Sefer Torah to be Presented to Dr. Bernard Lander, Founder and President of Touro College

Date: February 09, 2007
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New York, N.Y. – The board of trustees of Touro College has announced that a Sefer Torah will be presented to Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College, at the College's 36th anniversary dinner on Sunday evening, April 29, 2007 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in Manhattan.

With clear vision and tireless effort, Dr. Lander has transformed the landscape of the American Jewish community. At the helm of Touro College, he has built an impressive array of institutions that serve the educational needs of the Jewish community - and the Orthodox community in particular - in New York and throughout the world.

Thousands of young men and women are receiving the benefits of an excellent education at such fine institutions as Touro College in New York, Los Angeles and Miami Beach; the Men's and Women's Division of Lander College of Arts & Sciences—Flatbush; Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash L'Talmud in Queens; Lander College for Women in Manhattan; Machon L'Parnasa and the School for Lifelong Education in Boro Park; Touro College Israel in Jerusalem; Lander Institute in Moscow; Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim in Queens; Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun in Queens; and Mesivta Yesodei Yisroel in Monsey.

These are just some of the institutions conceived and developed by Dr. Lander over the past 36 years. Many other Touro programs serve the general population, as Touro College currently enrolls more than 23,000 students in the United States and abroad.

"There may be no single person more instrumental than Dr. Lander in paving the way for meaningful job opportunities for so many members of the Orthodox community," said Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO and Rabbinic Administrator of the Orthodox Union's Kashruth Division and a member of the board of trustees of Touro College. "In the programs founded by Dr. Lander, thousands of young men and women have learned Torah and received quality education, preparing them for meaningful and rewarding professions and careers."

Dr. Lander's impact on the Jewish community as a whole—and on the Jewish family in particular—has been immense. For 36 years, Dr. Lander has labored on behalf of the community. Now, the board of trustees and others who have been enriched and encouraged by his efforts will be honoring him and presenting him with a Sefer Torah in appreciation of his historic contributions to the Jewish people.

The 36th anniversary dinner will also honor Dr. Mark and Anna Ruth Hasten of Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Hasten is the long-time chairman of the College's board of trustees and board of overseers, and he has been a partner in the incredible growth and success of Touro College. The Hastens will be honored for their leadership gift to Touro College.