Yonaton “Yoni” Yares


Yoni was born and raised in Cherry Hill, returning to the community with his wife and four children.  Along with his three brothers, he graduated from Cherry Hill East in 2006 after attending Sharp Elementary and Rosa Middle School. As a parent, he serves as the founding Kilmer representative to the Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) and represents Barclay at Zone PTA.

Yoni has taken an active role in the community.  He regularly attends both Board of Education and Town Council meetings.  He serves as the Recording Secretary on the Cultural Proficiency and Character Education Committee and was a member of the 2018 Bond Key Communicators Committee.  He also serves as a Board Member for the Cherry Hill Education Foundation, which enhances the quality of our students’ education by raising funds and distributing funds for innovative programs in our district.

If elected to the Board of Education, Yoni will apply his professional background in security to promote a dedicated security bond.  The proposal will address our schools’ security needs using proven and cost-effective measures to keep our schools safe!

Service to the Cherry Hill Public School Community

  • Recording Secretary, Cultural Proficiency and Character Education Committee
  • Barclay Representative to Zone PTA
  • Trustee, Cherry Hill Education Foundation
  • Member of the 2018 Bond Key Communicators Committee
  • Attended over 85% of all Cherry Hill Town Council Meetings
  • Attended over 90% of all BOE meetings including, committee, work sessions, and action meetings

Professional/Community Service Highlights

  • Raised over $500,000 between multiple organizations
  • ALICE trained https://www.alicetraining.com/
  • Served on multiple synagogue security committee
  • Written grants for security improvements for synagogues
  • Member of the Board of Directors Congregation Sons of Israel
  • Has worked with economically disadvantaged families to get government and community assistance
  • Currently pursuing a Masters in Student Services Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Highlights of Yoni’s time as a student in Cherry Hill

  • Member of the first multiage (1st and 2nd grade combined class) at Sharp School
  • Member of the first fifth grade class at Sharp
  • Member of the first 6th grade class at Rosa and subsequently the first class of student to complete all three years at Rosa.
  • Member of the East Hall of Fame (Class of 2006)
  • Graduated East in 2006
  • Member of the Eastside Editorial Board for 2 years (Business Manager)
  • Co Chair of the East Character Education Club
  • Co Chair of the East Yellow Ribbon Club (Suicide Prevent/Mental Health Awareness)
  • 4 year member of the EastCast production team videographer and anchor
  • One of several students to read the names of the East graduating class
  • Started attending board meetings in 6th grade and spoke about saving the green acres in Surrey Place East

College Highlights

  • 2007-2008 Treasurer of the Rutgers University Student Assembly
  • 2008 -2009 Vice Chair of the Rutgers University Student Assembly 
  • Student representative to Public Safety at Rutgers
  • Student representative for the hiring committee of the new Director of Rutgers Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Student Senator Rutgers University
  • Testified before the NJ Senate and Assembly budget, education, higher education committees
  • Student representative to the Rutgers Strategic Planning Committee 
  • Student representative to the inaugural Rutgers Day Committee
  • Graduated in 2010 with BA in Labor Studies and Employment Relations