Touro Goes West to Serve Students and Community

Date: November 29, 2005
Media Contact:

Barbara Franklin
Director of Communications
212-463-0400 x5530

Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and President of Touro College, has announced that Touro has opened its doors for students in Los Angeles. Touro has for many years provided outstanding educational programs to Jewish students in New York. Committed and ambitious students from across the United States, and from Israel and other countries, have traveled to study at Touro’s various campus locations in New York, including the Lander Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences for Men and Women in Flatbush, Lander College for Men in Queens, and Lander College for Women in Manhattan.

Dr. Esther Lowy of Los Angeles is a parent who is well acquainted with Touro College and its quality programs in New York; she is the mother of one Touro student and three successful Touro alumni. Dr. Lowy has now also been appointed the Dean of Touro College Los Angeles by President Lander. Touro College Los Angeles welcomed its first class of students in September 2005, and under Dean Lowy’s guidance and direction will serve the graduates of Los Angeles’ many fine Jewish high schools and yeshivas. Dr. Lowy hopes that Touro College Los Angeles will provide an attractive and viable educational option for West Coast students and families, and that young men and women will be able to remain in California – and closer to home - for their higher education. Dr. Lowy also expects that students from elsewhere in California, and from other communities west of the Mississippi River, will be attracted to Touro College Los Angeles. Los Angeles is home to approximately 600,000 Jews, and is a major and growing center of Jewish life.

For Dr. Lowy, the deanship at Touro College Los Angeles was a rare opportunity to utilize her considerable academic and professional skills and experience for the benefit of a community and educational institution to which she has long been committed. Dean Lowy received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from New York University, and her MBA from UCLA. She has taught at Baruch College, Brooklyn College, Cal Polytech-Pomona and UCLA, served on the administration of Jerusalem College of Technology, and has also enjoyed a successful career in business.

Touro College Los Angeles offers separate divisions for men and women, and affords students the opportunity to combine Judaic studies with quality liberal arts and pre-professional courses in a supportive, Torah-observant environment that is appropriate for an Orthodox student population. Initially, Touro College Los Angeles is approved to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and expects to expand its degree offerings.

Touro College Los Angeles is located at 1317 North Crescent Heights Boulevard in West Hollywood. The 12,000 square foot facility has ample classroom and parking space, as well as a library, Bais Midrash and computer lab. Evening classes for men are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, and classes for women are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings and on Wednesday afternoons.

Touro College, in fact, is not a newcomer to the West Coast. Touro University International, Touro’s highly successful school of internet education, with a current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students, is located in Cypress, in Southern California. Touro College also operates Touro University California on Mare Island in Vallejo, California. Touro University California is the home of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM), a College of Health Sciences, a College of Education, and a new College of Pharmacy. Historic Mare Island is located on the San Francisco Bay, one hour by car and 40 minutes by ferry from San Francisco.

For more information about Touro College Los Angeles, please contact Dean Esther Lowy at (323) 822-9700.