Public Programs at the Katz Center

This year, the Katz Center is delving into Jewish life beyond Europe, America, and Israel, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia—all contexts with Muslim majorities and/or governments in the last few centuries. Our international cohort of fellows is exploring the complex relationships between Jews and their neighbors, whether Muslim or members of other minority groups. 

Hear fellows speak around town at the following events, organized by community partners:

"Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews under Vichy Rule" 
Speaker: Alma Rachel Heckman, University of California, Santa Cruz | Katz Center
October 12 at 8:15pm, following 6:00pm services and 7:00pm dinner
Har Zion Temple
1500 Hagys Ford Rd. Penn Valley, PA 19072
Free of charge for lecture; $10/adult, $5/child under 13 for dinner
RSVP for dinner by Wednesday, October 10 to Harriet (610) 667-5000 or hzt@harziontemple.org
 
"Mumbai's Jewish Communities" 
Speaker: Sifra Lentin, Gateway House, Indian Council on Global Relations | Katz Center
October 23 at 7:00 pm
Congregation Mikveh Israel
44 N. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
Free of charge

"Jewish Middle Eastern Culture in Israel" 
Speaker: Alon Tam, University of Pennsylvania | Katz Center
November 10 at 1:00 pm
Congregation Mikveh Israel
44 N. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
Free of charge
 
"The Tripartite Jerusalem: Identities and Group Relations Reexamined" 
Speaker: Chen Bram, Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Katz Center
November 29 at 6:00 pm
Penn Hillel, 2nd Floor Harrison Library
215 S. 39th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free of charge
 
"Jewish Middle Eastern Culture in Modern Israel" 
Speaker: Alon Tam, University of Pennsylvania| Katz Center
December 14 at 8:15pm, following 6:00pm services and 7:00pm dinner
Har Zion Temple
1500 Hagys Ford Rd. Penn Valley, PA 19072
Free of charge for lecture; $10/adult, $5/child under 13 for dinner
RSVP for dinner by Wednesday, December 12 to Harriet (610) 667-5000 or hzt@harziontemple.org
 
"Being (Non-Arab) Muslim Israelis: The Circassians of the Galilee" 
Speaker: Chen Bram, Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Katz Center
December 16 at 10:00 am
Germantown Jewish Centre
400 W. Ellet St. Philadelphia, PA 19119
Free of charge

See our full calendar for additional Katz Center programming. 

If you are interested in inviting a fellow to speak or teach, please read our Guidelines for Community Partnerships and then make an inquiry here.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation for endowing this critical component of the Katz Center’s mission.