Serving the Jewish Community, Pursuing Higher Jewish Learning: Gratz College in Historical Perspective

By Jerry Kutnick

KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1998

This article presents a thorough historical analysis of Gratz College, the oldest independent college of Jewish studies in North America. Kutnick discusses Gratz College and its roles in the community and in Jewish education in the context of debates about the type of Jewish education communal organizations should be providing. Moreover, the college is also discussed in relation to American Jewry's sometimes conflicting desires to integrate into the general society, and yet to maintain its Jewishness. In the paper, the author explores the early history of the college, its decision to focus only on Jewish studies, its relationship with the Wissenschaft Des Judentums, post-World War II concerns of the college, and Gratz College's accreditation process, among many other topics.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Hebrew, Education, Judaic Studies, Jewish Organizations, Higher Education, Jewish Studies, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Freedom and Responsibility: Exploring the Challenges of Jewish Continuity

Editor: Bryan-Edelman, Marsha , Mintz-Geffen, Rela

Page Number(s): 321-348

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kutnick, Jerry. Serving the Jewish Community, Pursuing Higher Jewish Learning: Gratz College in Historical Perspective. Freedom and Responsibility: Exploring the Challenges of Jewish Continuity. KTAV Publishing House, Inc.. 1998: 321-348. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5584


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