Philanthropy Research Initiative

The Jewish Philanthropy Workshop (J-Phil) is a joint effort of the Katz Center and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University to promote new research and foster intellectual community among scholars interested in the study of Jewish philanthropy. Its aim is to develop the study of Jewish philanthropy as a robust field of research, within both Jewish Studies and Philanthropic Studies.

At the heart of J-Phil is a consortium of scholars representing different institutions and disciplines. Through workshops, conferences, and publications, the consortium will advance scholarship on Jewish philanthropy and, also, work to build bridges between scholars and those working in the philanthropic world today, aiming to foster or facilitate new conversations about Jewish philanthropy informed by history, social science and other fields of knowledge.

For more information about the initiative, visit the J-Phil website and read the announcement on our blog


Jewish Philanthropy Research Seminar

In the 2022–23 academic year, the seminar will meet four times to explore the theme of The Public and Private Politics of Philanthropy: New Insights into the Past, Present, and Future of Giving.

Intended for scholars, students, and others interested in new research in the study of Jewish philanthropy, this webinar series draws attention to the past and present of Jewish philanthropy and its intersection with the political and civic life of its time.


NOVEMBER 2, 2022 | 12:00–1:00PM ET
From Amsterdam to Istanbul: Fundraising and Jewish Refugee Relief in the Seventeenth Century
Adam Teller, Brown University

NOVEMBER 30, 2022 | 12:00–1:00PM ET
The Patrons and their Poor: Jewish Public Charity in Early Modern Germany
Debra Kaplan, Bar-Ilan University

FEBRUARY 8, 2023 | 12:00–1:00PM ET
The Sassoons’ Philanthropy: The Interaction of Politics, Business, and Charity
Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University

MARCH 15, 2023 | 12:00–1:30PM ET
Covering Jewish Philanthropy: The Role of the Press
Asaf Shalev, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Ben Sales, eJewishPhilanthropy
Mari Cohen, Jewish Currents
Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy (Moderator)


These talks will all take place on Wednesdays at 12pm ET over Zoom. To RSVP and receive the webinar links, click here.


The seminar is organized by Lila Corwin Berman and Steven Weitzman as part of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative hosted by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, with sponsorship from the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.