Alumni News



Amanda K. Weiss (Graduate Certificate in Jewish Non-Profit Management "11) Assistant Director of the Cornell University Hillel.

Cantor Francyne Davis Jacobs (MaJMus '02, MaJEd '05) Independent Cantor/Clergy/Teacher/Tutor - I have worked in several different synagogues (Reform and Conservative) in the Houston area and have led High Holidays in Galveston. I also tutor independent B'nai Mitzvah students. Finally, I also teach Music Together classes 2-3 days/week. Married Kevin Jacobs in November 2005. Three children: daughter - 9, son - 7, son - 5.

  Lily Coltoff (JCHS '16) Click here to read Lily's article Merging My Judaism and Disability Advocacy
  David Light (JCHS '91) Click here to read about David's newest venture: Disney Channel movie “Zombies,” co-written by Cheltenham native David Light.

Dr. Arthur Wolak (MAJS '13; Graduate Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies) President, CMI Chat Media Inc. Since graduation Arthur and his wife Anna welcomed the birth of their daughter, Julia, in February 2016. Julia has two older brothers, Jacob and Joshua. Arthur mourned the loss of his mother, Elizabeth Wolak z”l, in April 2017. She was a Polish Holocaust survivor and a survivor of Stalin’s forced labor camps in Siberia for which she was given the Siberian Cross by the President of Poland in 2012.

Arthur recently had two academic books published. In 2014, Palgrave Macmillan (London & New York) published “The Development of Managerial Culture.” In 2016, Anthem Press (London & New York) published his book, “Religion and Contemporary Management.”

Arthur was appointed to the Board of Governors of Gratz College in 2017.

  Amiel Monson (MAJED, MAJS, CJCS. '97, MAJCS'10) Rabbinical School - AJRCA. Director of Youth Engagement at Valley Beth Shalom
  Rabbi Mark Getman (MAJS '11) Rabbi of Temple Emanu-EL of Canarsie, Brooklyn (PT) , Full Time Contracted Federal Background investigator. 
  Rona Michelson (BHL '67) DSW University of Pennsylvania. Your guide, Israel. Mother of 5, grandmother of 30. Married 51 years.
  Ishak Ibrahimzadeh (MAJS '14) Istanbul
  Elana-Beth Rosen now Chava Bat Sheva Rosen ('13) Jerusalem
  Marisa (Butensky) Bergman (MAJEd '11) Education Director at Adath Shalom Morris Plains NJ.
  Sandra O. Lilienthal (MAJS '07, Ed.D. '14) Independent Adult Jewish Educator. Currently serves on the Gratz College Board of Governors.
  Lois (Kushner) Cohen ('57) B.A. University of Pennsylvania, M.S. and PhD and Honorary Doctorate, Purdue University. Sociologist, Consultant and Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research, National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Retired, 2006 from Federal service and have served as a consultant since then to the NIH, the World Health Organization, various universities and professional associations.
  Yael (JoAnn) Sandler (High School '84) BA Barnard College, BA JTS, MaEd Rosemont College. My lasting contribution to the future of the Jewish people: a Brandeis University graduate son, working in Tel Aviv, a college junior daughter, a gap year program participant daughter and a Barrack Hebrew Academy sophomore daughter. For soul enhancement and profit : CEO of own pet care company:Petcare Extraordinaire, As well as, educating students and learning from them as often as possible! 2015 Engaged to Jeff Weinstein
  Joseph Gabai (High School '70) BA in Economics, 1973, from Pennsylvania State University. JD, 1976, from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Attorney. At this point, mostly retired. Currently a Senior Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Los Angeles, CA. I am a financial services regulatory attorney practicing in Los Angeles. I retired from the partnership at Morrison & Foerster in 2011 and am currently a part-time Senior Counsel with the firm. I spend a lot of my time reading, baking sourdough bread, brewing beer, exercising, traveling and meditating. I have been married since 1979 to Michele Gabai (nee Aron). She is a substitute teacher with the Beverly Hills Unified School District. We had a set of boy-girl twins in 1981. Daniel (Danny), a movie producer at Vice Media, lives is Los Angeles. He is married and has a son. Amanda, a tax attorney at Deutsche Bank, is married and lives in New York City.
  Ray Leven (High School '66, BHL '70, MHL '77) mentor of the NEXT program at Gratz and retired. Grandfather of 4 beautiful children, 2 here in Phila and 22 in the Boston area. My wife and I are planning our ninth trip to Israel
  Pamela (Korff) Reynolds (High School '70) Teacher
  Richard Stutman (High School '78) B.A. and J.D. at Temple University. Lawyer at Liss and Marion, P.C. Married in 1987 to Jody Pikus. Daughters Alexa and Amanda.
  Eric Shackmasters now Eric Masters (High School '85) B.A. - Drexel University MBA - Wharton School, Upenn. Wife: Anne Terrell Masters Daughter: Sarah Lacy Masters Son: Matthew Masters Attend Temple Beth Or in Raleigh
  Sally Eisenberg (High School '12) Used teaching certificate for employment at JCC during college

Barbara (Shanis) Block, '57 Department Head of Foreign Languages, School District of Philadelphia (teacher of spanish and Hebrew)

My daughter Shira just published her first novel. My daughter Deborah is producing Artistic director of Theatre Exile My son David has won several awards for his latest documentary My daughter Rachel will be visiting from Israel next week with her daughter Sharon. Her son Tal Benjamin is teaching at Gratz College High School.

  Shalom Bronstein BHL "64 

Congregational rabbi 1970 to 1986; Aliyah 1986; In Israel - researcher specializing in Holocaust, Eastern European history; has published articles on Philadelphia Jewish History.

Temple University - 1964 B.Sc. Secondary Education; Jewish Theological Seminary 1964-1970; M.H.L. JTS & Rabbinic Ordination

Married to Frances Goldberg (an Akiba graduate - 1961) for 51 years; Five children (4 daughters & 1 son) - all married, all in Israel, all served in IDF; 13 grandchildren

  Sally Olson ('67) Special education educator - consultant ACAJE. retired in Philadelphia. Son, Joseph JCHH 1980 - Daughter, Sharon JCHS 1981
  Bill [Z'Ev] Friedman (BHL'58) Professor of Philosphy and Management Information Systems. Retired in Arizona.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Saul Wachs, (BHL'51), and Dr. Michael Schatz (Ed.D. '15, MAJEd, '13, Gratz College High School, '85) announce their second joint publication:


  Marian Kleinman (MAJS'14), is keeping teens engaged in NJ
  Nikki Marczak (MA Holocaust and Genocide Studies'15), publishes chapter on enslavement of Armenian and Yazidi women
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