Katz Center News


19th Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture: Jonathan Lear


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

"Psychoanalysis and the I-Thou Relation" 

Jonathan Lear, John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor, Committee on Social Thought, Philosophy, University of Chicago. University of Chicago philosopher Jonathan Lear argues that to understand what psychoanalysis is – as well as its ethical significance – one needs to understand the psychoanalytic situation. And that situation needs to be understood in terms of an I-Thou relationship. As does a person’s relationship to his or her own unconscious.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015. 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ben Franklin Meeting Room, 218 Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.

Event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register. 

For past Meyerhoff lectures, click here

Moving In: Jewish Interiors and Interiorities // A Day Long Workshop December 9


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

We are pleased to announce Moving In: Jewish Interiors and Interiorities, a day long workshop at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Judaic Studies on December 9th, 2015

Sessions include:

  • A Sense of Taste
  • Jews Inside/Out
  • The Politics of Pain

For more information and a complete schedule, click here.  To RSVP, click here.  


The Katz Center is delighted to congratulate one of its own!


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Marina Rustow, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Department of History at Princeton University, has just been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her pioneering work in the Cairo Genizah.  Marina was the Michael R. Steinhardt Term Fellow in 2003–2004, for the year “Prescriptive Traditions and Lived Experience in the Jewish Religion: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives,” for which she coedited the volume: Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of Anthropology and History: Authority, Diaspora, Tradition (coedited with Ra‘anan S. Boustan and Oren Kosansky; Penn Press, 2011).  To read more from the MacArthur Foundation click here.

Katz Center, IIAS, and The Hebrew University partner for 2015 summer school for graduate students in Judaic studies


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Jews on the Move:

Translocations, Transmissions & Transformations in Jewish Culture

July 5-9, 2015 in Jerusalem

Throughout recorded Jewish history, from antiquity to the present, Jews have relocated as immigrants, refugees, and travelers, and various kinds of movement--exile, migration, pilgrimage--as well as the movement of ideas and practice, have shaped Jewish history and culture. Jews on the Move is an intensive, week-long graduate level program. It offers the opportunity to work with internationally recognized scholars, in archives and libraries, and will include day trips in Jerusalem.

The summer program is geared toward graduate students from the various subfields of Jewish studies in the humanities and the social sciences, including students who are interested in various aspects of the Jewish past as well as those focused on present-day realities. For more information, please click here.

Recent acquisition by the Katz Center Library: The Moldovan Family Collection of Judaica


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

In the summer of 2014, Joseph and Susan Moldovan (both class of 1976) presented an extraordinary gift of over 1,200 books, pamphlets, scrolls, graphic art, and art reference works of Judaica to the Penn libraries. This collection was assembled over many decades by Joseph Moldovan and his late parents, Dr. Alfred Moldovan and Jean Moldovan. Joseph Moldovan donated the collection to the Penn libraries in his late parents’ honor and memory. The Moldovan collection consists of over 600 haggadot dating from the 17th-20th centuries printed in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Ladino, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish. The largest portion is concentrated in the 19th and early 20th centuries, emanating from over twenty different towns, cities, and countries, such as Amsterdam, Basel, Brisk, Brünn, Danzig, Djerba, Frankfurt, Fürth, Halle, Jerusalem, Livorno, London, New York, Paris, Prague, Sulzbach, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Vilna, and Warsaw. Many are beautifully printed and illustrated and, most unusually, include two haggadot printed in scroll form. The Moldovan Family Collection also features dozens of liturgical works and specialized historical imprints. Among the more noteworthy items are: a Yiddish translation of the medieval chronicle Sefer Yosipon, printed by Moshe Katz, the important Prague Hebrew printer, in 1607; a number of early modern Christian Hebraist works, including Jacques Basnage’s translation from Latin into French of Petrus Cunaeus’s Republic of the Hebrews, which was printed in Amsterdam in 1713, as well as finely illustrated nineteenth-century texts such as a red leather, gold embossed, tooled German edition of Gustave Doré’s illustrated Bible. Most significant, perhaps, is the Moldovan’s collection of nearly 250 historical prints and engravings from the 17th-19th centuries depicting rabbis, synagogues, family scenes, and Jewish ceremonies from Europe and the Ottoman empire. The Moldovan gift joins the Moldovan Family French Judaica Collection donated in 2012, which together constitute a substantial boon to Penn’s modern Jewish historical holdings.

The Katz Center in the News


We are proud to announce that three of nine Jordan Schnitzer Book Award recipients for 2014 are Katz Center fellowship alumni: Elisheva Carlebach, Pawel Maciejko, and Glenn Dynner.


Taking Note: 20 Years of Scholars and Scholarship at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 1993–2014, a collection of essays, images, and a history of the center since it became part of Penn in 1993, is now available as an e-book and a pdf.


The center would like to congratulate our own Arthur Kiron, Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections at the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania. Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1955–1890—a catalog edited and curated by Arthur as a companion volume to a 2014 exhibition of the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica at the University of Pennsylvania Library—has just been awarded the Arline Custer Memorial Award for 2014 in the book category.  The gorgeous work, designed by Andrea Gottschalk, contains a series of essays by top scholars of American and Atlantic Jewish history, and beautiful reproductions of what is only a small sample of the extraordinary richness of the Kaplan Collection. The award committee noted the innovative ways that the book balanced the serious historical essays with pragmatic guides to use of the collection by researchers. The award is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, to support exceptional work in archiving and public outreach.