On August 10th The Touro College and University System announced that Rabbi David Jacobson, Ph.D., has been appointed director of college affairs for Touro College Los Angeles (TCLA). Late last year Dr. Esther Lowy, the founding dean of TCLA, passed away. A dedicated scholar, educator and mother, Dr. Lowy was the guiding light of TCLA since its inception.
“We are very excited that Rabbi Jacobson has decided to join our team,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, President and CEO of TCUS. “I’m looking forward to working with Rabbi Jacobson and to seeing his vision for TCLA come to fruition.”
Rabbi Jacobson explained that, “TCLA’s commitment to educational excellence, without compromising the Jewish values parents and schools have worked so hard to maintain through high school, reflects my own personal and professional ethics of high standards for both Judaic and general learning.”
Among his responsibilities, Rabbi Jacobson will now take an active role in recruitment, increasing program offerings and further heightening community engagement. Jacobson was drawn to the school “because of its dedication to both academic pursuits and the Jewish tradition.” Rabbi Jacobson will work closely with Dr. Michael Hamlin, TCLA’s recently appointed academic dean, who assisted Dr. Lowy since TCLA opened its doors and led the Psychology division, as well as TCLA’s accreditation activities.
Rabbi Jacobson, who earned both a doctorate and a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of Jewish education, is the founder and executive director of Yeshiva Educational Services, Inc., which strives to improve the quality of student learning of both Jewish and secular studies in Jewish day schools. He has worked with most of the Jewish elementary and high schools in the Los Angeles area and has taught college courses on Jewish studies and education over the past 15 years. He received rabbinic ordination from the esteemed Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Shlita, in Jerusalem.
Founded in 2005, TCLA offers baccalaureate degree programs in psychology, business management and Judaic studies, and additional core courses in health sciences. TCLA’s programs have been bolstered as a division of Touro University Worldwide, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and also provides online degree programs in psychology; business administration; industrial psychology; and marriage and family therapy, as well as an online doctoral program in human and organizational psychology.
Touro College and University System is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions.
Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide (which includes an online division and Touro College Los Angeles) are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System.
For further information on Touro College, please visit http://www.touro.edu.