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Grants were provided by the Center for these students to participate in the dig at Huqoq.

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New theater mask mosaic discovered in summer 2015. Photos: J. Haberman







Latest News:

  • 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 Center is providing essential, multi-year sponsorship support to the Huqoq dig as well as research and travel grants to individual students.
  • New Course: Starting in Fall we will have a new professor in our Jewish Studies program: Gabrielle Berlinger who will teach in American Studies. She is offering a new course in fall semester: FOLK 490.001  – Special Topics: Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography. Professor Berlinger, the Babette S. and Bernard J. Tanenbaum Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, has research interests in Jewish folklore and ethnology. Spring semester she will teach a course in Jewish Studies, titled Looking Jewish: Material Culture of Jewish America.
  • Tentative Event Schedule for 2015-2016:
    Aug 31 – Academic Lecture with Omar Kamil, 5:30 p.m.
    Oct 12 – Community Lecture with Shaye Cohen, 7:30 p.m.
    Nov 16 – Community Lecture with Aviva Ben-Ur, 7:30 p.m.
    Mar 7 – Community Lecture with Sarah Stein, 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.
    Apr 10-13 – Uhlman Family Seminar and Antisemitism ConferenceThis schedule is subject to change – please check back in late summer for final details and event descriptions. 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).



  • The spring 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.

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