Gratz College Exhibit: Perfect Precursor to Passover

The Tuttleman Library at Gratz College is hosting an exhibit of historic Haggadot. The Haggadot were created through the centuries, in many languages and under a wide range of circumstances. Some were created from memory — during wars, in ghettos, on kibbutzim.

The highlight of the exhibit is a presentation by Dr. Ierachmiel (Yerach) Daskal. Dr. Daskal is a pathologist with an M.D. and a Ph.D. — and a passion for collecting historic Haggadot. He will share several originals that he has chosen from his own personal collection of over 800 samples.

For more information, contact Hope Matles (215-635-7300, x172). To register, complete the online form.

Refreshments will be served at this event. Admission is free, but a small donation to the library would be greatly appreciated.

Gratz College CLE Program for Attorneys

For attorneys seeking CLE credit, we offer two programs in one day, with full-day and half-day options. Auditors, interested in program topics but not seeking CLE credit, are welcome to attend as well at a significantly reduced rate.

Morning Program
“Development Rights (and Fights) Under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code — Private Property Rights vs. The Public Interest — The View From Both Sides of the Fence”
1 Ethics Credit and 2 Substantive Credits
Continental breakfast: 8:15 a.m.   Program: 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $120

Afternoon Program
“Autism Services and the Law in Pennsylvania”
3 Substantive Credits
Lunch: 12:15 p.m.   Program: 12:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Cost: $120

The full-day option includes both programs, which means a total of 6 CLE credits, along with continental breakfast and lunch, at the discounted rate of $218.

Register here for any of the options, including auditing. For additional information, contact Mindy Cohen at 215-635-7300, x155.

The Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In

This biennial event draws hundreds of people to Gratz College for an afternoon of special programming on the Holocaust and genocide. Particularly exciting this year is the keynote address, which is being delivered by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, the Emory University professor and expert on Holocaust denial, who was sued for libel in the United Kingdom for labeling English historian David Irving a Holocaust denier. Lipstadt’s trial is the subject of the new motion picture “Denial.”

The keynote address will be followed by two sessions in which participants can choose among a list of seminars on a wide range of topics, including music from the Holocaust, survivor stories, discussions of other genocides and much more. Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, a survivor of genocide in Darfur who was presented the International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, will share her experiences during one of these seminars. See the brochure for all seminar descriptions.

Schedule: Special programming for teachers begins at 9 a.m. Doors open for the main program at 1 p.m., with the program beginning at 1:30.

Admission Fees: General admission is $10; higher fees for teachers and attorneys seeking professional education credit.

The PROGRAM IS NOW FULL.

Gratz Night at the Movies in Jenkintown: “Denial”

“Denial” is the recently released film starring Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson. It is the story of the trial of Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt, who was sued for libel by British historian David Irving for having labeled him a Holocaust denier.

Admission to the movie at a reduced rate is available at the Hiway Theater at the 7:30 p.m. showing on Tuesday, November 1, for friends of Gratz College. Mention Gratz and you will be admitted at the member rate of $6 per person. First-come, first-served general admission seating. No reserved seats.

Deborah Lipstadt herself will be appearing at Gratz College on November 13 for the Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In.

For more information about the movie or the Holocaust Teach-In, contact Mindy Blechman, 215-635-7300, x154.

Beyond Belief, Behavior and Belonging: Can You Still Be Jewish?

“Jewish but not by religion” is not a contradiction in terms, but rather, a challenge to the definition of just who it is we call Jewish. Pew’s Portrait of Jewish Americans (2013) reports that Jews not by religion (JNR) constitute 20 percent of American Jewry and nearly a third of its young people.

At the Gratz College Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture, Dr. Debra Renee Kaufman, professor emerita and Matthews Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, will discuss this topic. From data that she has been collecting for over a decade, she will also share insights into the importance of being Jewish in the lives of these young adults who identify as “Jewish but not by religion.”

This program is free and open to the public. Register online or contact Mindy Cohen, 215 635-7300 x155.

Gratz Night at the Movies in Bryn Mawr: Denial

Reduced price showing of the movie Denial for friends of Gratz. “Denial” is the story of the trial of Deborah Lipstadt, who was sued for libel by British historian David Irving for having labeled him a Holocaust denier.

First-come, first served general admission seating. No reserved seats.

Deborah Lipstadt herself will be appearing at Gratz College on November 13 for the Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In.

For more information about the movie or the Holocaust Teach-In, contact Mindy Blechman, 215-635-7300, x154.

Michelle Portnoff: Second Woman in Gratz College History to Chair Board of Governors

Michelle Portnoff, Esq.

Michelle Portnoff, Esq.

Gratz College welcomes the new academic year, not only with new students and new programs, but also with many new faces on the Gratz College Board of Governors. In the last year alone, eight new people have joined the board, bringing the total number of members to 25. And this summer, board member Michelle Portnoff became only the second woman in Gratz College history to assume the role of board chair. [Read more…]