About Us

Holocaust Center: Mission Statement

Our mission is to awaken future generations to the ramifications of prejudice, anti-Semitism and racism as well as the dynamism of Jewish culture.  We aim to foster mutual respect, peace and positive action.

Chai Society: Mission Statement

Through its active support of Jewish studies, Jewish life and programming dedicated to the Holocaust and Israel, the Chai Society aims to strengthen Wagner College’s relationship with the greater Staten Island community and beyond.

Our mission is to inform, inspire and awaken future generations to the ramifications of anti-Semitism, prejudice and racism as well as the dynamism of Jewish culture and heritage.  Programming will aim to further knowledge and understanding as well as foster tolerance, peace and positive action. 

To advance this vital mission, we will lead the development of a permanent Holocaust Center on the Wagner College campus – a center that will feature both significant physical and digital resources accessible to all for years to come.

These holocaust programs are sponsored by the Chai Society, Wagner College. 

Chai Society Board of Wagner College

  • Victor and Kim Avis, Co-Chairs 
  • Robin Lefkowitz
  • Ron Avis
  • Dennis and Elaine Bloomfield
  • Rachel Borenstein
  • Aletta ’65 H’15 (trustee) and Bob Diamond
  • Stephen Greenwald
  • Marcia Klein
  • Taube Importe
  • Robin M’97 and Daniel Lefkowitz
  • Orit Lender
  • Manny Saks
  • Cory Schifter
  • Ruta Shah-Gordon
  • Damian Slattery
  • Marjorie Steinberg ’89
  • Linda and Irwin Steinman
  • Philip Straniere ‘69 M’73
  • Nancy Tricorico
  • Frank Weile
  • Orly and Ed Wiseman

Faculty Advisory Board

Stephen Greenwald

Director of Film and Media Initiatives, Provost's Office

718-390-3211 stephen.greenwald@wagner.edu Campus Hall 324

Over 30 years experience as an attorney, financier, corporate executive, producer, and valuation consultant.

Laura Morowitz

Professor, Art, Art History & Film Department

718-390-3151 lmorowit@wagner.edu Main Hall 3rd floor

I knew from the moment I stepped into my first art history class that I wanted to spend the rest of my life in this field.

Andrew Needle

Associate Professor, Art, Art History & Film Department

718-420-4035 aneedle@wagner.edu Main Hall 3rd floor

Todd Price

Associate Professor, Arts Administration, Theatre & Speech Department

718-420-4338 todd.price@wagner.edu Main Hall 1

Abraham Unger

Associate Professor, Government & Politics Department

Campus Rabbi, Center for Spirituality

abe.unger@wagner.edu Main Hall 3rd floor

Lori Weintrob

Professor, History Department

lrweintr@wagner.edu Parker Hall 208

Aleksandra Zagorin

Assistant Professor, Nursing, Evelyn L. Spiro School

718-390-3150 aleksandra.zagorin@wagner.edu Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing. Campus Hall, Room 314

Clinical Advisor, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
New York University College of Nursing

Ruta Shah-Gordon

Chief of Staff and VP Internationalization, Intercultural Affair, Campus Life

rshahgor@wagner.edu Union 3rd Floor

Oversees all campus life offices.