Etz Chaim Presents

Internationally Acclaimed


in concert at

Gratz College 

Nov. 27


An evening of Jewish unity, song and inspiration 

Watch a Video  

Gratz students and faculty $15

JCHS students                free! 

General adm.                   $20

VIP Tkts                          $36

Get Tickets    

For more information contact: Etz Chaim 
215 635-3890 
College Courses
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Become a member of the Hyman Gratz Society.
Members enjoy lectures, museum tours VIP seating at Gratz lectures and holiday celebrations with faculty.
Get Ready! 
Coming in December 
Gratz Scholars registration for
Spring 2013  
Classes Start February 2013. 
Commemorate a special occasion by making a gift to Gratz College, and we will send out a beautiful tribute card. Contact
Beth Schonberger,
215-635-7300 x 153.
Ennulat-Lustine Print
Collograph Prints  
Emily Ennulat-Lustine

on view in the

Kramer Gallery

through December. 

Alumni in Collaborative Photo 
Gratz students and alumni take action for
Sandy Relief

 Gratz College and the Jewish Community High School find pride in the fact that many Jewish leaders across the country have grown from our classrooms.

Read about another excellent example right here in Philadelphia.
Etz Chaim, Keneseth Israel and Gratz College join together to present:
December 6th, 13th & 20th 
Time: 7:30pm

at Keneseth Israel

Refreshments will be served


To register or more info: 

Rabbi Reuven Goldstein


Dear Friends, 


With this newsletter arriving in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts are with those still suffering the effects of her destructive fury. In response to this crisis, Gratz College student Gavy Alter initiated a fundraising campaign in partnership with the local Jewish organization, The Collaborative. On the Jewish Community High School level, students in a Jewish civics class are planning a hurricane relief drive.  


The articles below demonstrate Gratz community outreach of a different kind. One describes The Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In held at Gratz this month, providing participants from around the Delaware Valley with a weighty program on the Holocaust and genocide. Another unveils the special collection of Russian Holocaust art open to the public in Gratz's Leona P. Kramer Gallery. And a third explains how Gratz professor Dr. Joseph Davis is using his expertise in Biblical interpretation on behalf of the broader community.


On a lighter note, this issue includes a review of the show Stars of David, currently in its last week at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philly, as well as a new Insider feature: "The Gratz Gourmet," with a dessert recipe provided by Rabbi Gabbai. Enjoy!

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Joy W. Goldstein                                      Bruce H. Holberg
President                                                 Chairman, Board of Governors
Holocaust Teach-In
Bruce Holberg and Arnold and Marty Tuzman

Gratz Presents The Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In

"We are blessed to be here to carry the burden of the survivors," said Marty Tuzman in his introductory remarks to the event that bears his mother's name, The Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In. At least 300 people attended this event at Gratz on Sunday, November 4th from all over the region, including New Jersey and Delaware, where only days before, Hurricane Sandy had released her wrath. For an overview of what took place during the Holocaust Teach-In, read more.

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Helen Bienenfeld
Unique Collection of Holocaust Art on Exhibit at Gratz

"Everyone who has looked at this collection has come away moved and touched by the obvious pain shown in this artwork," says Jack Bienenfeld about the collection of Holocaust art acquired by his parents' foundation, the Henry and Helen Bienenfeld Foundation. The nine evocative pen and inks from Russia that comprise this collection are currently on display for the first time in the United States at the Leona P. Kramer Gallery at Gratz College. For the full story on this unique collection, read more.

Dr. Joseph Davis Professor Joseph Davis: Explaining the Bible and Beyond from A to Z

Were you ever curious about the Jewish view on cherubs, the Christian perspective on circumcision or Muslim commentary on dreams? What about how topics like these have been captured in music, film, art and literature? There is currently a work in progress that promises to provide information on all of these subjects and countless others. This massive work is called the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception--and it has some Gratz connections. For a small window into this big undertaking, read more.

Michael Blum

To Gratz and Back Again for Alumnus Michael Blum

Given the unfamiliar surroundings and the barrage of equally unfamiliar faces, starting a new job can be a stressful affair. But not so for Mike Blum. His new job has brought him back to a very familiar place. Blum graduated from Gratz College in 2006 with a master's in Jewish communal service--and six years later, he has returned as the new director of teen engagement at Gratz's Jewish Community High School. To follow his path to Gratz and back again, read more.

Michelle Portnoff, Esq, Joins the Board of Governors
Michelle R. Portnoff, Esquire, was elected to the Gratz College Board of Governors in June of 2012. She is a partner in the law firm of Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., which she cofounded with her father in 1989. In addition, she is a woman with longstanding connections to Gratz College that cut across generations. And, she is brimming with ideas for Gratz's future. For information on Portnoff and on what she brings to the Gratz College Board of Governors, read more.
Rabbi Albert Gabbai The Gratz Gourmet

Our first culinary column features a recipe from Rabbi Albert Gabbai, who has been teaching in the adult Jewish education program at Gratz for more than ten years. Rabbi Gabbai was born in Egypt of old Sephardic ancestry. He attended Yeshiva University in New York and also studied at the Rabbi Yitshak Elchanan Theological Seminary. Twenty-four years ago, he became rabbi of Congregation Mikveh Israel, the Spanish-Portuguese synagogue in Philadelphia and the second oldest synagogue in the country, founded in 1740. Rabbi Gabbai is multilingual and travels and lectures throughout the world.


Rabbi Gabbai submitted a recipe for a dessert called Chocolate Indians. When asked why this recipe is one of his favorites, he simply responded, "Anything chocolate!" Get Rabbi Gabbai's recipe for Chocolate Indians here.

Stars of David Cast

Stars of David Brings Perspectives on Jewish Identity to the Stage

What do such disparate personalities as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fashion designer Kenneth Cole and actress Fran Drescher have in common? They are all successful American Jews--and they are all characters portrayed in the musical Stars of David, produced by the Philadelphia Theatre Company and premiering at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre through November 18th. A preview performance of this production was attended by Jodi Benjamin, our writer for The Gratz College Insider. Read her review of this show here