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'They Care—and Care That Their Students Care, Too'

August 21, 2015

Ira Bedzow is a triple threat. In addition to being an ordained rabbi, an accomplished scholar and a published author, he holds three advanced degrees. 

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Mitzvah in the Making

August 05, 2015

The course title, “How to Read a 5000-Year-Old Language in Five Easy Lessons,” offered by the Jewish Learning Exchange (JLE) in London, caught the attention of the young, well-heeled professional set who were searching for Jewish meaning and identity. Rabbi Rashi Simon, an insightful and witty American who founded JLE in 1989, drew people to the organization with his energy and creativity, along with trailblazing, explanatory crash courses in Judaism. 

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Division of Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony Celebrates Class of 2015

June 30, 2015

Students, faculty, and administrators of the Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) at Touro College celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 at a joyous commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, on June 23.

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The Untold Story of Post-War European Jewry

January 19, 2015

Much of the research on post-war Jewry concludes that European Jewish life vanished in the catastrophe of World War II. And indeed, statistics show that many Holocaust victims did emigrate from Europe to rebuild their lives in other countries. But, at the same time, there were also masses of Jews who willfully decided to stay on the continent.

What happened to them? 

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A First-Class Professor, In More Ways Than One

January 16, 2015

First she joined the inaugural class at Stern College for Women. “We were the first class; we were guinea pigs!” she remembers. In 1958 she graduated from there as a valedictorian with her B.A. in psychology and Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.).

Then, she enrolled in Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies for her master’s in Jewish history. She was a Teaching Fellow at Stern when Dr. Bernard Lander, the dean of Revel at the time, mentioned something that surprised her. 

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Creating New Horizons

July 22, 2014

Since graduating from Touro in 2002, Graduate School of Jewish Studies alumnus Rabbi Eliezer Rubin has become Head of School at Livingston, NJ’s co-educational Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School. His interdisciplinary, philosophically pluralistic approach bridges Orthodox teachings and secular American ideals, in the hopes of sending well-rounded students into the world. Or, as Rubin puts it himself, “I’m very excited about helping children discover themselves while they connect to Jewish values.” 

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Lighting the Spark

July 21, 2014

There is a global Jewish community, and each member has the opportunity to share its values with their immediate friends and neighbors. These are ideas held dear by Graduate School of Jewish Studies Class of 1989 graduate Rhonda Lillianthal, who now works as Director of The Center for Jewish Life at JCC Metrowest New Jersey.  In that capacity, she also directs a site of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lillianthal spends each day helping Jews either rediscover or ignite their spirituality. Her teaching is an extension of the meaningful way that faith guides her own actions.

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Anything but Ordinary

June 30, 2013

Master of Arts in Jewish History candidate, Passi Rosen-Bayewitz embarked on a study of Jewish professional women who had made a difference during the interwar years and the Holocaust period, between 1918 and 1945. Rosen-Bayewitz calls her subjects “ordinary women who accomplished extraordinary things”—very much like Rosen-Bayewitz herself.

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Transatlantic Faith

February 28, 2013

Suffice it to say, Frederika Lorie has committed herself to understanding, whether that applies to varied individuals, communities, religions or other environmental circumstances. The Leeds, UK native and recent Cambridge University Theology honors grad is now residing in Manhattan’s Upper West Side while earning her Masters in Jewish Studies at Touro. As one might expect, the move’s been something of a culture shock.

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The Great Educator

February 11, 2013

Ira Bedzow isn’t your ordinary triple-degree-holding doctoral student, ordained rabbi and published poet. He may, in fact, be the only individual currently on the Eastern Seaboard with those particular credentials. The Florida native and Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies alum (not to mention 2010 commencement speaker… which wasn’t even his class) didn’t set out to overachieve. He simply followed his yen for knowledge and didn’t blink.

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