Lander College for Men

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Lander College for Men
בית מדרש לתלמוד
Established2000; 22 years ago (2000)
Parent institution
Touro College and University System
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
DeanMoshe Sokol
Rosh YeshivaYonason Sacks
40°43′26″N 73°48′54″W / 40.724°N 73.815°W / 40.724; -73.815Coordinates: 40°43′26″N 73°48′54″W / 40.724°N 73.815°W / 40.724; -73.815
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The Lander College for Men is a private men's division of Touro College and University System located in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York City. Its stated goal is to provide a college curriculum while maintaining a traditional Yeshiva environment. 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, 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.[4] In response to this, some of Yeshiva University's rabbinical faculty, specifically Rabbis Abba Bronspigel and Yehuda Parnes, decided to leave the school.[5] With the assistance of 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.[6]

Academic environment[edit]

This is a dual curriculum program involving college courses along with Judaic studies. 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 2:15pm, each Sunday through Thursday, 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.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lander College for Men: About the School Archived 2006-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  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". Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Weisz, Peter (2013). The Lander Legacy. Ktav Publishing House. ISBN 1602802289.
  5. ^ "YU's Challenge From Right". The New York Jewish Week. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Home". 2012-05-15. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  7. ^ Lander College for Men: Class Schedules Archived 2006-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Biography of Daniel Rosenthal, New York State Assembly. Accessed January 27, 2018. "Daniel is the youngest sitting member of the New York State Legislature. He is a graduate of Lander College for Men and resides in Kew Gardens Hills."

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