New Year Message | Gratz College

New Year Message

Dear Gratz Community:

September — the start of a new academic year and the Jewish New Year. Both are a time of rejoicing and serious introspection. A time to reflect upon the completion of one year and to celebrate the beginning of a new one.

As I welcome new and returning Gratz students for the 2018-2019 school year, I marvel at their commitment to education and to their professions. Many of our graduate students are deeply involved in careers – working in education, non-profit public service, journalism, politics, and the military. My goal for this year is simple: to do all I can to support our students academically and professionally. Our students, who hail from across Philadelphia, the nation, and the world, are truly the heart of our vibrant learning community.

In this new year, I am equally committed to supporting the tremendously talented and committed Gratz faculty. They are the pillars of our institution, upholding our legacy of rigorous intellectual dialogue. My colleagues have a deep commitment to excellent teaching, scholarship and research, and the inclusion of diverse perspectives.

You can help support our students and faculty by making a contribution to GratzCollege. Your gift can make a difference, and there are many ways to give. I encourage you to visit our giving page to learn more.

In 2020, Gratz will celebrate our 125th anniversary of educating students of all ages and all backgrounds. I am proud that our programs are thriving. Our Jewish teen programs are expanding, and our online degree and certificate programs continue to grow. These include the nation’s only online Doctorate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a Doctorate in Education Leadership, seven masters’ programs, two undergraduate completion programs, and various graduate and undergraduate certificates. In every program, our students are challenged, inspired, and engaged.

Whether you are an alumnus, current student, or friend of Gratz, I want to hear from you. Share your experience and your insights on how we can continue to strengthenGratz this year and for future years. I am easily reached at [email protected].

Happy New Year — Shanah Tovah! 


Dr. Paul Finkelman