The Chai Society


Wagner College, founded in 1883, takes pride in the diversity of its students and its service to the community. Today, Wagner College continues to build on this longstanding commitment by recruiting students from all groups: religious, ethnic, racial, sexual, demographic, and cultural. The Chai Society at Wagner College, established in 2004, is dedicated to strengthening the ties between the College and the Jewish community.  Through its support of Wagner College's Holocaust Education & Programming Center and co-curricular activities, the Chai Society promotes knowledge and understanding of the richness of the Jewish experience.

The Chai Society is facilitated through the joint efforts of Wagner College's Office of Institutional Advancement, the Chai Society Steering Committee, Hillel, and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, assistant professor and director of urban programs at Wagner College.

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Chai Society Jewish Culture Spring 2016 Lecture

Please join guest speaker

Martin Mendelsohn

The Perpetual Quest for Justice: Lessons (or Consequences) of the Holocaust

Martin Mendelsohn

Monday, March 21, 2016
6:30 pm
Manzulli Boardroom in Foundation Hall

Martin Mendelsohn has assisted German and U.S. prosecutors in Nazi War Crime trials for more than 40 years. He served as the first director of litigation for the U.S. Office of Special Investigations in the Department of Justice (1977-80) as well as in prominent Washington DC law firms. In 2009, he represented the Sobibor survivors in the trial of John Demjanjuk in Germany, who was found guilty as an accessory to the murder of over 27,000 Jews.  He is co-author of the book The Last Nazi: Joseph Schwammberger and the Nazi Past about the 1993 trial of the Nazi Camp Commander extradited from Argentina.

He is counsel to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international human rights organizations, with a special interest in fighting anti-Semitism past and present.  Mendelsohn is a graduate of Brooklyn College and George Washington Law School.

Q&A moderated by Stephen Greenwald, Director of the Hugh L. Cary Institute for Government Reform

Dessert reception to follow - this is a free event.

Co-Sponsored by the Wagner College Holocaust Education and Programming Center, the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform and the Sarah Chait Memorial Foundation.

To register go to:  For more information contact 718-390-9333.


Chai Society Annual Community Mitzvah Awards

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

6:30pm in Manzulli Boardroom in Foundation Hall

To see photos of the 2015 Chai Mitzvah Awards Dinner, click here

For more information, please contact Nancy Tricorico, Office of the VP for Institutional Advancement at 718-390-3225 or