NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Yeshiva University Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as the fifth president of Yeshiva University. He will officially begin his tenure in July 2017. "Rabbi Berman is a dynamic and inspirational leader, scholar and educator," said YU Chairman Moshael J. Straus, who led the Presidential Selection Committee. "He possesses a deep, life-long commitment to our mission and is a superb choice to lead Yeshiva University forward with excellence." Rabbi Berman is the current head of Hechal Shlomo - Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem, where he is leading a transformation of the historic organization into an international modern Orthodox center for Jewish life, learning and leadership. He also serves as a lecturer of rabbinic literature in Herzog College's Department of Jewish Studies and was selected to sit on its Executive Leadership Council, the governing body that establishes policies and sets direction for all major issues regarding the operation of the college. Prior to moving to Israel, Rabbi Berman served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City and led the prominent institution through a period of growth in which it experienced a significant rise in congregational satisfaction, membership, programming, services, outreach, public activities and financial strength. Simultaneous with his pulpit at the Jewish Center, Rabbi Berman served as an instructor of Talmud in the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program at Yeshiva College. He is married to Anita Berman and they have five children.