Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Dr. Lewis J. Rubin and Andrew Herenstein Appointed to Yeshiva University Board of Trustees

The Yeshiva University Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments of Andrew Herenstein and Dr. Lewis J. Rubin to the Board at its June 13 meeting.

Herenstein is a co-founder and co-portfolio manager of Monarch Alternative Capital, a New York-based private investment firm founded in 2002, focused on the debt of distressed and bankrupt companies. He is a 1984 graduate of Yeshiva College and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He and his wife Terri (Kirshner) live in Lawrence, New York. Herenstein also has siblings who attended Yeshiva University.

Previously, he held positions at The Delaware Bay Co., Inc.; Brean, Murray, Foster Securities; and Bear, Stearns & Co. Herenstein joined Lazard Freres in 1992, where he was also a director of the firm, and served as co-portfolio manager of the Lazard Debt Recovery Funds. He has participated actively in YU alumni networking events, speaking to students and alumni about career paths in the financial industry.

“Yeshiva University is the most important Jewish institution in the United States, educating and creating the future leaders of our  community,” said Herenstein. “I was privileged to study at Yeshiva College, have stayed engaged with it over the years as an alumni, and am thrilled to be able to continue to contribute to the University’s bright future.”

Rubin is professor of medicine emeritus and former director of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and adjunct professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a graduate of the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (1968), Yeshiva College (1972) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1975).

Rubin became a well-respected and world-renowned expert in pulmonary vascular disease because of the scholarships he received at Yeshiva College and Einstein. Now, despite his retirement, he maintains a full schedule of teaching, writing, consulting, and collaborating on a number of international research projects. Rubin also does a great deal of volunteer work, which he finds immensely rewarding, especially when it focuses on providing simple, basic medical care to people who don’t have access to it.

“Doing what I’ve been able to do gives me a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and achievement,” said Rubin. “I want to make sure that someone who is otherwise qualified does not miss out on the opportunities that I have had.”

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Andrew Herenstein and Dr. Rubin to the Board of Trustees,” said Moshael Straus, chairman of the board. “Mr. Herenstein is a dedicated donor to the University and has served on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees as well as being as an adviser to its Finance Committee. Dr. Rubin’s generous scholarship support of students over the years demonstrates his ardent support of this institution. They will give our new president, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, excellent guidance as we move forwards to the YU of tomorrow.”