The present political moment has been compared to that of Germany in 1933. The Katz Conversation Series, in two compelling midday Thursday talks, will take a deeper look at aspects of Jewish politics in that time. With visiting scholars from the University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, we will talk about their areas of expertise and invite the audience to join the conversation. SOFT POWER brings Dr. Rebecca Kobrin from Columbia University, an award-winning teacher and prolific author, to discuss philanthropy and its political power. For Jews in the interwar world, the distribution of American dollars was an overtly political act with a strong influence on the shape of Jewish life in Europe. Kobrin will address how Jews use their philanthropic power and its effects.