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In Memoriam: Eli N. Evans. Learn more about our Founding Chair of the Advisory Board

Celebrating 20 Years! 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.

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Now Enrolling: Jewish Languages Capstone Course

Now Enrolling: Capstone Course in Jewish Studies: Jewish Languages This course examines the myriad ways in which language, culture, and identity intersect through the prism of Jewish languages—that is, languages written and spoken by Jews throughout history.   Fall semester, … Continued

ANTH 290: Israel, Palestine, Holy Land: Tourism Imaginaries and Practices

    Open Registration: Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to take a unique class with a visiting professor! ANTH 290: Israel, Palestine, Holy Land: Tourism Imaginaries and Practices.   Check out more Summer 23 and Fall 23 JWST course offerings, … Continued

Center Spotlight in Magazine

The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is highlighted in the current edition of the Arts and Science magazine, complete with a profile story on Patricia Rosenmeyer, faculty director. This edition of the magazine focuses on the Campaign for Carolina and … Continued

Summer/Fall JWST Courses

This summer and next semester, we’re again offering a wide range of Jewish studies courses, including our Capstone (focusing on Jewish languages), modern and classical Hebrew languages, and many other courses that meet UNC’s general education requirements.In fact, there are … Continued

Matching Gift doubles your GiveUNC donation

Thank YOU to everyone that supported us on GiveUNC Day! Thank YOU! We met our Give UNC goal! Your support celebrates our 20th anniversary and honors the late Eli Evans. And private support makes everything single thing we do possible … Continued

Jocelyn Burney: Dean’s Dissertation Award

  2023 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipients Each year, The Graduate School recognizes four doctoral candidates or recent doctoral graduates for creating exceptional dissertations in each of the following fields: biological and life sciences; humanities and fine arts; mathematics, physical … Continued

Alumni Career Roundtable

On March 1st, the Center hosted a career roundtable for the grad student network. The hybrid event hosted about 20 in-person and another eight alumni and current students online.   Panelists: Alumni Naomi Graber (MUSC), associate professor, University of Georgia … Continued

TEP Fellows Meeting

The Tau Epsilon Phi Graduate Student Fellowship in Jewish Studies provides incoming students with two full years of funding and additional programming in support of their doctoral work in a subfield of Jewish studies. The program allows the Center and … Continued


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Max Lazar

“In a time of great uncertainty, the Goodman Dissertation Fellowship has provided me with one of the rarest resources one can find: time. There is no doubt that my dissertation has grown in quality thanks to this opportunity from the Center.”

Kendra Watkins ’19

“I knew that I would pursue Jewish studies when I transferred to UNC, and I’m glad that I was able to incorporate a study abroad experience into the Jewish studies program. I would like to offer my gratitude to Stuart Eizenstat  whose support enabled me to participate in the summer Holocaust in Poland trip.

Brad Erickson

“I dove headfirst into exploring the uses of 3D modeling for archaeology. This exploration led to my dissertation topic on ancient synagogues. I traveled to Israel on a summer stipend from the Center to take photographs of the synagogue floor remains and turned those images into 3D models that users could view, rotate and now even explore in a virtual reality environment.”

Sam Kessler

Sam Kessler

“I have been offered a postdoctoral position in Judaic Studies at Virginia Tech. Since my new position is in Judaic Studies, and I received my doctorate from UNC’s Religious Studies program, there is little doubt that the Center’s Certificate in Jewish Studies gave the search committee added confidence in my ability to teach and conduct research in the field of Jewish Studies.”

Tesla Lee

Tesla Lee ’16

“I had the unique privilege of traveling to New York City last winter, after receiving a generous research grant from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, to complete some archival research for my undergraduate senior honors thesis.”

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