Founded in 1970 by Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro College offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs with the mission of preserving and enhancing the international Jewish community. Touro's namesakes, Isaac and Judah Touro, were famed leaders in the Jewish community around the time of the American Revolution. In 1790, the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island received a visit from recently-elected President George Washington, who urged the Touros to expand their influence in America's development. Among their many accomplishments, the Touros made significant contributions for early American universities, community centers and helped construct the first free library in North America.
Today, students living in university housing or an off campus apartment around Touro College's Manhattan locations may enroll in a variety of programs in the liberal arts. The college also offers graduate programs in law, medicine, business, technology and education, among others. Recently, Touro announced its affiliation with the New York Medical College in Westchester County.
Touro College also has three osteopathic medical schools in New York, Nevada and California in addition to sister schools in Russia, Berlin, Israel and Paris. Student living and university living around the main campus in Manhattan allows students access to New York's social, educational and cultural centers like Greenwich Village, Times Square, South Street Seaport and SoHo.
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