YU Names New Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Noted Fundraiser Howard Charish Joins Institutional Advancement 

Howard Charish, a professional who has led a distinguished career within the world of Jewish fundraising, has joined Yeshiva University’s Institutional Advancement team as senior philanthropic advisor.

Headshot of Howard Charish, Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Howard Charish

Charish comes to YU from American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, where he was chief development officer for five years. Prior to that he served as CEO of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

“We are so pleased to have Howard join us,” said Seth Moskowitz, vice president for institutional advancement. “He is a gifted fundraiser, and his tenure in all his positions was marked by strong campaign and community growth. We are looking forward to Howard applying his talents to our development efforts.”

Charish, a native of West Orange, New Jersey, earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a long-time teacher, having taught the Sherman/Kaplan Seminar for Emerging Professionals at Brandeis University and in the Wexner Graduate Fellows Program.

Charish received an honorary doctorate in Jewish communal service from Hebrew Union College.  He has also been given honorary citizenship by the city of Netivot, Israel, just the eighth individual to receive this distinction in the city’s history, and received the Saul Schwarz Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Association of Jewish Communal Service.

Charish is married to Sharon, former principal of the lower schools at Solomon Schechter Day School of New Jersey. They have three children.