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The Lander College for Men (LCM) is a private, men's honors division of Touro College located in Kew Gardens Hills, New York. Its goal is to provide a rigorous college curriculum while maintaining a traditional Yeshiva environment. It was made for students who have decided to spend at least one year of studying in Israel prior to their attendance.

Background and history

The Lander College for Men opened its doors in the fall of 2000 on a 7-acre (28,000 m2) campus in Kew Gardens Hills, NY[1] and graduated its first class in 2003. Geoffrey Alderman, who was a Vice President of Touro College, was Dean of the Lander College from its inception, and served until the end of February 2002. He left to work at American InterContinental University in the UK. [2]

The Lander College for Men was created partially in response to dissatisfaction with the liberalization of Yeshiva University during the tenure of Rabbi Norman Lamm[3]. In response to this, some of YU's rabbinical faculty, specifically Rabbis Abba Bronspigel and Yehuda Parnes, decided to leave the school. With the assistance of Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, they created a school with the goal of providing a more religious and more challenging Yeshiva and academic environment than those of other alternatives. Because of this, Lander College aims to be a traditional Yeshiva and still give its students a rigorous college experience. As envisioned by its founders, it does this while maintaining an environment operating strictly within the confines of Jewish law.

Faculty and staff

Lander's rabbinical staff is led by Rabbi Abba Bronspigel and includes Rabbi Yehuda Parnes, Rabbi Yehuda Shmulewitz and Rabbi Moshe Bamberger as the Mashgiach Ruchani. Other maggidei shiur include Rabbi Dovid Mirsky, Rabbi Tenenbaum, and Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik (son of Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik).[4] The college is also host to a number of well known educators, among them, Rabbi Dr. Moshe Sokol (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania), Dean as well as professor of literature.

Academic environment

Lander College For Men offers a wide range of classes within itself and through its parent, Touro College. More than a dozen Degrees can be obtained on campus, and more than a dozen more can be earned in conjunction with Touro campuses in Flatbush and Manhattan. The average SAT score for incoming students fluctuates, but has been above 1300 (excluding the writing section) in most recent years.

The vast majority of students in the school transfer from Israeli institutions focusing on post-high school full time Judaic studies, where most have studied for multiple years. The school has a Beis Medrash program, in conjunction with the associated Beis Medrash L'Talmud, for full time Judaic studies for students who are either pre- or post-college. In accordance with Halacha, all students are required to pray with a quorum thrice daily. All students must also attend the morning program of Talmud studies, usually from 9:15am until 2:30pm, each Sunday through Friday, with a break for lunch. Following afternoon prayers at 2:30pm, academic classes start, Monday through Thursday, lasting until 7:00pm for most students. Night Seder (evening Judaic studies) from 8pm until 10pm is also mandatory.[5]

LCM, along with the other related schools under the Touro aegis, (which are not differentiated for this purpose,) have ranked nationally in the top several universities for passing several sections of the CPA, including the Business Environment, and Financial Accounting and Reporting sections.[6]

Lander College boasts an active and cohesive student organization. The organization was informally started and managed by Daniel & Ziva Glanz and has proven integral to the growth of student life. The student organization functions under the Office of Student Life, currently chaired by Ariel Kopitnikoff.

In addition to the Lander College kollel (for those who finish college and want to continue Torah study) there is a kollel elyon (an advanced kollel, a.k.a. "The Super Kollel"). The kollel elyon is a group of the top students and is designed to enhance the level of learning in the yeshiva.

Lander College for Men has recently developed an active alumni society, led by Alumni Chair, Moshe Ornstein, and Aryeh Young, Director of Alumni Affairs for LCM.


See also

References

  1. Lander College for Men: About the School
  2. Dr. Alderman's Home Page
  3. See the section discussing Rabbi Elya Svei, and his comment about Rabbi Lamm
  4. http://www.touro.edu/LanderCollege/Faculty.asp - Though this list is not at all up to date.
  5. Lander College for Men: Class Schedules
  6. Lander College for Men: Class Schedule

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