|Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor. The excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, a professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences, along with Assistant Director Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The mosaic panels decorating the floor of the synagogue’s nave (center of the hall) portray two biblical stories: Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea. The panel with Noah’s Ark depicts an ark and pairs of animals, including elephants, leopards, donkeys, snakes, bears, lions, ostriches, camels, sheep and goats. The scene of the parting of the Red Sea shows Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers. For more information
|Save the Date: Preliminary Event Schedule for 2016-2017
Please note: This is subject to change, please check back in August for updated information.
Fall 2016 Semester:Sept 19: “Women in Ancient Israel and Hebrew Bible,” with Susan Ackerman, Dartmouth
Nov 1: “Antisemitism in France in 2016: A Survey,” with Jean-Yves Camus, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques
Nov 3: “The Cultural Significance of the Ghetto of Venice for Jewish History,” with David Ruderman, UPenn
Nov 7: “Rosenwald” film screening and discussion with Aviva Kempner
Spring 2017 Semester:
Jan 30: Holocaust Remembrance Day event: “Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II,” vocal and piano performance, with Anna Shternshis, U Toronto, and Psoy Korolenko
Feb 13: “Yiddish Performances by Holocaust Survivors,” with Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers
Feb 23: “Defiant Requiem” film screening hosted by the Dept. of Music
Mar 5: “Jewish Food in the Global South: A Symposium”
Mar 20: “Consuming Temples: German Jews and Consumer Culture on Both Sides of the Atlantic,” with Paul Lerner, Univ. of Southern California
Mar 24-26: “Performing Commemoration: Music and the Politics of Trauma,” conference hosted by the Dept. of Music
Apr 17: “On the Study of Jews of Color,” with Lewis Gordon, UConn
Apr 20: “Defiant Requiem at UNC,” performance hosted by the Dept. of Music
TBD: fall semester lecture with Naomi Lubrich
TBD: spring semester Uhlman Family Seminar
|On Wednesday, May 4, students in Dr. Gabrielle Berlinger’s JWST 697: The Material Life of Jewish America (Jewish Studies Capstone Seminar) opened the exhibition “From T-Shirts to Tattoos: Jewish Material Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill“.
The student-curated exhibition is housed at the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.
|Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
April 10-12, 2016
The Center hosted a three-day conference featured academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research.Thank you to all who attended the conference. We have recently added the following: program guide, photos and videos and student research posters from the conference.
Distinguished Service: For more than a decade, Eli Evans, ’58, founding chair of the Center’s advisory board, has been visiting Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris’ classroom to meet with her students. This month he combined the classroom visit with receiving the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service in the College of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes individuals who have served the College through exceptional vision, commitment and leadership.
|Investing 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.|