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. In addition to courses, Gratz adult education offers 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.


Summer 2020 Online Continuing Education

 

World War II: Episodes of the Conflict
Herb Kaufman
May 11 – May 14 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

Explore four surprising aspects of World War II.
 •  A Tiger Jumped Through the Window: The History of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
 •  Hollywood and the Movies of World War II (1940 – 1945)
 •  A Bridge Too Far: The Largest Airborne Assault and Most Tragic Failure of WWII
 •  The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The History of the Creation of the Atomic Bomb


Jewish Art: From Prohibited Images to Masterpieces
Dr. Ruth Sandberg
June 15 – June 18 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

$125
There has been a long-standing (and incorrect) assumption that Jews are not as artistically inclined as the rest of society. This course will disprove that assumption. While the Bible forbids the making of idolatrous images, art does play an important role in the Bible. And Jewish art developed and grew immensely after the Biblical period. From the medieval artistry of Jewish ritual objects to the painting and sculpture of modern Jewish artists, this course will literally take a look at dozens of Jewish images over the centuries. 


Tevye: From Page to Stage and Screen
Steve Chervin, Ed.D.
June 22 – June 25 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

Easily the most universally-loved Jewish character in all of literature, we'll trace Tevye's creation from the pen of Sholem Aleichem in 19th century Kiev, through his incarnations on both stage and screen in Fiddler on the Roof.  We'll see how different artists, different times, and different cultures have laughed with, and helped shape this man for all seasons.  And especially one for this season!


American Judaism: Four Paths
Dr. Reena Sigman Friedman
June 29 – July 2 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

This mini-course traces the historical development of the four major Jewish religious movements in the U.S.: Reform, Orthodoxy, Conservatism and Reconstructionism.  Using primary source documents, photos and other visuals, we will explore how the movements evolved in response to one another, and how their leaders articulated distinctive visions for the future of American Judaism. Some attention will be paid to the current status of each movement as well.  


Maimonides: The Laws of Traits
Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai
July 6 – July 9 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

Maimonides, one of the greatest Jewish philosophers, offers us a refreshing perspective in our approach to life through his Laws of Traits. We will first explore his biography and then study the text itself. The class will be filled with dialogue, discussions, questions, and comments. This course is for those who want to be challenged both intellectually and emotionally. No lazy learners allowed.
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History of Israeli Foreign Policy
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
July 13 – July 16 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

The course will analyze Israel's foreign relations, and will examine the tension between Israel's geographic location in the Middle East and its Western orientation. It will look at how Israel’s foreign relations emerged from Israel’s Jewish origins, the Palestine Mandate, Israel's relations with the great powers, and the superpowers as well as its regional quest for recognition. This will also include Israel’s quest for normalization in the mist of being thrust into wars and engaging in subsequent negotiations with its neighbors. The discussion will take into account global changes that affected Israel, especially the Cold War, the end of the Cold War, economic globalization, proliferation of WMDs, terrorism, and local insurgencies. Each of these topics and other major international events changed Israel's position and status, both in the region and in relation to non-regional powers. We will discuss the question of Israel's apparently growing dependence on the West, especially the United States, and the question of Israel's future relations with its neighbors in the Middle East. The course will also include a discussion of Israel's relationship with Africa, China and India.
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The Days of Awe: Words, Ideas and Values
Dr. Saul Wachs
August 10 – August 13 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

The Days of Awe (Yamim Nora’im) retain a hold on a great many Jewish people. The issues of life and death, human capacity to change, forgiveness of self and others, are important -- not only to Jews, but to all thinking individuals. These days also evoke strong memories. We are conscious of who is no longer present in the synagogue. We are also conscious of our own mortality. Faced reflectively and sincerely, the experience of observing the Yamim Nora’im can stimulate a deeper awareness of the passage of time and stimulate thought about how to make the future better for ourselves and for those we love. Join us as we travel through the prayerbook and bible in preparation for the Days of Awe.
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Hebrew Prophets
Rabbi Jon Cutler
August 17 – August 20 (4 sessions)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125

Meet the major and minor Hebrew prophets and their writings. In this course, you will: explore the origin and development of prophecy among the Hebrews; discover the Hebrew prophets who lived and preached in the nations of Judah and Israel during the first millennium B.C.; and examine the historical, social, and religious implications of their message. We’ll discuss how the major themes and messages of the Hebrew prophets relate to us today.
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For more information or to register for classes, please contact Hope Matles at 215-635-7300 x172 or at [email protected].