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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. 


Alexander Colloquium: Dr. Magda Teter

"Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism"
Dr. Magda Teter
Oct 3, 2023 at - | The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk

Magda Teter is a Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies at Fordham University, and the President of the American Academy of Jewish Research. She is the author of Jews and Heretics in…

Symposium: Laurence Salzmann, A Life With Others

Oct 10, 2023 at - | Kislak Center Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

This symposium celebrates the donation of the Laurence and Ayşe Gürsan-Salzmann Collection to the…

The Jewish Catalog at 50

Oct 18, 2023 at - | Weitzman Museum of American Jewish History

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 >