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 Scholar Program courses are eight weeks -Tuition- $200 per course


Recipes for Jewish Living: A Culinary Connection to Judaism and Jewish Sources
Rabbi Lynnda Targan
October 20 - December 8 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm

As Jewish women and men, many of our memories are intricately woven up with the food we ate around our family tables at Shabbat and other holiday meals. This unique curriculum, combining recipes culled from Jewish cookbooks from around the world, and texts and symbols about food and eating taken from traditional sources, offers a delightful approach to deepen our connection with Judaism and individual spirituality.  Join us around the table as we share stories, compare recipes and enliven our days of Jewish living while asking ourselves what feeds our souls.



Israel's Quest For Peace
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
October 21-December 9 - 1:00 -3 :00 pm

An in depth look at Israel's quest for peace since the pre-State era until this very day looking at the potential peace deals that were put on the negotiating table.

Jewish Intellectual History: Buber, Kaplan and Heschel
Rabbi Jon Cutler
October 21 - December 9 - 7:00- 9:00 pm

Jews today face a bewildering number of different forms of Jewish life, such as denominational-ism, and various types of Zionist and cultural Judaism, each with its own distinctive vision of God, community, personal autonomy, tradition and identity. Modern Jewish thought provides an invaluable guide for this exploration. Through careful study of the writings of three major modern Jewish thinkers- Martin Buber, Mordecai Kaplan, and Abraham Joshua Heschel -students will be encouraged to grapple with many of the basic questions facing Jews today, develop their own coherent visions of Judaism and Jewish life and consider how such visions can be of use to those who confront the challenges of modern Jewish life. 



Two Jews, Three Opinions
Dr. Ruth Sandberg
October 22 - December 10  10:00 am-12:00 pm 

This course surveys the history, practices, and beliefs of the various Jewish movements in the United States, including the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist movements, as well as the Jewish Renewal movement and Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Exploring Ancient Texts through a Modern Lens.   Part II - Prophets
Dr. Uziel Adini
October 22 - December 10  10:00 am-12:00 pm

The modern study of Bible acknowledges the intense involvement of the reader in the process of the interpretation.  Modern readers can - and routinely do - create clear meanings out of the texts and this reader-response method thus reflects a variety of viewpoints. While we discuss Biblical relevance and what the text could have meant to ancient readers, this course acknowledges and expands, in contrast to the older methods, the legitimacy of the interpreter's self-involvement in the text.



Shi'ites, Sunni's and Kurds: Vying For Power in the Middle East
Dr. David Rabeeya
October 23 - December 18 - 10:00 am -12:00 pm (no class 11/27)

This course will explore the historical, religious, cultural and political schism in both the Middle East and North Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the surge of many groups trying to gain control of land and resources in these areas and establish dominance. The effects of these changes and their influence on the economy and security of Israel and the United States will be discussed.

Genesis: An Analysis of Text - Part II
Rabbi Albert Gabbai
October 23 - December 18  10:00 am -12:00 pm (no class 11/27)

We will analyze the text in the book of Genesis using classical commentators accompanied with modern linguistic technologies. Archaeological and ancient Near East cultures will be brought in to shed light on some of the apparently obscure text.  Theological implications will be explored as well as relevance in the practical day to day life. Be prepared for a very intellectually and emotionally challenging class. JPS Bible is required. (Part 2 is independent of Part 1)

Israel's Quest For Peace
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
October 23 - December 18  7:00-9:00pm  (8 weeks - no class 11/27)
Beth Zion Beth Israel -300 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

An in-depth look at Israel's quest for peace since the pre-State era until this very day looking at the potential peace deals that were put on the negotiating table





Registration/Refund Policy
For all Scholars classes, full tuition payment is due upon registration. If a cancellation is received before the course begins, 100% of tuition will be refunded. For a 12-session course, a 50% refund or credit towards another course will be issued if cancellation is received before the 3rd session. For an 8-session course, a 50% refund or credit towards another course will be issued if cancellation is received before the 2nd session. Minimum number of students required to run each class