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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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A message from University leaders on campus protests

Read the statement issued April 30th by Interim Chancellor Lee H. Roberts and Provost J. Christopher Clemens.   Additional messages can be viewed on the messages page on the Office of the Chancellor  webpage.

Fiction as History, History as Fiction

MONDAY, April 15: Fiction as History, History as Fiction: a Novel about Nazi Looted Art with Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan What happens when different displaced people come into convergence with each other? This talk will present a … Read more

Annual Sephardic Lecture

Please join us:   Community Lecture with Henriette Dahan Kalev, Ben Gurion University The Mizrahi Protest: Lessons from History April 8, 2024, 5:30pm. In-person event. UNC Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Hitchcock Room Directions & Parking in Bell Tower Deck ($1 … Read more

Thank You Donors

  One of our undergraduates made a video thank you to supporters of the Center. View it on our YouTube Channel.   Learn more about Give UNC Day and our matching gift challenge for March 26 ONLY. And meet more … Read more

Schwab Academic Excellence Awards 2024

Congratulations to two of the Center’s affiliated faculty members for winning 2024 Schwab Academic Excellence Awards. The award, offered by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, recognizes one faculty member from each College of Arts and Sciences department in … Read more

Now Enrolling: Summer & Fall 24

This summer and fall 24 semester, we’re again offering a wide range of Jewish studies courses, including modern and classical Hebrew languages, and many other courses that meet UNC’s general education requirements. In fact, there are almost 20 courses to … Read more

Giving Day 2024

Thank YOU to everyone that supported us on GiveUNC Day! Private support makes everything single thing we do possible – from our academic programs, to fellowships and grants to our students and faculty, to our extensive community events programming. We … Read more

Grants: Spring 2024

Thanks to generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to offer grants supporting undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for UNC Grad Students and Undergraduates: Student Research & Travel Grants, Summer Stipends and … Read more


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The Center’s faculty members and graduate students are working in the diverse field of Jewish Studies

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Student News

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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