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  • April 9 is Giving Day at Carolina

      Tuesday, April 9 is Giving Day at Carolina and we hope you’ll consider supporting the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Every single thing we do is made possible by private gifts from alumni and friends. The Fund for Jewish … Continued

  • Fall 2019: Introduction to Jewish Studies

    Thinking of a Jewish Studies major or minor? If so, JWST 100 is a required course. It also meets other general ed requirements. Register soon for fall semester! The course meets M and W afternoons, with Professor Cooper.

  • Fall 2019 JWST Capstone Course: Sounding “Jewish”: Music, Race, Memory

    Fall 2019 Semester: JWST 697: Capstone Course in Jewish Studies Sounding “Jewish”: Music, Race, Memory In this course, we will explore the diversity of Jewish sound, including traditional/classical/folk/popular musics and sacred liturgical practices from a variety of contexts (Africa, Europe, the Middle … Continued

  • Summer Session opportunity

    Summer Session opportunity: Register for the Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music [ASIA 106] course with Hanna Sprintzik. Join us on a journey through different genres and styles that represent the cultural richness of Israeli popular music developed since … Continued

  • Maymester 2019

    Register for the upcoming JWST Maymester course Beyond Hostilities with Professor Yaron Shemer. The course runs May 15-31and it meets criteria for several majors/minors/general ed requirements.

  • Moments of Enlightenment

    The Center is co-organizing, in collaboration with the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures, a symposium honoring Hess and his work. The symposium will capture the breadth and depth of his scholarship and teaching under the title: Moments of … Continued

  • Grant Applications Due Feb 25th

    The Center offers numerous grants for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members working in a field of Jewish studies. And there are some new grants available this year. Grant applications are due on February 25th. Details and applications  

  • Grad Student Recruitment

    Thanks to generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will be offering two top-up stipends for graduate student recruitment for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Jewish Studies Top Up grant is a $7,000 stipend to enhance what departments … Continued

  • The Nazi Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish

    Our annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event with Barry Trachtenberg of Wake Forest University. January 28, 5:30pm, Hyde Hall The Holocaust and the new post-war order brought about a near-total end to the Yiddish culture that had sustained Eastern European Jewry … Continued

  • Hasidism: A New History

    January 22, 2019, 5:30pm, Dey Hall Academic lecture with David Biale of UC Davis. This lecture will present the major findings by a team of scholars about the history of Hasidism, from its origins in the mid-eighteenth century to the … Continued

  • Spring 2019 Course Offerings

    We’re still finishing up the fall semester but it’s also time to finish planning for spring semester. You still have time to add a Jewish Studies course, such as Introduction to Jewish Studies, to your spring schedule. Visit our web … Continued

  • Starting Sunday: Wandering Objects

    We’re excited to host so many community members at the upcoming Wandering Objects conference, co-hosted by the NC Museum of Art. The conference is sold out, but we’ll have video of the talks to share for those who cannot attend. … Continued

  • Video of Jonathan Weisman Event

    If you missed our Oct 29 Margolis Lecture with NY Times reporter Jonathan Weisman, video of the talk is now available to view on our Vimeo site. This event was a conversation between author Jonathan Weisman and Ryan Thornburg, UNC … Continued

  • Campus Gathering

    On November 1, the UNC community gathered at the Pit to stand in solidarity for those who lost their lives in the synagogue shooting on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. The event’s guest speakers discussed the tragedy to mourn the loss … Continued

  • Jonathan Weisman Event

    Thank you for joining us last night for the conversation with author/reporter Jonathan Weisman. We filled the 400-seat auditorium and even had a few people in an overflow room. Special thanks to our co-sponsor Duke Center for Jewish Studies. Also, … Continued

  • Antisemitism and the Jewish Experience in the South

    Antisemitism and the Jewish Experience in the South Please join us for our next community event on Monday [Oct 29, 7p, UNC Friday Center] with NY Times reporter Jonathan Weisman. You won’t want to miss it! Event and driving/parking: Details … Continued

  • Community Events

    Fantastic lecture Monday night with Sidnie White Crawford… we had well over 100 students attend… with their laptops! Our next community event is Oct 29 with NY Times reporter Jonathan Weisman. We hope you can join us.  

  • Assistant Professor in German-Jewish Studies [now closed]

      Update March 1, 2019: This search is closed. The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( invites applications for a full time, tenure track position: Assistant Professor in … Continued

  • Seymour and Carol Levin Distinguished Professorship

    Ruth von Bernuth, director of the Center and professor in the department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, has just been named the founding Seymour and Carol Levin Distinguished Professor. This professorship supports programming for the Center’s students and … Continued

  • Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran: A New Synthesis

    MONDAY: Please join us for a community lecture with Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran: A New Synthesis. October 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Hill Hall. Free and open to the public.

  • Lunch Seminars: Fall 2018

    Lunch Seminars at the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Each semester, the Center hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students, and interested undergraduates. … Continued

  • Fall Newsletter

      Our fall 2018 newsletter is available online, featuring a tribute to Jonathan Hess, plus news on our upcoming events, a grad student in Paris, the campaign update, and news briefs. If you’d like to join our mailing list to … Continued

  • Wandering Objects Conference

    Join curators, art historians, folklorists, anthropologists, religious scholars, philosophers, cultural critics, private collectors, and community leaders for an international symposium probing the changing meanings of Jewish ritual objects and material culture today through their display and interpretation in museums, and … Continued

  • Undergraduate Internships 2018-2019

    Apply now: Undergraduate Internships 2018-2019 Updated: the application deadline is now extended to September 21st, due to campus closures. The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for two paid, undergraduate student interns for the 2018-2019 academic year. We … Continued

  • Fall 2018 Courses

    It’s almost time to start the fall semester and some of our classes have availability, including Folk 481 and JWST 697, the Capstone Course. Both are open to undergrads and grad students.  Learn more about all the fall semester courses. … Continued