Elliott Englard of East Brunswick was one of nine high school students from around the country selected to receive the Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander zt”l Scholarship, presented jointly by Touro College and NCSY, the Orthodox Union’s international youth arm, and named in memory of Touro’s founding president and his wife.
Touro offers scholarships to outstanding NCSY graduates who choose to attend one of Touro’s New York City colleges: Lander College for Men-Beis Medrash L’Talmud in Queens; Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School in Manhattan; and Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn.
Eli, as he is called, is a graduate of Ma’or Yeshiva High School in Long Branch, and served as founding president of East Brunswick NCSY, which had previously closed down. Motivated by the prospect of bringing together together different groups from the town, in August 2014 he approached NJ NCSY regional director Rabbi Ethan Katz to ask about relaunching a chapter in East Brunswick. Now some 30 teens come to group events. He told NJJN that in regard to NCSY’s revitalization, he “wasn’t alone once I got the ball rolling. It was a team effort, to say the least.”
Eli plans on attending Yeshivat Yishrei Lev in Israel as part of the Touro College Israel Option program, prior to continuing at the Lander College for Men.
Katz said Eli’s passion to learn Torah “is only matched by his desire to help others. His maturity and leadership by example have been an inspiration for all of us.”