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Dr. Lander Remembered

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

To commemorate the shloshim of Touro College founder and president, Dr. Bernard Lander, z”l, some of his friends and colleagues shared their memories of him with The Jewish Press. Here are their thoughts:

 

“The Jewish world has lost a prince and a prophet. Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander was a rare combination of vision and compassion. Hopefully, we all will learn from him to dream, to dare, and to care.” – Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, executive vice president emeritus, Orthodox Union

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The loss of Dr. Bernard Lander is not only being felt on the campus of Touro College, but throughout the Jewish community and all of New York. As the founder of Touro College, a leader in the Jewish community, and a world-class educator, Dr. Lander was one of those rare individuals who not only brought about real change in the world, but touched many lives while doing it. His life and legacy will always be remembered and his contributions to society will never be forgotten.”   - Senator Charles Schumer, United States Senator from New York

 

 

“Bernard Lander was a leader among the great personalities who built and advanced Jewish life in America after the Holocaust. The institution he created will be a lasting monument to his incredible contributions, which impacted and elevated this generation and generations to come. He was a unique visionary who was totally devoted to the principles of Torah im Derech Eretz. Most remarkably, he translated his dreams into reality. The entire Jewish community and many others are indebted to him and join in mourning his passing.” – Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

 

“Dr. Lander was a man of many unique qualities. A combination of Torah, Jewish values, honest concern for another individual, and the klal. His forward-looking vision was coupled with the ability and stamina to implement his visions. His endeavors affected Jews on numerous continents; the ripple effects of his activities will benefit klal Yisrael for generations. He was a leader, a mentor and most of all, a friend. He will be sorely missed.” – Rabbi Pesach Lerner, executive vice president, National Council of Young Israel

 

“Rabbi Dr. Lander was always giving. Every thought that he had was, ‘How can I help the other person? What can I give him?’ Never was he thinking, ‘What can I get out of this? What can I take for myself?’ It was always giving.” – HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva, Philadelphia Yeshiva

 

 

 

 

“Dr. Lander, zt”l, found and continuously immersed himself in the Fountain of Youth. Youth is the ability to change, to develop, to improve. For 94 beautiful and fruitful years, Rabbi Lander changed, improved, and developed himself and the world, all in honor of Hashem.”  – Rabbi Mordechai Finkelman, mashgiach ruchni, Yeshivas Ohr Chaim

 

 

 

 

“Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander was perhaps the greatest provider of Torah study and parnassah in our time. He truly represented, Torah u’gedulah bmokem echad. I am personally indebted to him for giving me the chance to advance my education in Holocaust studies.”- Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, assistant rav, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills

 

 

 

 

 

“When historians will one day write the history of the growth of the Torah community in America, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander will occupy a central role in the narrative. klal Yisrael owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude. Yehi zichro baruch.”- Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president, Agudath Israel of America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dr. Lander’s brilliant vision and achievements embraced the broadest needs of klal Yisrael, and even beyond, but this was rooted in the empathy and love he showed for every human being who crossed his path.” – Rabbi Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of the Lander College for Men and rav of the Yavneh Minyan of Flatbush

 

 

 

 

“The great Ponivitcher Rav, zt”l, was once asked, ‘If you are such a great scholar, then where are all the books you have written?’ The Rav took the individual inside his beis midrash and pointed around to all of his students, and said, ‘These are my books!’ There is no one today who has written as many books as Rabbi Dr. Lander.” – Dr. David Luchins, professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Touro College

 

 

 

 

“Rabbi Lander changed the Torah world, to allow Torah students to learn a livelihood and receive a secular education. All this, without compromising the student’s Torah values and tzenius. He was a legend in our days, tireless, and committed to bringing his vision to Jewish students all around the globe. He and his vision will never be forgotten.” – Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis, founder of Hineni, personal friend of Dr. Lander and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Touro College

 

 

“Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander was an amazing phenomenon. Though legally blind, he had better than 20-20 vision in the most important terms. Although, nearly 30 years beyond retirement age, he had more energy and vigor that people half his age. His imprint will remain, through the people he prepared for the professions and marketplace without diluting their primary loyalty to Torah.” – Rabbi Nosson Scherman, general editor, ArtScroll Publications and noted lecturer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, zt”l, was a pioneer and a true visionary in the field of higher education. His legacy is the tens of thousands of students who studied on Touro’s multiple campuses. Most importantly, as a rav and a manhig throughout his career, locally, nationally and globally, he was mekadesh shem shamayim.” - Rabbi Michael Miller, executive vice president, Jewish Community Relations Council

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo credit for all pictures: Shimon Golding)

Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro College Founder, Dies

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

He founded a college that spans the world, and served as its president until his death Monday evening at his home in Forest Hills, New York.

Dr. Bernard Lander, 94, was remembered by family members, friends and associates as a hands-on but modest administrator who took the lead in ensuring that observant Jews had the educational tools to earn a living.

“For bnei Torah, he built yeshivas and kollelim,” said his son, Rabbi Daniel Lander. “For the unaffiliated, he built colleges as a means of outreach and building kiruv.”

The younger Lander serves as rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Ohr HaChaim in Kew Gardens Hills, founded by his father in memory of his wife, Sarah Rivkah Lander. Dr. Lander’s funeral was held there Tuesday morning.

“Thousands attained the dignity of parnassa because of my father,” said Rabbi Lander. “He built different colleges for different populations.”

Dr. Lander founded Touro in 1970 with a class of 35 students in a midtown office building. Since then, its student body has grown to approximately 23,000, on 29 campuses in the U.S., Europe and Israel.

“There was a common misconception that Touro College was a private business, and he was a successful businessman,” said Rabbi Hershel Schachter of Yeshiva University.

“But Touro is not-for-profit. He received a salary far below his counterparts from other institutions.”

Mourners recalled a leader whose energy and passion endured to his last days.

“He started Touro at age 55; that took guts,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack of the Orthodox Union. “He had a prophetic quality, he never aged, and he knew the future.”

Dr. Lander received his semicha from Yeshiva University and went on to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where he wrote a dissertation on juvenile delinquency.

He was an associate director of the Mayor’s Committee on Unity, established in 1944 by then-New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, which became the city’s first Commission on Human Rights.

Prior to founding Touro, Rabbi Lander served as a professor of sociology for more than two decades at City University of New York and Yeshiva University, where he also served as dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School.

He was a consultant to three U.S. presidents, and served on the commission that established the War on Poverty program.

Dr. Lander was also an honorary vice president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU).

Dr. Lander’s ambition had no bounds, as recalled by Touro trustee Dr. Mark Hasten.

“On our visit to Israel, he proposed a solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. We met with then-Agriculture Minister Ariel Sharon.” Dr. Lander told Sharon about his vision of an agriculture school on the Israeli-Jordanian border. “I almost fell out of my chair,” said Hasten.

At the same time, from his Forest Hills home, even as his vision and voice deteriorated, Dr. Lander continued to closely monitor his closest pupils, calling to check that his grandsons David Waxman and Josh Lander kept up on Yoreh Deah, using the same book Lander used as a rabbinical student.

Dr. Alan Kadish, senior provost and chief operating officer at Touro College, described Rabbi Lander’s passing as “a profound loss. His vision and leadership has been phenomenal. His care and concern for the Jewish people and all of humanity knew no bounds.”

Kadish called Dr. Lander, who is survived by his son, three daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a “great rabbinic figure and illustrious educator who was a caring and devoted father to his family and extended family.”

“He was a patriarch to us all,” said Touro dean Dr. Stanley Boylan. “He was our rebbe.”

Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro College Founder, Dies

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010


He founded a college that spans the world, and served as its president until his death Monday evening at his home in Forest Hills, New York.


Dr. Bernard Lander, 94, was remembered by family members, friends and associates as a hands-on but modest administrator who took the lead in ensuring that observant Jews had the educational tools to earn a living.


“For bnei Torah, he built yeshivas and kollelim,” said his son, Rabbi Daniel Lander. “For the unaffiliated, he built colleges as a means of outreach and building kiruv.”


The younger Lander serves as rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Ohr HaChaim in Kew Gardens Hills, founded by his father in memory of his wife, Sarah Rivkah Lander. Dr. Lander’s funeral was held there Tuesday morning.


“Thousands attained the dignity of parnassa because of my father,” said Rabbi Lander. “He built different colleges for different populations.”


Dr. Lander founded Touro in 1970 with a class of 35 students in a midtown office building. Since then, its student body has grown to approximately 23,000, on 29 campuses in the U.S., Europe and Israel.


“There was a common misconception that Touro College was a private business, and he was a successful businessman,” said Rabbi Hershel Schachter of Yeshiva University.


“But Touro is not-for-profit. He received a salary far below his counterparts from other institutions.”


Mourners recalled a leader whose energy and passion endured to his last days.


“He started Touro at age 55; that took guts,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack of the Orthodox Union. “He had a prophetic quality, he never aged, and he knew the future.”


Dr. Lander received his semicha from Yeshiva University and went on to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where he wrote a dissertation on juvenile delinquency.


He was an associate director of the Mayor’s Committee on Unity, established in 1944 by then-New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, which became the city’s first Commission on Human Rights.


Prior to founding Touro, Rabbi Lander served as a professor of sociology for more than two decades at City University of New York and Yeshiva University, where he also served as dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School.


He was a consultant to three U.S. presidents, and served on the commission that established the War on Poverty program.


Dr. Lander was also an honorary vice president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU).


Dr. Lander’s ambition had no bounds, as recalled by Touro trustee Dr. Mark Hasten.


“On our visit to Israel, he proposed a solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. We met with then-Agriculture Minister Ariel Sharon.” Dr. Lander told Sharon about his vision of an agriculture school on the Israeli-Jordanian border. “I almost fell out of my chair,” said Hasten.


At the same time, from his Forest Hills home, even as his vision and voice deteriorated, Dr. Lander continued to closely monitor his closest pupils, calling to check that his grandsons David Waxman and Josh Lander kept up on Yoreh Deah, using the same book Lander used as a rabbinical student.


Dr. Alan Kadish, senior provost and chief operating officer at Touro College, described Rabbi Lander’s passing as “a profound loss. His vision and leadership has been phenomenal. His care and concern for the Jewish people and all of humanity knew no bounds.”


Kadish called Dr. Lander, who is survived by his son, three daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a “great rabbinic figure and illustrious educator who was a caring and devoted father to his family and extended family.”


“He was a patriarch to us all,” said Touro dean Dr. Stanley Boylan. “He was our rebbe.”

‘Reputation Always Lags Behind Reality By Several Years’: A Conversation With Touro College’s Future President

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

At 94, Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro College’s founder and president for 39 years, is finally ready to pass on the leadership mantle.

Last month Touro announced that Dr. Alan Kadish, formerly professor of medicine at Northwestern University, will succeed Dr. Lander as president in the near future with Dr. Lander set to become the university’s chancellor. Meanwhile, Dr. Kadish will serve as the college’s senior provost and chief operating officer.

Dr. Kadish, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, received his medical degree from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and postdoctoral medical training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Bergenfield, New Jersey with his wife and four children.

The Jewish Press recently spoke with Dr. Kadish.

The Jewish Press: Northwestern University is one of the best universities in the country. What made you leave that institution to come to Touro?

Dr. Kadish: I believe, and I came here with the belief, that Touro is on its way to becoming an outstanding academic institution. It’s a relatively young school but we have over 17,000 students in 29 schools. There are outstanding faculty members. It takes time to develop a reputation, but what I saw when I visited Touro was evidence of academic quality throughout the institution which far exceeded its reputation.

Of New York’s two Jewish colleges – Yeshiva University (YU) and Touro College – Touro has a reputation among some for being the less “serious” of the two. How do you regard this characterization?

I don’t think that calling something serious or not serious is really useful. What I would say is that Touro and YU have different goals. YU has a particular philosophy, [Torah U'mada], that it tries to inculcate in its students and it directs its education accordingly. And that’s great.

But Touro feels there’s a role for another kind of education. In fact, the kind of education that Touro offers is really the kind of education most universities in the world offer. Most universities in the world don’t promulgate a particular political philosophy, at least not on paper. They provide education, and that’s Touro’s philosophy. We provide education.

Perhaps the fact that Touro’s education in some of its schools is more goal- oriented rather than philosophically motivated leads people to perceive it as less serious. But we certainly don’t view it that way.

How about Touro’s reputation, in certain circles, for providing a decent rather than a great education?

I think that reputation always lags behind reality by several years.

If you look, for example, at Touro’s undergraduate colleges right now, these are actually outstanding institutions with tremendous faculty and world-class deans educated at Ivy League schools who have tremendous commitment to education. I think our goal in the short term actually is not so much to change all that much in these institutions, but rather to get the word out.

It’s also true that because Touro is such a complex institution with many components to it, sometimes there can be some spillover effect [reputation-wise] if one component is not working so well. That’s why one of my goals is to increase quality throughout Touro.

What are some of your other goals?

The first goal, like I said, is to continue to strengthen the academic quality throughout the institution. It’s a large institution with 29 different schools, and there’s excellent education throughout. But there are some places where it can be made better.

A second goal is to solidify the health sciences programs. We want to increase integration and coordination among these programs to help cross-fertilize ideas and educational opportunities.

And a third goal that Dr. Lander has, which I fully support, is to try to help grow the international programs at Touro, which he views as outposts of Touro and Yiddishkeit for a variety of different communities throughout the world.

Any other goals?

No, those will take a couple of years!

Touro College Opens School Of Pharmacy

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Sixty-Six Students Receive Their ‘White Coats’ At Gala Event 

Families of 66 Touro College Doctor of Pharmacy students recently joined with faculty and guests, as the students were called up individually to receive their “white coat.” This ceremony is the traditional beginning of their entrance into a four-year program, split evenly between classroom and field work. Representatives of the program’s supporters, such as CVS Caremark, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, and Walgreens helped the students don their coats. The ceremony took place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Manhattan.

In his address Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro’s founder and president, said the School of Pharmacy would reflect the values of Touro College.Dean Dr. Stuart Feldman remarked, “This will be the first school of pharmacy to open in New York City in over 68 years. The neighborhoods are sorely in need of more registered pharmacists. Our innovative program will be housed in modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The curriculum will prepare graduates to practice, and provide patient care in a variety of settings.”

Assistant Dean Dr. Lois A. Garland-Patterson introduced the attending dignitaries, and led the students in reciting the Pledge of Professionalism.

 

 

Students joined Touro College President Dr. Bernard Lander and school officials after the festivities. (L-R) Yaakov Fattakhov; Yehudis Lazarus; Rivka Hecht; Atara Nussbaum; Assistant Dean Dr. Lois A. Garland-Patterson; Dean Dr. Stuart Feldman; Dr. Lander; Abraham Behfar; and Boruch Weingarten. (Photo credit: Shimon Golding)

Touro College Opens School Of Pharmacy

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Sixty-Six Students Receive Their ‘White Coats’ At Gala Event 


Families of 66 Touro College Doctor of Pharmacy students recently joined with faculty and guests, as the students were called up individually to receive their “white coat.” This ceremony is the traditional beginning of their entrance into a four-year program, split evenly between classroom and field work. Representatives of the program’s supporters, such as CVS Caremark, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, and Walgreens helped the students don their coats. The ceremony took place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Manhattan.


In his address Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro’s founder and president, said the School of Pharmacy would reflect the values of Touro College.Dean Dr. Stuart Feldman remarked, “This will be the first school of pharmacy to open in New York City in over 68 years. The neighborhoods are sorely in need of more registered pharmacists. Our innovative program will be housed in modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The curriculum will prepare graduates to practice, and provide patient care in a variety of settings.”


Assistant Dean Dr. Lois A. Garland-Patterson introduced the attending dignitaries, and led the students in reciting the Pledge of Professionalism.


 


 

Students joined Touro College President Dr. Bernard Lander and school officials after the festivities. (L-R) Yaakov Fattakhov; Yehudis Lazarus; Rivka Hecht; Atara Nussbaum; Assistant Dean Dr. Lois A. Garland-Patterson; Dean Dr. Stuart Feldman; Dr. Lander; Abraham Behfar; and Boruch Weingarten. (Photo credit: Shimon Golding)

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