The Chai Society

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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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Upcoming Events

Wagner College's Holocaust Education & Programming Center presents its inaugural exhibit

"Tragedy and Resilience: Holocaust Survivors of Staten Island"

through April 28 in the Horrmann Library Spotlight Gallery on campus.  Read more


Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Candle Light Ceremony" with guest speaker Rabbi A. Romi Cohn, Jewish Partisan Fighter

Introduction by President Richard Guarasci

Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 pm

Manzulli Boardroom in Foundation Hall

Reservations recommended; light refreshments at 6:30 pm

Contact Prof. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Holocaust Education& Programming Center at 718-390-3253 or email lrweintrob@wagner.edu


 Jewish Culture Lecture Series

"Jewish Life in Germany Today"

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Please join guest speaker, Brita Wagener, The Consul General

at the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:00 pm
Wagner College, Manzulli Boardroom in Foundation Hall, Staten Island, NY

The German Consul General in New York City represents Germany in the Tri-State Area, fostering German-American relations in all fields (cultural, economic, and scientific).  Before her appointment as Consul General in New York, Brita was ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Baghdad, Iraq (2012-14), and Consul General in Istanbul, Turkey (2009-12).  She has held other posts in Egypt, India and Israel in her career.

For more information and/or to attend this event, please contact Nancy Tricorico at 718-390-3225 or Email chaisociety@wagner.edu


Annual Chai Society Community Mitzvah Awards Dinner

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:30 pm
Wagner College, Manzulli Boardroom in Foundation Hall, Staten Island, NY.

Proceeds to benefit Wagner College’s Holocaust Education & Programming Center.

For more information and/or to attend this event, please contact Nancy Tricorico at 718-390-3225 or Email chaisociety@wagner.edu



For more information, please contact Lindsay Hansen, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at 718-420-4530 or chaisociety@wagner.edu.