Blog

Jan
24
January 24, 2024
The Katz Center Plays Well with Others

The theme of sound and music catalyzed a range of scholarly collaborations during the fall semester.

Jan
22
January 22, 2024
Q&A: Katz Center fellow Samantha Cooper on Jews and the Met
by
Samantha M. Cooper, Steven Weitzman

Q&A: Katz Center fellow Samantha M. Cooper argues that Jews were essential to New York’s Early Opera Scene

Jan
9
January 09, 2024
New Acquisitions at the Library of the Katz Center
by
Arthur Kiron

A vast new collection at Penn Libraries memorializes the cultural and historical importance of the city of Haifa

Jan
9
January 09, 2024
Jewish Quarterly Review
Tevi: Amelia Bedelia avant la lettre
by
The Jewish Quarterly Review

Ayelet Wenger draws lines between Rabban Gamliel’s slave Tevi and Aesop’s trickster heroes

Dec
11
December 11, 2023
Reflecting on the Past Semester at Penn
by
Steven Weitzman

Steve Weitzman sees the Center as a steadying presence in the current maelstrom.

Dec
4
December 04, 2023
Jewish Quarterly Review
Stews, Soaps, Spells, and Salves
by
Natalie B. Dohrmann

JQR’s latest forum looks at the Jewish recipe

Nov
29
November 29, 2023
Jewish Quarterly Review
New Issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review: Fall 2023
by
The Jewish Quarterly Review

The TOC in Brief

Nov
27
November 27, 2023
Q&A: Katz Center fellow Uri Erman asks how British opera both aided and undermined the acculturation of Jewish vocal artists in the 18th and 19th centuries
by
Uri Erman, Steven Weitzman

Steven Weitzman speaks with fellow Uri Erman about the intersection of opera and the fraught experience of assimilation for 18th and 19th c. British Jews.

Nov
15
November 15, 2023
Jews and the University: Antisemitism, Admissions, Academic Freedom

Announcing a New Lecture Series for Spring 2024

Nov
6
November 06, 2023
Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts and Their Scribes
by
Natalie B. Dohrmann

Announcing the publication of a new online open-access mini-course on Hebrew Paleography by Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger

Oct
19
October 19, 2023
Jewish Quarterly Review
A “Metropolitan Miniature”: Hebrew Modernism in a Local Key
by
The Jewish Quarterly Review

What did Hebrew modernism look like in the often-overlooked spaces between the shtetl and the big city? 

Oct
11
October 11, 2023
On the Recent Attacks on Israel
by
Steven Weitzman

Concerning the events of October 7, 2023 and their aftermath

Sep
29
September 29, 2023
Announcing a Gift from the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation

The new gift will establish funds for the study of Jewish history and culture in the land of Israel, and for the study of antisemitism

Sep
28
September 28, 2023
Jewish Quarterly Review
New Science in Old Yiddish
by
The Jewish Quarterly Review

An essay in JQR explores early modern Jewish vernacular translations of scientific texts

Sep
13
September 13, 2023
Jewish Quarterly Review
On “The Most Anti-Zionist Text”
by
David Myers, The Jewish Quarterly Review

Reflections on Menachem Keren-Kratz’s essay on Joel Teitelbaum in the current issue of JQR