About Us

Chai Society: Vision Statement

The Chai Society supports a flourishing and exciting celebration of Jewish life, culture, faith and learning on the Wagner College campus. It will encourage the development of academic studies and co-curricular activities on Judaism, Jews in American Society, Israel and the Holocaust. It will work to stimulate students to engage in an open community of study and self-discovery that will help them to become passionate, informed Jewish leaders on campus, in their communities and after their time in college.

Chai Society: Mission Statement

The mission of the Wagner College Chai Society is to strengthen the ties between Wagner College and the Jewish Community through support of academic studies and co-curricular activities on Judaism, Israel and the Holocaust; to support a vibrant Holocaust Center, Hillel and other programs; and to educate continuing generations on the ramifications of prejudice, anti-Semitism and racism in order to promote openness to all.

Holocaust and Hillel programs are supported by the Chai Society, Wagner College.

Holocaust Center: Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower future generations in empathy, courage, and ethical decision-making in order to combat anti-Semitism, racism & all forms of prejudice.

Wagner College Hillel Mission Statement:

Wagner College Hillel strives to promote and inspire Jewish students on campus to embrace their identity, culture, and religion while learning, sharing and involving themselves with other students who have different beliefs and backgrounds.

Hillel encourages a safe atmosphere on campus where students can feel welcomed no matter what their religious affiliations are. Hillel aims to impact the Wagner community through open-mindedness, education, and acceptance.

The Holocaust Center is an academic research center. Hillel is a part of Campus Life.



Chai Society Advisory Board


  • Fern Zagor


  • Victor and Kim Avis
  • Ron Avis
  • Dennis and Elaine Bloomfield
  • Stephen Greenwald
  • Marcia Klein
  • Orit Lender
  • Manny Saks
  • Damian Slattery
  • Nancy Tricorico
  • Frank Weile

Faculty Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Laura Morowitz, PhD
  • Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon, PhD
  • Dr. Lori Weintrob, PhD

Advisory Board and Volunteers of the Wagner College Holocaust Center 


Dr. Leonard and Ilene Ciaccio

Ruth Gutman

Dan Glassman

Linda Greenberg

Lisa Liss

Dolores Morris

Sarah Yuster

Fern Zagor

Maria Rusolo

Jennifer Weile ’16

Frank Weile

Robin Suss

Beth Nivin

Jennifer Hermus

Michelle Lee

Marjorie Steinberg

Manny Saks

Beth Seigel-Graf

Charles DeStefano

Amelia Depompo

Mendy Mirocznik

Laura Morowitz

Professor, Visual Arts

718-390-3151 lmorowit@wagner.edu Main Hall 3rd floor--43

Laura Morowitz's scholarship focuses on late nineteenth and early twentieth century European art, as well as art in Nazi Vienna.

Lori Weintrob

Professor/Holocaust Center Director, History Department

lrweintr@wagner.edu Parker Hall 208

Ruta Shah-Gordon

Vice President of Enrollment and Campus Life, Campus Life

rshahgor@wagner.edu Union 4th Floor

Oversees all campus life offices.

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