lauer was also an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY, where he conducted numerous trials and investigations and was assigned to several bureaus, including the elite Trial Cadre unit of the Homicide Bureau.

Involved in numerous community causes, Lauer serves and/or has served on the Executive Board of several charitable organizations in the New York area. He is a former president of the Young Israel of Woodmere, former chairman of the Board of Trustees and honorary past-president of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, and a member of the Audit Committee and Long Island Board of Ohel Family and Children's Services. He also served as pro bono counsel to several organizations and not-for-profits, including the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Lauer has published numerous articles and conducted training and seminars in various areas of the law throughout the United States and abroad.

Rabbi Menachem Penner

Rabbi Penner

Rabbi Menachem Penner
The Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary 
646.592.4455 |

Rabbi Menachem Penner is the Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University where he has the privilege to inspire and train the rabbis of tomorrow. Rabbi Penner served as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Holliswood in Queens for 20 years and is now the Rabbi Emeritus. He continues to teach, focusing on Tanach, Tefillah and Machshavah, in Queens and in communities worldwide. The parent of a superstar with special needs, he also speaks across the country on issues of families facing disabilities. Rabbi Penner received his semikhah from RIETS and his BA from Yeshiva College and is proud to serve the institution from which he received his formative education.

Julie Schreier, MBA

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Julie Schreier
Chief of Staff 
646.592.4305 |

Julie Schreier is chief of staff in the Office of the President and supports the President and senior leadership of the University on a wide range of strategic issues. She is the primary liaison through which members of the community—trustees, faculty, students, and staff—communicate with the President, and is responsible for ensuring progress on major University-wide initiatives.

Schreier has spent the past seven years in YU’s Department of Institutional Advancement, where she served in various leadership roles, including director of the Long Island region and assistant vice president of institutional advancement for the Office of the President. She has strong ties to the University, having graduated Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls, Stern College for Women, and Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s Certificate Program in Jewish Philanthropy. She also received an MBA from Baruch College. Her parents and husband are proud YU alumni and her children have graduated or currently attend YU schools.

Doron Stern, MBA

Rabbi Penner

Doron Stern
VP of Communications
212.960.5400 ext.5869 |

Doron Stern is Yeshiva University’s Vice President of Communications. He oversees all University communications and marketing activities, including branding, media relations, print and digital marketing, websites and social media outreach.

Stern has more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience. Prior to joining the University he was Chief Marketing Officer for GoHealth Urgent Care, where he tripled growth within two years to reach 80 urgent care centers across four markets. He has also held senior marketing positions at Chobani LLC, Popcorn Indiana, IDT Corporation and L’Oreal USA.

Stern received a BA in history from Brandeis University and an MBA in marketing from New York University. He is a graduate of the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/YU High School for Boys.