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Dr. Joshua Gutoff published in the 
Jerusalem Post
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Dear Friends,

We welcomed summer here at Gratz College on the heels of a historic commencement ceremony, where we conferred our first doctoral degree. From graduation, we rolled right into summer courses, with credit and non-credit courses starting this month on campus and online programs already in progress.


While it is the online presence that makes Gratz a global resource, it is our distinguished faculty that provides us with a global reputation. In fact, Professors Joseph Davis and Michael Steinlauf were invited to two very different parts of the world recently to share their expertise: Prague and Australia. And they now share their fascinating travel experiences in this issue of The Insider.


For those who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen during the summer, this issue also offers two new recipes in "The Gratz Gourmet" column. And for movie buffs, there is a review of the new Israeli film Fill the Void.


Enjoy The Insider, and have a great summer!



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Mimi Ferraro at commencement
Mimi Ferraro: Making History at Gratz College Commencement

On Sunday, May 19th, Gratz College held its 113th commencement. There were beaming graduates, adoring families and eloquent speeches peppered with profundities. The graduation pomp and fanfare also seemed to be buoyed by an undercurrent of excitement, making it feel like something uniquely momentous was about to take place that day. And then, all eyes turned toward the valedictorian, Mimi Ferraro, as she became the first student ever to be awarded a doctoral degree from Gratz College. Read more.

Joe Davis in Prague

In Prague with Professor Joseph Davis: Observations on Jewish Life Past and Present

It was a university classroom like any other - but then, Gratz's Professor Joseph Davis noticed the view from the window with an imposing castle on a distant hilltop. Professor Davis was at the Charles University in Prague, where he had been invited to participate in an academic conference as an internationally recognized expert on Prague's Jewish history. Although he was lecturing about events from over four hundred years ago, Professor Davis was captivated by the Jewish revitalization taking place in Prague today. Read more.

Michael Steinlauf Professor Michael Steinlauf: Lecturing and Learning in Australia

Recognized for his expertise in Yiddish culture and Polish Jewry, Professor Michael Steinlauf, director of the Gratz Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, is often invited on speaking engagements. This past May, his expertise brought him across the globe to a rather unexpected location - Australia, where he was invited to speak in both Melbourne and Sydney. To learn about his remarkable experience, including the sight that brought tears to his eyes, read more.

Arlene Marcus -- Gratz Alum

Gratz Alumna Arlene Marcus: Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust

At the end of his course on the history of anti-Semitism, Professor Steinlauf sent an e-mail to his students, challenging them to pass on their newly acquired knowledge to others in order to make the world a better place. These words resonated with Arlene Marcus, a 2007 Gratz graduate, and they continue to influence her life today. To find out how Marcus brings the message of the Holocaust to others, read more.


Ricky Markovitz: Teaching Hebrew Online with a Personal Touch

"Since I didn't do well in Hebrew school, I don't think I can learn Hebrew." It's a misperception commonly uttered by students. Upon hearing it, Ricky Markovitz, a popular Gratz Hebrew teacher takes up the gauntlet, determined to prove these students wrong. And she does. With her online Hebrew classes, Markovitz makes learning Hebrew feasible for students at all levels and in all geographic areas - even as far away as New Zealand.  Read more.

Food for Thought

The Gratz Gourmet

For today's "Gratz Gourmet" column, we turn once again to recipes from the popular Jewish Community High School (JCHS) program "Food for Thought," a service learning course where students prepare kosher meals for homebound elderly. In a Jewish Exponent piece about this course, program coordinator Julie Sinyakova describes "Food for Thought" as "a powerful, multi-generational approach to teach students about the Jewish perspective on aging and Jewish responsibility." Last year, JCHS students prepared over 4,000 meals as part of this program! For their recipes for a unique salmon dish and delectable pineapple pudding dessert, read more.


Movie Review: A Young Woman's Choice in Fill the Void

Amidst the expected lineup of summer blockbusters, action flicks and sequels comes the entirely unexpected Israeli film Fill the Void. This film is an intense family drama taking place in the unlikely setting of Tel Aviv's Hasidic community.  Written and directed by an ultra-Orthodox filmmaker, Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void has received widespread acclaim, including seven Ophir Awards (the Israeli version of the Academy Awards) and Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. For a review of this film by Jodi Benjamin, writer for The Gratz College Insider, read more.