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Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

215-238-1290| katz.sas.upenn.edu

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies is a research institute within the University of Pennsylvania, devoted to post-doctoral research on Jewish civilization in all its historical and cultural manifestations, and is a model for institutions of its kind. Each year the center invites leading scholars from Europe, Israel, and the United States to gather in Philadelphia and advance the state of research on a common theme. The Katz Center’s distinguished scholars and superb library holdings in rare and current Judaica make it one of the world’s major centers for the study of Jewish civilization, and we are pleased to offer an array of programs for the public, connected to our annual theme, throughout the year.

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April 2018

The Generation of the Flood: Rabbinic Stories of Cleverness, Catastrophe, and Climate Change

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Rd
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Can classic Jewish texts help us grapple with contemporary challenges like natural disaster, environmental crisis, and climate change?  This talk probes rabbinic stories of Noah and the generation of the flood to draw out Jewish insights about the habits of the heart that lead us into environmental trouble—and invites us consider ways to better support and shelter each other amidst the coming storms.

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June 2018

Religion and Science in Jefferson’s America

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 104 S 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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In this panel, experts will discuss the role of religious texts, traditions, and barriers in the search for scientific knowledge in the era of the American Revolution. The talk is part of the “Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson,” the American Philosophical Society’s day-long symposium aimed at exploring the history of science, knowledge production, and learning during the age of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). Panelists to be announced in spring 2018.

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