Bachelor, Yeshiva College, 1936; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Yeshiva U., 1969; Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1943; Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1949.
The commission prepared the first civil rights legislation for New York state. An ordained Orthodox rabbi, he held a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University. He served as a professor of sociology for over two decades at Hunter College and at Yeshiva University, where he established the university's graduate schools of education, psychology and social work and served as dean of its Bernard Revel Graduate School.
In 1971, he founded Touro College and presided over its growth into a multi-campus, international university with approximately 17,500 students at campus locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Israel, Russia and Germany. For eight years he served as a senior director of a national study for the University of Notre Dame of South Bend, Indiana on the problems of youth. He is the author of a book and numerous articles in the field of sociology.
He also served as a consultant to the Maryland State Commission on Juvenile Delinquency. Lander has been honored by the Council of New York State College Presidents for his lifetime contributions to higher education. A former Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation of Baltimore and former president of the Queens Jewish Center in Forest Hills, Queens (NY), Lander was also an Honorary Vice President of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Lander was the recipient of the landmark ruling by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein concerning the Orthodox position on Christian-Jewish dialogue in a 1967 letter published in Igros Moshe. He died on February 8, 2010.
Lander has served as a consultant to three United States Presidents and was part of the seven-member commission that established the historic "War on Poverty" program in the U.S. He served as a consultant to the White House Conference on Children and Youth. On an advisory council on public assistance established by Congress. And was a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime under the Johnson and Kennedy administrations.
Married Sara Rebecca Shragowitz, November 1, 1948. Children: Esther, Hannah, Debra, Daniel.