Gratz College

Gratz College Learn. Teach. Lead Today, the college is a dynamic, vibrant historically Jewish institution with both undergrad and graduate programs.
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Gratz College, the first transdenominational Jewish college in the United States, has been teaching Jewish studies and training professionals for more than a century. We also offer certificates and micro-credentials in all programs:

Jewish Studies
Human Rights
Camp Administration and Leadership
Interfaith Studies
Non-Profit Management
Education and Educational Leadership
Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Online and flexible scheduling designed for your busy life.

Did you know that we maintain a page on our website for job openings? Click below for employment opportunities, or let u...
01/14/2024

Did you know that we maintain a page on our website for job openings? Click below for employment opportunities, or let us know if you have something you'd like us to post!

A place for Gratz College students and alumni to view global job listings, careers, internships, and academic opportunities.

Want to learn more about Hamas? Try this Gratz online adult continuing education class with Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Executi...
01/12/2024

Want to learn more about Hamas? Try this Gratz online adult continuing education class with Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Executive Director at Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).

Inside Hamas
Thursdays, February 8 - March 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
There are no clear distinctions among social, military, and political activity of Hamas; ambiguities are deliberately created to blur those distinctions. For the last sixteen years Israelis came to describe an intense divide within Hamas, between the polarized aspects of โ€œresistanceโ€ (muqawwamah) on one hand and governance on the other, along with the claim that the movement assigns growing priority to the demands of the latter due to its new duties as a sovereign, and particularly the need to take care of the heavily burdened and needy Gazan population. In fact, during this past decade and a half Hamas deliberately avoided any such choice, and handled both poles with equal attention: managing the sewage in Gaza while also investing in a military buildup and preparation for a doomsday war with Israel.

www.gratz.edu/academics/degree/continuing-education/gratz-scholars-program/inside-hamas

Spring Continuing Education Course

Gratz Jewish Studies alumnus Rabbi Dan Horwitz is in the news. His book, "Just Jewish: How to Engage Millennials and Bui...
01/11/2024

Gratz Jewish Studies alumnus Rabbi Dan Horwitz is in the news. His book, "Just Jewish: How to Engage Millennials and Build a Vibrant Jewish Future" was just published by Ben Yehuda Press. ๐Ÿ‘

Watch his ELI Talk below. Congratz! and Gezundheit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awXZKpqNG5Y&t=5s

ELI talks
https://www.amazon.com/Just-Jewish-Engage-Millennials-Vibrant/dp/195382949X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=just+jewish+how+to+engage+millennials&qid=1704913210&sr=8-1

Ahchoo! Judaism even has what to say about how to sneeze like a Jew. It certainly has what to say about today's headlines from refugee crises to mass incarce...

How College Campuses Should Teach Israeli and Palestinian Politics and Societies ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธGain a much deeper, nuanced, and r...
01/07/2024

How College Campuses Should Teach Israeli and Palestinian Politics and Societies ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ

Gain a much deeper, nuanced, and rich understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that could be a model for how this important topic is taught on college campuses across America.

Rabbi Ari Sacks
Mondays, February 26 - April 15, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
8-week online course



Spring Continuing Education Course

This is old news from December, but worth pointing out that one of the tech leaders from this trip is our very own Holoc...
01/05/2024

This is old news from December, but worth pointing out that one of the tech leaders from this trip is our very own Holocaust and genocide studies doctoral student Eric Blumenthal.

We are forever impressed by our students!


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Gratz made the top Philadelphia stories of 2023 according to the Jewish Exponent!
01/04/2024

Gratz made the top Philadelphia stories of 2023 according to the Jewish Exponent!

In 2023, Israel turned 75, ignited a furious debate about the future of its democracy and got attacked by Hamas. All of those events had a massive practical and psychological impact on the Philadelphia Jewish community. At the same time, the story of local Jewry runs deeper. Jewish Philadelphiaโ€™s ...

Our graduates are making a difference in the world. ๐Ÿ’ช Holocaust and Genocide Studies MA alumnus Anthony Iaconelli is pre...
01/04/2024

Our graduates are making a difference in the world. ๐Ÿ’ช

Holocaust and Genocide Studies MA alumnus Anthony Iaconelli is presenting "Working Toward the Fuhrer" at the Vineland Board of Education on Thursday, January 11th, 4:30 - 7:00 pm EST.



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The Coalition's next Presentation will be on January 11, 2024. Master teacher Anthony Iaconelli will lead a program entitled "Working Toward the Fuhrer" at the Vineland Board of Education at 4;30 p.m.

Among the subjects to be discussed will be historian Ian Kershaw's concept of the "charismatic authority" and its impact on the actions taken by governmental and ordinary persons.

To sign up for the program, go to holocaustcoalition.com as soon as possible.

The Flyer for the Presentation is below.

01/03/2024

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Join Gratz at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El for a lively discussion with guest lecturer Amy Weiss, PhD. Her talk examines t...
01/03/2024

Join Gratz at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El for a lively discussion with guest lecturer Amy Weiss, PhD. Her talk examines the shifting relations between American Jews and evangelicals in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, revealing how support for Israel has transformed American interreligious affairs.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In-person only

This program is in honor of Gratz Professor Emeritus Saul Philip Wachs, PhD. Preserve his legacy by contributing to the Dr. Saul Philip Wachs Chair of Jewish Life and Learning. https://online.flippingbook.com/view/829842390/

https://www.gratz.edu/news-and-events/event-calendar/tbh-be-january-10-amy-weiss

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El

An important and relevant edition of The Lookstein Center's "Jewish Educational Leadership."
01/03/2024

An important and relevant edition of The Lookstein Center's "Jewish Educational Leadership."

The surge of global antisemitism since October 7th, from college campuses to workplaces to the streets of major cities, leaves us reeling with questions.

How do we grapple with a reality in which children and adults are wondering if they should leave the mezuza on the front door? Should we encourage our students to attend universities whose campuses may not be safe for identifiable Jews? How do we help students build necessary resilience? How can we better educate our students about Jewish history? About Israel? About Jewish pride? Is this a time to be searching for strands of hope or to be hunkering down, preparing for a seismic shift in the world around us?

It is with these questions that we present the re-release of our Fall 2021 journal issue, Jewish Education Amidst Rising Antisemitism, with brand new content for Winter 2024. We hope it will help inform, assure, and inspire our readers.

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Meet Alison Joseph, Ph.D., new Director of Digital Scholarship and Assistant Professor of Bible at Gratz College. She jo...
01/02/2024

Meet Alison Joseph, Ph.D., new Director of Digital Scholarship and Assistant Professor of Bible at Gratz College.

She joins Gratz after many years working in the academic and publishing worlds. Dr. Joseph was most recently the Director of Digital Projects at the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, where she spearheaded building digital archives and translating print material for digital consumption. Dr. Joseph is also the author of numerous publications, most notably "Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics," which received the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. She received her PhD in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in Jewish Studies from Emory University. She also holds undergraduate degrees from Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

We are pleased to have you with us, Dr. Joseph! ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‘

A true kindness...Gratz colleagues Suzette Quiles and Lovisa Woodson started My Lion's Heart, a nonprofit organization t...
12/29/2023

A true kindness...

Gratz colleagues Suzette Quiles and Lovisa Woodson started My Lion's Heart, a nonprofit organization that brings everyday essentials to disadvantaged children and teens.

We applaud your commitment to repairing the world!

Wee Woodson

๐ŸŒŸ Join us in making a difference! ๐Ÿค Your contribution can bring smiles and necessities to those who need it most.

12/27/2023

Volume up โฌ†๏ธ Hearts and minds open. โค๏ธ

Do you know Gratz today๐Ÿ˜Š?
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May   remind us of the importance of unity, values, community, and culture. Be proud of where you came from and where yo...
12/26/2023

May remind us of the importance of unity, values, community, and culture. Be proud of where you came from and where you're going.

Happy Kwanzaa! ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿค

To all of our friends who celebrate... We wish you a season full of light and laughter for you and your family. May all ...
12/25/2023

To all of our friends who celebrate...
We wish you a season full of light and laughter for you and your family. May all that is beautiful, meaningful, and brings you joy be yours this season and throughout the coming year!
Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ… ๐ŸŽ„

We have achieved SO MUCH this past year. ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“ˆ Take a moment to read our interactive annual impact report of the '22-'23 s...
12/24/2023

We have achieved SO MUCH this past year. ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“ˆ Take a moment to read our interactive annual impact report of the '22-'23 school year!

www.gratz.edu/giving/annual-report-2021-2022

How Your Support is Making a Difference

Ph.D. candidate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Paula Raimondo is carrying on the Gratz mission by introducing a new H...
12/22/2023

Ph.D. candidate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Paula Raimondo is carrying on the Gratz mission by introducing a new Holocaust education course at Bucks County Community College. ๐Ÿ‘

Raimondo, a professor at BCCC is introducing History of the Holocaust, a three-credit course offered for the first time in the spring semester.

โ€œWhat you stand to learn in a class like this is so much more than history. Youโ€™ll learn critical thinking skills and information literacy skills. You will really start to build a framework for interpreting the world and how we should treat other people.โ€

https://buckscountyherald.com/stories/bucks-county-community-college-explores-history-of-holocaust,32660

Bucks County Community College, which has been responding to residentsโ€™ educational needs since its founding nearly 60 years ago, introduces History of the Holocaust, a three-credit course offered โ€ฆ

Giving to Gratz was never so easy...Unlock a $100K Matching Gift AND Zero Out Up to 90% of Your PA Tax Liability by Dece...
12/21/2023

Giving to Gratz was never so easy...

Unlock a $100K Matching Gift AND Zero Out Up to 90% of Your PA Tax Liability by December 31!

We are excited to share TWO extraordinary opportunities to multiply your impact during this giving season:

1) A generous donor has offered to match all gifts to Gratz โ€“ dollar for dollar โ€“ up to $100,000.00 to advance our ground-breaking work in Holocaust and Antisemitism studies.

AND

2) Pennsylvania has made new EITC credits available through December 31 for individuals and businesses with 2023 PA tax liability. Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, individuals and businesses can zero out up to 90% of their PA tax liability, while taking an itemized charitable deduction for the remaining 10%.

The Bottom Line
Redirecting your tax dollars to Gratz through EITC will ALSO help unlock a $100K matching gift to support innovative Gratz programs that build bridges and combat hate, including: the worldโ€™s first Elie Wiesel Digital Archive, a multimedia repository of one the most important human rights leaders in modern world history; credit-bearing Gratz courses for PA high school students, and the Black-Jewish Fellowship for Social Justice Leadership, a national partnership with the UNCF seed-funded by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity; and much more.

To claim your EITC credits and double the value of your donation, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at [email protected].

Act now to obtain tax credits and designate Gratz College as your beneficiary nonprofit before the December 31 deadline!

In this season of giving, thank you for thinking of Gratz College, the nationโ€™s first independent college of Jewish Studies.

An article by current Holocaust and Genocide Studies doctoral student, Madeline Vadkerty was recently published by the V...
12/20/2023

An article by current Holocaust and Genocide Studies doctoral student, Madeline Vadkerty was recently published by the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Very impressive, Madeline! ๐Ÿ‘

Here is a link to the article:
https://simon.vwi.ac.at/index.php/simon/article/view/243

The Story of Andrej Horn A Case Study in the Microhistory of the Holocaust Authors Madeline Vadkerty Gratz College https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9721-9743 DOI: https://doi.org/10.23777/sn.0323/art_mvad01 Keywords: Holocaust, Slovakia, Jozef Tiso, Jewish Code, aryanization, exemptions, petitions Abstra...

The Daniel and Louise Cohen Adult Jewish Learning Program at Gratz College is for adults who enjoy learning in an intell...
12/19/2023

The Daniel and Louise Cohen Adult Jewish Learning Program at Gratz College is for adults who enjoy learning in an intellectual atmosphere with instructors who are highly regarded experts in their fields. Registration is open now in a variety of topics, as well as Hebrew and Yiddish language.

This semester's topics include:
โ€ข The Dysfunctional Families of Beresh*t: Are They Like Our Families or Not? โ€” Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein
โ€ข The Greatest Jewish Historians โ€” JJ Kimche
โ€ข How College Campuses Should Teach Israeli and Palestinian Politics and Societies โ€” Rabbi Ari Saks
โ€ข The Path Toward Modernity: The Jews of Galicia โ€” Dr. Andrew Zalewski
โ€ข Judaism in America, 1654-Present โ€” Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D
โ€ข A Mixed Multitude Went up with Them: An Interfaith Approach to Jewish Families โ€” Rabbi Marley Weiner
โ€ข How Jewish Law Works โ€” Dr. Ruth Sandberg
โ€ข Songs of the Heart โ€” Dr. Saul Philip Wachs
โ€ข Inside Hamas โ€” Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
โ€ข Altruism, Rescue and Extreme Empathy in Jewish Thought โ€” Elliot A. Ratzman



Registration is open now

Gratz Board of Governor Jonathan Mandell was featured on this segment by CBS 3 Philly! He is an amazing mosaic artist, w...
12/19/2023

Gratz Board of Governor Jonathan Mandell was featured on this segment by CBS 3 Philly!

He is an amazing mosaic artist, whose work can be found on permanent display at the National Constitution Center, The National Liberty Museum, The University of Pennsylvania, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the McGraw-Hill Company in New York, Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, among other sites throughout the United States.

Simply beautiful, Jonathan! ๐Ÿ‘

Learn more: https://www.jonathanmandell.com/

Artist Jonathan Mandell, whose mosaics can be seen around the region, showed CBS News Philadelphia around his workshop and explained how he creates his art.

Tonight is the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. We hope our daily rays of student sunshine โ˜€ have brightened the dark...
12/14/2023

Tonight is the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. We hope our daily rays of student sunshine โ˜€ have brightened the dark nights.

Our final spotlight is on Kathryn Seu. Kathryn is a current doctoral student in our Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. She was awarded the Benjamin and Dorothy Abrams Memorial Scholarship to pursue her studies.

Kathryn is from Camden County, New Jersey and previously attended Rowan University for her Master of Arts degree in Holocaust and Genocide Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology, also from Rowan University.

During her time at Rowan, she wrote about and presented on female perpetrators' motivation during the Holocaust, antisemitism in Sir Walter Scottโ€™s Ivanhoe, and antisemitism in America. She was President of Rowanโ€™s Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Student Association for two years and involved with the Psi Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society.

Congratz, Kathryn! ๐Ÿ‘

Rowan Center for the Study of The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights

On this seventh night of Hanukkah, we shine our light on Kathleen (Katie) Cunningham. Katie is a current doctoral studen...
12/14/2023

On this seventh night of Hanukkah, we shine our light on Kathleen (Katie) Cunningham. Katie is a current doctoral student in our Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. She was awarded the Samuel P. Mandell Fellowship to pursue her studies.

Katie is the Holocaust Education Program Coordinator for the Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a National Board Certi๏ฌed Educator and licensed administrator with nearly a decade of experience teaching the Holocaust in English Language Arts classrooms. Prior to joining the Stan Greenspon Center team, Katie also worked as an English Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Coach for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Katie was appointed to the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust in 2020 and served for two years before relocating to her current home in Charleston, SC. She completed the Echoes and Re๏ฌ‚ections Advanced Studies Program at Yad Vashem in Israel in 2019 and participated in the TOLI Seminar at Queens University in 2018. Over the past ๏ฌve years she has also engaged in Race, Bias, Power, and Equity Professional Development and Cultural Pro๏ฌciency Trainings through her positions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Katie holds a Bachelors in English Secondary Education from Lebanon Valley College and a Masters of Arts in Education Leadership from Queens University. When she isnโ€™t working or learning, she loves to travel and spend time with her husband and baby daughter.

Congratulations, Katie!



Kathleen O'Neill Cunningham
North Carolina Council on the Holocaust / NC Dept. of Public Instruction
Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem
Israel - Echoes and Reflections 2019
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Is it the sixth night of Hanukkah already? Today, we shine our light on Samantha Sikora. Samantha is a current Masters o...
12/12/2023

Is it the sixth night of Hanukkah already?

Today, we shine our light on Samantha Sikora. Samantha is a current Masters of Holocaust and Genocides Studies program student. She was awarded the Samuel P. Mandell Fellowship to pursue her studies.

Samantha earned her undergraduate degree in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. Knowing that she wanted to earn a higher degree, she began her graduate education at Kean University in Union, New Jersey before transferring to Gratz College. Samantha aims to pursue a P.h.D. after she finishes her M.A. She hopes to cultivate a career in museums and academia.

Congratz, Samantha! ๐Ÿ‘

On the fifth night of Hanukkah, we shine our light on Fred Akman. Fred is a current PhD student in our Holocaust and Gen...
12/12/2023

On the fifth night of Hanukkah, we shine our light on Fred Akman. Fred is a current PhD student in our Holocaust and Genocides Studies program. He was awarded the Elsie Chomsky Scholarship to pursue his studies.

Fred teaches middle school Social and Judaic Studies at Bโ€™nai Shalom Day School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is an alum of the school and his daughter, Willow, is currently a student at the school. He received his Bachelorโ€™s Degree in History from Guilford College and his Masterโ€™s in Education from North Carolina A&T University.

Congratz, Fred! ๐Ÿ‘ We can't wait to see what you'll do with your degree!



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Cheltenham, PA
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Gratz College has a long history of educational service to the Philadelphia area. Founded in 1895, Gratz is the oldest independent and pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North America. From its inception Gratz holds the distinction of being the first institution of advanced Jewish learning to accept women on par with men.

Addressing evolving needs, Gratz College grew to offer training programs for educators and communal professionals in the Jewish and secular communities. Over the last 20 years, the College has expanded its offerings to include a broad array of credentials and programs, including a PhD and EdD, mastersโ€™ level programs, BA completion programs, and graduate and undergraduate certificates. An early adopter of online education, Gratz offers blended and fully online degrees and has enrolled students from 36 states and 6 countries. Gratz is a private non-profit institution with a Carnegie Classification as a Masterโ€™s โ€“ Large Programs level and first received accreditation from the Middle States Commission for Higher Education (MSCHE) in 1967.

Gratz College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the State of Israel, and is a partner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The institution is guided with transparency by its Board of Governors.

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