Advanced Summer School for Graduate Students in Jewish Studies

Crises, Change, and Creativity in Jewish Experience

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 31–August 4, 2022

Deadline for applications: April 15, 2022

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for the Advanced Study in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp announce a summer program for graduate students in Jewish studies.

With the globe reeling from the current pandemic, the 2022 Summer School will focus on the experience and consequences of crises—how traumatic, overpowering events have transformed Jewish life, and what continuities, changes, and innovations have followed these experiences.

Over a week of intensive learning with a cohort of leading scholars from different subfields and disciplines, graduate students will explore the ways Jews, as individuals and as communities, contended with different sorts of crises over the course of history, ranging from public health emergencies to pogroms, from social and political breakdowns to psychological trauma. The week will also give participants a chance to reflect together on the current pandemic and its impact on scholarship and teaching, and will include sessions devoted to professional development.

We are delighted that the resumption of the Summer School in 2022 brings with it a new partner, the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp. The addition of a European partner advances the program’s goal of promoting a sense of intellectual community with scholars and fellow graduate students from around the world. Graduate students at any institution worldwide, in any subfield of Jewish studies, past or present, are eligible to apply. This is an in-person experience, and participation is contingent on a student being able to travel safely to Israel within public health requirements in place at the time. The program will take place the week before the World Congress of Jewish Studies, and participants are encouraged to plan to stay in Jerusalem for the Congress as well.

Fellowships are available for students accepted into the program who do not have applicable funding from their home institutions.


Elisheva Baumgarten (HUJI)
Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp)
Steven Weitzman (University of Pennsylvania)

Summer School Faculty Members

Avraham Faust (Bar-Ilan University)
Hadar Feldman Samet (Tel Aviv University)
Keren Peleg Friedman (College of Management)
Anna Hajklova (Warwick University)
Tsafi Sebba-Elran (University of Haifa)
Giddon Tickotsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan)



Applications are being accepted for the 2022 Summer School, taking place in Jerusalem from July 31–August 4. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2022. 

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2022 Summer School Flier


About the Summer School

The Katz Center, together with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, co-organizes an annual Summer School for advanced graduate students. Guided by leading scholars of Jewish studies from around the world, the Summer School is interdisciplinary and extends into all periods of Jewish history.

The Summer School is a week-long intensive course rotating between the United States, Israel, and Europe. Meant to promote a sense of intellectual community among scholars and graduate students, the program welcomes participants from any institution, in any subfield of Jewish studies, past or present, and focuses on a unique theme each year.

The Katz Center is able to host the Summer School every third year thanks to the generous support of Dr. Garry Rayant and Dr. Kathy Fields-Rayant.

Browse Past Summer School Themes

Jerusalem 2019

Secrets and Lies: Truth, Evidence, and Deception in Jewish History and Culture

Philadelphia 2018

Out of this World: The Supernatural in Jewish History and Culture

Jerusalem 2017

Personal/Interpersonal: I, We, and You in Jewish History and Culture

Philadelphia 2016

Shaking Foundations

Jerusalem 2015

Jews on the Move: Translocation, Transmissions, and Transformations in Jewish Culture