June 22, 2006
Letter from the President

Thirty-five years ago, Touro College welcomed a small charter class of 35 students.  Today, Touro College is the largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution in the United States, serving not only the needs of our more than 22,000 students, but also strengthening and serving diverse communities in New York, Southern and Northern California, Nevada, Jerusalem, and Moscow. 
In this past year, we have made significant strides towards the establishment of our first school of allopathic medicine in New Jersey and our third school of osteopathic medicine, to be located in New York.  We are completing construction of a new home for Lander College for Women in Manhattan and a major high school of Judaic and general studies in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.  In the near future, we will also begin educating students in South Florida and in Rome. 
Touro’s founders were committed to the perpetuation and enrichment of the Jewish heritage, to the enhancement of the Jewish community, and - in keeping with the historic Judaic commitment to intellectual inquiry and social justice - to serving the general community.  The College has grown substantially since its founding, but its commitment to its mission has been consistent and unwavering.  The leaders of our institution, including our outstanding faculty and administration, have enabled Touro to reach unparalleled heights. 
Together we have succeeded in establishing a broad, secure and diverse foundation for Touro College.  As we move forward, we will continue to pioneer new programs and expand our outreach to Jewish communities across the United States and around the world and to underserved populations in the general community.  And we will continue our steadfast commitment to excellence in all our endeavors.

Dr. Bernard Lander
President and Founder