New York's Yeshiva (yeh-SHEE'-vuh) University has chosen the head of a Jewish heritage center in Israel as its new president.

The university's board says Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman will officially start work in July.

He's currently the head of the Hechal Shlomo (HAY'-kal SHLOH'-moh) Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

Before moving to Israel, he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City.