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Last Call! 

One week intensive courses

July 22-27 

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Jewish CUBA 
January 3-11, 2013
with Dr. Jerry Kutnick 
Register now! 
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Folksbiene Yiddish Theater Trip to NY
The Golden Land
A lively musical  
Sunday, October 28
Golden Land Folksbiene trip
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Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture
Thurs, October 18, 7:30 pm
In the Valley of the Shadow
James Kugel 
Dr. James Kugel,
Renowned Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar
Esther Tuzman Memorial
Holocaust Teach-In
Sunday, November 4, 3 pm
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Keynote speaker:
Dr. Robert Lifton,
Renowned Holocaust scholar and psychiatrist

Purchase the 2012
College Commencement Video on DVD for $20.
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Commemorate a special occasion by making a gift to Gratz College, and we will send out a beautiful tribute card.

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Gratz Scholars schedule coming soon

Dear Friends,  


Although we hope that all of you are enjoying a restful summer, the multiple heat waves have not slowed the pace of activity here at Gratz. The summer season began with commencement exercises on behalf of our distinguished graduates from the college and the Jewish Community High School.


Now, we are in the throes of our Summer Institute program. The Summer Institute brings people to campus for six days of intensive study - either for credit or for personal enrichment - on diverse topics. If you are interested in improving your Hebrew, exploring the American Jewish experience in film, learning how to teach the Holocaust or analyzing a weekly Torah portion, contact us; there are still spots available in these classes for the second session of the Summer Institute (July 22nd to July 27th).


In the meantime, enjoy the remaining articles in this Insider, which include background on the upcoming holiday of Tisha B'Av, profiles on dynamic Gratz alumnae Danielle Selber and Rabbi Lynnda Targan and insight into the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Franklin Institute.


Best wishes for the rest of your summer,


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


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Detail: Arch of Titus, depicting
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Summer Holiday Without a Summer Feel

For many Jews, the lazy months of July and August feel noticeably devoid of Jewish holidays. In fact, the summer seems almost like a respite before preparations begin for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. However, Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, falls during the summer and is observed by many traditional Jews as a day of fasting and mourning. To learn about the holiday of Tisha B'Av and its significance and rituals,  read more. 

Traveling This Summer?  Try Ancient Israel - Without Ever Leaving Philly

From Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell, that's history Philly-style, focusing on the birth of our nation.  But for the next couple of months, our city is offering a much longer view of history, one that goes back three thousand years to the time of ancient Israel.  Through October 14th, the Franklin Institute is hosting the exhibit "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times."  To learn what this exhibit has to offer and why it reminds a Gratz professor of a story about Abraham Lincoln, read more.

JCHS Graduation: Kudos to the Class of 2012

They spent five years together - learning, debating, connecting and exploring their Jewish identities. They are the 102 graduates of the Gratz Jewish Community High School (JCHS) Class of 2012. Last month, these students capped off their years at Gratz with an impressive commencement ceremony that reflected the intelligence and talent of this group, as well as the meaningfulness of their Gratz experience. For a glimpse into the June 3rd graduation ceremony, read more. 

TarganAlumna Rabbi Lynnda Targan Comes Full Circle at Gratz

While most people reach for a mindless magazine when they can't sleep, Rabbi Lynnda Targan goes for Talmudic writings. But that wasn't always the case, considering that Targan was not ordained as a rabbi until age 55. Her ordination was sandwiched between her years as a graduate student at Gratz and her return to the college as a teacher in the Gratz continuing education program. To learn about Rabbi Targan's fascinating journey and the motivation behind her mid-life entry into the rabbinate, read more.  

SelberDanielle Selber: Building Community through Gratz Roots

Danielle Selber, who received both her bachelor's degree and master's in Jewish Studies from Gratz, is using her education to strengthen Philadelphia's Jewish community. Through her nonprofit work, Selber is fostering connections among local Jews in their 20's and 30's. She is also working to help Jewish young people effectuate their innovative ideas for social change within the community. However, her Gratz roots have not only served her well professionally; they have also followed her all the way to the chuppah. Read more