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 for academic studies 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; and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, assistant professor and director of urban programs at Wagner College.  Read more.

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 U.S. Premier of the award winning film "Let's Go"

Come meet the Director, Michael Verhoeven and Laura Waco, the author who inspired the film

Please join our moderator, Stephen Greenwald, Director of Film & Media Initiatives on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm in Manzulli Boardroom, Foundation Hall

Michael Verhoeven (Good Girl), returns to reassume his role as the "nasty boy" of German cinema and artfully presents a biting commentary on post-War German society through the cinematic adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Laura Waco.  Elegantly filmed, Verhoeven gently builds the tension that probes the complex notion of German-Jewish identity.  "Laura was born in 1947 in Freising where her parents ended up.  They didn't want to go back to Poland due to the intense anti-Semitism and the USA seemed too far away both physically and culturally.  It was drummed into the kids that they not tell anyone about their home life and that nobody should know they were Jewish.  Laura didn't even know it for a long time." (Michael Verhoeven)  Read more.

Please rsvp directly to Nancy Tricorico at 718-390-3225 or, seating is limited

Q & A and dessert reception to follow

For more information, please contact Lindsay Hansen, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, 718.420.4530, or