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Each semester, the Center hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students, and interested undergraduates. Reservations are required as lunch will be provided. Reading materials are often sent in advance of the lunch seminar.

For spring 2016, lunch seminars will be 12:30-1:30pm. Please check back for the updated lunch event schedule.

February 4, 12:30-1:30 with Michael Weingrad
The American-Israeli Divide and the Poetry of Reuven Ben-Yosef

Reuven Ben-Yosef is the great unknown poet of the American aliyah. While he wrote in Hebrew about his American family back in the United States, they composed their own literary works about him and his decision to immigrate to Israel. Can the family divide between American and Israeli promised lands be bridged in poetry? Michael Weingrad is the editor and translator of Letters to America: Selected Poems of Reuven Ben-Yosef (Syracuse UP, 2015) and author of American Hebrew Literature: Writing Jewish National Identity in the United States (2011). He is a frequent contributor to the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic, and is a professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University in Oregon.


February 23, 12:30-1:30 Book launch with David Lambert
How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture (Oxford University Press, 2016). Introduction: Luke Drake (graduate student, Department of Religious studies)


March 29, 12:30-1:30 with Jonathan Boyarin
The Kotsker Rebbe: Reaching for Heaven, Tied to Earth

Jonathan Boyarin’s recent translation from Yiddish of Menashe Unger’s A Fire Burns in Kotsk presents a historical novel about one of the most fascinating figures in Polish Hasidism: Menachem Mendl Morgenstern, the Rebbe of Kotsk (1787-1859). While the Kotsker is famous for the intense intellectual and moral demands he made on his followers, Unger’s text presents a lively portrait of the everyday world in which these Hasidim struggled and dreamed. Pre-reading will be sent out prior to the seminar.


March 30, time TBD, Seminar for graduate students
with Jonathan Boyarin and Elissa Sampson, G’15.


Date TBD: Book launch with Joseph Lam
Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible: Metaphor, Culture, and the Making of a Religious Concept (Oxford University Press, 2016).



If you would like to attend any of these lunch events, please complete the form below.

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