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Grant Deadlines for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty are now posted. Visit our grants pages for details on 2015-2016 grants.

Our Next Event:

The Torah and the Mishnah as Responses to the Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem

  • October 12, 7:30p.m. with Shaye Cohen of Harvard University
    shayejdcohen webThe Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) was assembled in the decades, perhaps centuries, after the destruction of the first Temple of Jerusalem in 587 BCE.  The Mishnah (the first book produced by rabbinic Judaism) was assembled a century or so after the destruction of the second Temple of Jerusalem in 70 CE.  In each case destruction is followed by codification, rupture is followed by redaction.  This lecture will explore some of the parallels and differences between the two processes that produced these two books in the wake of catastrophe.  Neither the Torah nor the Mishnah is an explicit response to the destruction of the Temple but in each case the destruction prepared the way for the production and canonization of the book.  Without the destruction there would not have been a Torah and there would not have been a Mishnah. Event details.

  • 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.

  • The fall 2015 newsletter is now available. Visit the News page for highlights or read the newsletter online. Email us at with your contact information if you’d like to join our mailing lists.

  • Under the direction of the Center’s Jodi Magness, excavations this summer, in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor.  Read more about this year’s discoveries. The dig is featured in National Geographic.


  • CCJS.huqoqfunded.june2015webThe Center is providing essential, multi-year sponsorship support to the Huqoq dig as well as research and travel grants to individual students. Grants were provided by the Center for these students to participate in the dig at Huqoq.


  • Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
    April 10-12, 2016
    The Center is planning a conference on Antisemitism for spring semester, which will be open to the general public. This three-day conference featuring academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research will delve into the history of antisemitism and explore the topic from a scholarly viewpoint. Details will be added to this site throughout the fall semester. Pre-registration for portions of this conference will be required.

  • New Course: FOLK 490.001 – Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
    This course explores the great diversity of folkloristic expression in today’s Jewish American communities and the ethnographies that document this expression. We will focus on Jewish storytelling, humor, ritual, custom, belief, dress, and food, among other genres of folklore, within the historical context of Jewish folklore and ethnology.

  • Event Schedule for 2015-2016:
    Aug 31 – Academic Lecture with Jack Sasson, 5:30 p.m.
    Oct 12 – Community Lecture with Shaye Cohen, 7:30 p.m.
    Oct 28 – Academic Lecture with Veronika Fuechtner, 12:00 p.m.
    Nov 16 – Community Lecture with Aviva Ben-Ur, 7:30 p.m.
    Feb 1 – Community Lecture [co-host: Duke Jewish Studies] with Anita Norich, 7:30 p.m.
    Feb 15 – Community Lecture with Jodi Magness, 7:30 p.m.
    Mar 7 – Community Lecture with Sarah Stein, 7:30 p.m.
    Apr 9-12 – Uhlman Family Seminar and Antisemitism Conference
    Please visit our events page for details. We look forward to seeing you in the fall semester!

  • lilianagregory.may2015webCongratulations to our May 2015 graduates: Collin Davis (BA degree), Liliana Gregory (Minor in JS) (shown at left), Emma Woelk (PhD) and Elisssa Sampson (PhD).