Gratz College Insider - Fall 2014
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Tuzman Memorial 
Holocaust Teach-In
November 9, 2014
 3 - 6 pm
Keynote Speaker
Father Patrick Desbois
The Holocaust by Bullets

Open to the public 
$10 in advance $15 at the door 
Act 48 and CLE credits available
Contact: Mindy Blechman
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Movies @ Gratz
Sundays, 7 pm

November 23 - Portrait of Wally

Contact Mindy Cohen
215 635-7300 x155 
Tuesday, November 18th, 7 pm

Professor Agnieszka Legutko
Free and Open to the Public
R.S.V.P. Mindy Cohen 
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Navigating the college application process?
Help is coming soon! JCHS will be offering workshops on college admissions and financial aid with Gratz College Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rosalie Guzofsky, and Director of Financial Aid and Compliance, Michelle Taylor.
Inspiring Classes
Expert Faculty!
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Gratz Building
every year,
and make a difference 
every day!
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Leona P. Kramer Gallery
 November 9 - December 18
Opening reception
November 16 1:30-3:30
CLE at Gratz Save the Date
Friday, December 12th
Contact: Mindy Cohen, 215 635-7300 x155

Dear Friends,


I begin this issue of The Insider by welcoming Dr. Rosalie Guzofsky, our new dean and vice president for academic affairs. Brimming with ideas, Dr. Guzofsky is bringing a new energy with her to Gratz.


I am also pleased to announce that two of our programs have recently been awarded generous donations from philanthropic foundations. In this issue, we describe how our master's program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and NEXT, our Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers, will use these new gifts. 


In addition, we introduce you to two Gratz alumni who are doing great things: Nomi Eve and Josh Buchin. Eve's book Henna House is Philadelphia's One Book, One Jewish Community selection this year, and Buchin is on his way to becoming a rabbi.

Finally, please note that November promises to be a particularly exciting month at Gratz. It opens with the much anticipated Tuzman Holocaust Teach-In, featuring a fascinating keynote speaker, Father Patrick Desbois, whose work sheds light on the widespread execution of Jews by Nazis in the Ukraine. The following week brings our gallery's opening reception for the Holocaust exhibit "Painted Fire." Don't miss the Shusterman Distinguished Lecture on the fascinating topic of the Dybbuk and modern Jewish identity.  The month closes with the captivating documentary "Portrait of Wally," which is the next screening in our Movies@Gratz series.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus next month!
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Joy W. Goldstein                                  
Gratz College Welcomes Our New Dean
On October 1, Dr. Rosalie Guzofsky officially became the new dean and vice president for academic affairs at Gratz College. Dr. Guzofsky brings to her new position over 20 years of managerial experience in higher education administration, as well as a business background and a personal and scholarly interest in Jewish studies. "In fact," she says, "everything I have done both personally and professionally has brought me to Gratz." To find out how, read more
Gifts to Gratz
Gratz College has been a leader in Jewish education for over a century, currently serving students across the globe with our innovative programming. Such success depends, in large part, upon the generosity of donors, who recognize the importance of our work to the Jewish community and to the community at large. Recently, Gratz has received generous donations from both the Isaac and Carol Auerbach Family Foundation and the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation. Grateful for their philanthropy, we will use their gifts to support NEXT, our Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers, as well as our master's program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Read more.
Professor Saul Wachs' Annual Reflections on Israel
For the last 30 years, I have been spending my summers in Israel. While there, I feel a sense of spiritual, personal and cultural renewal. At times, though, I also feel a sense of frustration, brought on by the challenges that tear at the fabric of this small nation. For my reflections on life in Israel during the turbulent summer of 2014, read more.
Gratz Alumna Selected as
One Book, One Jewish Community Author
This year, Gratz College takes special pride in Philadelphia's One Book, One Jewish Community selection, Henna House, whose author, Nomi Eve, is a Gratz Hebrew High School alumna with multigenerational Gratz connections. Eve is also a gifted writer. Her new book is not only a window into the Yemenite Jewish community during the first half of the 20th century, but it is also a shocking story of love and betrayal and a literary trove of powerful imagery. Read a review of Henna House here by Insider writer Jodi Benjamin, including background from her interview with Nomi Eve.

Alumnus Josh Buchin Jump-Started His Future at Gratz

In May of 2016, Josh Buchin will be ordained as a rabbi. It's a very impressive achievement - and one that Buchin would have considered impossible several years ago. At that time, after struggling to find the right educational fit for himself, he had virtually given up on school. And then, he discovered Gratz College, which changed everything. For his inspiring story, read more.   

The Gratz Gourmet

"Eating is a very spiritual endeavor," says our "Gratz Gourmet" contributor, Rabbi Lynnda Targan. And she should know. Rabbi Targan has contemplated this topic while collecting and creating recipes, parsing food-related passages in traditional Jewish texts, and lecturing in different venues on what she describes as the "culinary connection to Judaism." Read more for the recipe that she offers up as her own delicious tribute to nature's bounty.