Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

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Latest News:

  • The fall 2014 newsletter is now available. Visit the News page for highlights or read the newsletter online: Fall newsletter PDF. Email us at ccjs@unc.edu with your contact information if you’d like to join our mailing lists.
  • Course Offerings: There are some exciting courses available this semester, including two honors courses and the Capstone seminar: Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History with Professor Karen Auerbach and The Jews and the Passion with Professor Flora Cassen, and How Jewish is Jewish Humor? with Professor Ruth von Bernuth. And there’s more, much more… this semester we are offering a total of 17 courses and have almost 750 students enrolled. The spring 2015 semester likewise offers 17 courses, such as Modern Jewish Identity, Israeli Cinema, and Ancient Synagogues. Click here to view the list of course offerings.


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 bug2Academic Programs
Carolina has introduced an 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 2014-2015 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, associate 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 other faculty administrators, Professor Ariel, Professor Cassen, 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