Advanced Summer School for Graduate Students in Jewish Studies

The Katz Center, together with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 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 taking place in Philadelphia and Jerusalem in alternate years. 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.

We are looking forward to reinstituting the program in summer 2022. Please stay tuned for more information to come in the fall of 2021.


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

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