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Adjunct Instructor in Jewish Education

Retired after 35 years of serving as a Director of Education in the Conservative movement, Lonna has pioneered programs in Family Education, Staff Development, Integrating Creative Expression into the School Environment, Faculty Child-care and Creating Community.  She served as a USCJ U-STEP Facilitator and as JEA Placement Advisor.  Past President of the Jewish Educators Assembly, she is currently an Etgar Teacher Educator and an Adjunct Professor at Gratz College. In addition to authoring many articles and facilitating workshops for the JEA, JESNA, CAJE and The Melton Research Center,...

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Rabbi David Rabeeya, Ph.D. was born in Baghdad, Iraq. After migrating to Israel he earned his B.A. in literature and history from Hebrew University and an M.A. in Semitic languages from Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. in Arabic from Dropsie University with a dissertation on the Jewish, Muslim and Christian dialects of Baghdad. In 1997 he was ordained a rabbi and serves unaffiliated members of the Jewish community.

Monika Rice, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and Gratz College where she teaches a gamut of courses on the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations, and women’s spirituality. She has been a recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships and grants, among them: the Claims Conference Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, Albert Abramson Fellowship in Holocaust Studies, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and others. She has also been a selected participant of several international scholarly workshops and seminars at the United States Holocaust...

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Asaf Romirowsky, PhD is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)​. ​Romirowsky is also ​a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Professor [Affiliate] at the University of Haifa.

Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history. 

Romirowsky is co-author of ...

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Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, Director, Jewish-Christian Studies Program

Phone: 215-635-7300 x168

Email: rsandberg@gratz.edu

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Dr. Ruth N. Sandberg is Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics at Gratz College, and is the Director of the graduate Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and was recently appointed as the co-President of the Cheltenham Area Multifaith Council. Dr. Sandberg also teaches in the Gratz College Scholars Program for Adult Education. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Dean of Students at Gratz. Before coming to Gratz, Dr. Sandberg...

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Yael Sandler is a certified elementary educator and has been a Jewish educator for over twenty years. She holds a BA in Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA in Urban Politics from Barnard College. She earned her MA.Ed from Rosemont College. After several years working as an administrator for several major Jewish organizations in Philadelphia and as a Hebrew Ulpan teacher at Gratz College, she served as Head of Hebrew Language and Culture at the Solomon Charter School for one year until its closing in 2013. 

Yael was raised in Ardmore, PA and has lived and...

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Adjunct Instructor in Jewish Education

Dr. Jeffrey Schein is currently the director of the Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology project of the Covenant Foundation.  He is the senior education consultant for Jewish Education of the Mordecai M Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood and also a professor in the joint doctoral program in educational leadership of Hebrew College and Lesley College.

For twenty four years  he was a Professor and Director of the Education Department at the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland where he taught and mentored over 100 graduate students who...

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Christine Schmidt holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a certificate in Museum Studies with special focus on exhibition development from The George Washington University. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Clark University (2003) in the first-ever doctoral program in Holocaust and genocide studies. Her research has focused on the history of Jewish daily life in hiding in south-central France. Schmidt's areas of special focus include Vichy France, twentieth-century European history, and comparative genocide. Her most recent research has focused on a...

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Mollie Sharfman has been living and working in Jerusalem working with the Shalom Hartman Institute's Rabbinic and Christian Leadership Programs and the iEngage - Pluralistic Israel Education Curriculum. Alongside this work she also serves as the Director of Jewish and Religious Affairs for the Global Muslim-Jewish Conference. In addition, Mollie works as a consultant empowering and training Jewish educators who serve overlooked Global Jewish Communities. Mollie has led and created relevant Jewish experiences for all types of Jews and loves teaching and studying experiential education,...

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