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of Jewish History, Culture and Thought


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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Join Us: Events 2022-2023

Events Schedule 2022-2023: Please save the dates and join us next year for our upcoming events program, including a special performance on March 2nd to celebrate the Center’s 20th anniversary. Event details will be posted in late summer.   Sept … Continued

Class of 2022

Congratulations to the class of 2022! Especially to those with the RELI/JWST major, a minor in Jewish studies or Hebrew, or a graduate certificate in Jewish studies… and all the students that have participated in our courses and programming.   … Continued

DTH Article on Dr. Rosenmeyer

Learn more about our incoming faculty director and the Center’s plans for the future in this Daily Tar Heel article: Patricia Rosenmeyer named director for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies By Keerthana Gotur May 3, 2022 | 12:51pm EDT … Continued

Incoming Director: Patricia Rosenmeyer

A Message from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences I am pleased to share that Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer will be the next director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, effective July 1. Rosenmeyer will hold the Seymour … Continued

NEW EVENT: Yiddish Culture and Jewish History in Ukraine

Reflections in a Time of War: Yiddish Culture and Jewish History in Ukraine The community is invited to join this online event featuring a panel of speakers, including musician Daniel Kahn. This event will be remote, via Zoom.  Registration required … Continued

JWST Course Offerings: Summer & Fall 2022

Jewish Studies [JWST] courses and other courses with Jewish studies content offered in Maymester, summer I & II and fall 2022 include Religion, Culture and Politics in Israel, Germans, Jews, and the History of Anti-Semitism, and Introduction to Early Judaism. … Continued

UNC Giving Day: Mar 29th

Carolina’s fifth Giving Day is Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As a friend of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, we hope you will consider making your gift to support the Center during this one-day event. Please learn more about the … Continued

Mar 30 & 31: The Objects that Remain

The Center is pleased to co-sponsor the 2022 McLester Colloquium, hosted by the Department of Religious Studies. Laura Levitt, Temple University will give the McLester talk on March 30th and a classroom/community seminar on March 31st. March 30, 3:30pm, McLester … Continued


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The Center’s faculty members and graduate students are working in the diverse field of Jewish Studies

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The Center hosts community lectures, academic symposia, lunch seminars, film screenings and major conferences

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Everything the Center provides is made possible by private support.
Gifts to the Center count toward the University’s campaign goal.


Upcoming Events

Monday 5:30 pm

Evans Lecture

Monday 5:30 pm

Ronny Someck: Poetry

Monday 5:30 pm

Margolis Lecture

Monday 5:30 pm

Kaplan Brauer Lecture


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Student News

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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