Touro College’s Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash L’Talmud To Hold Inaugural Chag Hasmicha (Rabbinic Ordination Ceremony) At Its 10th Anniversary April 25 at The White Shul

Date: April 02, 2010
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New York, N.Y. — Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of Touro College’s Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash L’Talmud, has announced that the inaugural dinner celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary on Sunday evening, April 25, will feature Beis Medrash L’Talmud’s first-ever Chag HaSmicha (rabbinic ordination ceremony), celebrating a decade of musmachim (those who will receive rabbinic ordination).

At the dinner, all 52 musmachim will be individually honored for their completion of their ordination studies at Beis Medrash L’Talmud. The dinner will take place at Congregation Kneseth Israel (The White Shul) in Queens, N.Y.

“We are proud of our 52 musmachim and wish them well as they go on to serve the Jewish people and promulgate Jewish tradition,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, who recently succeeded the late Dr. Bernard Lander as president and CEO of Touro College. “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone and look forward to sharing the celebration of our 10th anniversary with the Jewish community, both here and abroad.”

The anniversary dinner’s honorees include LCM’s founding chairman of its board of overseers, Steve Brown, and his wife, Mychal Brown, plus two prominent LCM alumni and their wives, Rabbi Daniel and Ziva Glanz and Rabbi Ariel and Shani Kopitnikoff.

Brown will be awarded the LCM Founders Award in recognition of his many years as founding chairman of the LCM board of overseers and his continued generosity towards LCM.

The Glanzes will be honored with the Beis Medrash L’Talmud Harbotzos Torah Award, in acknowledgement of their numerous accomplishments in spreading Torah, both in America and Israel, including at Beis Medrash L’Talmud, where they played a pivotal role in its initial development.

The Kopitnikoffs will be awarded the LCM Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their many years of continuous service to the LCM community.

“While still a young institution, Lander College takes great pride in its alumni who have chosen to pursue careers in the rabbinate, Jewish education, and communal outreach,” Rabbi Yehuda Shmulewitz, menahel of the Beis Medrash L’Talmud, said. “In addition to our musmachim who have made aliyah and now work in post-high school yeshivot in Israel, many of our local institutions—including Young Israel of Scarsdale, Ezra Academy, Davis Renov Stahler High School for Boys, Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, Congregation Etz Chaim, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Ramaz High School, Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Westchester Hebrew High School, Yeshiva of South Shore, Yeshiva of Central Queens, and Hebrew Academy of Long Beach--have all benefited from the talents of our young musmachim.”

Dean Sokol also had words of praise for the evening’s honorees. “These are people who have been a critical part of Lander College for Men from its inception,” he said. “Throughout the years, they have supported us with their loyalty, dedication and hard work, which has helped make our school into one of the top institutions in the nation that combine both Jewish and secular academic studies.”

He added that LCM graduates gain admission to the best graduate and professional schools in the nation, including Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, The University of Chicago, New York University, Columbia University, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. They also receive job offers from top firms and corporations around the country, he said.