Upcoming Events


It's a Blast! GratzÓlaCarte High Holiday Lift Off

Jeff Miller blowing shofarWed, Sept 14

7 pm hosted by

Temple Adath Israel

of the Main Line

Musical performance, discussion, breakout sessions, and dessert!




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


JCHS Classes 

start the week of September 18. 

Online Registration!  is now open. For information, contact    

Ari Goldberg or

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


Hyman Gratz Society Event 

Save the Date!

Join the Hyman Gratz Society and join the members-only trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to view "Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus," along with Dr. Ruth Sandberg. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 9:30-11:00. Hyman Gratz Society events are restricted to donors who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to Gratz College's Annual Campaign.

For information, contact

Beth Schonberger

215 635-7300 x 153 


We appreciate your support

Make your gift count!

15 days left in the

2011 Annual Campaign!

Please donate by

August 31st. 

Donate online  

or contact

Beth Schonberger  

215 635-7300 x 153   

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Dear Friends of Gratz College,


Our incredible staff is as busy as can be as they prepare for Fall. Among the new and exciting offerings are a certificate program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and an exciting, all-new continuing education program called GratzÓlaCarte. You will find all of the details in this issue of the Insider. Please check it out below! 


Gratz College is such an amazing place... everywhere I go in Philadelphia, I run into Gratz alumni. I was shopping for carpet yesterday and learned that the salesperson had attended Gratz College. She proudly recounted that she graduated from the High School's Isaac Mayer Wise Program in 1974, and went on to teach in Hebrew School for the next 27 consecutive years! That is an amazing return on the community's investment in Gratz. There are 15 days remaining in our Annual Campaign. Please invest in the Jewish education of the next generation(s)!

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Bruce Holberg                                                    Joy W. Goldstein
Chairman, Board of Governors                             President


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Adult Jewish Learning

Gratz College's newly restructured adult education program, GratzÓlaCarte, gives the word "choice" a whole new meaning. Arts, Languages, Literature, Thought, History, Identity, Spirituality ... it's all on the menu. Choose your subject matter. Choose your instructors. Choose your format - 4, 8 and 12-week classes. Choose the schedule and the location most convenient for YOU! Registrations now being accepted.


Click here to view GratzÓlaCarte brochure. 

Click here for Instructor Bios 

Focus on Faculty

Milestone for Czech Jewish Community

Unprecedented translation into Czech of Jewish text by

Gratz College professor, Dr. Joseph Davis


Dr. Joseph Davis

"The subject of my book, Yom-Tov Heller, was one of the greatest and most famous rabbis of Prague, second only, maybe, to the legendary Maharal of Prague, he of the Golem legend. Heller was in fact a disciple of Maharal, and my book deals with that period in Prague

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Jewish history, which is sometimes thought of (by Jews and also by non-Jews) as a sort of 'Golden Age.' So they thought there would be some interest among Czech readers. My translator is Pavel Sladek, a Jewish studies scholar who teaches at the Charles University in Prague. The translation includes several new sections that were not in the original English, including a new introduction that I wrote, and Czech translations of some of Heller's own writings, as well as an essay by Prof. Sladek. It is one of the first, and perhaps the very first, work of modern Jewish studies to be ever translated into Czech, and in that respect it marks a milestone for the Czech Jewish community.  I am certainly tremendously honored."  Dr. Joseph Davis


Gratz Faculty on the Road  

Lyndall G. Miller,M.A.Ed.,M.A.J.Ed, M.S.Ed, Director, Department of Jewish Early Childhood Education, was invited to present her research paper,  

"In Their Own Words:

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Responses to Constructivist Online Teacher Education in the Area of Spirituality, Ritual, and Prayer in the Jewish Early Childhood Classroom," at the International Workshop on Jewish Education in the Early Years, in Haifa, Israel. Sponsored by The Center for Jewish Education in conjunction with the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the international research workshop was held earlier this summer.


Look for Dr. Rela M. Geffen at Limmudfest Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend where she will be leading two sessions on the Jewish Family as viewed traditionally and as it is in America today. Dr. Geffen will also be moderating a panel on the status of women in Judaism in a format based on the TV show The View.

Julie Deleonibus

Masters in Education Program News

Gratz College MA Education candidate Julie Deleonibus was voted Teacher of the Year at Benfield Elementary School in Severna Park, Maryland, where she has been teaching for more than five years...more

Alumni Spotlight  

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Jennifer Duretz Peled '08


Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown, PA welcomes their new cantor and Gratz College alumna Jennifer Duretz Peled to the pulpit...more   


Jennifer met her husband Matan Peled while they were both studying at Gratz. Matan graduated from Gratz College with a Masters in Jewish Studies in 2009 and is now studying at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.