FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y., Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A 25,000 square foot parcel of land in Far Rockaway, Queens was donated to Yeshiva Darchei Torah this week by Benjamin Landa and Ben Philipson, business partners and co-founders of SentosaCare, the largest nursing home network in New York.
The donated property, valued at over $1.1 million, was originally acquired by Mr. Landa and Mr. Philipson as part of the purchase of the Brookhaven Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, located at 250 Beach 17th Street, Far Rockaway.
"Once we determined that the parcel across the street from Broadheaven was not integral to the center's operation, my partner and I decided that rather than selling the land, we would donate it to Yeshiva Darchei Torah. The land will be used to construct either a dormitory, a gym or additional classrooms," said Ben Landa. "From our earliest days in business together, giving back to the communities we serve has always been an important part of our business philosophy. Having an opportunity to support a world-class institution that has contributed so much to the lives of so many and to the Far Rockaway community is a unique privilege and an honor," Landa added.
Founded in 1972, Yeshiva Darchei Torah's mission is to integrate Torah learning with the development of good character traits and ethics. With over 2,100 students, the school consists of a preschool, elementary school, junior high school, high school, a study hall and an institute for advanced study. In 1981, the school opened an in-house resource center for children with special learning needs, the first of its kind in the nation. What has become the Rabenstein Learning Center now offers special services for gifted students as well.
Yeshiva Darchei Torah is the largest institution of its kind in the tri-state area with students coming not only from the local community, but also from around the country. In 1995, the yeshiva established the Weiss Vocational Program, where students engage in religious studies in the early part of the day and learn trades in the afternoon hours. Through the yeshiva's development arm, with private financing, a section of Far Rockaway, near the yeshiva, has also been revitalized.
"Responsible expansion has always been a part of our plans for Yeshiva Darchei Torah," said Rabbi Yaakov Bender, the institution's principal and visionary leader. "While the number of students we serve is a critical component of our mission, we are very much aware of the need to maintain a high quality physical plant. The land, generously donated by Benjamin Landa and Ben Philipson, will allow us to significantly enhance the overall environment in which our student learn and develop spiritually, physically and emotionally. The property offers wonderful opportunities," Rabbi Bender added.