Mandell Education Campus
History of the Mandell Education Campus
In 1985, the
Mandell Education Campus was founded through the vision of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the then Solomon Schechter Jewish
Day School, local synagogues, Gratz College and local community
members. The vision of these founders was to develop a campus devoted
to Jewish education spanning from early childhood through graduate
school and adult learning. This effort was supported by the need
expressed by several Jewish agencies whose services were expanding and
in need of housing.
The original Motherhouse of Melrose Academy.
Melrose Academy, a Catholic school under
the auspices of the Order of Gray Nuns, was seeking to sell the campus.
They accepted an offer made by the Jewish Federation of Greater
Philadelphia to purchase the campus as an educational anchor for the
The agencies that joined the family of
educational institutions that would establish themselves on the campus
included Gratz College, Federation Early Learning Services (formerly
known as Federation Day Care Services), Auerbach Central Agency for
Jewish Education, The Forman Branch of the Solomon Schechter Day School
(now known as Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School), Jewish
Family & Children’s Service, Because We Care, a women’s support
group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and a summer day
camp of the Jewish Community Centers. The Jewish Outreach Partnership
of Greater Philadelphia (formerly known as the Community Hebrew
Schools) moved its main office to the campus in 1994.
Mandell Education Campus was named in recognition of the lead gift made
by the Mandell Family through the leadership of Dr. Morton Mandell
The Ann Newman Building of Gratz College on the Mandell Education Campus.
the Jewish Federation’s Capital Campaign for the acquisition of the
campus. Several agencies renovated already existing facilities on the
campus. Gratz College, while occupying the existing high school
building, began a Capital Campaign followed by the construction of a
major new facility specifically designed for the College Division and
Graduate School and the Stanley and Edna Tuttleman Jewish Public
Library. The new facility was made possible by a lead gift from the
Milton and Ida Newman Family in memory of their daughter, Ann.
By attracting students to the physical campus from other areas of the
United States and beyond, as well as developing a burgeoning distance
learning program, Gratz College has transformed itself into a leading
career oriented professional education program provider on both the
regional, national and international stage.
Community High School of Gratz College, in response to the needs of a
vibrant Jewish community, has expanded to include 12 branches
throughout the Delaware Valley. In turn, this has enabled Gratz College
to offer housing to a newly established Robert Saligman Middle School,
under the auspices of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School.
agencies currently housed at Gratz College include the David S. Wyman
Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Outreach Partnership of
Philadelphia. Seasonal programs housed on the Mandell Education Campus
include the Ramah Day Camp and the PRAMUS Day Camp of the JCCs.