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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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Course Offerings: Spring 2022

Jewish Studies [JWST] courses and other courses with Jewish studies content offered in spring 2022 include the gateway course, Introduction to Jewish Studies, both modern Hebrew and classical Hebrew courses, and the one-credit Confronting Antisemitism course. Plus, many other topics … Continued

Radical Stillness: Reading Velocity in Yiddish Anti-Fascist Poetics

Radical Stillness: Reading Velocity in Yiddish Anti-Fascist Poetics Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lecture with Anna Elena Torres, University of Chicago.   Remote Lecture: Oct 28, 5:30pm. Registration on Eventbrite is required; tickets on sale Oct 18, 6pm:   … Continued

Emerging Scholars: A Curious Daughter

Emerging Scholars: Lea Greenberg Oct 18, 5:30pm Remote via Zoom. Sign up on Eventbrite: The Zoom link will be sent via Eventbrite to registered guests a couple days prior to the lecture, and re-sent again the afternoon of the … Continued

Wellness Day: Oct 12, 2021

In a message to campus yesterday, the Chancellor announced that Oct. 12th will be a Wellness Day for students and classes are canceled. Today and throughout the week, Carolina is offering a variety of resources to support the campus community. … Continued

Study Abroad: UNC Archaeological Excavation in Israel

Study Abroad: UNC Archaeological Excavation in Israel The Huqoq Excavation Project, led by the Center’s Professor Jodi Magness, has made exciting discoveries for several dig seasons, garnering considerable media attention. Learn more. We are very excited to get back into … Continued

Emerging Scholars: Contemporary Yiddish Performance and Jewish Futures

  Emerging Scholars Event Remote event on Zoom. Registration required on our Eventbrite site: The Zoom link will be sent to registered guests a couple days prior to the lecture. Contemporary Yiddish Performance and Jewish Futures My work examines … Continued

Grants for Jewish Language Instruction

Jewish language instruction grants (award amounts: $200-750) Deadline: October 11, 2021 at 5:00pm Graduate students taking Jewish language courses/workshops outside of Carolina are encouraged to apply for a stipend to offset costs.  Funding is limited and preference will go to … Continued

A Message from the Chancellor: Confronting Antisemitism

A Message from the Chancellor: Confronting Antisemitism in our World   Dear Carolina Community, The recent observance of the High Holy Days by our Jewish community gave me an opportunity to reflect on the history of antisemitism both in our … Continued


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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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