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Our program reflects the full range and diverse dimensions of the Jewish experience as well as different approaches to studying Jewish life and culture. We welcome students of all backgrounds to take our courses and participate in our programs. We also offer a host of opportunities outside the classroom. Come join us!

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Katz Center is driven by the mission to deepen and broaden the understanding of Jewish history, texts, cultures, ideas, and experiences. The research it supports spans all periods of Jewish history, from distant antiquity through to the present day; it reaches into every part of the globe where Jews have lived, and it is grounded in a wide range of disciplines and approaches. 

Events



"My Great (and Short) Great Grandfather, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and the Revival of the Hebrew Language"

Gil Hovav
Oct 25, 2022 at - | Steinhardt Hall Auditorium, Penn Hillel, 215 S. 39th St., University of Pennsylvania

Please join us for an exciting in-person public lecture about the revival of Modern Hebrew. The speaker is Gil Hovav, great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Ben-Yehuda was the driving force behind the incredible…

Jewish Studies @ Penn

Read the latest issue of the newsletter of the Jewish Studies Program, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and the Judaica Collections at the Penn Libraries.

Jewish Studies Administered Research Awards

Each fall and spring the Jewish Studies Program offers Goldfein Research Awards, Brenner Special Opportunity Awards, and Schwartz Awards to both undergraduate and graduate Penn students. Learn More >