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Gratz's Dr. Ruth Sandberg was featured on NBC10 with Rabbi Abraham Skorka to discuss interfaith answers in the face of rising hate crimes. Watch the segment here.

In addition to its online learning platform, Gratz offers a robust schedule of lectures and programs that are open to the community. Recordings of many of these programs are available on Gratz’s You Tube channel. Read on for a rundown of lectures and other public events that took place on campus in recent months and attracted hundreds of community members, as well as Gratz students, alumni, and faculty.

On January 13, Gratz and Jewish Learning Venture jointly sponsored the One Book, One Jewish Community kickoff event for the 2018-19 selection, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas. This program also marked the transition of leadership for the One Book program from JLV to Gratz.

On January 27, Gratz hosted a screening of Who Will Write Our History, in honor of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.  The film documents the work of historian Emanuel Ringelblum and a group of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto who risked everything to ensure their archives of stories survived. The screening was one of more than 200 held in venues across the United States and in more than 40 countries. It was a collaborative event sponsored by Gratz College, the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia, the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

On February 19, Gratz presented its annual Stern Family Institute Lecture featuring David Pollock, Ph.D., the Bernstein Fellow at The Washington Institute and the Director of Project Fikra. In his talk, Human Rights, Terrorism, and the Dilemma of Israeli Democracy, Pollock addressed the challenges of developing and implementing counterterrorism policies while balancing individual rights with national security rights.

On March 27, Gratz presented the Shusterman Distinguished Scholar lecture featuring Rabbi Abraham Skorka, known as “the Pope’s Rabbi.” Born in Buenos Aires in 1950, Skorka was ordained as a rabbi in 1973 and earned a doctorate degree in chemistry in 1979. He has had a deep friendship with Pope Francis for many years and has accompanied him during public dialogues about interfaith relationships. ,In his talk, Interfaith Dialogue: The Way Forward, Rabbi Skorka addressed the importance of empathy and understanding in divisive times. .” View the lecture here.

On April 30, Gratz presented the inaugural program of the Rabbi Admiral Aaron Landes Lecture Series. The lecture, “Entries from a Jewish Admiral's Log Book: Aircraft Carriers, Torah, and the Inspiration to become an American Jewish Admiral,”  was delivered by  Vice Admiral (Ret.) Herman Shelanski who, during his 38-year career in the U.S. Navy, rose from a young aviator piloting E-2 Hawkeyes to the highest-ranking Jewish officer in the Navy.   In his lecture, Shelanski discussed his personal experiences in the Navy and how his hero, Commodore Uriah P. Levy, inspired him. View the lecture here.

-- MAY 2019