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Poland Study-Travel Tour

Poland was once home to the largest Jewish community in the world. Known for its scholars and merchants, rabbis and socialists, Zionists, artists, writers and hoodlums, it was the world center of both traditional Jewish learning and a burgeoning modern secular culture in Yiddish, Hebrew and Polish. The very lands where Jewish life thrived for nearly a millennium were also the site of its near annihilation during the Holocaust. This tour will include an in-depth visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Holocaust memorials, but its focus will be Jewish life, both past and present. Join Gratz College on a journey that reveals the Jewish Poland of our ancestors and illuminates the current revival of Jewish life there. We will trace our Polish Jewish roots through centuries-old shtetls and former Jewish neighborhoods, and celebrate the legacy of Polish Jewish culture with thousands of other participants in the world-renowned Krakow Jewish Culture Festival. This specially crafted excursion invites dialogue between the past and the present, offering an extraordinary encounter with our living Jewish heritage. Read More »


Annual Gala, Featuring Randy Cohen

RANDY COHEN’S first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for “Late Night With David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, “The Punishing Blow,” ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. His most recent book, “Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything,” was published by Chronicle in 2012. Read More »

Carol Stein INSIGHTS Photography Exhibition

Leona P. Kramer Gallery Through April 30th Read More »


“Hava Nagila” - The Movie

MEET PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR ROBERTA GROSSMAN. Describing the movie as buoyant, playful and serious, the New York Times notes, "Through the unlikely prism of this song, the documentary manages to tell a complicated story of cultural adaptation while providing a fresh look at a good chunk of modern Jewish history...." Read More »


Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture Presents: Dr. Eric Goldman - The American Jewish Story through Cinema. Eric Goldman is a well-known expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film and noted film educator. Founder and president of Ergo Media, a New Jersey-based video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video, he is also film reviewer for New Jersey’s The Jewish Standard. He is the former director of the Jewish Media Service and was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the film program at the Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University in New York. Eric Goldman served as a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Eastern European Jewish Studies at Columbia University and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Goldman is adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. He has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film including his recently published book, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema. Read More »


Hazon Food Festival: Liberty, Food & Justice for All

Gratz College is a sponsor of Liberty, Food & Justice for All: A Hazon Food Festival. The programming will showcase Philadelphia chefs, nutritionists, farmers, restauranteurs, educators and experts on social justice and religious texts. They come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, sustainability, Jewish traditions, and contemporary life. Read More »


Yiddish Theater Trip - Lies My Father Told Me – A New Musical

This new musical based on the Academy- award winning film makes its national premiere in New York this November! Lies My Father Told Me is both a whimsical and moving coming of age story following three generations of an immigrant Jewish family on the Lower East Side during “The Roaring 20’s” when US immigration pushed forward in its final great wave, and an assimilated country pushed back on immigration even harder. Don’t miss this acclaimed new show!  Read More »

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