Solomon Schechter's Life and Legacy: American Transformations


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The great Solomon Schechter did not just give his name to Jewish day schools—he was a vibrant personality, remarkable scholar and essayist, prime excavator of the Cairo Geniza, and visionary chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. To mark the centenary of his death in 1915 and celebrate his still-powerful legacy, the Katz Center will convene scholars as well as institutional and communal leaders to reflect on his career and its impact on the American Jewish landscape.

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Monday, March 16, 1:00-5:30 pm

National Museum of American Jewish History

101 S. Independence Mall East (5th and Market Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19106

Free and open to the public; registration strongly recommended. Reserve free tickets now at


The afternoon symposium will be capped by an evening with award-winning author Dara Horn, whose recent novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, features Schechter as a colorful character in a tale that moves across continents and centuries:

The Past That Lives within the Present: Schechter’s Time Capsule—And Ours

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

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The museum's galleries, store, and café will be open to symposium attendees throughout the day.

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Event Location: 

A symposium at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

Event Date and Time: 
March 16, 2015 1:00pm