Gratz College Midcareer Fellowships

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Gratz College Announces Master’s Fellowships in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service

Melrose Park, PA – Gratz College is delighted to announce the creation of fourteen fellowships: seven for the Gratz master’s in Jewish Education and seven for the Gratz master’s in Jewish Communal Service. Gratz is making these degrees more accessible to deserving candidates through a combination of significantly reduced tuition and flexible scheduling.

“The Gratz College family is thrilled to have the opportunity  to establish the Gratz College Midcareer Fellowship,” says Gratz president Joy Goldstein. “The cohort that will be selected will be comprised of Jewish educators committed to nurturing Jewish identity in their students and nonprofit leaders dedicated to improving the institutions and communities in which they work. I am confident that the Gratz College  Midcareer Fellowship will yield long-lasting and significant impact in the Jewish community.”


For current and aspiring Jewish organizational administrators, Hillel staffers, youth group directors, day and supplementary school educators and other Jewish professionals, the Gratz master’s programs in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service offer the promise of greater job competency, increased marketability and more diversified skills. These are enviable benefits in a world where harried professionals are being asked to shoulder diverse responsibilities while their employers cut back on skills training and professional development. Despite the practical benefits of the master’s programs, however, insufficient financial resources and overcommitted lives create impediments for many potential students.


The Gratz College Midcareer Fellowship reduces these burdens, making school more manageable, especially for working students. With a 45% reduction in tuition, the financial burden of graduate education is substantially reduced for Gratz College Midcareer Fellows. The “fellowships can allow Jewish educators who otherwise could not afford the cost of a graduate degree to develop their talents and contribute to the Jewish community,” says Dr. Ruth Sandberg, the Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics at Gratz College.

Meanwhile, flexibility has long been a hallmark of the Gratz approach to education. Fellows have three years to complete their degrees, meaning they can reduce their per-semester course load by attending school part time. As a longtime supporter of distance learning, Gratz College also offers the students the opportunity to take many of their courses online. The master’s in Jewish Education is one of only two such programs in the whole country that can be completed entirely online. The master’s in Jewish Communal Service combines online and on-campus courses, with the latter scheduled at times conducive to working professionals. Finally, while both master’s programs require internships, working students can, in many cases, arrange to complete their internships at their current places of employment.

“The Gratz College Midcareer Fellowship is an acknowledgement of the ‘new student’ in the Jewish community as one who requires greater flexibility and for whom old-time models of education no longer work. Many of these people are expected to be mid-career students who are balancing work, school and family,” says Debbie Aron, the Gratz advisor of Jewish Communal Service and Nonprofit Management.

As a pluralistic institution, Gratz also offers flexibility in another form. Students from different branches within Judaism are welcome to participate in both the master’s in Jewish Education and the master’s in Jewish Communal Service. And in class, concepts are applied across the spectrum of various Jewish movements.

Gratz College is currently accepting applications for Fellowships in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service for the fall semester. Students who select Jewish Communal Service are required to take the Nonprofit Management track, which combines a Jewish knowledge base with skills, such as fundraising, marketing and fiscal management.

For more information about the Gratz College Midcareer Fellowship contact Dodi Klimoff, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 215-635-7300, ex. 140 or dklimoff@gratz.edu.

Gratz College is a vibrant academic institution with both on-campus and online courses in Jewish studies.  It is the oldest college of Jewish studies in North America and the first trans-denominational Jewish college in the United States.  Its teachers and scholars have been training Jewish professionals for over a century and have been providing quality Jewish education for the community as well.  Gratz College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the State of Israel, and is a constituent of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.