Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander scholarships awarded to outstanding NCSY graduates.
(Courtesy of Touro College) Touro College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education under Jewish auspices; and the Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, have awarded the prestigious 2021 Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander zt”l scholarships to four outstanding high school graduates.
This year’s scholarship recipients are Ariel Lawton, Chana Lyubeznik, Moriah Rosenthal and Ori Zinnar. All were active NCSY members during high school and plan to attend seminary and yeshiva programs in Israel before enrolling in college.
The scholarships are awarded annually by Touro College and the Orthodox Union to outstanding NCSY (the OU’s international youth movement) 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 in Manhattan (LCW); and Lander College of Arts & Sciences (LAS) in Brooklyn.
The scholarships, in memory of Touro’s Founding President Bernard Lander, zt”l, and his wife, Sarah Rivkah, a”h, were announced by Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish and Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.
“Dr. Lander always supported Touro’s offer of scholarship opportunities to outstanding NCSY leaders,” Kadish said. “We have presented over $3 million 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. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Orthodox Union and NCSY in helping to create a vibrant and committed Jewish tomorrow.”
“These young adults represent the future leaders of the Jewish community,” said Bane. “Throughout their experience in NCSY, they have exemplified leadership, and we are proud to help invest in their futures.”
Bernard Lander served as president of Touro for almost 40 years, until his passing on February 8, 2010, at the age of 94. He built Touro from a fledgling institution with only 35 students in 1971 to an educational powerhouse with more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students across the United States and in Israel, Germany and Russia, making Touro the largest not-for-profit independent institution of higher and professional education under Jewish auspices. Lander also was a major figure in Jewish communal life, serving on the board of the Orthodox Union for almost 70 years.