Gratz College Insider - Fall 2015

Thursday, October 15th
7:30 pm

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
The Golden Age of Philadelphia's Uptown Jewish Community 
Free and open to the public
Contact: Mindy Cohen 
215 635-7300 x155
Gratz Scholars bulb
begins October 13th
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Mandell Campus
Fall Festival
Sunday, October 18th
9:00am - 2:00pm
Book sale, 
kosher food vendors, pumpkin painting 
and more!
Free admission
Contact:215 635-7300
Rain date: October 25th
Presented by Gratz College

Wednesday's 6:30-8:30
Event Planning
Nonprofit Finance
Social Media
Mediation Training
presented by 
Gratz College and The Peace Center
October 23rd and 30th
November 6th
8:00am - 4:00pm
CLE Credit Available
Understanding Jewish Teens: Insights from Torah & Today

Dr. Joshua Gutoff
Dr. Michael
Dr. Joseph Davis

Dear Friends,


We have emerged from the High Holiday season recharged and ready to take on the year ahead. This spirit of renewal is being felt here at Gratz College as we eagerly embark on an exciting new programming year. This month alone brings with it the start of our Adult Jewish Learning courses, as well as a host of public lectures and workshops. We have also been regularly adding to our growing list of graduate and certificate program offerings.


In this Insider, we highlight two programs: our Master of Arts in Education. with its new, cutting-edge track on teaching in faith-based environments, and our Deena M. Grossmann Memorial Program in Jewish Education on understanding Jewish teens. 


Also in this issue, you will meet Len Zimmerman, the new director of institutional advancement at Gratz College, and Heather Licht, a Gratz student earning a master's in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from her home on an Indian reservation in Montana,


In our "Gratz Gourmet" column, you will find a recipe for a delicious Sephardic dish, courtesy of Dean Guzofsky. Lastly, you will read about Professor Ruth Sandberg's successful multifaith forum, as well as her encounter with a close friend of Pope Francis.


Here's to a wonderful year ahead! Hope to see you soon on campus!

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Joy W. Goldstein                                  
Gratz Launches a Compelling New Online Master of Arts in Education Program
Building on our 120-year history of educating teachers, Gratz College now offers a new and innovative online Master of Arts in Education program. This program in contemporary pedagogy focuses on the real-world needs of teachers in today's classrooms - public, private and faith-based. We are currently accepting applications for the spring semester, as well as inquiries about individual courses for non-matriculating students. Read more.
'Understanding Jewish Teens: Insights from Torah & Today'
As many parents and educators well know, the teenage years can be a challenging time for everyone. As a result, on October 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., Gratz College will dedicate this year's Deena M. Grossmann Memorial Program in Jewish Education to the topic of understanding Jewish teens. Beginning with a creative midrash and ending with specifically tailored breakout sessions, this program will be taught as a hands-on workshop by a panel of experts from Gratz College and from the Gratz Jewish Community High School. All educators are encouraged to attend. The program is also relevant to informal Jewish teen educators, such as youth group leaders and camp directors, and to anyone else seeking insight into Jewish teens. Admission is free, and online registration is available here. For additional details, read more.
The Papal Visit: A Big Week for Professor Ruth Sandberg and for Jewish-Christian Relations
Dr. Ruth Sandberg's enthusiasm was irrepressible as she described the whirlwind schedule of events that she participated in during the pope's visit to the United States. She began that week by moderating the first-ever multifaith forum at Gratz College. Then, after observing Yom Kippur, she spent a day at the World Meeting of Families. Finally, it was off to a special celebration of Jewish-Catholic relations at Saint Joseph's University, where she met Rabbi Abraham Skorka, the event's keynote speaker and the pope's dear friend. For Dr. Sandberg, who is director of the Gratz certificate program in Jewish-Christian Studies, it was a week to remember. For photos and the full story, read more.

Meet Our New Director of Institutional Advancement

There's a fresh face on the Gratz College staff this year: Lenard Zimmerman joined our executive team as our new director of institutional advancement this August. Although Len is new to Gratz, he brings with him a proven track record of success as a development professional within the Jewish community for the last 25 years. Read more.

Bringing Holocaust and Genocide Studies to an Indian Reservation in Montana
Heather Licht's love of horses took her from Cleveland, Ohio, to an Indian reservation in northwestern Montana, with stints of fighting forest fires, working as a wilderness ranger and doing other odd jobs in between. Living on the reservation with her husband and son, Licht is now the longtime director of a fedrally funded college preparedness program called Upward Bound. She is also a student in the Gratz online master's program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. For her extraordinary story, read more.
The Gratz Gourmet
Our Gratz Gourmet for this issue is dean and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Rosalie Guzofsky. For her culinary contribution, Dr. Guzofsky delved deep into her past as  a graduate student and recreated the recipe for a couscous dish that she had eaten in Morocco while doing fieldwork for her doctoral dissertation on Jewish-Moroccan folklore. For this simple and versatile recipe, read more.
Help build a bridge to our future.
To learn how you can support the Gratz College Annual Fund contact
Len Zimmerman, 215 635-7300x 153.