Gratz Scholars Program

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The Gratz College Scholars Program is for adults in the community who enjoy learning in an intellectual atmosphere with instructors who are highly regarded experts in their fields. Ongoing courses are offered each semester in a variety of subjects and topics as well as Hebrew and Yiddish language. The Scholars Program also sponsors Distinguished Lecture Series, Yiddish programs, Israeli films and other special events.

For more information about the Gratz College Scholars Program please contact Barbara Rosenau, Director of Adult Jewish Learning at or 215-635-7300 x182.

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All classes held at Gratz College unless otherwise noted

All Courses are Four Days - Tuition: $125 per course

Master  the Bible in Four Days!
Dr. Ruth Sandberg
Monday - Thursday June 29 - July 2 - 10:00am -12:00pm

This course will cover all 24 books of the Hebrew Bible in four days! We will explore the basic content and key passages in six Biblical books each day. You can become a "master" of the Bible!

What Does the Qur'an Say About Jews?
Dr. David Rabeeya
Tuesdays and Thursdays June 30, July 2, July 7, July 9 -  1:00 -3:00pm

There are historical and theological statements about Jews in the Qur'an. There are many similarities of traditions, stories and legends between the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an along with differences between the two. Some chapters revealed in Mecca were revealed in conjunction with Jewish tribes and those revealed in Medina when Mohammed became the head of the Muslim community show a change of attitude toward the Jews. Islam emphasizes the disobedience of Jews against their leaders as a reason for their dispersion and trials.

The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
Monday-Thursday July 27-30 - 1:00-3:00 pm

This course will cover the Arab-Israeli conflict's history, politics and diplomacy. Divided at 1948-49, the course deals with the conflict's social, political, ideological and diplomatic origins followed by the period since focusing on Israeli and Palestinian national emergencene, Arab-Israeli Wars, subsequent diplomacy from each and the impact of American, European and Cold War engangement upon the conflict's unfolding.  

Jewish Views on and Experiences with the Afterlife
Barbara Rosenthal, MA
Monday - Thursday July 27 - July 30    10:00am -12:00pm

Judaism does posit a belief in the existence of an afterlife but there is no agreement or official dogma about what form it takes.  In this class, we will explore the many beliefs within the Jewish tradition about the afterlife.  We will also be joined part of the time by a Jewish medium/life guide who will share what she has learned through her unique experiences.


Registration/Refund Policy
For all Scholars Program, Hebrew and Yiddish courses, full tuition payment is due upon registration prior to the start of the first class. If a cancellation is received by email at least two days before the course begins, 100% of tuition will be refunded. If cancellation is received before the second session, a 50% refund or credit towards another course will be issued.