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?
At 34 years old, Fort-Lee native Seth Abrams was in his prime as an actor, marathoner and recreational boxer.
Bobby Staley exudes grit and grace. In 2008, he was named valedictorian and commencement speaker of the Graduate School of Social Work. No starry-eyed kid, Staley was 49 and had been working full time and finishing up night school when he decided to go to graduate school. “I thrived at Touro,” Staley says, “because of the care and concern from staff and faculty, as well as the school’s emphasis on the human aspect of social work.”
While working at Our Place, a shelter for at-risk Orthodox Jewish teens, Shani Verschleiser noticed that a number of those seeking help for drug and alcohol problems had been victims of sexual abuse. “I told my husband Eli, who was also a volunteer and Our Place’s founder, that we have to work backward to help kids by reaching them before this cycle begins,” explains Verschleiser.
Students, faculty, and administrators of the Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) at Touro College celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 at a joyous commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, on June 23.
Surrounded by family, faculty, and friends, the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) honored this year’s graduating class with family, faculty, and friends at the annual academic recognition ceremony and hors d’oeuvres reception held at Touro’s Lander College for Women.
Abandoned by his father when he was a small child, Dr. Steven Huberman was raised by his disabled mother for most of his life. “If it wasn’t for my guidance counselor and social worker, I never would have made it,” he says.
Touro College Graduate School of Social Work students and faculty were active during Social Work Month – convening at the United Nations to learn about international social work, mingling in Albany with elected officials, recruiting students around town to become social workers, and supporting one of their own in a 13.1 mile half-marathon.