Rosh Hashana: A Humble Accounting
Dr. Kadish's Rosh Hashana letter to the Touro College & University System family.
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which starts this Wednesday, September 4th, celebrates the Jewish New Year and commences a period of reflection and soul-searching leading up to Yom Kippur. The cornerstone of prayer during this time is a silent and sincere conversation with the Almighty and with ourselves in which we take responsibility for our actions. This process of deliberate introspection is illustrative of the Jewish concept of a personal relationship with God through a process of humble accounting.
This annual milestone serves as an opportunity for us to look toward the future and to build on our accumulated experience from the past year. Just as Rosh Hashanah is a time to contemplate our lives in private, it is also a time to consider our collective achievements. Since last Rosh Hashanah, each of us has invested our time, energy, and talents into our institution. It befits us to take stock of our public accomplishments and look to them for inspiration and direction as we prepare for a new year. As president, when I look back at all we have achieved this past year I am filled with gratification as well as confidence and hope for everything we can accomplish in the year to come.
We have continued to distinguish ourselves as an award-winning international educational and research institution with Touro College Graduate School of Education’s top rankings in a recent New York City Department of Education survey and Touro College of Pharmacy garnering recognition for its community outreach in Harlem by the National Consumers League. Additionally, we are proud of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center for spearheading the ProBono Uncontested Divorce Project, which has been lauded as one of the most innovative law projects this year. Congratulations to Touro University California, and The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Nevada for earning national grants and private donations in recognition of their inspiring work.
Our standard for excellence in teaching reaches across all our campuses and we recognize that one of our primary goals is to enable students to actualize the skills they’ve learned here and contribute meaningfully to their communities outside the safety of our institution. Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s matching one hundred percent of the 2013 graduates to residency programs and the Lander Colleges’ record number of students accepted to prestigious graduate programs like Harvard Law for the coming fall has exemplified these values. As a result of these efforts, our student body is the largest it has ever been and it is continuing to grow. The same is true about Lander College’s Honors program, which inducted 30 new members this year.
In a year of calibrated growth at Touro, we have, amongst many milestones and accomplishments, developed an experiential summer course in Holocaust education in Germany, created the Touro College Press, which has already published its first book, added two new nursing baccalaureate degree programs to Touro College’s School of Health Sciences, began constructing Touro Medical College of Osteopathic Medicine’s new campus in Middletown, and inaugurated the Lander College for Men Center for Jewish Law and the Professions this year. New York Medical College ushered in a new year of progress and organic growth with the acquisition of 19 Skyline Drive and the renovation of the Dana Road facility, which will advance our mission of forward-looking research and educational excellence. I am especially proud of the successful bolstering and expansion of our existing programs because they signal our institution’s internal vigor and vitality.
While many people at our institution have distinguished themselves this year by their achievements, I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Dr. Steven Huberman, Dr. Louis Primavera, Dr. Mitchell Forman, and Dr. Michael Harter whose outstanding service has been nationally recognized by recent honors and appointments to prestigious positions. Their accomplishments are indicative of the caliber of people who work for us, and I am looking forward to seeing them continue to accomplish great things in their new roles.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Administration I want to thank everyone for making this a successful year for our institution. In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, I encourage everyone to use this time and engage in honest self-reflection, take stock of our accomplishments, and return refreshed and with a renewed sense of purpose for the coming year. I wish the entire Touro family a happy and healthy New Year in 5774, and a successful academic year in 2013-2014.
Dr. Alan Kadish
President and CEO