David playing the harp2023–2024 Fellowship Theme

The Sound and Music of Jewish Life

The Katz Center looks forward to a 2023–24 fellowship year devoted to the study of sound and music as a part of Jewish life, and we are delighted to announce the cohort of scholars who will join us for a year of research, conversation, and engagement with the Penn community and with the public. The fellows come to Philadelphia from Europe, Israel, and the Americas, and their research addresses a wide range of topics, among them the study of the Jewish voice in different religious and social settings, the use of song as a way of conveying the news, early efforts to develop a Jewish sign language, the contemporary orthodox female music industry, and many other exciting projects at the forefront of Jewish life past and present.    

The theme gives the Center an opportunity to explore the intersection between scholarship and the arts in new ways. We would love to share some of the sounds and insights of the year with the broader community locally and globally, so please check out our website later this summer for information about our online public programs, campus lectures, performances, and other opportunities to benefit from this intellectual community. 


Current Fellows

See the official announcement of this year's cohort on the Katz Center blog.

Past Fellowship Themes

Check out the variety of research conducted by Katz Center scholars over the years.