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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


Victor and Kim Avis


Ron Avis

Dennis and Elaine Bloomfield

Stephen Greenwald

Marcia Klein

Orit Lender

Jan Martin

Manny Saks

Damian Slattery

Nancy Tricorico

Frank Weile

Faculty Advisory Committee


Dr. Laura Morowitz, PhD

Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon, PhD

Dr. Rabbi Abe Unger, PhD

Dr. Lori Weintrob, PhD

Dr. Aleksandra Zagorin, DNT

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.

Abraham Unger

Campus Rabbi, Center for Spirituality

Associate Professor, Government & Politics Department

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

Lori Weintrob

Professor/Holocaust Center Director, History Department

lrweintr@wagner.edu Parker Hall 208

Aleksandra Zagorin

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing

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

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
Clinical Advisor and Scholar NYU Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

Ruta Shah-Gordon

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

rshahgor@wagner.edu Union 4th Floor

Oversees all campus life offices.

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