Save the Date

Gratz College  

Gala Night of Entertainment Celebrating the  

Jewish Community  

High School.

May 3, 2012

 Unmasked Judeophobia

March 29, 7pm

Stern Family Event

on Israel Studies


Film screening and discussion with director Gloria Greenfield at Gratz College.

RSVP to Mindy Cohen,

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The Art of

Mordechai Rosenstein

Rosenstein print

on display in the Kramer Gallery March 1 to April 23

Shusterman Distinguished Scholar


Richard Cravatts 

Dr. Richard L. Cravatts

The University's War

Against Israel & Jews

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm

at Gratz College.

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Summer Institute Banner 2012 

Gratz College

Summer Institute

One week, 3 credits

July 15-20

July 22-27 

contact Mindy Blechman,

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Jewish Poland

 July 1-12,2012

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

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Happy Purim!

Enjoy Bubbie's

 Hamantaschen Recipe.

Congregation Mikveh Israel's Third Annual Sephardic Film Festival
March 14, 15, 19 and 20
7:00 pm 
215 922-5446

Dear Friends,


In our last issue, we told you about our recently launched Gratz College Master's Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies - the first of its kind that can be completed entirely online, making it available to students worldwide. In this issue, we will introduce you to Lieutenant Rabbi Mark Getman (yes, that's "lieutenant" and "rabbi"!), a Gratz student with a remarkable story, who, with his wife, created a scholarship for qualifying M.A. Holocaust and Genocide Studies students in memory of his father, a Holocaust survivor.


The Gratz program and the Getman gift are not only significant, but also timely: Pennsylvania State Representative Brendan Boyle has recently proposed a bill that would mandate the teaching of Holocaust and genocide studies in all public and private schools in Pennsylvania.


Another relevant and inspiring story in this issue is that of the small but committed community of Jews living in Cuba. They are described here through the eyes of travelers on the Gratz study-travel trip to Cuba. 


With a new trip planned to Poland, exciting developments at our Jewish Community High School and a series of upcoming programs and lectures, Gratz is bustling with activity. We hope to see you at these dynamic events. In the meantime, enjoy the hamantashen recipe in this issue. 


Chag Purim Sameach...Best wishes for a happy Purim,  

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

Student Spotlight: Lieutenant Rabbi Mark Getman Establishes Holocaust Studies Scholarship at Gratz

Mark GetmanLieutenant Rabbi Mark Getman is currently completing his training as a chaplain in the United States Army National Guard. And Gratz's online master's and graduate-level certificate programs are helping him get there. Getman's unique job description is made all the more special because he is the son of a Holocaust survivor, in whose memory he and his wife have established a scholarship fund at Gratz College. To learn about Getman's unusual story and his particularly poignant gift to Gratz, read more.

Photo courtesy Lt. Mark Getman, NY National Guard

JCHS SeniorsJCHS: Student Hub and Home to Jewish Youth Groups
Pulsating with youthful enthusiasm, the Gratz Jewish Community High School (JCHS) remains a unique institution, fostering the Jewish identity of young people as it has for decades. Now, with two new tenants housed in the JCHS wing, even more opportunities abound for area teens. To find out what's up at JCHS, read more.

Cuba CarCuba: A Country in Transition and a Jewish Community Reborn
It is a 90-mile distance from the United States, but a 180-degree difference. That's what the 43 people who traveled on a recent Gratz trip to Cuba saw firsthand. The trip was led by Dr. Jerry Kutnick, Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Thought at Gratz. Given the restrictions on travel to Cuba, demand for this trip was high, and for those lucky enough to go, Dr. Kutnick did not disappoint. The participants enjoyed a rare glimpse into Cuban life, in general, and into the strides of Cuban Jews, in particular. "The group was brought together by the focus on discovering Cuban Jewry. The trip was fascinating - an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience shared with my family," said participant Kris Soffa. For a window into the Gratz trip to Cuba, read more.

Jewish Parenting in the Age of Lady Gaga
Gratz College Mandell Campus:
Sundays, March 18 and 25, 10:00 - 11:30 am.
Kesher Israel in West Chester:
Sundays, April 29 and May 6, 5:45 - 7:15 pm.

"Raising a teenager is difficult --- your Jewish values can help make it easier," says the cover of Parenting Jewish Teens:A Guide to the Perplexed. That idea alone makes this book, by Joanne Doades, a worthwhile read. Recognizing the relevance of this topic, the Jewish Community High School is offering a series of workshops led by Doades. In these workshops, you are invited to explore the challenges in navigating the often tumultuous experience of parenting teens and pre-teens. For more information, click here.
Meet the Board Of Governors
The Gratz College Board of Governors is comprised of inspired and dedicated members whose leadership propels the College forward. Therefore, each month we choose to spotlight one of its members.
David H. Weinstein, Esq.
David H. WeinsteinDavid H. Weinstein is the senior member of Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher LLC, a Center City law firm. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation matters, primarily class actions, in such fields as antitrust, commodities, consumer protection, retirement, RICO and securities law. David has served his community through a number of non-profit, religious and public interest organizations, including almost 30 years of service on the board of directors of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood. He has served on the Board of Governors of Gratz College since 2010. 
Gratz Family History 

Gratz College bears the name of a storied Jewish American family, whose rich history is interwoven with that of our country and our region. Recently, this history has collided with modern technology in the discovery of a portrait of a Gratz family member, which was long sought by Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library. To learn about this heart-warming story and to find out about the museum's Gratz Family collection and its other fascinating pieces of early American Judaica, read more.


Also, explore Gratz College's own lobby and find a beautiful, historic document signed by Rebecca Gratz in 1849.