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Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture:  The End of Jewish Learning? A Vision for a Digital Age
November 4, 2021

The Digital Age has transformed the way we communicate and absorb information. The Stanford researcher, Sam Wineburg, summed up the situation in the title of his latest book, Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone). But the current condition is not without precedent. Together, the Gratz community and President Zev Eleff will explore how technology has previously threatened to upend Jewish learning. The responses have varied but all point to the resilience and dynamism of Jewish culture to engage each checkpoint in the modern world. 

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a portrait of Dr. Zev Eleff

After a rigorous nationwide search, the Board of Governors of Gratz College has unanimously selected Dr. Zev Eleff as the college’s new president. He will succeed Dr. Paul Finkelman, who served as president of Gratz College for four years. 

a portrait of Uzi Adini

Dr. Uziel Adini was one of the leading Jewish educational administrators in the United States from the 1970’s until his retirement in 2007.  He was a professor of Hebrew literature at Gratz College, and the principal and later the director of the Jewish Community High School of Philadelphia, which was a division of Gratz; after that he served as Vice President of Gratz in charge of operations.  He also taught for many years at Temple University and at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  During twenty three years that he was at its head, the JCHS grew to be the largest Jewish supplementary high school in the United States, with almost one thousand students in thirteen locations.  He was a dedicated, skilled, and innovative educator, and a very talented and successful administrator.  

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This Friday, September 17, the nation celebrates Constitution Day.  On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention, meeting not far from Gratz in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, finished its work.  Delegates from twelve states (Rhode Island never sent any delegates) signed the Constitution.  Many of those who signed the Constitution are household names in the United States, like George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin.  One, Alexander Hamilton, is on both Broadway, and our ten dollar bill.