Touro College and Orthodox Union Announce 2016 Recipients of Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander ZTZ”L Scholarships for Outstanding NCSY Graduates

Date: June 23, 2016
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New York, N.Y. – Nine outstanding high school students from around the country were selected to receive the prestigious Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander zt”l Scholarship, presented jointly by Touro College and the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), the international youth arm of the Orthodox Union. The scholarships, named in memory of Touro’s Founding President Dr. Bernard Lander ztz”l and his wife Sarah Rivkah, were announced by Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish  and Orthodox Union President Martin Nachimson.

 Touro College  a longtime partner of the Orthodox Union, offers scholarships to outstanding NCSY graduates who choose to attend one of Touro’s Lander Colleges in New York City: Lander College for Men in Queens (LCM), Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW) in Manhattan and Lander College of Arts & Sciences (LAS) in Brooklyn. 

This year’s scholarship recipients are: Amanda Benros of Phoenix, Arizona; Elliot Englard of Livingston, New Jersey; Chavy Feder of Monsey, New York; Hanna Girard of Providence, Rhode Island; Joshua Katz of Memphis, Tennessee; Raquel Levy of San Diego, California; Haley Shapiro of Skokie, Illinois; Abbie Solomon of Dallas, Texas and Abigail Trencher of Silver Spring, Maryland.

“Dr. Lander always insisted that Touro offer scholarship opportunities to outstanding NCSY leaders,” Dr. Kadish said. “We have presented over two million dollars in such scholarships over the years, and it is only appropriate that these scholarships bear Dr. Lander’s name and the name of his beloved wife, Sarah Rivkah.”

Mr. Nachimson added, “These scholarships represent yet another significant link between the Orthodox Union and Touro College,” noting that “NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society also offers scholarship assistance that enable these exceptional future leaders to attend yeshivot in Israel prior to enrolling in one of the Lander Colleges.”

Marian Stoltz-Loike, Dean of LCW, commented on the meaningful bond that exists between OU’s NCSY and Touro College.  “Year after year, it is hardly a surprise that a large portion of our student leadership comes from the ranks of NCSY.  This well reflects the unmatched emphasis that NCSY places on empowering and inspiring the next generation of Jewish communal leadership.”

NCSY International Director Rabbi Micah Greenland said that each scholarship recipient’s "commitment to continued personal growth while pursuing a strong academic program is sincerely applauded, and is reflected in her or his decision to attend the Lander College Divisions of Touro College.”

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: 

About the Orthodox Union

Orthodox Union, now in its second century of service to the Jewish community of North America and beyond, represents the fastest growing segment in Jewish life. The OU is a world leader in community and synagogue services, adult education, youth work through NCSY, political action through the IPA (Institute of Public Affairs), and advocacy for persons with disabilities through Yachad and Our Way. Its kosher certification label, the, is the world's most recognized kosher symbol and can be found on over 750,000 products manufactured in 90 countries around the globe.