Richard Stone, Leading Jewish Community Activist and Distinguished Law Professor, to Receive Honorary Degree at 38th Annual Commencement Exercises of Touro's Lander Colleges

Date: May 21, 2012
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New York, NY - Professor Richard Stone, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at the 38th Annual Commencement Exercises of the Lander Colleges on Sunday, June 10 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The Lander Colleges are the undergraduate divisions of Touro College in service to the Jewish Community.

Mr. Stone is a lifelong Jewish activist. In the 1970’s he lobbied for the Jackson-Vanik Amendment calling for free emigration of Soviet Jews. He is a senior leader at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and spent ten years as head of the Institute for Public Affairs at the Orthodox Union (OU). Mr. Stone is a longtime board member of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, The Hebrew Loan Society and the America- Israel Friendship League. He is in his second term as chairman of the National Conference for Soviet Jewry and in 2011 was appointed Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, one of the most influential Jewish advocacy organizations representing 52 national Jewish agencies from across the political and religious spectrums.

“It is most fitting that Touro College recognizes Richard Stone for his seminal leadership in the Jewish and academic communities,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of Touro College and University System. “He is a role model for our graduates and represents the important Jewish values and excellence in education that we strive to imbue in our students.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Stone began his legal career as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. In 1974, he left government to teach at Columbia Law School where he was the Wilbur Friedman Professor of Tax Law and was voted best teacher in the Law School on several occasions. In addition to his extensive involvement in the Jewish community, Mr. Stone is an ardent and dedicated scholar of Torah which is an integral part of his life. He is engaged in Jewish scholarship and is also a supporter of Jewish learning. He studied at Mercaz Harav and the Mir Yeshiva as a young man and currently serves as president of Yeshiva Beis Yosef.

“I believe that Touro has had such a profoundly favorable impact on the observant Jewish world, and I am thrilled to receive its recognition and to participate in its celebration,” Mr. Stone said. “My friendship with Dr. Lander, zt”l, of whose achievements I was in awe, makes this honor very meaningful to me.”

At commencement, approximately 700 baccalaureate and associate degree candidates from eight of Touro’s schools dedicated to enhancing Jewish heritage will be presented: Lander College of Arts and Sciences – Flatbush; Lander College for Men (LCM) in Queens: Lander College for Women—The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW) in Manhattan; the School for Lifelong Education in Brooklyn; Machon L’Parnasa-Institute for Professional Studies, also in Brooklyn; Touro College Los Angeles and Touro College South in Miami.

At the conclusion of the 2012 commencement season, the Touro College and University System is expected to have awarded approximately 6,000 doctor of philosophy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy, juris doctor, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees to students from its 32 schools and colleges located in the U.S. and around the world.