Upcoming Events


Camp Gratz 2011
Week of July 25:
Gratz, Main Line and Center City 

Week of 
Aug 1:      

at the Shore!


Contact Liz Nover at 215-635-7300 x 143  

Aug 3 -
Main Line
Aug 10 - Gratz College 

Eavesdropping, Evidence and Ethics  


215-635-7300 x154


JCHS Classes
start the week of September 18. 

Online Registration!

is now open. For information, contact Rachel Steinberg or   

Ari Goldberg or

call the JCHS office: 215-635-7300  x 5


Save the Date  

Gratz la Carte Opening Event 


The Tribe

Thurs, Sept 22

7 pm at Gratz

Film screening, panel discussion & dessert.

Free and open to the public.    


The community is invited to experience

Jewish Cuba

with Gratz College

January 3-11, 2012.

(College credit is also available for students participating in the program.) Contact

Dee White x 186


We appreciate your support

Make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donate online or contact

Beth Schonberger  

215 635-7300 x 153  



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Dear Friends,


Summer is hardly a lazy time at Gratz College! We have programs and projects in full gear and the Mandell Campus is buzzing with learners as we prepare for one of the most exciting times in our recent history.

Speaking of history, on June 21, 2011 the Board of Governors of Gratz College made history by naming the institution's tenth president, Joy W. Goldstein. Joy has been serving as COO and Acting CEO of the College and has done a wonderful job of driving the strategic planning process and bringing fiscal discipline to Gratz. I am thrilled that her new position recognizes and rewards her outstanding work on our behalf.


I look forward to hearing your reactions to our exciting programs and seeing you at our upcoming events. 


Bruce Holberg
Chairman, Board of Governors

Joy Goldstein

Gratz College Appoints New President

For the past year, Joy W. Goldstein (Gratz College High School, 1976) has been Chief Operating Office and Acting CEO. A long-time Philadelphia resident, Joy came to Gratz after an accomplished career in the non-profit sector, most recently as Vice President, Policy, Strategy and Funding for Jewish Federation of Philadelphia. As of June 21, Joy was appointed President to recognize her outstanding work and service to Gratz. Read about it in the Jewish Exponent!

Judaic Lodge Creates Legacy at Gratz College

The Judaic Lodge of Philadelphia recently contributed $158,000 to create a scholarship fund at Gratz College. Dating back to 1876, the Lodge was chartered as a Philadelphia chapter of the Free Sons of Israel, the oldest and still extant Jewish fraternal organization in the nation. By creating a legacy at Gratz College, the trustees of the Judaic Lodge recognize the importance of Jewish education and Gratz College. Read about it in the Jewish Exponent

JCHS celebrates, initiates and reaches out

Electric study

JCHS Online gets a jolt in the fall when our five years of successful online learning for high school students is renamed JOLT (Jewish Online Learning for Teens). In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism, JCHS JOLT is launching a new program of post-confirmation study for 11th and 12th graders from Reform congregations. This national program includes online study and a retreat at a URJ camp for an experience that will be the best of both worlds. Contact Michael Schatz for more information.


More JCHS News

New Israel Studies Certificate

Michael Schatz Appointed Western Branch Director JCHS Celebrates Commencement and Awards Ceremonies 

Summer (School)

Baseball, music, listening to ghost stories and the pursuit of happiness. Adult learners will gain a new perspective on those popular summer pastimes and other intriguing subjects through Camp Gratz, a delicious menu of classes offered in town and at the shore July 15 - August 5. These accessible, single classes are also a preview of fall's upcoming introduction of Gratz la
a dynamic and fascinating program of Jewish learning taught by experts in their fields. Contact
Liz Nover x 143, for more information.


July brings a cadre of dedicated and thoughtful students to campus for the intensive sessions of the Summer Institute. The students immerse themselves in subjects such as Hebrew, Brain-based learning and the Holocaust in Film and enjoy meals, special programs and collegial company. 

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue  

Associate Dean of Students Tamara R. Cohen recently returned from ten days in Senegal as part of an American Jewish World Service-sponsored delegation that included students from around the United States. Tamara will share her experiences with the Gratz staff and student body and encourage others to participate because, she notes, "Gratz students are perfectly prepared for the pluralistic environment of the AJWS delegations and will have much to contribute and gain from this kind of international volunteerism."  Read more

Board of Governors News 

I am honored to continue to serve as Chair of the Board of Governors.Three new members joined the Board this year:Paul Auerbach, Esq (Gratz College, 1957); Lawrence B. Fine, Esq.; and David H. Weinstein, Esq. All have deep ties to Gratz and the Jewish community. We value the commitment each member of the Board of Governors makes to Jewish education.  

A New Director of Enrollment Management Robert Dempsey

Welcome to Rob Dempsey, who comes to Gratz College with 30+ years of experience in higher education administration. He served as Dean for Continuing Education, Registrar, and Vice President of Enrollment Management at Mount Saint Mary College in New York and as Registrar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Please join us in offering a warm welcome to our newest member of the Gratz College team.