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Gratz College is located just 10 miles north of Philadelphia, a city which is known for its educational and cultural institutions.  Center City Philadelphia is home to a world-renowned art museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute The National Museum of American Jewish History and many other destinations. Located in suburban Melrose Park, Gratz is situated on what is known by locals as the Old York Road corridor. Nowhere else in suburban Philadelphia can you find seven congregations (including the only synagogue designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright) offering such a variety of worship options within a 5-mile radius. 

An idyllic setting

Gratz College is located at 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA. The campus is less than a half hour from the Philadelphia International Airport, and just a few blocks from the Melrose Park and Elkins Park train stations, served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

The 28-acre Mandell Education Campus has been home to Gratz College since 1989. In 1985, the Mandell Education Campus was founded through the vision of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the then Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School, local synagogues, Gratz College and local community members. The vision was to develop a campus devoted to Jewish education spanning from early childhood through graduate school and adult learning.

Gratz College administrative offices and classrooms are housed in the modern, 60,000-square-foot Ann Newman Building. Occupying the entire second floor is the 100,000-item Tuttleman Library, featuring a rare book room and special centers that hold the college’s renowned music and Holocaust collections.

The main campus and administrative offices of the Gratz College Jewish Community High School is also headquartered in the Ann Newman Building. 

Directions to the Campus


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From Center City Philadelphia

Follow Broad Street (Rt. 611) north to the 6600 block. Bear right at the fork in the road onto Old York Road (Rt. 611). Continue on 611 North for approximately one (1) mile to Melrose Avenue. Turn right at the light onto Melrose Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

From the Philadelphia International Airport

When exiting the airport, follow signs for 76 West, Central Philadelphia. Follow for several miles past Philadelphia and take it to Junction Route 1 (right two lanes). Rt. 1 will have a sign to NE Philadelphia, take exit #34 to Broad Street. Take the off-ramp to the dead-end at Broad Street. Make a left onto Broad Street and remain in the right lanes. After approximately 1½ miles, the road will fork to the right (Old York Road/Rt. 611 North). Continue on 611 North for approximately one (1) mile to Melrose Avenue. Turn right at the light onto Melrose Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

From the Western Philadelphia Suburbs

Take the Schuylkill Expressway (Rt. I-76) east to the Roosevelt Boulevard extension (Rt. 1) north. Get off at the Broad Street Exit. At the dead-end make a left onto Broad Street (Rt. 611). After approximately 1½ miles, the road will fork to the right (Old York Road/Rt. 611 North). Continue on 611 North for approximately one (1) mile to Melrose Avenue. Turn right at the light onto Melrose Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

From the Northern Philadelphia Suburbs, New York and New Jersey

Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Rt. I-276) to the Willow Grove Exit (#27). Follow the signs for south 611. There will be a fork in the road, bear left when the name of the street will change to Old York Road. Take 611 South for approximately 6 miles to Melrose Avenue. Turn left at the light onto Melrose Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

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Take Route I-95 south to Cottman Avenue (Rt. 73), which will become Township Line Road once you leave Philadelphia and enter Cheltenham Township. Turn left on Church Road to the third traffic light at Old York Road (Rt. 611). Make a left onto 611 South to Melrose Avenue. Turn left at the light onto Melrose Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

From New Jersey, Delaware and South

Take Route I-95 North to Cottman Avenue (Rt. 73). Continue on Cottman Avenue for approximately 5 miles; it will become Township Line Road once you leave Philadelphia and enter Cheltenham Township. Turn left on Church Road to the third traffic light at Old York Road (Rt. 611). Make a left onto 611 South to Melrose Avenue. Turn left at the light onto Melrose Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

Coming East on the PA Turnpike, Allentown, and Northeast Extension

From the PA Turnpike (Eastbound), take the Ft. Washington (Philadelphia/Ambler) Exit (#26), Rt. 309. Follow 309 South, moving into the left hand lane before the first traffic light. Make a left turn onto Greenwood Avenue. Bear right at the first traffic light, and continue to the next traffic light, Church Road. Turn right onto Church Road, and continue until the third traffic light at Old York Road (Route 611.) Turn right onto Old York Road. After approximately one mile, signs will be visible for the Mandell Education Campus. Turn left onto Melrose Avenue and the first left into the parking lot.