Gratz Scholars Program

Study online or on campus. Learn more and apply online

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 brosenau@gratz.edu or 215-635-7300 x182.

Related Links:

Registration

________________________________________________________________

MONDAYS IN CENTER CITY

The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM
8 weeks - January 27 - March 31 (no class Feb. 17 or March 3): $200 

This is an advanced survey of the Arab-Israeli conflict's history, politics, and diplomacy. Divided at 1948-49, the first half of the course deals with the conflict's social, political, ideological, and diplomatic origins; the second half with the period since, focusing on Israeli and Palestinian national emergence, Arab-Israeli wars, the subsequent diplomacy from each, and the impact of American, European, and Cold War engagement upon the conflict's unfolding.
Location:  Beth Zion Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia

________________________________________________________________

TUESDAYS AT GRATZ COLLEGE

The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm 
8 weeks - February 6 - March 27:  $200 

This is an advanced survey of the Arab-Israeli conflict's history, politics, and diplomacy. Divided at 1948-49, the first half of the course deals with the conflict's social, political, ideological, and diplomatic origins; the second half with the period since, focusing on Israeli and Palestinian national emergence, Arab-Israeli wars, the subsequent diplomacy from each, and the impact of American, European, and Cold War engagement upon the conflict's unfolding.

Jewish Folklore
Dr. Joseph Davis
Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00pm
8 weeks - February 4 - March 25: $200

Jewish folklore is full of vivid stories that both teach and entertain. They reflect the cultural traditions and heritage of Judaism.  This class will look at samples of Jewish folklore from the Bible until the present day.  We will examine dybbuks and demons, folktales and folksongs, the legend of the golem and Israeli urban legends. 

________________________________________________________________

WEDNESDAYS AT GRATZ COLLEGE

Jewish and Christian Prayer - The Same Yet Different
Dr. Ruth Sandberg
Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm    
12 weeks - February 5- April 30 (no class April 16): $300

Both Jews and Christians pray, and much of Christian liturgy is based on Jewish tradition. This course will study the basic themes of Jewish Shabbat liturgy and will compare and contrast it with the Roman Catholic Mass, to find both parallels and points of divergence.

Exploring Ancient Texts through a Modern Lens.  Part I - Torah
Dr. Uzi Adini
Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm  
8 weeks - March 19 - May 14 (no class April 16): $200

The modern study of Torah 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.

________________________________________________________________
 
WEDNESDAYS IN CENTER CITY

The Golem That Wouldn't Die
Dr. Joshua Gutoff  
Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
8 weeks - March 19 - May 14 (no class April 16): $200 

From early Rabbinic writers through contemporary literature, Jewish (and later, non-Jewish) writers have been fascinated by the idea of the golem.  We will read some of those works, and try to understand how and why the fantasy of the artificial man became so important to so many serious thinkers.
Location: Beth Zion Beth Israel, 300 S.18th Street, Philadelphia 

________________________________________________________________

THURSDAYS AT GRATZ COLLEGE

Genesis: An Analysis of Text
Rabbi Albert Gabbai
Thursdays 10:00am -12:00pm 
12 weeks  February 6 - May 1 (no class April 17) $300

We will analyze the text in the beginning of the book of Genesis using classical commentators accompanied with modern linguistic technologies. Archeological and ancient Near East cultures will be brought in to shed light on some of the apparently obscure text.  Theological implications will be explored and 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 for class reading.

America's Response to The Holocaust
Dr. Reena Sigman Friedman 
Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
12 weeks  February 6 - May 1 (no class April 17) $300

Since Arthur Morse's book, While Six Million Died, appeared in 1967, debate has raged about the American response to the Holocaust. A new book recently emerged to join the growing body of literature on the subject: FDR and the Jews. How did President Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. Congress, the State Department, the American public and the American Jewish community react to the refugee crisis of the 1930's and to news of the "Final Solution"?  Did America "abandon" European Jews, as historian David Wyman maintains? Did some American and American Jewish leaders try to do what they could under the circumstances?  In this class, we will evaluate the historical record and seek to draw lessons from this dark period that can be applied to our own times.

Parashat Hashavua Through a Feminist Lens 
Rabbi Lynnda Targan
Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm
8 weeks March 20- May 15 (no class April 17): $200

This class will provide a new way of parsing the weekly Torah texts as we view them through a feminist perspective. Asking the questions that are often ignored with traditional commentary, Biblical women are raised from the unnamed to the named and from the marginal to the integral in our collective Jewish story. By examining the texts in this manner we can change the trajectory of their narrative, and by extension, our own as women and men in modernity.

________________________________________________________________

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