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Click below for information on upcoming speaking engagements for Dr. Steinlauf, director of the Gratz Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program. 
Dear Friends,

As the big event approaches, the excitement is palpable: the world-famous Maccabeats will soon be performing live at a Gratz benefit concert! In this issue, find out how this group went from Yeshiva to YouTube and how you can see them live in concert this Tuesday, April 30th.


The other big news reported here is the availability of fellowships for significantly reduced tuition. Thanks to a partnership between Gratz College and Legacy Heritage Fund, these fellowships are available for the M.A. in Jewish Education and the M.A. in Jewish Communal Service/Nonprofit Management. So if you've ever considered going back to school to earn one of these degrees, now's the time.


In addition, "The Gratz Gourmet" is back in this issue with three delicious new recipes. There is also a heart-warming story about a Gratz student who brought the lesson of the Holocaust to a middle school in Mississippi. Finally, there is a review of the fascinating exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges."




Shabbat shalom,

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The Maccabeats: From Yeshiva to YouTube

Gratz College has pulled out all the stops: on Tuesday evening, April 30th, at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, the Maccabeats will perform a concert to benefit the Gratz Jewish Community High School (JCHS). Adored by audiences worldwide, featured on television and across the Web, and invited to perform at the White House, the Maccabeats are a hot ticket. To learn how a group of Yeshiva students managed to become internationally acclaimed singers, read more.

Going Back to School with Help from Gratz College and Legacy Heritage Fund

Whether it's to diversify your skill set, advance your career or change your profession, there are multiple reasons to go back to school. The issue is not why, but how - how to afford the cost of further education and how to find the time for it. Gratz College and Legacy Heritage Fund have partnered to provide the answers to these questions for educators in the Jewish community and professionals in Jewish nonprofit organizations. To find out how, read more.

Melissa SwartzRemembering Young Lives - One Penny at a Time

With few Jewish residents, Horn Lake, Mississippi is an unlikely setting for a middle school Holocaust project, especially one that captured the attention of celebrities like Adam Sandler, Paula Dean and Bob Saget. Even more remarkable for Melissa Swartz, project organizer, teacher and Gratz College online student, is the impact of this project, and of her Holocaust curriculum in general, on the children. For her inspiring story, read more.

Dodi cookingThe Gratz Gourmet

Readers of "The Gratz Gourmet" will be delighted to know that in this issue we are offering up three delicious recipes. These recipes come to us courtesy of Dodi Klimoff, a teacher in the Gratz Jewish Community High School (JCHS) and an administrator in the College. The recipes have been tested, not just by Klimoff, but by her students in the ever popular JCHS cooking class, "Food for Thought." To see the recipes and get a taste of the class, read more.

Jewish Museum Exhibit'Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow'

They were Jewish professors in the 1930's who went from European universities to black colleges in the American South - an unlikely scenario, but a profoundly life-changing one for many of these Jewish academics and their African-American students. Described as "a fascinating piece of history" by Gratz professor Dr. Michael Steinlauf, this little-known story is being told through an exhibit at Philadelphia's National Museum of American Jewish History. The exhibit is called "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges." For a preview, including commentary by Dr. Steinlauf, read more.

Kurdish Survivors
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On the 25th anniversary of the gassing of their village by Saddam Hussein, residents of Halabja, a Kurdish town in northern Iraq, came to Gratz to meet with Josey Fisher, the director of the Holocaust Oral History Archive, to learn how to create a similar archive of the genocide they experienced.

Allyson Schwartz and Yaron Sideman Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz invited the Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia, Yaron Sideman, to Gratz College to speak to local rabbis about the current state of Israeli politics.

Saul GrossmannIn Memoriam: Dr. Saul Grossmann

On March 17th, we lost a dedicated member of the Gratz College family, Dr. Saul Grossmann. Dr. Grossmann's death was, as Professor Wachs says, a "loss of one of our own." In fact, the Gratz College Board of Governors adopted a resolution memorializing Dr. Grossmann as "a respected Jewish leader and model educator." Read more about this special man and his legacy.

Gratz College is proud to support the following community events:
REELABILITIES Film Festival: April 24-28, 2013
Storytime with Tami Sideman: Monthly activities for young Hebrew speakers at Gratz College