A More Vibrant Jewish Tomorrow
We’re building a stronger and more vibrant Jewish tomorrow.
Fifty years ago, Touro College was founded to meet a need in the Jewish community—a high-quality, affordable institution where religiously observant students wouldn’t have to choose between practicing their faith and pursuing their academic and professional goals. This commitment to supporting cultural, spiritual, and educational needs simultaneously informs our approach to every faith community.
We believe our Jewish values are universal values. Touro’s namesakes, Isaac and Judah Touro, were colonial Jewish American leaders who sought to enrich the lives of all people, regardless of creed or color. The Touro family established major endowments for universities, the first free library in North America, independent health facilities across the United States, and communities in Israel. In creating Touro, our founder Dr. Bernard Lander hoped to strengthen the Judaic tradition and serve the broader community with compassion and dignity.
Dr. Lander’s vision succeeded, and we’re dedicated to ensuring it continues to succeed for many more years to come. Today, the Touro system is America’s largest private institution of higher and professional education under Jewish auspices. All along, we’ve embraced Jewish traditions and been guided by Jewish values, emphasizing the importance of both individual development and the greater good.
Our programs strengthen the Jewish community in specific ways—like providing an excellent education that recognizes religious students’ needs for holiday observance and setting aside time for spiritual study—while also honoring the historic Judaic devotion to intellectual inquiry and social justice for everyone.