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With Passover fast approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your continued hard work and dedication to the Touro College and University System. We have accomplished much with our combined efforts to nurture and develop our educational community for the benefit of our students. The success of Touro’s mission is dependent on everyone’s collaboration and support.
The holiday of Passover presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our history. The exodus from Egypt marks the creation of the Jewish nation, a story that has unfolded over more than 3,000 years and spanned the entire globe. The Touro College and University system’s story began forty-five years ago in a small classroom with thirty-five students. In the short time we have been educating students, we have grown to include 29 undergraduate and graduate programs, in five countries, with a current enrollment of 18,000 students. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation for your contribution to the development and growth of our educational community.
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.
Rosh Hashanah, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, creates a rhythm of continuity for Jewish history and allows us the opportunity to chronicle the triumphs and trials of our time. It is a time of reflection, a time of hope and prayer, and a time for family. The day affords us ample opportunity to reflect on the past year of remarkable growth at Touro, for which the entire Touro family can be very proud. I hope you will join me in praying for and working toward many more years of continued success.