The Katz Center is a global leader in the study of Jewish civilization.

An Interview with Katz Center Fellow Marc Herman

"Jews had a legal culture long before they came under the aegis of Islam, even before they were known as Jews. But the spread of Islam brought about many changes to Jewish societies."

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International Fellowship Program

Jews and Modern Legal Culture

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The 18th to 21st centuries have been an age of transition from a world of empires to one of the nation-state and international law. This year's fellowship theme promotes new research on Jews and the law across disciplinary perspectives, including Jewish law as it has developed in modern contexts and the roles of Jews within non-Jewish legal cultures.

Blog

A Hebrew Schoolteacher’s Notebook and Other Rare Manuscripts
January 24, 2023
A Hebrew Schoolteacher’s Notebook and Other Rare Manuscripts
by Louis Meiselman

Penn Libraries’ Rare Judaica Cataloging Librarian gives a tour of some newly cataloged manuscripts, including an early twentieth-century schoolteacher’s notebook from India, a rare medical text, and an eighteenth-century Yemeni prayer book.

Q&A: Gender and Jewish Philosophy with Sarah Zager
January 23, 2023
Q&A: Gender and Jewish Philosophy with Sarah Zager
by Anne Oravetz Albert, Sarah Zager

Meet the instructor of our upcoming online mini-course.

Legal Theory and Jewish History
January 18, 2023
Legal Theory and Jewish History
by David Myers, The Jewish Quarterly Review

JQR convenes a forum exploring interconnections between history and legal theory in Jewish studies