Rabbi Erin Hirsh Appointed Interim President

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For Immediate Release

January 11, 2017

Michelle Portnoff, Board Chair
Dodi Klimoff
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The Board of Governors of Gratz College is pleased to announce that Rabbi Erin Hirsh will serve as Interim President effective February 1, 2017.
Rabbi Hirsh, an accomplished Jewish educator and administrator, came to Gratz four years ago to create the NEXT Program, a nationally-recognized professional learning program for supplementary school educators. Two years later, Rabbi Hirsh assumed responsibility for a wider-ranging portfolio, Gratz Advance - which includes all of Gratz’ supplementary school education programs as well as those for high school students - and became a member of the executive staff. As a senior staff member, Rabbi Hirsh has worked closely with outgoing President Joy Goldstein, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Dr. Rosalie Guzofsky, and the rest of the executive staff. Rabbi Hirsh is also an Assistant Professor of Jewish Education.
The Board of Governors is delighted that Rabbi Hirsh is prepared to step in at this juncture and ensure a smooth transition as Ms. Goldstein departs. A search for a new permanent president will commence shortly.


Founded in 1895 as the first college for Jewish studies in America, Gratz College educates teachers, academic leaders and non-profit professionals in a pluralistic environment rooted in Jewish values. Gratz is a leader in online Jewish studies, reaching students across the country and around the globe. In addition to college degree offerings at the BA, MA and doctoral levels, Gratz runs the Jewish Community High School and continuing Adult Jewish Learning programs. Gratz College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. More information may be found at http://www.gratz.edu