Benjamin Landa and Ben Philipson of Sentosacare LLC., owners of one of the largest nursing home networks in New York State, have donated their $1.1 million 25,000 square foot property to Yeshiva Darchei Torah last week. The property was first purchased by Landa and Philipson, as part of the Brookhaven Rehab & Health Care center in Far Rockaway, Queens.
When the partners decided the land across from Brookhaven was not integral to the center, they decided to donate it instead of selling. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Landa has said that the most important part of his and Philipson’s business philosophy is to give back to the community. This opportunity will be used to construct either a dormitory, gym, or extra classrooms for Yeshiva Darchei Torah.
Yeshiva Darchei Torah was founded in 1972 by Reb Yisroel Bloom. It is the largest institution of its kind in the tri-state and has students coming from the local community as well as from around the country, having grown to over 2,000 students. Its mission is to combine Torah learning with the growth of good character ethics and traits. The school holds a preschool, elementary school, junior high school, high school, a study hall and an institute for advanced study. It also holds an in-house resource center for children with special learning needs, the first of its kind in the U.S. The institiution’s Rabenstein Learning Center also offers special services for gifted students.
Rabbi Yaakov Bender, the institution’s principal and leader, has stated that the need to maintain a high quality physical plant is critical to its growing number of students. The land donated by Landa and Philipson will offer not only offer great opportunities to students but also allow Yeshiva Darchei Torah to significantly enhance the overall environment where their students learn and develop spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Benjamin Landa stated that “contributing to the lives of so many and to the Far Rockaway community is a unique privilege and an honor.”