What brings a conservative Christian congressman from rural North Carolina and his wife to a Jewish-affiliated university in the heart of liberal-leaning Manhattan’s Upper West Side? In a word: Israel.
Legend has it that Henry Adams, the grandson and great-grandson of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams, was walking out of church one Sunday morning when his minister asked him if he had read Charles Darwin’s On the Origins of Species.
“Yes Father,” he answered, “cover to cover.”
“Did it affect your faith in the Creator of the Universe?”
“Not really,” he is said to have responded, “the progression of Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant dramatically disproves the theory of evolution.”
For Dr. David Luchins, the Torah’s commitment to making the world a better place is clear.
“Judaism is all about helping the poor, the weak and the widows,” Luchins explained. “My rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik taught us that ‘A perfect G-d dared to create an imperfect world and deigned to create an imperfect creature, Jew and non-Jew, and gave all of us the daunting task of perfecting His imperfect world.’”
David Luchins, Advocate for Social Justice, to Receive Prestigious Award at JCPA National Jewish Town Hall
Washington, DC – David Luchins, Touro College professor, community activist, and lifelong advocate for social justice, will receive the Albert D. Chernin Award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) at its annual meeting, the 2015 Jewish Community Town Hall, October 10-13, in Washington, D.C. The Chernin Award is given to Jewish leaders whose life work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history, and the protection of The Bill of Rights. Dr. Luchins represents the Orthodox Union (OU) on the JCPA Executive Committee, a position he has held since 1988 and currently serves as the chair of the Political Science Department at Touro College.
Hadassah Buchwald-Pawlak, a graduate of Lander College for Women, is featured in a story in The Jewish Week about the work she is doing through the Lauder-Morasha Primary and Middle Schools in Warsaw and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation’s Summer Educational Camps for Jewish Families helping to restore Jewish life in Poland.
Talkline radio's Zev Brenner recently interviewed Marian Stoltz-Loike, vice president of online education at Touro College and dean of Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, about the ways the school has grown and the outstanding education that it provides to its students.