Agreement establishes Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University
Former Baltimore Hebrew University programs come to TU for fall 2009 term
TOWSON, Md. (July 1, 2009)—Leadership at Towson University and Baltimore Hebrew University have signed a cooperative agreement to establish the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University. The final signatures come after the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland’s recent approval of the plan for the integration of Baltimore Hebrew University’s academic programs with those of Towson University in the areas of Jewish studies, Jewish education and Jewish communal service. The projected start date of those academic programs at Towson is fall 2009.
“We are looking forward to welcoming a well-established and reputable Baltimore academic institution to Towson University. This addition will not only bolster our academic offerings in Jewish Studies, but also enhance the student experience at Towson University,” said Dr. Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University.
Erika Schon, interim Baltimore Hebrew University president, worked with Towson leadership and BHU’s board chair, Jonathan Lowenberg on the planned partnership. Schon said, “The Baltimore Hebrew Institute will foster a welcoming community for students enrolled in the new Towson University graduate programs and will promote broad participation in adult education programs. We look forward to engaging in the vibrant intellectual life on campus in our new home, and are excited to be part of the strong upward trajectory of Towson.”
In addition to degree programs, the partnership will provide opportunities for non-degree seeking students as part of life-long learning and continuing education programs. The continued availability of university-level adult Jewish education is a priority for THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, which supports lifelong learning at BHU and which helped facilitate the relationship between BHU and Towson.
BHU and Towson will incorporate the holdings of BHU’s Joseph Meyerhoff Library into Towson’s Albert S. Cook Library. BHU’s Joseph Meyerhoff Library, with over 70,000 volumes including an important rare book collection, is the largest independent Judaica library in the southeast.
Founded in 1866, Towson University is recognized among the nation's best regional public universities, offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields. Towson University currently offers an undergraduate minor in Jewish studies.
Founded in 1919 as Baltimore Hebrew College and Teacher Training School, BHU offers masters degrees in Jewish communal service, Jewish education and Jewish studies and a doctoral degree in Jewish Studies. BHU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel. BHU is supported by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.