Gratz College programs...


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10th and Tabor?


  Show your pride and support by helping us meet our goal of raising $180,000 from our alumni by the end of the month.


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Did you know that 2,756 students graduated from the Gratz High School in the 1970s and 1980s alone?



Commemorate a special occasion by making a gift to Gratz College, and we will send out a beautiful tribute card.


 Beth Schonberger 

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Travel with Gratz College

Poland -

Summer 2012


Professor Michael Steinlauf, Director of the Gratz College Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will lead a travel-study trip which will include visits to Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz, small towns where Jews once lived, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, and meetings with Poles and Jews active in Jewish memory work. Graduate credits available. For more information, contact

Mindy Blechman at  

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The Art of  

Rhea Dennis   

Rhea fuses the art of papermaking with her sensibilities as a painter.


 Through 1/31/2012

in the

Leona P. Kramer Memorial Gallery

in the Gratz College Lobby



 Shlemiel the First


December 18, 2011
3 pm show

(Bus leaves at  

10:30 am) 

 Shlemiel the First, a joyous klezmer musical, takes place in the imaginary town of Chelm, a village of fools. In English with some Yiddish.


New York University's Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts



Rita Ratson, Yiddish Program Coordinator

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Did You Know?
Gratz College
is the oldest
independent college of Jewish studies in
North America.

Founded 117 years ago Gratz College continues to plant seeds for the future.




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Dear Friend,
As we wind down our Fall semester, we are thrilled that about 1,500 people  have attended our community events since September. And another 1,200 are attending JCHS, College or Adult Education classes. Gratz' impact on the community continues!


We can't do it without YOU!  Gifts from alumni and friends have made a lasting impact on our students and community at large, and December is a perfect time for you to show your support of Gratz College. Make your tax-deductible gift today.  


We look forward to greeting you at our upcoming events.


Best wishes, 

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

Fall Programs Retrospective

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today 

Gratz College closed its Fall lineup of events on December 7, 2011 with Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, a 1948 film about the first Nuremberg trial. Written and directed by Stuart Schulberg for the U.S. Department of War, it shows how the allied prosecution teams built their case against top Nazi leaders in one of the greatest courtroom dramas in history. However, the American version of the film was suppressed by the U.S. government and never released. A newly-restored version of the film, brought back to life by Restoration Producer, Sandra Schulberg, and narrated by Liev Schreiber, was shown to an audience of 150+. Ms. Schulberg introduced the film and spoke afterwards about the significance of the trial, its judicial innovations, and the evolution of the International Criminal Court. 

Is the Supreme Court a Friend of the Jews?

On November 17th, 200+ people crowded into the Gratz auditorium for a Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture on the treatment of Jews and other religious minorities by the U. S. Supreme Court. Gratz' Shusterman Lecture Series offers scholarly presentations, free of charge, on topics of interest to the Jewish community. The November 17th lecture clearly fit the bill. Blending humor with discourse, esteemed law professor Dr. Paul Finkelman reviewed Supreme Court decisions on religious freedom for an attentive and engaged crowd of lawyers, community members and Hyman Gratz Society donors (individuals annually donating $1,000 or more to Gratz).  more    


Circumcise Me-Exploration of Jewish Peoplehood Through Comedy

With a full house of 350 and laughs all around, Gratz College kicked off the Day of Global Jewish Learning with the film Circumcise Me and the rousing standup comedy of Yisrael Campbell on November 12, 2012. more


Resistance and Resilience:  The Holocaust and Beyond

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Gratz College hosted the first public event of the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia on November 6, 2011.  more 


The Tribe 

The award-winning trigger film, The Tribe, kicked off Gratz College's Fall line-up of community events.  more 

Gratz College in the News!

Rita Ratson Named Teacher of the Month!

Congratulations to Rita Ratson, Coordinator of Yiddish Programs, who was named Teacher of the Month by Der Bay, an international Anglo-Yiddish newsletter published monthly. Rita's passion is evident in her teaching and the exciting Yiddish programs she organizes for the Gratz community. A sought-after translator of Yiddish documents, Rita recently translated some privately held correspondence of Sholom Aleichem. For information about Yiddish programming at Gratz College, contact Rita at 215-635-7300 x 177.

Ruth Sandberg
Focus on Faculty
Dr. Ruth Sandberg's Sought-After Scholarship
Dr. Ruth Sandberg, Gratz College's Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, recently received an invitation to write a chapter in a scholarly study on the book of Ecclesiastes. This book is being edited by two scholars, one from Cambridge and one from Oxford. The book will be published by the highly regarded T&T Clark's Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. In addition, Ruth has been asked to be one of four presenters at the International Society of Biblical Literature conference this July in Amsterdam.
JCHS Promotes Positive Speech

JCHS created a powerful program for students on the Mandell Campus as part of the Global Day of Jewish Learning on November 13th. In keeping with the theme of the day -- Sh'ma (listening) -- JCHS focused on the topic of Hate Speech because students are often exposed to intolerant language in school. Participants learned about the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin in that context during an interactive exhibit provided by Habonim Dor, and then personalized it through an interactive workshop by BBYO.

Student Spotlight 

Carrie Wasserberg

A candidate for a Master's degree in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Carrie Wasserberg recently wrote, "I am most grateful to be a recipient of the Deena Grossman Scholarship for the Fall 2011 semester. A new position for my husband has brought our family to Silver Spring, Maryland, where I am thankful that the online format (at Gratz College) has the ability to relocate with me... While my busy schedule as wife, mom and employee only allow me to study part-time, I look forward to finishing my degree in the next few years."

Alumni Spotlight 

Bryan H. Abramson is now a Development Officer at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Bryan graduated in 2004 with a Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service.

Meet the Board Of Governors
The Gratz College Board of Governors is comprised of inspired and dedicated members whose leadership propels the College forward. Each month we will spotlight two exceptional members of the Gratz College Board of Governors.
Leon L. Levy
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Leon L. Levy is President and Founder of Leon L. Levy & Associates in Center City, Philadelphia, PA, a national firm specializing in sales and services of Life Insurance products, Estate Planning, Benefits Planning and Servicing, as well as advising & management of Wealth Management services. He has been in practice since 1953. Leon serves on the boards of many charitable organizations, including the Gratz College Board of Governors since 1997.  Leon was recently honored by Congregation Mikveh Israel for serving as Parnas (Chairman) of the synagogue for more than 30 years.  


Daniel C. Cohen

Dan Cohen

Daniel Cohen is a perennial learner. He graduated from Gratz College Hebrew High School in 1942, received his Bachelor of Hebrew Letters in 1956 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2010 from Gratz, in addition to his Bachelor of Arts and JD degrees from Harvard University. Dan has been a tireless volunteer in the Philadelphia Jewish Community throughout his life and has served on the Gratz College Board of Governors since 1998. He continues to be an active student at Gratz.