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To the Lander College for Men Class of 2014

May 27, 2014

Passion for your studies, confidence, yiras Hashem. Just a few of the things we hope you've gained from your experiences at Lander College for Men/Beis Medrash L'Talmud and will take with you as you continue on in your careers and life. 

Anything But a Washout

May 20, 2014

Hello, Muddah! Hello, Fadduh!
Here I am at Camp Granada.
Camp is very entertaining,
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.
Wait a minute!
It's stopped hailing.
Guys are swimming.
Guys are sailing.
Playing baseball.
Gee! That's better.
Muddah, Fadduh, kindly disregard this letter!

(excerpt from Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”)

Well, it was Camp Dora Golding, not Camp Granada. And the rain didn’t stop. But a little (lot) of rain didn’t hold back LCM guys from having buckets of fun at our annual schoolwide Shabbaton! 

Student Government Elections Show Highest Voter Turnout to Date

May 16, 2014

This year’s student government elections were a no-nonsense, serious affair. Gone are the days of campaign speech promises that fall by the wayside as soon as you enter office. This year’s nominees vowed to make time for their constituents, listen to what they have to say and work hard on their behalf. Students responded with the highest voter turnout to date. And POTLCMSG* has almost as nice a ring as POTUS**.

How to Respond to an Active Shooter on Campus?

May 14, 2014

Back in the day we had our requisite fire drills and we were prepared. Unfortunately, the world is a scarier place and there have been too many school shootings. To be prepared for any scenario, LCM brought in an NYPD detective who gives active shooter training to educate students for such a scenario. LCM students learned about getting out of sight and out of range, that unlike a fire where you want to be down and out here you want to be up and away, individuals vs. groups, and hiding for a prolonged period of time.  The lecture was interactive and engaging, but this is one lecture we hope will remain purely hypothetical. 

Internalizing Torah: Chief Rabbi David Lau Visits LCM

May 14, 2014

Students at the Lander College for Men (LCM)-Beis Medrash L’Talmud in Queens and the Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW) in Manhattan welcomed Rabbi David Lau, Shlita, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, who visited both campuses on Tuesday.

"And You Shall Bind Them As a Sign"

May 05, 2014

On Thursday we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Iyar with a special visit and shiur from noted sofer Rabbi Yisroel Kohn. The Shulchan Aruch mentions how often one should check mezuzot, but the lack of instructions for tefillin leads to a lot of discussion on how often they need to be checked. Rabbi Kohn delved right into that discussion and stayed throughout the day to check everyone’s tefillin.

Welcome Back BBQ

April 30, 2014

On Monday afternoon, under the skilled care of Michael Davidson’s spatula and tongs, Lander students enjoyed a welcome back barbecue before heading off to class. A lot of meat was consumed, frisbees and baseballs flew as a few games got under way, and the new post-pesach guys mingled and met the returning students as everyone got into the rhythm of the Lander campus.

Obamacare and Halacha

April 07, 2014

Obamacare and Halacha: The Ramifications of the Affordable Care Act Under Jewish Law was hosted by the Lander College Bioethics Society and sponsored by the Center for Jewish Law and the Professions at the Lander College for Men.  

 

Carving Up Some Powder

March 28, 2014
It's been a long, hard winter. But if this weather's good for anything it's producing great skiing conditions. And so last motzei shabbos almost 40 guys boarded a bus at 1:30 A.M. and headed for the slopes of Killington, VT for a student government-subsidized ski trip. The lodge opened as the bus pulled in at 7 A.M., and we davened and ate breakfast before taking our skis and snowboards to the mountain. As the first ones on the lift, one gondola had an impromptu kumsitz on the way up. Some guys mastered moguls, others black diamonds and most of us wore snow-covered ski masks by mid-morning. It was a happy, weary group that gathered back at the lodge for mincha and dinner after the lift closed, and  after boarding the bus, we promptly fell asleep. 

Groovin' at the LCM Annual Purim Chagigah

March 18, 2014

The cold is unrelenting, but we refused to let it put a damper on our Purim celebration.

We got off to a rollicking start, barely waiting for alumnus Melech Berlove to finish reading the Megillah on Motzei Shabbos before breaking into spirited dancing in the Beis. While the cafeteria was being set up for the chagigah, students took to the streets of Kew Gardens Hills, dancing, singing and collecting tzedakah. Over the course of the week we raised a few thousand dollars for members of the community who could use a little help.