Gratz Scholars Program

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.

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Registration/Refund Policy

Minimum class size required to run each course. Full tuition payment is due upon registration prior to the start of the first class.  If a cancellation is received at least two days before the course begins, 100% of tuition will be refunded.



The cantor from Lithuania chants a liturgical melody; a mother from Sarajevo sings a lullabye; the klezmer plays a jolly tune; the orchestra plays a symphony; and the rock band releases its "greatest hits."  How can all of these represent Jewish music?  What is "Jewish music" anyway, and where...

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This course designed to explore the Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg, June 3 through July 14, 1863.  The course will focus on the correspondence, communication, orders and memoirs of the citizens, soldiers and politicians of the era.  As well as the Battle of Gettysburg, learn about the...

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The High Holy day period is a window of opportunity for people to think about being Jewish. 

The High Holy day period is a window of opportunity for people to think about being Jewish. 


What does Trump's presidency mean for Israel and the region? What is the status of the "two state solution"?  How is Zionism being...

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During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked, captured and recaptured, besieged, destroyed and built again. The oldest part of the city dates back to the 4th millennium BCE, making Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. 

In this course, we will read and discuss memoirs (and some letters or speeches) written by Jewish men and women, some famous and some not as well known, who experienced, and reflected on, major events of the twentieth century.

This course will first explore various definitions of mysticism and how the roots of Jewish mysticism are found in the Bible and in ancient Rabbinic sources. We will then study the development and growth of mysticism in medieval Kabbalah and its most important text, the Zohar. Other topics to be...

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The liturgy of the period extending from Selichot Services through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is filled with awesome beauty and unique perspective by the melodies used to chant these sacred texts.  How do the special themes of this season find expression in music; where does this music come...

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Wars, Conflicts and Disputes over Water in the Middle East and North Africa: Demography, Economy, Industry and Technology