A Gann education provides the framework for answering some of life’s toughest questions through the lens of Jewish values and ethics. From powerful learning in Hebrew and Jewish Studies classes to immersive holiday experiences, our curriculum allows you to explore your personal Jewish journey.
You will have opportunities to partake in introductory classes though advanced studies all based on your interests—from deeply exploring Torah and Tanakh to critically thinking about modern political issues to learning about individual holidays and practices.
Fun and joyful celebrations include Shabbatonim (Shabbat experiences), holiday festivals, social justice experiences, and a trip to Israel. You will graduate with a strong set of Jewish values which will provide the solid foundation for combatting antisemitism and answering life’s big questions.
Gann supports students in deepening their connection to themselves, to others, and to their larger Jewish community. We meet students where they are on their unique Jewish journey and nurture their curiosity and confidence to find personal relevance in shared Jewish experience.
Over four years, Gann students build a deep repository of Jewish values, knowledge, and content that enable them to better understand themselves, and the world around them. They explore essential aspects of development and identity-building – including mental health, gender, and equity – through a Jewish lens. They comfortably situate themselves within Jewish history and identify with the Jewish story, past and present. A diverse range of offerings in Jewish life, ritual, and practice inspire students to find meaning and community.
Gann students creatively apply their Jewish learning and shared values to the questions and challenges they encounter as they walk through the world. Inspired by their Jewish experience at Gann, graduates emerge prepared for an ongoing journey of growth, exploration, and becoming.
Jewish Studies or Hebrew Scholars
Ready to be Jewish on a College Campus
Gann celebrates the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, which offers the unparalleled opportunity for the Jewish people to exercise self-determination and build a vibrant democracy and a sustainable future for the Jewish people. Gann students explore the rich and complex history of the Jewish people’s deep connection to Israel and to Hebrew language, as expressed in its *Declaration of Independence. Gann prepares students to participate in robust discussions about Israel as they form their own views on and relationships to the people of Israel, the state of Israel, and the land of Israel.
*Quote from Declaration of Independence:
“THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”