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Our next event:

Jan 30: Holocaust Remembrance Day event: “Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews During World War II,” vocal and piano performance, with Anna Shternshis, U Toronto, and Psoy Korolenko.

7pm, Gerrard Hall. Free and open to the public. Details.

Directions and parking for Memorial Hall/Gerrard Hall.




Grants from the Center: Applications for grants supporting undergraduates, graduate students and faculty are due February 20. Proposals for graduate student recruitment grants are due January 23. Details


January 10: Tickets now on sale: Defiant Requiem: Verdi Requiem at Terezín

Hosted by tmurry-sidlin-1-october-2012-photo-credit-jeff-roffman-1he UNC Department of Music and co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

April 20, 7:30 pm, Memorial Hall

  • UNC Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, soloists Louise Toppin, Mary Gayle Greene, Timothy Sparks, Marc Callahan, and guest conductor Murry Sidlin
  • $10 general admission ($5 students and UNC faculty/staff)

The UNC campus will host the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, which tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.

Event details can be found on our event listing and on the Dept. of Music web site

Tickets are sold through Carolina Performing Arts.

Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available. PDF.


Study Abroad 2017

Study Abroad: Europe: TEXTURE OF MEMORY: JEWISH LIFE AND THE HOLOCAUSTThis Burch Field Research Seminar is a five-week program that brings students to one of the heartlands of Jewish life to study history, culture, and memory before, during and after the Holocaust. Students will spend four weeks in Poland and one week in Lithuania examining how the Holocaust is remembered and memorialized – connecting memory of the Holocaust with the cities, towns and Nazi camps where the events took place. Summer 2017 (May 26 – July 3).  This is a UNC faculty-led program.


Study Abroad: Argentina: The UNC Study Abroad Office, the Romance Studies Department and the Center for Jewish Studies are delighted to offer an undergraduate summer study abroad program in Spanish with a focus on immigration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This interdisciplinary program will highlight immigrant life in Buenos Aires, one of the most multicultural and historically diverse cities in Latin America. The Jewish culture and history will also be studied in a transnational frame, addressing immigration and global issues. This is a UNC faculty-led program.
Learn more: UNC Study Abroad web site Program flyer: fa16_flyer_argentina


Study Abroad: Huqoq: This field school program, directed by Professor Jodi Magness of UNC-CH, provides students with the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation while learning about ancient and modern Israel. This is a UNC faculty-led program. Learn more: UNC Study Abroad web site. Program flyer

Jewis-Food-Global-South-250pxRegistration now open:
Jewish Food in the Global SouthThis two-day symposium, March 4-5, features a cooking class at Southern Season, a film festival at the Varsity, and a full day of panel discussions and a keynote address. 


Registration now open: Cooking Class at Southern Season
Author of “Quiches, quiches-kugels-couscousKugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France” and ten other cookbooks, Joan Nathan is an award winning author and joins us to celebrate the upcoming May release of her latest title. Her list of accolades is extensive and her dedication to the Jewish community is clear. Treat yourself to hear Joan speak of her passion and knowledge of Jewish food. Menu: Carciofi alla Guida, Fried Artichokes Jewish Style; Fesenjan (Walnut and Pomegranate Chicken Stew) with Saffron Rice; Upside Down Fruit Cobbler. Cost is $50 and pre-registration is required.

Registration now open:

mel-brooks-e1480532697425The Uhlman Family Seminar: Jewish Song, Comedy, and Storytelling in the Old and New Worlds
May 6, 9:15 am – 5:30 p.m. / Location TBA

This year’s annual Uhlman Family Seminar will focus on Jewish culture as revealed through entertainment: music, film, folklore, humor, and the storytelling components present in all of these arts. Discussions will focus on Jewish folklore, Warsaw’s cabaret scene, the Jewish influence in Hollywood, and the origins of contemporary Jewish humor. This seminar is offered by the Program in Humanities and Human Values and is made possible by a grant from the Uhlman Family Fund. Pre-registration is required.


Visit the UNC Program in the Humanities web site for full event description and registration.

Event Schedule for Spring 2017



Jan 30: Holocaust Remembrance Day event: “Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews During World War II,” vocal and piano performance, with Anna Shternshis, U Toronto, and Psoy Korolenko



Feb 13: “Yiddish Performances by Holocaust Survivors,” with Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers


DR-june-29Feb 23: “Defiant Requiem” film screening hosted by the Dept. of Music


Mar 4&5: “Jewish Food in the Global South: A Symposium”


Mar 20: “Consuming Temples: German Jews and Consumer Culture on Both Sides of the Atlantic,” with Paul Lerner, Univ. of Southern California


Layout 1March 31-April 2: “Performing Commemoration: Music and the Politics of Trauma,” conference hosted by the Dept. of Music


This will be rescheduled: “On the Study of Jews of Color,” with Lewis Gordon, UConn


Apr 20: “Defiant Requiem at UNC,” performance hosted by the Dept. of Music

May 6: Uhlman Family Seminar: “Jewish Song, Comedy, and Storytelling in the Old and New Worlds”

PrintReconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
April 10-12, 2016
The Center hosted a three-day conference featured academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research.Thank you to all who attended the conference. We have recently added the following: program guide, photos and videos and student research posters from the conference.

eli.classroom.2015webDistinguished Service: For more than a decade, Eli Evans, ’58, founding chair of the Center’s advisory board, has been visiting Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris’ classroom to meet with her students. This month he combined the classroom visit with receiving the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service in the College of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes individuals who have served the College through exceptional vision, commitment and leadership.

travis.alexander2.2015webInvesting in Students… and their Exceptional Research: Research topics explored by Carolina students have ranged from Jewish communities in Moldova, to Jewish-American composer Kurt Weill, Jewish and Islamic schools in North Carolina, Holocaust survivors in Lithuania, and Israeli medical centers. Their research topics and travel destinations are as diverse and individualized as the students themselves, but one thing remains constant—they need funding to pursue these projects. Read more about how our students spent their summer.