Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life has announced the appointment of David Ya’ari as CEO of Hillel Israel. Ya’ari, formerly David Borowich before Hebraicizing his name, assumes his new post following a career in the private sector and a history of social entrepreneurship in the Jewish and pro-Israel communities.
Born and raised in the United States, Yaari immigrated to Israel after college and served in the Israel Defense Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yeshiva University and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. His career has included periods in strategic management consulting and hi-tech. He was responsible most recently for a portfolio of financial instruments at RAI Group, a private finance company.
In New York, David led several Jewish organizations. He was founder and honorary chairman of Dor Chadash, an organization that fosters ties between Israeli and American Jews through cultural exchange programs and events, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York on which he served as co-chairman of its Israel and International Affairs Commission.