On the first night of Chanukah this year, as Jews around the world celebrate the miracle of oil and the victory of the Maccabees over their oppressors, medical students at New York Medical College prepare to light the menorah in their newly inaugurated synagogue and feast on latkes in the kosher cafeteria. Chanukah is a time for Jews to reaffirm their commitment to Jewish observance, rejoicing in their ability to freely observe their faith, engage in Torah study, and keep the Sabbath.
NYMC has a long history of religious tolerance, accepting Jewish students when other schools had quotas. Since NYMC joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, that foundation has been enhanced and students have been enjoying an atmosphere that is remarkably accommodating to their religious observance. Torah lectures, kosher food, a daily minyan, and a soon-to-be-erected eiruv, as well as school closings on all Jewish holidays and the launch of a six-track shomer Shabbos residency program, are all cause for celebration this Chanukah.