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Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Associate Professor of History

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 215-635-7300 x 144

Dr. Michael C. Steinlauf holds an M.A. in Literature from Columbia University and a doctorate in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He is the author of Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (1997), which examines how the experience of witnessing the Holocaust shaped Polish history and consciousness in the half century after World War II. He was a contributing editor to the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe (Yale University Press, 2008), responsible for entries on theater and performance, and the editor of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, v. 16 (2003),...

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Adjunct Professor of American Jewish History

Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., is the Senior Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, and Adjunct Professor of American Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion-New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism and Sharing Sacred Moments, a collection of his sermons. An editor of Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Source Book, Rabbi Sussman is a member of the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati) and past chair...

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Emily Aronoff Teck, Ed.D. is a progressive educator who seeks to increase and improve the ways that the Jewish community invites young children children and families to explore, discover, and celebrate joyful Judaism. Offering a unique combination of experience, knowledge, and creativity, her work includes the creation and facilitation of programs for young children and families as well as the provision of support to clergy and teacher education for leaders working with young children. She is the founding director of the world’s largest searchable database of Jewish educational resources...

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David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire, is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education.   Trevaskis is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for assisting local bar associations, legal services programs and other groups who offer pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth to help improve the access to justice for the neediest among us.  Trevaskis is involved in numerous clinics and other activities that provide support for those with legal needs.

Trevaskis has long been a champion of non-...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Diana Tucker holds a Bachelor of Science in Entomology/Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware. She later went on to study Secondary Education at Notre Dame College. Diana taught various science courses at the middle and high school level for the Berea City School District in Ohio, where she also served as Department Chair and Science Olympiad Coordinator. Diana also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College. For the past several years, she has taught high school Biology at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, PA. She has extensive experience and interest in the...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Craig R. Van Demark earned degrees from Eastern University (Bachelor of Science), West Chester University (School of Health Sciences), and Gratz College (Masters of Education). Craig was awarded the Masters of Education award upon his graduation from Gratz College. Craig has been teaching physical education for the past fifteen years. He has taught elementary physical education in Naples, Florida, Lumberton, New Jersey and is currently teaching in Yardley, Pennsylvania. He created and leads a Brain Train program which engages his kindergarten students to perform at their maximum level at...

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Samantha: Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is a native New Yorker turned Washingtonian (by way of Jerusalem). Samantha currently serves as the Manager of Teen Engagement and Philanthropy at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She is an alumna of The University of Pittsburgh (BA), The Jewish Theological Seminary (MA), and the Pardes Experiential Educators Program. She has also completed the iCenter's MA Concentration in Israel Education, and is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership at Gratz College.

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Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Joseph P. Welsh, Esq., is an adjunct instructor in Nonprofit Management at Gratz College. He has combined expertise in healthcare administration and law in his career. Presently, he is the President and General Counsel for the Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy, an organization that facilitates the integration of health policy and health technology policy in the US and Global healthcare delivery systems. He received both a B.S. in Healthcare Administration and an MBA from Philadelphia University and his JD from Temple University School of Law. He is an active member of...

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Adjunct Instructor in Education

Dr. Louise Whitelaw is a graduate of Drexel University, with B.S. degrees in Literature & Corporate Communications, an M.S. degree in Instruction, with PA certifications in Elementary Education and Environmental Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies. Her research interests include creativity studies, field experiences, and mentoring. Dr. Whitelaw is a former elementary and middle school science teacher, and was the Director of a mathematics and science learning lab. Her higher education experience includes extensive teaching in Education...

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Assistant Professor in Education

As a seasoned educator and public speaker, Jessica Whittemore holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Penn State and a M.A. in Educational Instruction from Gratz College.

Always building on her belief that education should be both applicable and enjoyable, Jessica has taught at a variety of levels, from junior high in the PA Wilson School District to leading educational seminars for the Federal Department of Corrections. 

Jessica has also served as an educational consultant for Penn State University, Kutztown University, the Hershey School District, the Hamburg School...

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