In order to save money after the Michigan auto industry crisis, the water supply for the city of Flint was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which had been found to be highly corrosive. Flint citizens complained that their tap water was foul and discolored, but officials took no action until a local pediatrician demonstrated lead levels two to three times higher in Flint’s children than in children in other parts of the state. Independent experts also tested the drinking water and found lead in the water supply. Residents have been relying on bottled water for cooking and hygiene needs, and fixing the system is estimated to cost 1.5 billion.
More than 1,000 master’s degree recipients were honored at the Touro College Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) Commencement Ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 16.
What Are Your Career Plans?
I’d like to pursue a career serving the veteran population and also to continue working with people who have developmental disabilities. The military program that was created at Touro has opened my mind to a new career path that I did not know existed until I came here.
March is National Social Worker's Month. In celebration of the important work of our country's more than 600,000 social workers, among them GSSW grads, we asked four alumni of the Graduate School of Social Work to reflect on their professional journeys thus far. We spoke with Bobby, Chana, Cheryl and Aris about what they have learned about social work -- what has excited them, surprised them, challenged them and inspired them. And what keeps them going as they take on some of the most critical work needed to support individuals, our communities and the world in which we live.
We light 44 Chanukah candles during the longest and coldest nights of the year. We light these candles after dark, during the period when the moon is waning and reflecting the least light. As such, these candles are lit during the darkest part of the day, month and year. We light these Chanukah candles for eight days. These candles do not eliminate the darkness, they merely temper the darkness. These Chanukah candles temper the darkness by temporarily casting their illumination into dark spots.
Ironically, it was Hila Revah’s job as a dance fitness teacher that helped her realize social work was her destiny.
Katie Levy, a 2014 graduate of Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), is helping organize an alumni and student association coat drive for New York Cares this winter. Touro Talk caught up with her to find out why she got involved and how we can all help.
On Tuesday, October 22, Touro's Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Dean Steven Huberman told everyone to go take a hike. Literally, that is.
My son-in-law and I spend an autumn afternoon schlepping , measuring, cutting and hammering wood and bonding while we build a Sukkah. This Sukkah will be our families’ temporary dwelling place while we celebrate Sukkot. As we step out of the comfort zones of our routines and our homes and into a holiday and an outdoor temporary dwelling, I am reminded that “no one likes change except a wet baby.”
As I fast, confess and make resolutions for change on Yom Kippur, I listen to the reading of the entire Book of Jonah. As the final blessing on the book is chanted, I ask myself the ultimate Yom Kippur question - how real is my repentance? Wasn’t I here last year? Didn’t I repent last year? How will this year’s resolutions for change made in the synagogue on this holy day withstand the upcoming year’s stress and strains?