Upcoming Community Event:

Gertrude Weil’s Fight for Suffrage: A Southern Lady and New Jewish Woman. November 13, 7pm. Details.
Gertrude Weil (1879-1971), leader of the state’s women’s suffrage campaign, embodied North Carolina’s liberal and traditional paradoxes. Rooted in the small-town South, she fought not just to remake women’s role in politics and civil society, locally and globally, but to transform Jewish communal life. Beyond her Zionism and Jewish activism, Weil rooted in Judaism her struggle as a progressive for labor reform, social justice, and black civil rights.


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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Faculty Book: Framing Sukkot

Now available by the Center’s Gabrielle Berlinger: Framing Sukkot: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Vernacular Architecture The sukkah, the symbolic ritual home built during the annual Jewish holiday of Sukkot, commemorates the temporary structures that sheltered the Israelites as they … Continued

Faculty Book: Deborah and Her Sisters

Now Available by the Center’s Jonathan M. Hess Deborah and Her Sisters: How One Nineteenth-Century Melodrama and a Host of Celebrated Actresses Put Judaism on the World Stage Before Fiddler on the Roof, there was Deborah, a blockbuster melodrama about … Continued

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  Carolina students can enroll 17 courses in Jewish Studies or with Jewish Studies content in spring 2018 semester, with topics ranging from The Renaissance and the Jews, to Modern East European Jewish History, to The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community and … Continued

Thuswaldner Lecture

Professors Yaakov Ariel [left] and Jonathan Hess [right] with Gregor Thuswaldner at the Oct 16th lecture, titled: Between Utopia and Reality: Stefan Zweig’s Europe.   Our next event is Monday, November 13. Event details.

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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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