Lander College

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The Lander College for Men
Type Private, Jewish
Established 2000
Location New York City (Kew Gardens Hills, Queens), NY
Campus Urban

Coordinates: 40°43′26″N 73°48′54″W / 40.724°N 73.815°W / 40.724; -73.815 The Lander College for Men is a private men's division of Touro College located in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York City. Its stated goal is to provide a rigorous college curriculum while maintaining a traditional Yeshiva environment with the affiliated Beis Medrash L'Talmud. Generally, its attendees are students who have attended post-high school programs studying Talmud prior to their attendance, primarily in Israel.

Background and history[edit]

The Lander College for Men opened in the fall of 2000, and before long moved onto its 7-acre (28,000 m2) campus in Kew Gardens Hills.[1] It graduated its first class in 2003. Geoffrey Alderman, who was a Vice President of Touro College, was Dean of the Lander College for Men from its inception, and served until the end of February 2002. He left to work at American InterContinental University in the UK.[2] The current dean of the Lander College for Men, Dr. Moshe Sokol, succeeded him at that time.

In May 2012 Rabbi Abba Bronspigel retired from the position of Rosh HaYeshiva of Beis Medrash L'Talmud. He was succeeded by Rabbi Yonason Sacks and Rabbi Doniel Lander in the Fall of 2012.[3]

In the biography of Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander,[4] it is stated that the Lander College for Men was created partially in response to dissatisfaction with the liberalization of Yeshiva University during the tenure of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm.[citation needed] In response to this, some of Yeshiva University's rabbinical faculty, specifically Rabbis Abba Bronspigel and Yehuda Parnes, decided to leave the school.[citation needed] With the assistance of Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, they created a school with the goal of providing a more religious and more challenging Yeshiva environment than that of Yeshiva University.

Bernard Lander called the Lander College for Men the "flagship" of Touro College.[5]

Academic environment[edit]

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 Yeshiva 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 school policy, all students are required to pray with the school's prayer services thrice daily. All students must also attend the morning program of Talmud studies, usually from 9:00am until 2:20pm, each Sunday through Friday, with a break for lunch (the schedule varies by day). Following afternoon prayers at 2:20pm, academic classes start, Monday through Thursday, lasting until 7:00pm or so for most students. Night Seder (evening Judaic studies) from 8pm until 10pm is also officially mandatory.[6]

Notable Faculty[edit]

  • Rabbi Yonason Sacks, Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rabbi Yehuda Shmulewitz, Menahel
  • Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik
  • Rabbi Moshe Bamberger, Mashgiach
  • Rabbi Shmuel Marcus
  • Rabbi Dovid Mirsky
  • Rabbi Chaim Kirschenbaum
  • Rabbi Yitzchak Genack
  • Rabbi Zvi Sokol
  • Rabbi Ephraim Tanenbaum
  • Rabbi Dr. Moshe Sokol, Dean

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Rabbi Benjamin Greenberg
  • Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski
  • Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
  • Rabbi Avi Grossman
  • Reb Rafi Hecht

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lander College for Men: About the School
  2. ^ Dr. Alderman's Home Page
  3. ^ 14 May2012 (2012-05-14). "Rabbi Yonason Sacks Appointed Rosh HaYeshiva at Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash L’Talmud". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ Weisz, Peter (2013). The Lander Legacy. Ktav Publishing House. ISBN 1602802289. 
  5. ^ "Home". 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ Lander College for Men: Class Schedules

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