Celebrating 10 Years

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The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies
Celebrating Ten Years of Excellence 2003 – 2013
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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.

Ten Reasons to Celebrate…
In spring 2003, a group of Carolina faculty, administrators and alumni banded together to lay out an ambitious plan for Jewish Studies at Carolina — a particularly bold plan for a state-funded research university located in the American South. In the ensuing decade, the goals that were initially considered rather audacious started to be achieved, one by one, with the top goal, an undergraduate major in Jewish Studies, being accomplished this academic year. Click here to check out our top 10 reasons to celebrate 10 years of excellence.

Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d…
David Mandelbaum performed a powerful one-man production titled Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d as part of our anniversary celebrations on April 14, 2013. He has graciously allowed us to post a video of the performance, which is in Yiddish with English titles:
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BA bugNew Academic Programs
In fall 2012, the Center launched the new undergraduate degree program, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies. This is the first Jewish Studies major offered in the state of North Carolina. In addition,  last year the Center also introduced a Certificate in Jewish Studies for Graduate Students and the University’s new Capstone Course in Jewish Studies, an upper-level research seminar.