Lunch & Learn: The Golden Door

Sep/04 12:15 pm -
Sep/04 01:45 pm

Gratz College Reading Room

How a Jewish Congressman Shaped American Immigration Policy

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Gratz College Reading Room

The Golden Door: How a Jewish Congressman Shaped American Immigration Policy

Join Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. in a discussion about NY Representative Emanuel Celler, who fought the passage of the Johnson Immigration Act of 1924. The act was passed in order to maintain the ethnic composition of the U.S. by restricting the entry of “undesirable” immigrants. Learn more about this unsung hero in a presentation that Rabbi Sussman first presented on C-SPAN in 2016.

Includes Kosher Lunch.


Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. is senior Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park and Chairman of the Gratz College Board of Governors. He teaches Jewish history at Princeton University, Temple University, Gratz College, NMJH and Delaware Valley University. He is a published author of several books and Jewish publications, as well as a Board Member of The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid.

Joan Myerson Shrager, M.Ed. has partnered creatively with Rabbi Sussman in researching and designing over 100 Powerpoint programs. She is the Co-Director of The Stained Glass Project: Windows That Open Doors, an all volunteer after school program for Philly high schools, which is now in its 12th year.

Registration & Sponsorship

$20 by August 20
$23 starting August 21

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Event contact information

Mindy Cohen at 215-635-7300 x155
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