Past Events


Confronting Antisemitism: A Symposium on Its Past and Present

Apr 7, 2024 at -

The term antisemitism invokes actions, arouses passions, and enflames debate. On April 7, 2024, the Jewish Studies Program of the University of Pennsylvania will host a scholarly symposium on the history, meanings,…

The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate While Finding Common Ground

Mar 27, 2024 at -

Even before the Hamas attack on October 7, and Israel’s response, some campuses were seeing efforts from partisans on each side to vilify, and silence, partisans on the other. How do we understand the current moment…

"Jews and Political Authority: Citizenship, Homeland, and Diaspora"

Jewish Studies Graduate Student Conference
Mar 11, 2024 - Mar 12, 2024 (All Day)

Register: click here

A Queen in the Tomb of the Kings: An Ancient Monument and its Modern Legacy

Sarit Kattan Gribetz (Fordham University)
Feb 22, 2024 at -

According to the first-century Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, Queen Helena of Adiabene traveled from her kingdom in northern Mesopotamia to Jerusalem to worship the Jewish God in the temple. She ended up staying…

The Jewish Catalog Turns 50

Revolutionary Manifesto of DIY Judaism
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, Joshua Teplitsky, Beth Wenger
Feb 7, 2024 at -

5pm Doors | 5:45pm Program | 6:45pm Reception (In Person Only)
In Person at The Weitzman & Livestreamed on Zoom

Derek J. Penslar, “The 1948 War in the Eyes of the World: From the Local to the Global"

Derek Penslar (Harvard)
Feb 5, 2024 at -


The Personalization of Authority in Modern Jewish Law: Jurisprudential and Sociological Aspects

The Caroline Zelaznik Gruss and Joseph S. Gruss Lecture in Talmudic Civil Law
Benjamin Brown
Nov 28, 2023 at -

Jewish Law, also known as Halakhah, is a legal system without a state. Being religious law, its authority is based on its acceptance by believers. As such, it does not have official branches of government. Nor does…

"Literary Garbage: Hebrew Literature, Waste, and the Climate Crisis"

"Theorizing" Comparative Literature Graduate Students lecture series
Dr. Tafat Hacohen Bick
Nov 27, 2023 at -

Dr. Tafat Hacohen Bick, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Katz Center (2022-2023). She holds a PhD from Ben Gurion University, where she wrote a dissertation on the poetry of Pinchas Sadeh, Yona Wallach,…

The Butcher and the Book: Regulating Kosher Meat in Early Modern Europe

Workshop in the History of Material Texts
Joshua Teplitsky (Penn)
Nov 20, 2023 at -

A Symposium on Folklore in Honor of Dan Ben-Amos

Nov 19, 2023 at -

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania will host a symposium in honor of Dan Ben-Amos. Leading scholars of Folklore Studies will…