The Sound and Music of Jewish Life

david playing the harp


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.  

A book of essays featuring research from the year is currently being edited by Samantha M. Cooper and Kay Kaufman Shelemay.