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  • Jodi Magness: Jerusalem Interview

    The Center’s Jodi Magness was recently interviewed on WCHL regarding her upcoming book on Jerusalem. Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at UNC Chapel Hill, talks about her upcoming book on Jerusalem from ancient times … Continued

  • We’re Hiring: Admin Assistant

    We’re hiring: Join our small but mighty team! The Center is recruiting for a 20-hour per week admin assistant / accounting tech. Details: Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at … Continued

  • JWST 697: Utopia, Diaspora and Other Jewish Futures in Eastern Europe

    Check out the Jewish Studies courses offered in fall 2021, including: Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Belongings: Material Culture of the Jewish Experience, and the Jewish Studies Capstone Course, plus numerous classical Hebrew and modern Hebrew … Continued

  • Commitment Statement

    May 2021: In light of current events, the Center has updated and re-committed to the following pledge. Since our founding in 2003, the Center has created student programming and offered dozens of new classes, as well as hosted many community … Continued

  • Congratulations Class of 2021

      So proud of all our graduating students…. including those who have earned the BA in religious studies/Jewish studies, a minor in Jewish studies or Hebrew, and all the many students who have participated in JWST courses and programming. We … Continued

  • Congratulations to our Ph.D. Graduates

    We wish to congratulate our 2020-2021 PhD. graduates! This semester, Robin Buller successfully defended her dissertation “Sephardi Immigrants in Paris: Navigating Jewish Community, Culture, and Citizenship, 1918-1945”, Lea Greenberg defended her dissertation “Curious Daughters: Language, Literacy, and Jewish Female Desire … Continued

  • Fall 2021 JWST Course Offerings

    Check out the Jewish Studies courses offered in fall 2021, including: Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Belongings: Material Culture of the Jewish Experience, and the Jewish Studies Capstone Course, plus numerous classical Hebrew and modern Hebrew … Continued

  • Summer Session I: HEBR 101

    This Summer I, take JWST/HEBR 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew for your language requirement! Get introduced to the basics of modern Hebrew structure and aspects of modern Israeli culture. REMOTE SYNC.

  • Summer Session I: JWST 103

    Students: looking to fulfill some GE requirements this summer? Check out JWST 103: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible with Miguel Vargas. Summer Session 1, remote instruction. This course introduces students to the various books of the Hebrew Bible and to … Continued

  • Video: Roundtable with Center Directors

    Many thanks to all the graduate students who joined us for our recent online roundtable discussion on the current job market with various Jewish Studies Center Directors. Our event for grad students featured several Center directors who gave career advice … Continued

  • Truman Scholar

    Junior Samuel Zahn has been selected as a 2021 Truman Scholar. A history and political science double major, Zahn has experience with civil rights advocacy and public service. His interest in addressing the educational imbalance that exists among every group … Continued

  • NC German Studies Seminars: Challenging Conversations event

    On Friday, March 26th 2021, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies co-sponsored an event hosted by the NC German Studies Seminars. The event, “On Numbers and Feelings: Antisemitism in Germany Today,” featured Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, professor and the director of the … Continued

  • Upcoming event with campus Hillel

    The Center is please to co-sponsor Hillel’s upcoming event: Talk with author, speaker, & activist Abby Stein with UNC Hillel A talk with author, speaker, and activist Abby Stein: Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She … Continued

  • Thank You! Giving Day 2021

    Carolina’s Giving Day was Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Many thanks to David Kaplan ’93, a current member of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Advisory Board, for making the challenges for the Center. David supports the scholarly pursuit of Jewish … Continued

  • NEW CHALLENGE: Giving Day

    Carolina’s Giving Day is today!  Our initial challenge – 10 gifts to the Center – was achieved before noon so now we have an updated challenge for you!   If 20 donors make a gift to support the Center on … Continued

  • Maymester: Beyond Hostilities Remote Class

    This class is now offered as a remote/synchronous course for Maymester: JWST 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema, Literature and Music. With Yaron Shemer, associate professor, department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • Spring Newsletter

    Our spring  2021 newsletter is now available, featuring fellowship and speaking opportunities for graduate students, undergraduates exploring digital archives and the Center’s/College’s Jewish studies conference publications. If you’d like to join our mailing list to receive email or hard copies … Continued

  • TOMORROW: Giving Day

    Carolina’s Giving Day is Tuesday, March 30, 2021. As a friend of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, we hope you will consider making your gift to support the Center during this one-day event. And, if you do, your gift … Continued

  • Grad Students Meet Dr. Pianko

    On Wednesday March 24, UNC Jewish studies graduate students had the chance to virtually meet and have a conversation with Dr. Noam Pianko, the current president of the Association for Jewish Studies and the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish … Continued

  • Video: Grad Student Support

    Private support for our graduate students makes a tremendous impact on all they accomplish… starting with recruitment grants that bring talented students to Carolina’s campus, to ongoing research and travel grants that allow them to access archives and attend conferences, … Continued

  • Providing Support When It’s Needed the Most

    Since 2012-2013, the Center has offered one Carolina graduate student a yearlong fellowship to support their dissertation research and writing. The fellowship allows the students to focus entirely on their dissertation, which improves the quality of the work and also … Continued

  • Video: Yehuda Halevi…

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for our recent lecture “Yehuda Halevi, Zionism, and Mediterranean Currents in Israeli Music” with Michael Figueroa on March 15th! If you missed it, the presentation is now available to view on our Vimeo … Continued

  • Giving Day: March 30

    UPDATE: The initial challenge of 10 gifts was achieved before 12 noon and our generous donor has increased the challenge to: 20 gifts on Giving Day and he will make a $20,000 gift.   Carolina’s Giving Day is Tuesday, March … Continued

  • In Memoriam: Seymour Levin

    Since becoming director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, I have greatly enjoyed meeting our extensive network of alumni and community members. But one meeting that really stands out for me is the afternoon I spent, in October 2018, … Continued

  • Dissertation Fellow 2021-2022

    Congratulations to Miguel Vargas, graduate student in the department of religious studies, who was awarded the Center’s Dissertation Fellowship for next academic year. Miguel’s dissertation examines the history, historical consciousness and culture of a little-known Jewish community in Egypt by means … Continued