The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff lecture is a high point in the Katz Center's annual programming, bringing a prominent speaker innovating in the fields of Jewish studies to the broader university community. It is just one manifestation of the impact that this family has had on the university and the growth and success of Jewish studies at Penn. In addition to this distinguished lectureship, the family has also endowed the Joseph Meyerhoff chair in Modern Jewish History. Moreover, Joseph and Rebecca’s daughter Eleanor Meyerhoff married Herbert D. Katz – himself a profound friend of the university and the Center, and long-time chairman of our board of overseers. The positive impact of their generosity is visible everywhere. The Katz family also created the Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowships at the Center. In 2008, in Herb’s honor, Ellie and her children made a gift to endow what is now the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn.