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

We are pleased to invite you to the newly initiated Jewish Philanthropy Research Seminar, an effort to promote new research and collaboration in the study of Jewish philanthropy and related topics.

In 2021–22, the seminar will be meeting four times during the year over Zoom, aiming to bring together scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel for hour-long sessions featuring new research and scholarly conversation.

As of now, the schedule includes the following presentations. Please note that most meetings will occur on Wednesdays at 12pm EST, a time we hope works for people in various time zones.


OCTOBER 20, 2021 | 12:00–1:00 PM EST
Jaclyn Granick, Cardiff University
Between America and Europe: Philanthropic Activism and International Jewish Politics

NOVEMBER 17, 2021 | 12:00–1:00 PM EST
Ariel Cohen, University of Virginia
Exhibiting Cultural Philanthropy: Women, Power, and Museums in Jewish America, 1920–1970

FEBRUARY 23, 2022 | 12:00–1:00PM EST
Laurie Paarlberg & Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI
in conversation about community foundation giving during the pandemic

MARCH 23, 2022 | 12:00–1:00PM EST
Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Some Thoughts on the Past & Future of Jewish (Philanthropic) Engagement with the World


To RSVP and receive the Zoom Meeting link, email


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.

Jewish Philanthropy Research Seminar Schedule