The Katz Center is proud to be hosting a professionalization workshop for early career scholars in Jewish studies on May 29–30, 2019, sponsored by the American Academy for Jewish Research, the oldest organization of Judaic studies scholars in North America. This year's workshop will be coorganized by Steve Weitzman, Katz Center director, and Lila Corwin Berman, director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University.
Last week, current fellow Chen Bram (Hebrew University) sat down at Penn Hillel with a group of students interested in multiculturalism in Israel. In a ninety-minute discussion he offered them a taste of the graduate course he teaches in Jerusalem on the city’s complex intergroup relations. Inviting the students to comment and raise concerns as he spoke, Bram joked that as an Israeli he is more comfortable with direct confrontation than passive silence.
This summer, the Katz Center lost a member of its board of overseers, Dr. D. Walter Cohen, who was an extraordinary person. A pillar of the Philadelphia community, Walter was internationally renowned for his scientific and educational contributions. He was a founder of Penn's department of periodontics, revitalizer of its dental school in his tenure as dean, and served as an equally effective chancellor of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, now a part of Drexel University.