Towson University ranks among best in U.S. and Canada for Jewish students

By Sedonia Martin on January 31, 2017

The Algemeiner, a New York-based weekly newspaper that covers American and international Jewish news, released the report.

Students at the Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI)
Students at the Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI)

Towson University has been ranked 13th in the United States and Canada by The Algemeiner as a university that are “models for promoting Jewish culture and life.”

The Algemeiner, a New York-based weekly newspaper covers American and international Jewish news, released the report. The four-month comprehensive research looked at multiple campus factors in compiling the list.

According to the Baltimore Jewish Times, Noam Bentov, executive director of the Towson Hillel, said weekly Shabbat gatherings have long been a staple of the program. He also noted Tigers for Israel, a group that is countering the message of anti-Israel groups on campus, has engaged students on the importance of the Jewish homeland through academics, conversation and collaboration.

“We’re very user-centric. So what students want to see their community become, we are the vehicle at the Towson Hillel that makes things happen,” Bentov said.

TU also hosts the Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI), which is committed to supporting the education of Jewish studies scholars, educators and communal professionals who excel in their chosen fields.

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This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel’s priorities for Towson University: Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Campus.