Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

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Latest News:

The spring 2014 newsletter is now available: meet our newest faculty member and two of our undergraduate students. Email us at with your contact information if you’d like to join our mailing lists. Spring nl PDF.

Noah’s Ark: Professor Jodi Magness was recently interviewed about Noah’s Ark for Inside Edition:

Graduate Grants: Thanks to generous private support, the Center is able to offer a second round of graduate student research and travel grants (award amounts: $500-3,000). The application deadline is April 21. Visit the grants section for application forms.


browning.vsmThe Center is co-sponsoring the following event:
The Holocaust as History: A Symposium in Honor of Christopher Browning
May 2, 2014, University Room, Hyde Hall

Professor Christopher Browning is retiring at the end of the semester. In recognition of his groundbreaking research and his impact on Carolina, the History Department is organizing a symposium and the Center is please to co-sponsor. The event schedule can be found on the events listing, shown at right.  For additional event information, please contact Derek Holmgren at: Sponsored by the UNC Department of History, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, North Carolina German Studies Seminar Series, UNC Center for European Studies, and the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unites the general public, students and faculty from various academic disciplines who share a common passion for a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and thought. This year, the Center embarks on its second decade of excellence, with ambitious goals for expanding academic opportunities for Carolina’s students and the community.

BA bug2New Academic Programs
Carolina has recently introduced a new undergraduate degree program, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies. This is the first official Jewish Studies major offered in the state of North Carolina, and in May 2013, the very first student graduated with the degree.  In addition, the University recently introduced a Certificate in Jewish Studies for Graduate Students and a new Capstone Course in Jewish Studies, an upper-level research seminar. Visit our “academics” section for details.

Community Programs
Our events program for 2013-2014 is now finalized. We hope to see you at one of our community lectures, academic lectures, or the Uhlman Family Seminar. Visit our “events” section to learn more about upcoming lectures.

Faculty Leadership
Ruth von Bernuth, assistant professor of early modern German Studies (1500-1750) in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures is director for the Center. Visit the “about us” section to read more about Professor von Bernuth and our two other faculty administrators, Professor Ariel and Professor Lambert.

Learn more about the Center and Jewish Studies at Carolina
Our video features UNC students, faculty and supporters, all speaking about the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies program at UNC Chapel Hill. Visit our “news” section to read about the latest news for the Center.

Center Video