Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Literature and Education

Dr. Uzi Adini was born and educated in Israel. He earned a Teacher’s Diploma at Lifschitz Teacher’s College, and a B.A, Secondary Teachers’ Certificate and M.A. degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, majoring in Bible, Hebrew Literature, and Education. He earned an Ed.D. degree at Dropsie College in Philadelphia, PA, where his doctoral dissertation dealt with transmitting Jewish values through the study of Hebrew Literature to high school students.

Following a long career in educational administration, occasionally combined with college teaching, Dr. Adini returned in 2004...

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Adjunct Instructor

Julia Steinberg Agnew is an adjunct instructor and teaches Issues in the Contemporary Classroom. She received her B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught for ten years in the School District of Philadelphia and is certified in Pennsylvania with an ESL specialist certificate.

Most recently, she has been mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate student teachers for Arcadia University and the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys the challenge of collaborating with urban and suburban educators to create...

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Gloria Becker, EdD, a graduate of the Masters in Jewish Education program at Gratz College, is an instructor of education, teaching on-campus and online courses to MA and EdD students. She earned her EdD from Argosy University in 2011. Her dissertation topic was "Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Reform-movement Congregational Schools." Gloria’s areas of specialty include instructional design, curriculum design, school management, teacher training, and learning technology. Gloria is a PQAS certified instructor and works with professionals in Early Childhood settings in the area of...

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Adjunct Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Jeff Benvenuto is a PhD candidate in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers-Newark, where he is completing a dissertation entitled "A Genealogy of Cultural Genocide: The International Norm Dynamics of Indigenous Rights Discourse." He is a contributing co-editor of Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (Duke University Press, 2014) and has published in Journal of Genocide Research and Genocide Studies and Prevention. He specializes in genocide studies, atrocity prevention, human rights, Indigenous studies, settler colonialism, immigration, the history of race and ethnicity in the...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Stephen “Steff” Chortanoff earned degrees at Lycoming College (B.A., History), Pennsylvania State University (M.A., American Studies), Temple University (M.Ed., Educational Administration), and the American Military University (M.A., History).  Over the last dozen years, he served as an AP European History teacher, Dean of Students,  gifted support teacher, and creator and instructor of dual enrollment college history courses (Second World War, American Civil War and Reconstruction, 20th Century America, and the Vietnam War) at Lower Dauphin High School. In addition, he serves as an...

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Adjunct Instructor in Early Education

Rosalie St Clair is an adjunct instructor in the Early Education Program teaching Play as the Foundation of Learning. She was originally from the Pittsburgh area and graduated from Indiana University of PA with a Bachelor of Science in El Ed, certified in PS through grade 8. Her graduate work was completed at Penn State.
Rosalie’s first teaching position was in Latrobe, PA—home of Mr. Rogers. Later she moved to Bedford, PA where she owned and taught in a private Kindergarten. She also taught ESEA reading and grade one in the district, and a career development course for Mt. Aloysius...

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Tamara Cohen is a Jewish educator who works with students of various ages and backgrounds. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor in the online program at Gratz College and in the Early Childhood Department at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, NC. She serves as the Judaic Specialist for the Asheville Jewish Community Center, working with teachers and students in the early childhood, after-school and camp programs. Tamara also coordinates teen religious education programs in the Asheville area through Congregation Beth Israel. She has a Master of Education in...

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Rabbi Jon Cutler earned a BA and MA from Temple University in religious studies and a Master of Hebrew Letters and ordination as a Rabbi in 1987 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA. In 1996 he earned his Doctor of Ministry from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. He is presently an adjunct professor of Judaic Studies at Gratz College, of philosophy and religion at Philadelphia University, and counseling psychology at Holy Family University, Philadelphia. Rabbi Cutler is a Captain in the US Navy and is a hospice chaplain for Abramson Center...

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Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Phone: 215 635 7300 x 142
Email: jdavis@gratz.edu

Personal Statement
A graduate education, it seems to me, should impart a detailed and accurate knowledge of a specialized topic.  (Undergraduate liberal education, by contrast, should impart a somewhat vague and general knowledge of everything.)   A graduate program should draw the graduate student into the ongoing debate over the meaning of their subject matter.  In Jewish studies, graduate students must learn to take their stands within the great modern debate over the meaning and direction of Judaism, Jewishness, and the Jews.  This implies that each student must...

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