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Leadership/Notable Alumni

College Leaders

1893 Moses A. Dropsie, President
1897 Henry M. Speaker, Principal
1905-1924 Ephraim Lederer, President
1925-1927 Abraham Rosenbach, President
1933-1948 Julius H. Greenstone, Principal
1941 “Doctor” A. S. W. Rosenbach, Chair
1941 Solomon Solis-Cohen, President
1959 Dr. Elazar Goelman, Dean
1963-1968 Mitchell E. Panzer, President
1968-1970 William Netzky, President
1970 – 1973 Elazar Goelman, Ph.D., President
1973 – 1982 Daniel Isaacman, Ph.D., President
1982 –1983 Elazar Goelman, Ph.D., President
1983 – 1997 Gary Schiff, Ph.D., President
1997 – 1999 Ernie Kahn, President (Interim)
1999 – 2009 Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ph.D., President
2009 – 2011 Bruce Holberg, President (Interim)
2011 – 2017 Joy Goldstein, President
2017-2017 Rabbi Erin Hirsh, President (Interim)
2017 – Present Paul Finkelman, Ph.D., President

 

Notable Alumni

  • Berenice Victoria Abrams [6] (1936) - social worker, Jewish activist, philanthropist
  • Gershon Agron - Mayor of Jerusalem 1955 - 1959
  • Lori Alhadeff - activist and member of the Broward County School Board
  • Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. (1945) - linguist, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist
  • Mark B. Cohen, (1972) - Common Pleas Court Judge, Philadelphia, House of Representatives (1974 - 2016)
  • Arnold Dashefsky, Ph.D. (1963) - Professor of Sociology at University of Connecticut [7], Director of the North American Jewish databank
  • Isidore Dyen, Ph.D. (cir 1928) - linguist, Professor Emeritus of Malayo-Polynesian and Comparative Linguistics at Yale University
  • Eric Goldman, Ph.D. (1970) - film historian, educator [8]
  • Rabbi Israel Goldstein (1911) - scholar, author, Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on New York’s Upper West Side (1918-1960), Founder of Brandeis University (1946), President of The Jewish National Fund of America (1934-1943)[9][10]
  • Cyrus H. Gordon, Ph.D. - scholar of Near Eastern cultures and ancient languages
  • Rabbi Samuel K Joseph, Ph.D. - Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professorship of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, Hebrew Union College [11]
  • Rabbi William E. Kaufman, Ph.D. - author of books on Jewish Philosophy
  • Diane King, Ph.D. (1943) - professor, scholar, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jewish Educators Assembly
  • Sora Eisenberg Landes (1950) - Jewish Educator, founding principal of the Forman Center of the Perelman Jewish Day School in Greater Philadelphia
  • Michael Levin (soldier)[12] (cir 2000) - American born soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), KIA 2006 in Lebanon
  • Sandra Ostrowicz Lilenthal, MA (Gratz, 2007), Ed.D. (Gratz, 2014) - educator, curriculum developer, scholar, 2015 Covenant Award Recipient [13]
  • Noam Pitlik - actor, director, 1979 Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series31st Primetime Emmy Awards#Directing
  • Claire Polin - American composer of contemporary classical music, musicologist, and flutist
  • Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso - author, first woman rabbi in Reconstructionaist Judaism, with her husband formed the first rabbinical couple in Jewish History [14]
  • Rose (Schwartz) Schmukler (1931) - artist, poet [15]
  • Saul Wachs, Ph.D.[16] (1951) - educator, Jewish scholar, author

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