Rabbi Shmuel Klammer, a resident of Woodmere, was appointed academic dean of Touro College Israel (TCI). He will be making aliyah this summer.
In his new role, Rabbi Klammer plans to develop new programming and grow the student body. He envisions expansion of distance learning opportunities and maximizing the use of technology to meet student needs.
"I am greatly anticipating the opportunity to help students at TCI receive a fine education and ultimately, become contributors to society while pursuing meaningful career paths",said Rabbi Klammer. "Touro College Israel is a pioneering institution that represents Touro College & University System’s strong connection to Israel.Our goal there is to innovate and support our students in creating a bright and inspiring future for themselves."
A leading expert in Jewish education, Rabbi Klammer recently directed curriculum development for the Jewish Education Program at Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies where he also served as adjunct professor. Previously, he served as head of school at Shulamith School for Girls and as principal at Hebrew Academy of Long Beach. He earned both his Ed.M and Ed.D from Teachers College at Columbia and semicha from Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan, and holds a BA and MS in Jewish Education from Yeshiva Unversity and Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He also studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and at the Gruss Kollel of Yeshiva University in Israel.
His appointment was announced by Dr. Alan Kadish, Touro’s president.