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  • NOW Virtual: Evans Lecture: Sept 19

    This is now a remote/Zoom event. Remote-only event. Registration is required on Eventbrite site in order to get the Zoom link. https://evanslecture.eventbrite.com     Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies with Dr. Naomi Graber, University of Georgia.   … Continued

  • Fall Grant Cycle

    The Center is accepting applications for the fall 2022 grant cycle. Applications for faculty and grad student research and travel grants and grad student Jewish language instruction are due by September 19, 2022, 5:00pm.   Eligibility: for Carolina faculty and … Continued

  • Co-sponsoring: Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

    The Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event hosted by UNC Hillel. Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Tuesday, September 13th, 7:30pm – 8:45pm FedEx Global Education Center   Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Join UNC … Continued

  • Fall 2022 Newsletter

    The fall 2022 newsletter honors our founding chair Eli N. Evans, and includes student, faculty and alumni news, as well as an update on our grants program and upcoming events. Fall 2022 PDF

  • Grad Student Profile: Morgan Morales

    I received the Spies Family Summer Stipend for summer 2022 from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. The Spies Family Stipend allows me to finally begin archival work on my dissertation, “A Matter of Life and Death: Jewish Women Who … Continued

  • Alumna Profile: Tine Rassalle

    Alumna Profile: Tine Rassalle   In 2014, Tine Rassalle came to Carolina as the Center’s very first TEP Fellow, and, after more than seven years of intense study and research, she recently graduated and landed her dream job at the … Continued

  • Director’s Message: Fall 2022

    Director’s Message: A Welcoming Community   I am delighted to introduce myself as the director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. My colleague Ruth von Bernuth has done a fantastic job as director for the past nine years, and … Continued

  • Happy FDOC Fall 2022

    Welcome [back] to campus everyone. Wishing you a fantastic fall semester! If you’re still looking for some GenEd credits, or an interesting course to fill out your schedule, check out the JWST courses! Details

  • Still Enrolling: JWST fall 2022

    Carolina students: There’s still time to enroll in a JWST course for fall 2022…. there’s a wide range of topics to choose from, and the courses meet many GenEd requirements. Theses are just a few of the JWST courses that … Continued

  • Apply Now: Uhlman Fellowship in Jewish Studies Public Humanities

    Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with Carolina Public Humanities (CPH), is pleased to announce the establishment of a fellowship for graduate students in Jewish studies: Uhlman Fellowship in Jewish Studies Public Humanities. The Uhlman Fellowship program is made … Continued

  • Internships for Carolina Undergrads and Grad Students

    The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for paid, undergraduate and graduate student internships for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unites the general public, … Continued

  • In Memoriam: Eli N. Evans

      We are so sad to learn that Eli N. Evans,’58 founding chair of the advisory board for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, passed away on July 26, 2022. Evans led the advisory board for much of the Center’s … Continued

  • Huqoq: Tenth Season of Excavations

    Media release for summer 2022 Huqoq. The Center is pleased to help sponsor this project and work with our faculty member, Jodi Magness, and to provide grants for undergraduates participating in this study abroad program.   Excavations by UNC-Chapel Hill … Continued

  • Welcome Professor Rosenmeyer

    Today is Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer’s first day as faculty director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. She holds the Seymour & Carol Levin Distinguished Term Professorship while serving as our director. Please welcome her to our Center and make … Continued

  • Thank You Professor von Bernuth

    Today is Professor Ruth von Bernuth’s final day as faculty director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Thanks Ruth, for your leadership and service these past nine years, and best wishes for your next chapter at Carolina and the … Continued

  • The return to Huqoq

    The return to Huqoq: our students at a festival for Shavuot. After a two-year break, the dig at Huqoq is active again. The Center is pleased to co-sponsor the dig and provide travel grants to several students so they can … Continued

  • Spring 2022 Newsletter

    The spring 2022 special edition newsletter introduced our incoming faculty director, Patricia Rosenmeyer, and featured Ruth von Bernuth’s final director’s message. She concludes her term as faculty director on June 30th. Spring newsletter PDF     Director’s Message: A privilege … Continued

  • Join Us: Events 2022-2023

    Events Schedule 2022-2023: Please save the dates and join us next year for our upcoming events program, including a special performance on March 2nd to celebrate the Center’s 20th anniversary. Event details will be posted in late summer.   Sept … Continued

  • Class of 2022

    Congratulations to the class of 2022! Especially to those with the RELI/JWST major, a minor in Jewish studies or Hebrew, or a graduate certificate in Jewish studies… and all the students that have participated in our courses and programming.   … Continued

  • DTH Article on Dr. Rosenmeyer

    Learn more about our incoming faculty director and the Center’s plans for the future in this Daily Tar Heel article: Patricia Rosenmeyer named director for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies By Keerthana Gotur May 3, 2022 | 12:51pm EDT … Continued

  • Incoming Director: Patricia Rosenmeyer

    A Message from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences I am pleased to share that Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer will be the next director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, effective July 1. Rosenmeyer will hold the Seymour … Continued

  • NEW EVENT: Yiddish Culture and Jewish History in Ukraine

    Reflections in a Time of War: Yiddish Culture and Jewish History in Ukraine The community is invited to join this online event featuring a panel of speakers, including musician Daniel Kahn. This event will be remote, via Zoom.  Registration required … Continued

  • JWST Course Offerings: Summer & Fall 2022

    Jewish Studies [JWST] courses and other courses with Jewish studies content offered in Maymester, summer I & II and fall 2022 include Religion, Culture and Politics in Israel, Germans, Jews, and the History of Anti-Semitism, and Introduction to Early Judaism. … Continued

  • UNC Giving Day: Mar 29th

    Carolina’s fifth Giving Day is Tuesday, March 29, 2022. 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. Please learn more about the … Continued

  • Mar 30 & 31: The Objects that Remain

    The Center is pleased to co-sponsor the 2022 McLester Colloquium, hosted by the Department of Religious Studies. Laura Levitt, Temple University will give the McLester talk on March 30th and a classroom/community seminar on March 31st. March 30, 3:30pm, McLester … Continued

  • Mar 29: filmmaker Avner Faingulernt

    We are pleased to co-sponsor film screenings and discussions with filmmaker Avner Faingulernt. Events are in-person at UNC and Duke University. Free and open to the public, no registration required. Schedule of events at Carolina:   Tuesday, March 29, 12:30-1:45pm: … Continued

  • March 21: Too Long, Too Foreign. . . Too Jewish

    Join us March 21st, 7pm, for this year’s Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience   Too Long, Too Foreign. . . Too Jewish:  Antisemitism, upward mobility, and name changing in New York City, 1917-1945 with Kirsten Fermaglich, … Continued

  • Dissertation Fellow: 2022-23

    Congratulations to Emily Branton, graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies, who was awarded the Center’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship for next academic year. Emily’s dissertation is titled: “Words that Stand: Efficacious Speech in Ancient Israel” and her advisor is … Continued

  • Spring Events

    We are hosting and co-sponsoring a variety of events in the upcoming weeks, including in-person, hybrid and remote options. We are also inviting the public to join some classes this semester when we have a visiting speaker. There is something … Continued

  • Study Abroad in Huqoq: Summer 2022

    Join us on the June 2022 excavations at Huqoq in Israel   Since 2011, excavations directed by Professor Jodi Magness (Religious Studies) at the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee have been bringing to light a monumental, Late Roman … Continued

  • Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Event : How Healers Became Killers

    Our first lecture of the spring semester is our Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Event January 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm, remote/Zoom, free and open to the public.   How Healers Became Killers: German Physicians and the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Program with … Continued

  • Accepting Nominations: Grad Student Recruitment Fellowship/Grants

    The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to offer fellowships and top up grants for incoming graduate students who have academic and research interests related to the field of Jewish Studies. For graduate students planning to start at Carolina … Continued

  • Accepting Applications: Dissertation Fellowship

    The Center is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Deadline: January 19, 2022 at 5:00pm This  non-service fellowship supports a promising Carolina graduate student working in Jewish Studies in the advanced stages of his or her career … Continued

  • Video: Programs for Undergrads

    The Center’s Lori and Eric Sklut Undergraduate Intern in Jewish Studies has created a short video for other undergraduates interested in academic courses and major/minors, the Center’s events program, Study Abroad opportunities, and grants program.   View on our YouTube … Continued

  • Recruiting Three Faculty Positions in Jewish Studies

    Three Faculty Positions in Jewish Studies The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is excited to announce three faculty recruitments to promote a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and thought.  The … Continued

  • Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies

    Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies   The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) seeks to appoint, beginning Fall of academic year 2022-23, a tenure-track Assistant Professor whose … Continued

  • Assistant Professor in East European Studies

    Assistant Professor in East European Studies   The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://gsll.unc.edu/) invites applications for a full-time tenure track position: Assistant Professor in East European Jewish … Continued

  • Assistant Professor in Medieval/Early Modern Jewish History

    Assistant Professor in Medieval/Early Modern Jewish History The Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) (https://history.unc.edu), invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Medieval/Early Modern Jewish History. Applicants who work on Jewish … Continued

  • Nov 9 in-person event: The Nun in the Synagogue

    The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel with Emma Polyakov, Assistant Professor, Religious and Theological Studies, Merrimack College   November 9, 2021, 5:30pm, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge [fourth floor]. In person event, no registration required.   In the … Continued

  • Course Offerings: Spring 2022

    Jewish Studies [JWST] courses and other courses with Jewish studies content offered in spring 2022 include the gateway course, Introduction to Jewish Studies, both modern Hebrew and classical Hebrew courses, and the one-credit Confronting Antisemitism course. Plus, many other topics … Continued

  • Radical Stillness: Reading Velocity in Yiddish Anti-Fascist Poetics

    Radical Stillness: Reading Velocity in Yiddish Anti-Fascist Poetics Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lecture with Anna Elena Torres, University of Chicago.   Remote Lecture: Oct 28, 5:30pm. Registration on Eventbrite is required; tickets on sale Oct 18, 6pm: https://radicalstillness.eventbrite.com   … Continued

  • Emerging Scholars: A Curious Daughter

    Emerging Scholars: Lea Greenberg Oct 18, 5:30pm Remote via Zoom. Sign up on Eventbrite: https://curiousdaughter.eventbrite.com The Zoom link will be sent via Eventbrite to registered guests a couple days prior to the lecture, and re-sent again the afternoon of the … Continued

  • Wellness Day: Oct 12, 2021

    In a message to campus yesterday, the Chancellor announced that Oct. 12th will be a Wellness Day for students and classes are canceled. Today and throughout the week, Carolina is offering a variety of resources to support the campus community. … Continued

  • Study Abroad: UNC Archaeological Excavation in Israel

    Study Abroad: UNC Archaeological Excavation in Israel The Huqoq Excavation Project, led by the Center’s Professor Jodi Magness, has made exciting discoveries for several dig seasons, garnering considerable media attention. Learn more. We are very excited to get back into … Continued

  • Emerging Scholars: Contemporary Yiddish Performance and Jewish Futures

      Emerging Scholars Event Remote event on Zoom. Registration required on our Eventbrite site: https://contemporaryyiddish.eventbrite.com The Zoom link will be sent to registered guests a couple days prior to the lecture. Contemporary Yiddish Performance and Jewish Futures My work examines … Continued

  • Grants for Jewish Language Instruction

    Jewish language instruction grants (award amounts: $200-750) Deadline: October 11, 2021 at 5:00pm Graduate students taking Jewish language courses/workshops outside of Carolina are encouraged to apply for a stipend to offset costs.  Funding is limited and preference will go to … Continued

  • A Message from the Chancellor: Confronting Antisemitism

    A Message from the Chancellor: Confronting Antisemitism in our World   Dear Carolina Community, The recent observance of the High Holy Days by our Jewish community gave me an opportunity to reflect on the history of antisemitism both in our … Continued

  • Antisemitism Courses, Programming, and Services

    Please check out the following programs, course offerings and resources offered by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences and the University:   JWST 390: Confronting Antisemitism – this undergraduate course will be offered again … Continued

  • Save the Dates: Upcoming Events

    We hope you will join us at our upcoming fall 2021 events, starting with our September 1st online/remote lecture with Liora Halperin. Registration is required for online events in order to receive the Zoom link. See our full schedule of … Continued

  • Happy FDOC

    Happy first day of class and best wishes for the fall 2021 semester! We’re so excited to see everyone again… please keep connected on social media or join our email lists for updates on JWST classes, our online and in-person … Continued

  • Fall 2021 Newsletter

    Our fall 2021 newsletter is now available, featuring career exploration for graduate students, key points from the Center’s formal review, our plans for the return to campus, and faculty and student updates. If you’d like to join our mailing list … Continued

  • Now Hiring: Interns [Undergrad and Grad Students]

    Internships for Carolina Undergrads and Grad Students   The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for paid, undergraduate and graduate student internships for the 2021-2022 academic year.   Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at … Continued

  • Welcome to Carolina

    This semester, the Center welcomes two new graduate students to Carolina, recruited with the help of Top Up grants from the Center: Ariadne Tsoulouhas in the department of religious studies and Emily McDonnell in the department of American studies. Also, … Continued

  • Career Planning for Grad Students

    Exploring Options: Career Planning   The Center’s affiliated graduate students have been very successful in gaining coveted positions after they complete their Ph.D. programs. Many go on to hold tenure-track faculty positions at peer institutions, while others leave Carolina for … Continued

  • 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: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/195485 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

  • Video: The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for our recent Margolis lecture “Deep South Home: The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama” with Amy K. Milligan, Ph.D on March 1st! If you missed it, the presentation is now available to view … Continued

  • Registration Open: Yehuda Halevi, Zionism and Israeli Music

    Yehuda Halevi, Zionism, and Mediterranean Currents in Israeli Music March 15 @ 5:30 pm This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required, please visit Eventbrite to sign up. The Zoom link … Continued

  • Video: Grad Student Roundtable

    Thinking about graduate studies in a Jewish studies field at Carolina? Already here and looking to meet other UNC graduate students and faculty? Wondering how to get funding for your research initiatives? Interested in meeting leading national and international experts … Continued

  • Video: Ancient Synagogue

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for our recent event: “Ancient Judaism Online: Exploring a 3D Model of the Ancient Beth Alpha Synagogue” on February 10th! If you missed it, the presentation is now available to view on our … Continued

  • Registration open: Deep South Home: The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama

    Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South 2021 Deep South Home: The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama With only four active members living in their city, it would be easy to overlook the only … Continued

  • Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Award

    Carolina undergraduate students are encouraged to apply: Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Award Deadline for 2021: entries due by Feb. 22 to Prof. David Lambert (dalambe@email.unc.edu) Named in honor of David J. Halperin (Rabbinic Judaism) and John Howard Schütz (New Testament), former faculty … Continued

  • Pre-Registration Open: Ancient Judaism Online

    This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required, please sign up on Eventbrite.   Ancient Judaism Online: Exploring a 3D Model of the Ancient Beth Alpha Synagogue February 10, 2021, 5:30pm, … Continued

  • Video: Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for the Holocaust Remembrance Event “The Holocaust, Jewish History and Memory: New Directions in Research” on January 27! If you missed it, the presentation is now available to view on our Vimeo site … Continued

  • Grants for Undergraduate Students

    Thanks to generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to offer several grants supporting undergraduate student research and travel. There are two types of grants available: UNC study abroad grants, and research and travel grants Eligibility: … Continued

  • Grants for Carolina Grad Students

    Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is offering several different types of grants supporting graduate student research and travel. These grants are for Carolina grad students working in Jewish studies. There are several types of … Continued

  • Faculty Grants Program 2021

    Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to offer grants for faculty research and course development. Faculty may apply to more than one grant simultaneously. There are two categories of grants: course development / … Continued

  • Campus Y

    The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is condemning the racist and antisemitic messaging associated with the recent break-in at the Campus Y building. News of this hostile action was received during the first class session of this semester’s Confronting Antisemitism … Continued

  • Accepting nominations for Graduate Student Recruitment Top-Up Grants

    Graduate Student Recruitment Top-Up Grants Spring 2021 applications for Academic Year 2021-2022 Application Deadline:  5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2021 Thanks to private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is offering two top-up stipends for graduate student recruitment for … Continued

  • Now Enrolling: JWST 390: Confronting Antisemitism

    There’s still time to enroll in Carolina’s one-credit course that explores antisemitism past and present. The course welcomes a new speaker and topic each week and drew high praise from students when it was first offered last year. JWST 390: … Continued

  • Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event

    Our annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event will feature faculty and graduate students at Carolina. The Holocaust, Jewish History and Memory: New Directions in Research Speakers include Karen Auerbach, associate professor and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat Scholar in Jewish History, department … Continued

  • David Lambert on “The Idea of Scripture” (Podcast)

    David Lambert on “The Idea of Scripture” (Podcast) Prof. David Lambert was recently featured on The Biggest Questions, a podcast produced by the University of Chicago Divinity School. In the podcast interview, Prof. Lambert discusses his current research on the … Continued

  • Class Spotlight: Material Jewish Culture online exhibit

    Students enrolled in JWST 480/FOLK 481: Jewish Belonging/s: The Material Culture of Jewish Experience normally work on a final group project that becomes an exhibit at the Center’s office in Pettigrew Hall. This fall semester, the class worked with a … Continued

  • Spring 2021 JWST: History and Culture of Ancient Israel

    Spring 2021 JWST Course Offering: History and Culture of Ancient Israel with Joseph Lam. See our full list of JWST courses.   RELI 109: History and Culture of Ancient Israel. An examination extending from Hebrew origins to the Babylonian exile … Continued

  • Spring 2021 JWST: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity

    Spring 2021 JWST Course Offering: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity with Yaron Shemer. See our full list of JWST courses.   ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity. This course is designed for students of Middle Eastern Studies, … Continued

  • Spring 2021 JWST: Germans, Jews and Antisemitism

    Spring 2021 JWST Course Offering: Germans, Jews and Antisemitism with Adi Nester. See our full list of JWST courses. GERM 56: Germans, Jews, Antisemitism. First-year Seminar. This course seeks to explore the historically difficult position of minorities in the modern … Continued

  • Spring 2021 JWST Course Offerings

    More than 20 Jewish Studies courses are offered in spring 2021 including: Confronting Antisemitism, Israeli Cinema, Ancient Synagogues, From the Bible to Broadway: Jewish History to Modern Times, Ancient Biblical Interpretation, Popular and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature, Traditions in … Continued

  • Video Posted: Building a Transnational Sephardi Network

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for Robin Buller’s lecture “Building a Transnational Sephardi Network out of Interwar Paris” on November 16th!  If you missed it, the presentation is now available to view on our Vimeo site and our … Continued

  • Virtual Meeting for Grad Student Network

    On Monday November 9, graduate students at UNC had the opportunity to virtually sit down with Dr. Christopher Browning and ask him about his career and research. Dr. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill and … Continued

  • Registration Open: Uhlman Family Seminar: Ordinary Men Revisited

    November 12, 5:00pm. The Uhlman Distinguished Scholar Program for 2020 features Christopher Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill and professor emeritus of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Register for this free event: web site.   … Continued

  • Course Spotlight: IDST 290: Roundtable Discussion

    Robin Buller, instructor for IDST 290, recently invited nine representatives of faith-based groups on campus, including UNC Hillel and UNC Chabad, to join her class for an open discussion. Her course, “Cults & Contagion: Religion and Disease from the Middle … Continued

  • Pre-Registration Open: Building a Transnational Sephardi Network out of Interwar Paris

      Pre-registration is required for this free, online Zoom lecture. Sign up on Eventbrite… all “ticketholders” will receive the Zoom link via email a few days prior to the event [and again a couple hours prior to the event]. If … Continued

  • Grad Student Meeting: Nov 9

    If you are a Carolina graduate student, please join us for the Center’s special Graduate Student Network meeting with Prof. Christopher Browning on Monday, Nov. 9, at 5:30pm. Prof. Browning is a leading expert on the Holocaust and a professor … Continued

  • Grad Student Spotlight: Alison Curry, JWST 262

    Alison Curry is a PhD student in the department of history. She studies modern Polish-Jewish history, the Holocaust, and collective memory and her current research focuses on the function of Jewish cemeteries in Poland during World War II and the … Continued

  • Nov 3: Interpretation and Innovation: Jewish Studies from the Rabbinic Era to Today

    Interpretation and Innovation: Jewish Studies from the Rabbinic Era to Today November 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Join Carolina Public Humanities and our partners at Wake Tech for a talk by Dr. Andrea Cooper, Associate Professor and Leonard … Continued

  • Video Posted: Melancholic Redemption

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for Elliot Wolfson’s lecture “Melancholic Redemption and the Hopelessness of Hope: From Kafka to Dylan” on October 28th! This was our 2020-21 Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lecture in Jewish Studies. If you … Continued

  • Student Movie Night

    The Center’s new Undergraduate Advisory Committee in Jewish Studies is hosting its first event – a Netflix party on November 9, 2020, 7:30pm. All Carolina undergraduate and graduate students are invited, see details below on how to sign up. The … Continued

  • Grad Student Spotlight: Emily Branton, JWST 106

    Emily Branton is a PhD student in the department of religious studies at Carolina. She is currently the head teaching assistant for JWST 106: “Introduction to Early Judaism,” taught by professor Jodi Magness. In her role as head TA, Emily is … Continued

  • Research Spotlight: Jodi Magness Interview

    Prof. Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, department of religious studies, and member of the Center’s faculty steering committee, sits down with Monocle & Spade to talk archaeology and Second Temple Judaism. Watch it online.

  • Video Posted: Advocacy for Holocaust Education

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us for Daniela Weiner’s lecture on “Advocacy for Holocaust Education in Late 1950’s West Germany” last week! If you missed it, the presentation is now available to view on our Vimeo site and our … Continued

  • Registration Open: Uhlman Family Seminar: Ordinary Men Revisited

    The Uhlman Distinguished Scholar Program for 2020 features Christopher Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill and professor emeritus of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Initially scheduled for April 2020, the Uhlman Seminar is now rescheduled … Continued

  • Pre-Registration Open: Melancholic Redemption and the Hopelessness of Hope

    Melancholic Redemption and the Hopelessness of Hope: From Kafka to Dylan The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies with Elliot Wolfson, distinguished professor of religion at University of California, Santa Barbara Oct 28, 7:00 pm eastern time. … Continued

  • Research Spotlight: Yaron Shemer

    This semester, Dr. Yaron Shemer is on research leave. Dr. Shemer is an associate professor of Israel Cultural Studies and Jewish Studies in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at UNC, with a research focus on Israeli ethnic cinema. … Continued

  • Welcome to our Grad Student Assistant:Tine Rassalle

    Welcome to Tine Rassalle, our new Graduate Student Assistant. Tine is helping with our social media, Zoom events, and much more. Tine, the Center’s very first TEP Fellow, is an archaeologist and PhD candidate in the department of religious studies. … Continued

  • Pre-registration Open: Advocacy for Holocaust Education

    Pre-registration is now open. Pre-registration is required for this free, online Zoom lecture.  Sign up on Eventbrite… all “ticketholders” will receive the Zoom link via email a few days prior to the event [and again a couple hours prior to … Continued

  • Resources for Jewish Studies Grad Students

    Our Jewish Studies Graduate Student Network is compiling data for students looking for research, travel and dissertation grants and fellowships. Carolina’s current grad students are asked to submit information and insights that will be helpful to future grad students working … Continued

  • Upcoming Events

    We hope you will join us on Zoom for our upcoming events. Pre-registration will open in early October for our next event. October 15: Advocacy for Holocaust Education in Late 1950s West Germany with Daniela R. P. Weiner, the Jim … Continued

  • Jewish Street Names in Frankfurt

    Many thanks to everyone that joined us last night for Max Lazar’s lecture on The Peculiar History of Jewish Street Names in Frankfurt am Main, 1872-1938. If you missed it, this presentation is now available to view on our Vimeo … Continued

  • Jewish Studies Undergraduate Advisory Committee

    You are invited to join the Center’s inaugural Jewish Studies Undergraduate Advisory Committee! This is open to Jewish studies minors, majors, and all students interested in the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. The committee will work together to build community … Continued

  • Video Available: Swastikas on Jakob Schiff-Straße

    Update:This presentation is now available to view on our Vimeo site and our YouTube channel. Update: Zoom instructions were sent out through Eventbrite to all ticketholders. If you don’t have an email with Zoom instructions by 2pm on September 14, … Continued

  • Next Event: Sept 14

    Our next event is September 14, 5:30pm Swastikas on Jakob Schiff-Straße: The Peculiar History of Jewish Street Names in Frankfurt am Main, 1872-1938 Frankfurt’s municipal government “Aryanized” the names of nearly fifty streets named after prominent Jewish individuals in a … Continued

  • Fall Newsletter

    Our fall 2020 newsletter is available online, featuring our Covid-19 adjustments, a new course on Antisemitism, an introduction to a new faculty member, and the summer research activities of several of our graduate students. If you’d like to join our … Continued

  • Accepting Applications for Grad Assistant Positions

      The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for graduate assistants to work in 2020-2021 academic year. We anticipate hiring two students. One student will assist with marketing and events, including basic video editing, Zoom logistics, online event … Continued

  • Professor Magness on UNC-TV NC Bookwatch

    NC BOOKWATCH on PBS UNC-TV Jodi Magness, Masada An iconic landmark in Israel near the Dead Sea draws visitors despite its remote location and turbulent history. Archaeologist Jodi Magness tells us more about Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth. … Continued

  • Jonathan M. Hess Term Professor

    Candace Epps–Robertson, assistant professor in the department of English and comparative literature, was named the very first Jonathan M. Hess Term Professor. Established in honor of Jonathan M. Hess, former director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and chair … Continued

  • Undeterred in Unprecedented Times

      After spring break, Carolina moved to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester and Jewish studies courses were quickly revised to meet academic requirements while also supporting our students during these trying times. Faculty held synchronous online class … Continued

  • Exporting History to the Cosmos

    Faculty Q & A: Eliza Rose Exporting History to the Cosmos Eliza Rose earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and joined the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures in July of 2019 as assistant professor and Laszlo Birinyi … Continued

  • Events Fall 2020

    All events for fall 2020 will be remote, held via Zoom. In the upcoming weeks, please check our web site and social media sites for Zoom links.   Sept 14, 5:30pm Swastikas on Jakob Schiff-Straße: The Peculiar History of Jewish … Continued

  • Hiring: Graduate Student Assistants

    Graduate Student Assistants 2020-2021 The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for graduate assistants. We anticipate hiring two students. One student will assist with marketing and events, including basic video editing, Zoom logistics, online event registration, and social … Continued

  • Women, Gender, and Judaism

    Enroll Now: JWST Capstone Course: Fall 2020 The Capstone Course is required for undergraduates pursuing the B.A. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies and graduate students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies. It is also open … Continued

  • Support the Center on Give UNC Day

    Please consider supporting our students, research and outreach programs tomorrow, June 16th, as part of Give UNC day. Since its founding in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies has pursued a bold mission to build a leading Jewish Studies … Continued

  • Roadmap for Fall 2020 will be featured on CBS “60 Minutes” this Sunday, June 14

    UNC-Chapel Hill and the Roadmap for Fall 2020 will be featured on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m. ET in a segment that focuses on how colleges and universities are planning to welcome students back this fall. In the … Continued

  • Commitment

    In light of recent tragic events, the Center is re-committed to the following pledge, which was initially drafted several years ago as worldwide incidents of hate became far too common and frequent. Since our founding in 2003, the Center has … Continued

  • Roadmap for Fall 2020

    May 21, 2020: Message from the Chancellor: The safety, health and well-being of our community will always be paramount in our decision-making. This fall semester will look and feel different from the past. Here are some of the initial changes … Continued

  • Schoolbooks in Occupied Italy and Germany 1943 to 1949

    Congratulations to Daniela R.P. Weiner, the Center’s Goodman Fellow for 2019-2020. Daniela recently defended her dissertation in the department of history, and the topic of her dissertation is also now a published journal article, titled: American and British Efforts to … Continued

  • Congratulations Class of 2020

        Mazel tov and congratulations to all students who graduated with a minor, major, graduate certificate or a dissertation in Jewish studies! The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies hopes that you could celebrate your graduation despite the difficult times, … Continued

  • Free Conference: Dead Sea Scrolls in Recent Scholarship

    Dead Sea Scrolls in Recent Scholarship: The Center’s Jodi Magness, Religious Studies, is presenting at this online conference on May 17-20, 2020. She is on the schedule for May 18th. This conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration … Continued

  • Zoom Seminar with David Lambert

    The Center hosted its 11th, and last, lunch seminar of the academic year today… this time conducted on Zoom and made available to a worldwide audience. More than 20 participants joined guest speaker David Lambert, dept. of Religious Studies, to … Continued

  • Goodman Fellow

    Congratulations to Max Lazar, graduate student in the department of history, on two recent awards. First, Max was awarded the Center’s Goodman Dissertation Fellowship for next academic year. This fellowship supports a Carolina graduate student working in Jewish Studies and … Continued

  • Co-sponsoring: Hidden Child of the Holocaust

    The Center is please to co-sponsor this remote event. UNC World View will be featuring its recently released podcast A Hidden Child of the Holocaust, with Holocaust survivor Shelly Weiner as the focus of an online Twitter chat on Wednesday, … Continued

  • Grants Awarded to Grad Students

    Grant award notifications just went out to 12 Carolina graduate students working in a field of Jewish studies. Congratulations to everyone that received funding for summer 2020 remote work. With these grants, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports graduate … Continued

  • RESCHEDULED: Lunch Seminar: David Lambert

      What is Scripture: Redescribing the Bible in Ancient Judaism Guest speaker: David Lambert, Dept. of Religious Studies. UPDATE: We are now holding this lunch seminar via Zoom on April 30, 1:00pm. Pre-registration is required in order to receive the … Continued

  • Classical Hebrew I: Fall 2020

    RELI / JWST 211: Classical Hebrew I Joseph Lam, BN/WB, MWF 10:10am This course offers an introduction to the history and culture of ancient Israel in the time of the Hebrew Bible (approx. 1000-200 BCE) through exploring the language of … Continued

  • Religion and the Counterculture: Fall 2020

    Offered Fall 2020: RELI 542H: Religion and the Counterculture Instructor: Yaakov Ariel During the Vietnam War era, a young people’s movement offered alternatives to the codes, styles, and ideals in American culture and society. This course aims at exploring the … Continued

  • Women, Gender and Judaism: Fall 2020 Capstone Course

    Next fall’s Capstone Course: Theme and Methodologies in Jewish Studies is Women, Gender, and Judaism with Professor Andrea Cooper. NEW MEETING DAY: Thursdays 3:35-6:25pm, location TBA. General Ed: CI This course offers intensive grounding in key approaches to Jewish studies … Continued

  • Remote Instruction: Panel Discussion on Antisemitism

    Monday’s remote Confronting Antisemitism class hosted a panel featuring Rabbi Melissa Simon of UNC Hillel, Rabbi Zalman Bluming of Chabad of Durham and Chapel Hill, and Michael Figueroa, Associate Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. UNC Chancellor Kevin … Continued

  • Maymester: Israeli Cinema

    Maymester 2020 Course [Online Course]: ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235: Israeli Cinema: Nation, Gender and Ethnicity with Yaron Shemer. VP/BN/GL. This course is designed for students of Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish and Hebrew Studies, Communications, Women’s Studies, Global Cinema, and for all students … Continued

  • Remote Instruction with Dr. Berlinger

    This week, students in Gabrielle Berlinger’s Jewish Foodways course had a guest visit by UNC emeritus professor Marcie Cohen Ferris. Ferris was scheduled to visit the classroom, but instead she joined the group online.

  • April Grants Cycle for UNC Graduate Students

    The Center is launching a new grant cycle for UNC graduate students working on a Jewish Studies topic. Details and the application form are now online. Given our current situation and the cancellation of summer programs and conferences, we cannot … Continued

  • The Well: Remote Learning

    Max Lazar and JWST featured in this article from The Well on March 25, 2020. The article provides several samples of the First Day of Class with remote instruction. Remote learning begins with successes, surprises

  • Synchronous Zoom sessions for JWST courses

    Day two of remote instruction… Max Lazar, PhD Candidate in Modern European History, at his makeshift standing desk in his “home office”. Lazar, the instructor of two Jewish Studies courses this semester, is doing synchronous Zoom sessions with students in … Continued

  • Remote Instruction with Dr. Lam

    Today is the start of remote classes at Carolina. Joseph Lam, assistant professor in the dept. of religious studies, provided this sample of the many videos he is making in order to teach JWST/RELI 212: “Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic … Continued