Gratz College Insider
January  2017
In This Issue
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Lunch and Learn
Israeli Culture Through Commercials

Mark-Raoul Molnar
Thursday, February 9
Gratz News in Brief
Gratz offers two new professional programs:
The Gratz College Real Estate Institute  provides participants with the training needed to earn a PA real estate salesperson license.
Integrating Spirituality and Clinical Care is an interactive workshop for social workers, which also provides six CEUs of credit.

The Gratz College Tuttleman Library expands its collection with almost 8,000 new ebooks!  Read more.

Important Programming Dates:
Professional development for supplementary school teachers and education directors starts on February 27.
Rolling admissions:
Spring 2017 Session B starts on March 1.
Leona P. Kramer Gallery

Her work is fresh and vibrant. She uses images with bold forms and colors and fuses papermaking with her sensibilities as a painter.
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Dear Friends,

This is my last president's letter in the Insider, as I am in my final weeks at Gratz College. The next one will be signed by Rabbi Erin Hirsh, who was recently appointed interim president. In this last issue under my signature, I want to recognize Jodi Benjamin and Dodi Klimoff, who work collaboratively on these newsletters. Through their work, I have loved sharing with you the stories and updates about the people and programs that make Gratz College the wonderful resource it is.

In this issue, we have some interesting faculty news, as well as a timely piece on the link between exercise and learning from the interim director of our master's in education program. There's also a review of an excellent documentary, shown at Gratz last month, called "Little White Lie." And, in our "Gratz Gourmet" column, you'll find the recipe for the iconic hummus from the famed Philadelphia restaurant Zahav.

I thank you for your continued support of Gratz College, and wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.

Gratefully yours,
Joy's signature

Joy W. Goldstein
President Goldstein Resigns, Leaving a Legacy of Success at Gratz
The beginning of a new year is a time for personal reflection, a time to look back on our past and ahead to our future. This year, with the news of President Joy Goldstein's resignation, we look back on her remarkable tenure and ahead to a bright future, secured by her legacy and the strength of the team she leaves behind. Read more
Exercise and the Brain
It's classic January. People trade in their couches for stationary bikes, their remote controls for Fitbits. Gym memberships soar, with thoughts of smaller waistlines and stronger hearts. However, the January gym-goers do more than improve their health and physique. According to Jessica Whittemore, interim director of the Gratz master's program in education, new studies suggest that exercise also helps sharpen and preserve the mind. Read more
Faculty News
From publication to consultation, Profs. Ruth Sandberg and Saul Wachs share some recent professional news. Also, Gratz adjunct faculty members Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer and Dr. Sandra Lilienthal have some news of their own: they were selected to give ELI Talks - the Jewish version of TED Talks - and will soon be sharing their knowledge and wisdom across the digital universe. Read more.   
Movies@Gratz: 'Little White Lie'
The "Movies@Gratz" series kicked off this year with Little White Lie, a compelling documentary by filmmaker Lacey Schwartz. Schwartz grew up as a white Jewish girl from Woodstock, New York - until, at age 18, she discovered the truth about her identity. In this autobiographical film, Schwartz unravels a secret held by her mother, and comes to terms with profound questions of identity, race, denial and truth. Read more.
Meet the Board of Governors: Building Up the Board with Architect David Brawer
From building a Modern Orthodox synagogue after the original was destroyed by Katrina to creating a new home for the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, the architectural firm of Brawer & Hauptman is nationally known for its institutional work, including its special expertise in religious buildings. Now, David Brawer is bringing his unique perspective to Gratz as a new member of the College's board of governors. Read more.
The Gratz Gourmet
Although this column usually features recipes from home cooks, we are going pro this time with a selection from one of the hottest chefs: award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov, of the acclaimed Philadelphia restaurant Zahav. Read more for Solomonov's signature recipe for hummus. 
In Memoriam: Murray H. Shusterman, Esq.
Gratz College mourns the passing of Murray H. Shusterman,Esq., a dear friend of the College and longtime member of our board of governors. Still practicing law at age 104, Mr. Shusterman was a highly respected attorney and communal leader. Read more about this remarkable man and his deep dedication to Gratz College.