Gratz Scholars bulb

  • Featured scholars including Gratz College Faculty
  • Broad spectrum of offerings, from traditional courses to popular culture with a Jewish twist
  • Hebrew instruction at several levels
  • Yiddish instruction and cultural programs  
  • Opportunities to audit College courses

Contact: Dee White

215 635-7300 x186


Save the Date

March 29, 7pm

Stern Family Event

on Israel Studies


Film screening and discussion with director Gloria Greenfield.  The film presents the current political assault against the State of Israel as a war against the Jewish people and their right to self-determination.

Free and open to the public

RSVP to Mindy Cohen,

215 635-7300 x155

Summer Travel/Study program

Poland Concert Trumpeter 

July 1-12, 2012
led by
Dr. Michael Steinlauf


Save the Dates 

Gratz College

Summer Institute

One week, 3 credits

July 15-20

July 22-27 

contact Mindy Blechman,

215 635-7300 x154

Did you know?

The Tuttleman Library Reading Room is named for Elsie and William Chomsky, Hebrew educators and administrators at Gratz College from the 1920's to the 1970's. They were known as "the soul of Gratz." The Tuttleman Library is a public library with access to 125,000 items. Contact college librarian Eli Wise, 215 635-7300 x159, for help with research on campus or online.

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


Beth Schonberger,

 215-635-7300 x 153.

Gratz College is proud to partner with
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Sunday, February 12, 2:30 pm
Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Free to school groups
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Dear Friends,


The excitement is palpable here at Gratz.We have just launched the first online master's program in Holocaust and Genocide studies, making this education accessible to people everywhere, especially educators who can use it as a tool against the bullying and bigotry pervasive in schools today.Gratz is not only on the move in cyberspace: exuberant travelers have just returned from a Gratz trip to Cuba with photos to share in this Insider. Spots are still available for the trip to Poland in July; don't miss your chance to travel at a higher level. 


Back here on campus, we initiated our new Scholars Program, offering a range of adult education classes with Gratz scholars in residence.Our high school students have been busy too, engaged in service for MLK Day and learning about the Arab-Israeli conflict to help prepare themselves for potential situations in college, like the BDS controversy at Penn.


It is an exciting time here at Gratz, and it's all covered in this Insider, along with some useful information about an upcoming holiday.  Enjoy!

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Bruce Holberg                                                  Joy W. Goldstein
Chairman, Board of Governors                           President
Gratz Launches the First Online Master's Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Stories of bullying and school violence have become almost regular features on the news. Interestingly, educators have begun to use the Holocaust as a tool to address this frightening trend. But while its lessons are powerfully on point, the Holocaust can only be used effectively in classrooms if teachers are educated in this area. Now Gratz has made it possible for educators in every corner of the world to gain this knowledge - through the only Master's program in Holocaust and Genocide studies that can be completed entirely online. Read more

Community Event: An Evening of Unity and Solidarity with Israel Features Alan Dershowitz - February 2nd

Gratz College is pleased to support a community program fostering solidarity with Israel and featuring Alan Dershowitz on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 7:30 pm at The Annenberg Center for the performing Arts on Penn's campus. The event is currently at full capacity. Check the website to join the event virtually.

Penn BDS Controversy Highlights Need for Students to Connect with Israel in High School

While the Penn chapter of the anti-Israel group BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) prepares to host a controversial national conference on campus in February, pro-Israel students are working with Hillel to coordinate their response, which includes the Alan Dershowitz program described above. Situations like the one at Penn highlight the importance of strengthening young people's connection to Israel before college and equipping them with knowledge about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Fortunately, Gratz's Jewish Community High School (JCHS) is doing both. Read more

Think Spring - in February?

But first, a holiday riddle: The subject of this holiday is referred to in the Tanach over 300 times, but the holiday itself is never mentioned. It is a New Year's celebration of sorts, but it is not Rosh Hashanah. It can be observed with a seder, but it is not Pesach. When it is celebrated here, it can provide a tangible benefit to Israel. Finally, it is a harbinger of spring, but, for us, it falls in the dead of winter. What is this holiday? To find out, read more.

Future leaders Trained at JCHS

In the spirit of the MLK holiday, Gratz Jewish Community High School buzzed with activity: 27 student government leaders participated in the annual K'nesset Summit on MLK weekend. The student leaders, representing Gratz's nine local branches, gathered at the Mandell Campus for a morning of leadership training and program planning. In addition, this year's cohort of 18 Satell Teen Fellows engaged in a service project and educational session at Gratz. They prepared 113 breakfast bags for homebound senior citizens, learned about corporate philanthropy and collaborated with their peer mentors.  

Jewish Cuba! 

Cuba Group Photo

44 participants traveled to Cuba earlier this month, on a once-in-a-lifetime  educational tour with Dr. Jerry Kutnick, Gratz' Dean for Academic Affairs. Take a quick photo tour of their experience through the lenses of photographer David Soffa and participant Wendy Weingarten. A full story will appear in the next Insider.

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 spotlight a member of the Gratz College Board of Governors.
Dr. Robert Sadoff
Dr. Robert SadoffDr. Robert Sadoff is currently Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of over 100 articles in medical and legal journals and over 30 chapters in other people's books. He has also written, edited or coauthored ten books and has lectured in almost every state and in twelve foreign countries.  Dr. Sadoff has been a dedicated member of the Gratz College Board of Governors since 2005. 
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Celebrate with Gratz College!
3rd Annual Gala
May 3, 2012