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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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Accepting nominations for Graduate Student Recruitment Top-Up Grants

Graduate Student Recruitment Top-Up Grants Spring 2021 applications for Academic Year 2021-2022 Application Deadline:  5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2021 Thanks to private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is offering two top-up stipends for graduate student recruitment for … Continued

Now Enrolling: JWST 390: Confronting Antisemitism

There’s still time to enroll in Carolina’s one-credit course that explores antisemitism past and present. The course welcomes a new speaker and topic each week and drew high praise from students when it was first offered last year. JWST 390: … Continued

Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event

Our annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event will feature faculty and graduate students at Carolina. The Holocaust, Jewish History and Memory: New Directions in Research Speakers include Karen Auerbach, associate professor and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat Scholar in Jewish History, department … Continued

David Lambert on “The Idea of Scripture” (Podcast)

David Lambert on “The Idea of Scripture” (Podcast) Prof. David Lambert was recently featured on The Biggest Questions, a podcast produced by the University of Chicago Divinity School. In the podcast interview, Prof. Lambert discusses his current research on the … Continued

Class Spotlight: Material Jewish Culture online exhibit

Students enrolled in JWST 480/FOLK 481: Jewish Belonging/s: The Material Culture of Jewish Experience normally work on a final group project that becomes an exhibit at the Center’s office in Pettigrew Hall. This fall semester, the class worked with a … Continued

Spring 2021 JWST: History and Culture of Ancient Israel

Spring 2021 JWST Course Offering: History and Culture of Ancient Israel with Joseph Lam. See our full list of JWST courses.   RELI 109: History and Culture of Ancient Israel. An examination extending from Hebrew origins to the Babylonian exile … Continued

Spring 2021 JWST: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity

Spring 2021 JWST Course Offering: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity with Yaron Shemer. See our full list of JWST courses.   ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity. This course is designed for students of Middle Eastern Studies, … Continued

Spring 2021 JWST: Germans, Jews and Antisemitism

Spring 2021 JWST Course Offering: Germans, Jews and Antisemitism with Adi Nester. See our full list of JWST courses. GERM 56: Germans, Jews, Antisemitism. First-year Seminar. This course seeks to explore the historically difficult position of minorities in the modern … Continued


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All events in fall 2020 will be remote events held via Zoom.

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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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