Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

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Our condolences to the family of Leonard Kaplan, a friend to the Center and to so many other important non-profit organizations. Mr. Kaplan passed away on April 12th. Our next newsletter will be mailed out soon, and it contains a profile of the new Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought, which is just one example of his lasting legacy.
Latest News:

  • If you missed our recent lecture, The Meaning of Bagels and Falafel with Shaul Stampfer on November 17, 2014, you can watch it online:
    Click here to view on our Vimeo site.
  • The fall 2014 newsletter is now available. Visit the News page for highlights or read the newsletter online: Fall newsletter PDF. Email us at with your contact information if you’d like to join our mailing lists.

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
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