The Katz Center offers a rolling schedule of lectures, courses, discussions, and other events that bring Jewish studies to wider audiences. Our public programs feature experts who bring depth, perspective, and nuance to discussions of humanistic issues raised by and about Jewish civilization.
To supplement the programs presented by the Katz Center, we partner with community institutions to host events that showcase the expertise of the visiting scholars in our fellowship program. This moveable feast of lectures and discussions brings the fellowship theme to local groups and congregations.
These programs are added to our Public Programs calendar as they are scheduled, so check back often or follow us on social media to stay up to date.
If you are interested in hosting a scholar, please read our guidelines here.
For many years, the Katz Center has convened seminars for local and regional rabbis. These communal leaders carry the latest in scholarship back to their congregations and other constituencies.
One such seminar is the LEAP program, an innovative partnership with Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Each year, a cohort of rabbis drawn from diverse American Jewish communities comes to the Katz Center to learn from fellows. LEAP enlists these influential voices in the Jewish world in the effort to translate and disseminate the wealth of scholarship carried out at the Katz Center each year, charging them to put their new learning to good use in their communities.
The experience for the rabbis is one of a deep dive into the research of Katz Center fellows. Over the course of three two-day retreats hosted by the Center, the rabbis have an opportunity to wrestle with the work being done on the annual fellowship theme, which varies widely from year to year. Each cohort and topic is unique, but the common factor is the close study of complex ideas and sources, whether textual or historical, taught by world experts on those topics.
LEAP is energizing and enlightening for communal leaders who harbor serious intellectual interests but whose vocations often pull them in competing directions. Likewise, scholars who teach in the program report that their engaged and enthusiastic rabbinic interlocutors lead them to new insights and perspectives. Rabbis return to their communities with a mandate to apply their learning, be it directly, through sermon, adult education, and other forms of teaching, or indirectly, having a deeper historical or conceptual context for key issues in contemporary Jewish life, or driving innovative pastoral approaches.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation for public programming, a critical component of the Katz Center’s mission.