Curriculum Map - Jewish Communal Service

All courses are three credits, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Required Courses (18 credits)
  • Elective Courses (15 credits)
  • Fieldwork  (3 credits)
  • Hebrew Language Proficiency
Required Courses (18 credits)
  • JST 504: The Jewish Family: Institution in Transition
  • JST 507: Introduction to Classical Judaism
  • JST 521: American Jews: Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future or JST 601: New Directions in the American Jewish Community
  • JST 551: Judaism’s Encounter with Modernity
  • MGT 574: Theory and Future of Nonprofits
  • Seminar in Jewish Communal Service
Elective Courses (15 credits)
  • Israel Elective 
  • Jewish History Elective 
  • Jewish Studies Electives (2)
  • Nonprofit Management Elective 
Fieldwork (3 credits)

Students must complete a fieldwork placement as a co-requisite of the Seminar in Jewish Communal Service.  This should take place at a Jewish communal agency. Gratz College will assist students in finding fieldwork placements.

Hebrew Language Proficency

Candidates for the M.A. in Jewish Communal Service must demonstrate competency in Hebrew language before graduation with the equivalent of graduate level Hebrew I. Students meet the Hebrew requirement by passing a Hebrew proficiency exam.  Students who do not already possess this level of competency may satisfy this requirement through study in the Gratz College Hebrew program or through transfer credits from another approved program.  Hebrew level I, if needed, is taken in addition to the credits required for the M.A.

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  • Required Courses (18 credits)
  • Elective Courses (24 credits)
  • Fieldwork  (3 credits)
  • Hebrew Language Proficiency
Required Courses (18 credits)
  • JST 504: The Jewish Family: Institution in Transition
  • JST 507: Introduction to Classical Judaism
  • JST 551: Judaism’s Encounter with Modernity
  • JST 521: American Jews: Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future or JST 601: New Directions in the American Jewish Community
  • MGT 574: Theory and Future of Nonprofits
  • Seminar in Jewish Communal Service
Elective Courses (24 credits)
  • Israel Elective (1)
  • Jewish History Elective (1)
  • Jewish Studies Electives (2)
  • Nonprofit Management Elective (4)
Fieldwork (3 credits)

Students must complete a fieldwork placement as a co-requesite of the Seminar in Jewish Communal Service.  This should take place at a Jewish communal agency. Gratz College will assist students in finding fieldwork placements.

Hebrew Langauge Proficency

Candidates for the M.A. in Jewish Communal Service must demonstrate competency in Hebrew language before graduation equivalent to Hebrew I. Students may meet the Hebrew requirement by passing a Hebrew proficiency exam.  Students who do not already possess this level of competency may satisfy this requirement through study in the Gratz College Hebrew program or through transfer credits from another approved program.  Hebrew level I, if needed, is taken in addition to the credits required for the M.A.

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  • JST 601: New Directions in the American Jewish Community
  • Jewish Communal Service or Nonprofit Management Elective
  • Israel or Political Science Elective
  • Jewish Studies Elective - Classical
  • Jewish Studies Elective - Modern
  • Jewish Studies Elective

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  • JST 601: New Directions in the American Jewish Community
  • Jewish Communal Service or Nonprofit Management Elective
  • Israel or Political Science Elective
  • Jewish Studies Elective - Classical
  • Jewish Studies Elective - Modern
  • Jewish Studies Elective

Two Gratz courses are counted towards the University of Pennsylvania M.S.W. requirements.

Separate application and acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania is required.

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  • JST 601: New Directions in the American Jewish Community
  • Jewish Studies elective
  • Jewish Studies or Nonprofit Management elective
  • Nonprofit Management courses (3) such as:
    • MGT 510: Fundamentals of Human Resources
    • MGT 512: Professional Writing and Communication
    • MGT 542: Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • MGT 543: Marketing the Nonprofit
    • MGT 544: Fundraising
    • MGT 545: Strategic Planning in the Nonprofit Organization
    • MGT 553: Using Technology to Build Community and Grow your Organization
    • MGT 572: Organizational Behavior
    • MGT 574: Theory and Future of Nonprofits
    • MGT 575: Project and Program Management
    • MGT 578: Nonprofit Law

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