Blog

Oct
19
October 19, 2020
Broaching "America's Jewish Questions"
by
Steven Weitzman

The current fellowship cohort, including leading figures in the field alongside new generations of scholars, launched the 2020–21 academic year focused on the theme of "America's Jewish Questions."

Oct
12
October 12, 2020
A University Tribute to Ione Apfelbaum Strauss
by
Amy Gutmann, David L. Cohen

In recognition of Ione Abfelbaum Strauss' many contributions to the University of Pennsylvania, including her role as a trustee of the University, President Amy Gutmann and Chairman David Cohen have sent the following tribute to trustees past and present.

Oct
5
October 05, 2020
In Memory of Ione Apfelbaum Strauss
by
Steven Weitzman

The Katz Center mourns the recent passing of Ione Apfelbaum Strauss.

Sep
30
September 30, 2020
Katz Center Fellow Dr. Elazar Ben-Lulu on Reform Lifecycle Rituals, LGBTQ Culture in Judaism, and Religious Observance During COVID-19
by
Elazar Ben-Lulu

This blog post is part of a series focused on the research of current fellows. In this edition, Katz Center Director Steven Weitzman sits down with Elazar Ben-Lulu, who is an anthropologist of religion and gender with a particular interest in the intersection of LGBTQ identities and Judaism.

Sep
25
September 25, 2020
Jews and the America to Come

The year 2020 has been a transformative one for American society, but what is America becoming? And what role do Jews play in the changes underway?

Sep
24
September 24, 2020
Jewish Quarterly Review
Vacationing in Nazi Germany
by
The Jewish Quarterly Review

Even as the Nazi state closed in, many bourgeois Jews continued to lead bourgeois lives, leaving records of vacations and family gatherings. Ashkenazi and Miron read these images and words, so apparently anodyne, and yet impossibly so.

Sep
22
September 22, 2020
Katz Center Fellows Reframe the American Jewish Experience

This year's fellows are populating a rich field of vision for a new story of the Jewish experience in America.

Sep
15
September 15, 2020
Jewish Quarterly Review
Kabbalistic Forms: Erratum et Novellus

Yossi Chajes heralds the recent study of rarely depicted huppahs in kabbalistic manuscripts by Uriel Safrai and Eliezer Baumgarten.

Sep
8
September 08, 2020
Jewish Quarterly Review
JQR Contributor Conversation: Wojciech Tworek on Hasidism between the World Wars
by
David Myers

JQR editor David Myers chats with contributor Wojciech Tworek about new paradigms in the study of Hasidism on the horizon of Modernity, Shimon Engel, and the loss of a beloved teacher.

Sep
1
September 01, 2020
Jewish Quarterly Review
Women’s Riches: Culture & Capital in Medieval Egypt
by
Natalie B. Dohrmann

Reform is always a destruction of something that exists to make way for the new. Eve Krakowski looks at a moment of halakhic reform and traces its collateral damage on women's lives.