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Touro’s Lander College for Women Appoints Scholar-in-Residence

Rabbi Yitzchak Gettinger seeks high-caliber learning outside the classroom.

(Courtesy of Touro University) “I’m here to teach Torah.”

As in-house scholar-in-residence at Touro’s Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW), Rabbi Yitzchak Gettinger will be leading Torah study with the students outside of their Judaic classes or requirements, simply for the sake of learning.

“There’s a certain thirst the students have for more Torah and definitely more connection and more passion,” he said. “This is an opportunity for them that’s not about a grade, a test, or a syllabus. It’s about real, personal connection to Torah on their own time, on their own schedule, in a more relaxed environment than the classroom.”

“Rabbi Gettinger’s excitement about teaching and learning Torah is magnetic,” said Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike, dean of Lander College for Women. “There’s a deep interest among our students for more Torah on campus. Rabbi Gettinger’s involvement at LCW will enable our students to expand and deepen their understanding of Torah. Our goal is to enable them to comfortably continue their Torah studies after graduation from LCW and throughout their lives.”

Gettinger grew up in South Bend, Indiana, attended Yeshivas Toras Chaim in Lakewood, and then the Mir Yeshiva in Israel for eight years before studying at Yeshivas Brisk in the division led by Rav Avraham Yehoshua Soloveitchik. He lives in Manhattan and is the rabbi of Young Israel of the West Side, and a member of West Side Kollel.

Gettinger prefers to teach in a chabura setting, he said, because he wants to tailor the experience toward the students’ interests to enable them to get the most out of this opportunity.

“My vision is being able to provide the students with an uplifting, inspiring experience outside of the classroom curriculum,” he said. “But beyond being inspiring, the shiurim should be motivating to them, a compelling kind of learning that’s text based and has depth. In order to connect with the students, the learning has to be high caliber.”

The topics of his shiurim will vary; some will be related to chagim and scheduled in advance, and others will be driven by student interest or suggested by the dean or members of the faculty. He also plans to delve into Jewish history and will integrate current events into his classes when necessary.

“No matter what,” Gettinger said, “having a dedicated person to provide extracurricular learning and inspiration can do a lot of good for the students and for the institution.”

For more information on Touro’s Lander College for Women visit www.lcw.touro.edu

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