The Benjamin Strauss Athletic Scholarship Awarded to Six Touro College Students

Date: December 29, 2009
L-R: Danielle Todfeld; Professor Irv Bader, director of Touro’s Athletics Department; Chana Lasker; Paul Freedman, a senior development officer and founder of Touro’s Athletics Department; and Deborah Deitel. (Photo credit: Ira Thomas Studios.)
L-R: Danielle Todfeld; Professor Irv Bader, director of Touro’s Athletics Department; Chana Lasker; Paul Freedman, a senior development officer and founder of Touro’s Athletics Department; and Deborah Deitel. (Photo credit: Ira Thomas Studios.)
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The Benjamin Strauss Athletic Scholarship Awarded to Six Touro College Students.

New York, N.Y. - Six Touro College students were awarded the Benjamin Strauss Athletic Scholarship on December 10th at the Lander College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills, New York. This marks the third year that Touro has awarded the athletic scholarships.

Benjamin Strauss graduated from Touro College during its early years when the school had only one campus. After his recent untimely death, friends established the Benjamin Strauss Athletic Fund, which is awarded to full-time students who excel in athletics and athletic courses, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.4, and participate in exemplary community service.

“These outstanding students have shown genuine dedication to their academics, athletics, and community,” said Paul Freedman, a senior development officer and founder of the Department of Athletics at Touro College, who also administers the scholarship fund under the direction of the department’s head, Irv Bader. Professor Bader, a legend in athletics and special education, was recently inducted into the Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame. “Emphasizing a community service component to the Benjamin Strauss Athletic Fund fits in perfectly with Touro’s commitment to reaching out to underserved individuals and to social justice.”

The scholarships were awarded to the following students who are enrolled in the Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School in Manhattan, the Lander College for Men, and the Lander College of Arts and Sciences - Flatbush:

Daniel Adler, who is a sophomore from Baltimore, M.D., plays in both the basketball and flag football leagues. Mr. Adler is a finance major at Lander College for Men and runs a carpool service for needy people in the Kew Gardens Hills and Forest Hills communities of Queens.

Deborah Deitel, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a junior at the Lander College of Arts and Sciences - Flatbush. Ms. Deitel, a swimmer, is studying occupational therapy and volunteers at “Kids In Shape,” a health facility with branches in Brooklyn and Forest Hills that works with at-risk children. She is also the personal caregiver to her father who suffered a stroke several years ago.

Israel Korobkin, a junior who hails from Los Angeles, C.A., plays in the basketball league and is a biology major at the Lander College for Men. Mr. Korobkin teaches disabled students during the summers when he is in Los Angeles. In New York, he volunteers with the Chai Club, a learning program where he helps train developmentally delayed young people.

Chana Lasker, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a junior at the Lander College of Arts and Sciences - Flatbush, where she studies biology. Ms. Lasker, a swimmer, volunteers with Yad Eliezer, a joint program between Israel and the United States that serves the needy in Israel. She also volunteers at Ateres Avot, a nursing home in Brooklyn. Her goal is to become a physician assistant.

Ari Schwartz-Weitz, from Edison, N.J., is a senior who is a psychology major at the Lander College for Men. Mr. Schwartz-Weitz, who plays in the basketball and flag football leagues, is very active with the National Council for Synagogue Youth (NCSY). As the vice president of student government at LCM, he coordinates student activities for both Lander College for Men and NCSY in several regions throughout the United States.

Danielle Todfeld, a Woodmere, N.Y. native, is an accounting major in her senior year at the Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School. Ms. Todfeld, who takes yoga and pilates courses, is a counselor at the Bais Ezra Academy for severely disabled children. She finds it very special that this athletic scholarship takes into account both community service and scholarship.

Individuals interested in making a contribution to Touro College’s athletic scholarship fund may contact Paul Freedman at pfreedman@touro.edu.

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