4 Touro colleges each pick a valedictorian


A record breaking 582 students wre graduate from Touro’s Lander Colleges this month with baccalaureate degrees, and 116 students will graduate from Machon L’Parnasa/The Institute for Professional Studies and The School of Lifelong Education with associate’s degrees at the College’s 46th annual commencement.

The May 24 ceremony was presided over by Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish and the Lander Deans including Dr. Robert Goldschmidt, dean of Touro’s Lander College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of Touro’s Lander College for Men; and Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike, dean of Touro’s Lander College for Women-the Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School.

Chaya Beniawski, Valedictorian, Lander College of Arts and Sciences Women’s Division, chose Touro in Flatbush for its career-focused approach and supportive Jewish atmosphere. She excelled in her studies and was part of the Honors program and the Touro Flatbush Society of Fellows. Chaya majored in biology and will attend Columbia College of Dentistry in the fall.

Chaya attended Torah Academy for Girls High School and Machon Raaya seminary in Israel.

Joseph Weingarten, Valedictorian, Lander College of Arts and Sciences Men’s Division, chose Lander because it offered an excellent education and enabled him to continue learning at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath at the same time.

This fall, Joseph will matriculate at Albert Einstein Medical School, the next step on his path toward becoming a doctor.

Joseph attended Yeshiva Toras Emes Kaminetz,  the  Yeshiva of Philadelphia and Yeshiva Torah Vodaath.

Gavi Berman, Valedictorian, Lander College for Men, made Dean’s List every semester and scored in the 100th percentile on MCAT, the medical school admission exam. He majored in biology and  has been accepted to Touro’s New York Medical College for the fall. Gavi attended Yeshivas New Yisroel Toronto and Yeshivas Toras Moshe In Israel for three years.

Hannah Rubin, Valedictorian, Lander College for Women, the Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, chose Lander because it offered a stellar education and an environment where she was surrounded by women who share her values. Hannah attended Bais Ya’akov of Ramapo then spent a year at seminary at Machon Ra’ayah in Israel.