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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 Virtual: Evans Lecture: Sept 19

This is now a remote/Zoom event. Remote-only event. Registration is required on Eventbrite site in order to get the Zoom link.     Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies with Dr. Naomi Graber, University of Georgia.   … Continued

Fall Grant Cycle

The Center is accepting applications for the fall 2022 grant cycle. Applications for faculty and grad student research and travel grants and grad student Jewish language instruction are due by September 19, 2022, 5:00pm.   Eligibility: for Carolina faculty and … Continued

Co-sponsoring: Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

The Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event hosted by UNC Hillel. Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Tuesday, September 13th, 7:30pm – 8:45pm FedEx Global Education Center   Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Join UNC … Continued

Fall 2022 Newsletter

The fall 2022 newsletter honors our founding chair Eli N. Evans, and includes student, faculty and alumni news, as well as an update on our grants program and upcoming events. Fall 2022 PDF

Grad Student Profile: Morgan Morales

I received the Spies Family Summer Stipend for summer 2022 from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. The Spies Family Stipend allows me to finally begin archival work on my dissertation, “A Matter of Life and Death: Jewish Women Who … Continued

Alumna Profile: Tine Rassalle

Alumna Profile: Tine Rassalle   In 2014, Tine Rassalle came to Carolina as the Center’s very first TEP Fellow, and, after more than seven years of intense study and research, she recently graduated and landed her dream job at the … Continued

Director’s Message: Fall 2022

Director’s Message: A Welcoming Community   I am delighted to introduce myself as the director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. My colleague Ruth von Bernuth has done a fantastic job as director for the past nine years, and … Continued

Happy FDOC Fall 2022

Welcome [back] to campus everyone. Wishing you a fantastic fall semester! If you’re still looking for some GenEd credits, or an interesting course to fill out your schedule, check out the JWST courses! Details


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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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