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.

Public Programs

  • 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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