Contact the Kekst Graduate School’s Admissions Office

The Kekst School Admissions team is here to speak to you about your academic interests and goals for graduate Jewish education, and to guide you through the admissions process. Please be in touch at or (212) 678-8032.

Ariel Gershon

Ariel Gershon

Director of Admissions, Kekst Graduate School and William Davidson School

Dr. Ariel Gershon serves as the director of admissions for both the Kekst Graduate School and The Davidson School. She works with prospective students by facilitating the admissions process: assessing which career path they are interested in and how our graduate-level degrees can help them achieve their academic and professional goals. Additionally, she works closely with the deans of both schools and the admissions team to make the enrollment process as seamless as possible.  

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Joe  Maybloom

Joe Maybloom

Senior Director of Enrollment; Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Success

As senior director of enrollment and assistant dean of undergraduate student success, Joe Maybloom leads the Admissions Team in the recruitment and enrollment of new students for JTS’s five schools. He also advises the first-year undergraduate students.

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Melissa  Present

Melissa Present

Chief Enrollment Officer

As chief enrollment officer, Missy Present oversees JTS’s enrollment strategy, leading the admissions department in the recruitment of students, management of prospective student events, and relationships with key partners. She advises the senior administration on all enrollment-related matters. During her tenure as director of enrollment management, Missy increased new student enrollment, expanded institutional partnerships, enhanced recruitment marketing, and implemented a new technology solution that manages the full spectrum of the JTS admissions process. Under her leadership, the enrollment operation was awarded a commendation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

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