The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies is committed to providing audiences in Philadelphia and beyond with unique opportunities to learn from prominent scholars in Jewish studies. The diverse group of scholars who come to the Center each year from around the world and the richness of the fellowship programs contribute greatly to the range and quality of the Katz Center’s public programing.
- Penn Lectures in Judaic Studies: Greater Philadelphia — drawing hundreds of people every year, this lecture series is conducted in local synagogues, community centers, and at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Recent programs dealt with topics ranging from the economic role of Jews in history to secularism in the Modern Jewish world to conversion in Jewish history.
- Programs at Penn Hillel — Katz Center fellows and Penn undergraduates meet in informal conversations on topics devised between them.
- Penn Seminars for Rabbis — through close reading of primary texts, the Penn seminars for rabbis introduce Jewish educators to some of the most exciting findings and recent trajectories in Jewish studies. Led by fellows, past sessions included such topics as modern readings of the Book of Job, the seeming tension between academy and community, and the debate over conversion in the State of Israel.
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