Gratz College Insider
February 2016
In This Issue
Save the Date

Gratz College Gala
Jeffrey B. Plevan Event
May 18th  6:00 PM
David H. Weinstein, Esq.
Special Guest Speaker
Bret Stephens
Kramer Gallery
Bialik's Butterflies
photography by
Henry Spencer
March 1, 2016
May 27, 2016
Nonprofit Workshops
Foundations of Nonprofit Finance
March 15, 2016
6:30- 8:30 pm
First in a series of five workshops. $25  or $100 for all five. Learn more.
Lunch and Learn
New Interpretations of Biblical Stories 
Through Art
Dr. Sharon Gershoni
March 24, 2016  $18
12:15- 1:30 
Contact: Mindy Cohen,
215 635-7300 x155
Gratz News in Brief
Gratz College CLE
Save the Date
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Guest speakers:
Victoria S. Cook, J.D.
Frankfurt Kurnit and a member of the Entertainment Group.

Fernando Chang-Muy, J.D. is the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Contact: Mindy Cohen
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Dear Friends,

The Gratz College Insider comes to you today in its new mobile-friendly format. The type of content hasn't changed, but now the newsletter is more easily accessible on all your devices. 

In this issue, among other things, you will read the incredible stories of two Gratz alumni: one who became the chief rabbi of Stockholm, and the other who survived a terrorist hijacking.  Also, there is a save-the-date for our annual gala, the Jeffrey B. Plevan Event. This big event will be held on May 18, and will honor the chairman of the Gratz College Board of Governors, David H. Weinstein. I hope to see you there!

Shabbat shalom,
Joy's signature

Joy W. Goldstein

Stern Israel Program: Why Israel? An Arab Perspective
They are are both Israeli Arabs. One, Khaled Abu Toameh, is an award-winning journalist, frequent lecturer and former NBC consultant and producer, who covers the West Bank and Gaza. The other, George Deek, is an attorney, Fulbright Scholar and Israeli diplomat. On February 28, they will present the case for Israel at a Gratz College Stern Family Institute for Israel Studies program at Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station. Admission is free, and turnout will be high, with 450 people already preregistered. For information, click here.
Meet Our Board of Governors: Kathy Elias
Kathy Elias, the newest member of the  Gratz College Board ofGovernors, jokingly calls herself the "team whisperer," when using her skills to elicit the best from teams of people within an organization. After a 40-year career in the Jewish and secular nonprofit worlds, she now brings these skills to Gratz, along with her deep-rooted ties to this institution. Read more.
Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Marlow
Dr. Jennifer Marlow teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Gratz Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. She specializes in Polish-Jewish relations during the interwar period and the Holocaust. However, Dr. Marlow is neither Polish, nor Jewish. What motivated her to specialize in this area? To find out, read more.
 Rabbi Morton Narrowe: From Gratz College  Student to Chief Rabbi of Stockholm
Gratz alumnus Rabbi Morton Narrowe describes his upbringing in Philadelphia as "typical." His career, however, has been nothing short of extraordinary. For over 30 years, he was the rabbi of the Great Synagogue of Stockholm. Even in  retirement, as rabbi emeritus, he has not  slackened his pace. For his story, read more.
In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life of Rivke Klein Berkowitz
She stood up to terrorists. She danced in a gorilla suit at her children's weddings. And she was so universally beloved that the only place large enough to hold her funeral was a synagogue's social hall. She was Rivke Klein Berkowitz, a 1967 graduate from Gratz College, who was a devoted and revered educator for almost 60 years. Read more about her remarkable life.
The Gratz Gourmet
Erica Kleckner is an adjunct professor of English at Drexel University and Bucks County Community College, and she is a part-time receptionist at Gratz. She is also a vegetarian, a choice originally made because of low quality cafeteria meat in college, but now, a preferred way of life for her. Kleckner has since adapted many family recipes to fit her diet. For her savory stuffed peppers, read more.