Israel is Turning 70. Five Things to Know About Israel and Gratz College

The State of Israel turns 70 this year. Gratz has, and continues to have, a connection with Israel. Here are a few facts.

  1. In March 1967, David Ben-Gurion visited Gratz College. In his speech, delivered in Hebrew, he urged students to visit Israel. Students and faculty took this counsel seriously and Gratz educators, such as Uziel Adini, led regular missions there. 
  2. Gershon Agron, the mayor of Jerusalem from 1955 to 1959, grew up in Philadelphia and attended Gratz College before moving to Israel. 
  3. Through a partnership with Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, recorded interviews from the Gratz Holocaust Oral History Archive will be digitized and made available for researchers. 
  4. Gratz Jewish Community High School is partnering with the Israeli American Council Philadelphia to offer Eitanim, a national program that brings together Jewish-American and Israeli-American teens for a unique leadership and entrepreneurship experience. 
  5. Gratz is celebrating Israel at 70 with several events: 
  • Gratz will host an information booth at 5-6-70 Israel!, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia day-long celebration for families across the region.
  • Teens in the IAC/Gratz Eitanim program will be at 5-6-70 Israel! to present a family-friendly Escape Room they created to engage families by solving Israel-related mysteries.
  • The Jewish Teen Creativity Contest, sponsored by Gratz Jewish Community High School, in partnership with Lower Merion Area Hebrew High and White Pines Productions, challenged Jewish teens across greater Philadelphia to express their vision for Israel’s future. Awards and performances based on winning student submissions will be presented in May.
  • Gratz’s Dr. Asaf Romirowsky will teach a continuing education class, Israel at 70, from July 23-26. Click here for more information.