Touro College in Israel Celebrates Dedication Of New Library

Date: November 26, 2008
Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College, with daughter Hannah, at recent library dedication at Touro College in Israel.
Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College, with daughter Hannah, at recent library dedication at Touro College in Israel.
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New York, N.Y. - Touro College in Israel recently celebrated the dedication and naming of its library in memory of Sarah Rebecca Lander, a”h – the late wife of Touro College president and founder Dr. Bernard Lander.

Dr. Lander and three generations of his children were present for the dedication, which took place on October 23rd in Jerusalem and included a reception and lecture. Dr. Lander founded Touro in 1971 in New York City with only 35 students. Today, he continues to oversee Touro’s 29 locations as one of the oldest sitting college presidents and founder of an institution of higher learning. Today Touro is the largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution – serving over 17,500 undergraduate and graduate students across the United States and abroad.

Touro College in Israel, located in the Givat Shaul section of Jerusalem, is an ideal option for Shana Bet (second year) students looking to get a jump on their college careers as well as for yeshiva students and spouses who hope to keep their academic momentum alive while living in Israel for a couple of years. Touro College in Israel offers a variety of study options. These include courses at the baccalaureate and master's levels in several disciplines, which make Touro College in Israel a valuable option for many students.

The Sarah Rebecca Lander Library aims to support the curricula of the College as well as develop the students' information literacy and research skills. The College recently expanded its library's print collection to include classic and contemporary titles in the fields of psychology, sociology and business. These print resources, in addition to the Touro College Virtual Library, form the basis of its growing collection.

Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Handel, dean of Touro College in Israel, delivered the dedication address, in which he spoke of Sarah Rebecca Lander's commitment to her family and the Jewish people.

"Coming from a family of Torah royalty, Mrs. Lander recognized that her home was to be a source from which kedusha would spread to the entire Jewish people. She realized this was to be accomplished by her beloved husband and encouraged him in his concern for all Jews, frum and not-yet-frum, at great personal sacrifice." Rabbi Berel Wein, noted author and historian, gave the guest lecture, entitled "Jewish Education throughout the Ages."

Taking into account the unique needs of its students, Touro College in Israel offers separate classes for men and women. The course schedule is planned to best accommodate for the needs of a student body that is involved with a variety of activities outside of the Touro classroom. Classroom instruction endeavors to facilitate a high degree of personal interaction and class sizes are small and warm, providing each student with the optimal tools to excel.