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of Jewish History, Culture and Thought

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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Annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture

Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture Jewish Perceptions of Justice Kaplan-Brauer Lecture in Jewish Studies with Dr. Laura Jockusch, Brandeis University. January 30, 5:30pm. In-person lecture, free and open to the public. UNC Stone Center, Multi-Purpose Room Parking: Bell Tower Deck. … Continued

Emerging Scholars: No Fairy Tale: German Zionism and the Politics of Literature

Emerging Scholars Lecture with Joshua Shelly, Carolina-Duke German Program. Remote event via Zoom. Please NOTE: early start time [3:30pm]. This remote event requires registration on Eventbrite in order to receive the Zoom link. Registration is now open: Co-sponsored by … Continued

Capstone Course: The Holocaust, Memory and Historical Writing

Carolina students: Don’t miss this chance to take one of our most popular courses! This year’s Capstone course is offered in spring 2023 semester. A Capstone Course is required for the RELI/JWST major, the JWST minor and the JWST grad … Continued

You’re Invited: 20th Anniversary

Please help us celebrate our 20th anniversary at our March 2nd reception and jazz performance! Schedule: 6:00-6:45pm: Reception, Hill Hall, Rotunda 7:00-8:15pm: Performance, Hill Hall, Moeser Aud Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Event in Jewish Studies In person event, free … Continued


Since our founding in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies has created programming, developed courses, organized conferences, and hosted community events to address the challenges described in this pledge. We take seriously our responsibility to promote a better understanding … Continued

Grants for Grad Students

Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to offer several different types of grants supporting graduate student research and travel, including: dissertation completion fellowships for 2023-24 – deadline January 23, 2023 Jewish language instruction … Continued

Now Showing: Fall Lectures

If you missed any of our lectures and events this fall semester, they are all posted on our YouTube channel for viewing. September’s Evans Lecture with alumna Naomi Graber October’s special event with poet Ronny Someck November’s Margolis Lecture with … Continued

Recruiting: Faculty Position in Medieval/Early Modern Jewish History

Assistant Professor in Medieval/Early Modern Jewish History The Department of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in medieval/early modern Jewish history. The successful applicant will also hold the … 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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