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  • 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

  • Campus Update on Coronavirus

    In an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, Carolina is extending spring break through Sunday, March 22, and will begin remote instruction on Monday, March 23. Carolina will remain open and operational during this time, but we strongly encourage … Continued

  • Postponed: Lunch Seminar with David Lambert

    Our lunch seminar for faculty and graduate students with David Lambert will be rescheduled. We hope to hold the event later in spring semester, so please check our lunch seminar page for updates. Thank you.

  • Rescheduled: The Jordan and the Nile

    The Jordan and the Nile – Rescheduled for fall 2020. The Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event, which was scheduled for March 2020 but will now be held in fall 2020 semester due to current travel restrictions. Increasing demands, … Continued

  • Forging Ties, Forging Passports

    Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora with Devi Mays, University of Michigan. March 2, 5:30p start time in Hill Hall, Moeser Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Directions/Parking. This lecture is made possible by the … Continued

  • The Beginnings of Historical Criticism

    Academic Lecture with Michael Legaspi, Penn State University. On Embedding the Bible in the Human Past: The Beginnings of Historical Criticism February 26, 2020, 5:30pm, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge [fourth floor]. Free and open to the public. Details Though varieties … Continued

  • A Democratic Imperative

    The Center’s graduate student, and current Goodman Fellow, is giving a lecture on February 21st, 4:00pm, Hamilton Hall. Free and open to the public. Daniela R.P. Weiner: A Democratic Imperative: Textbook Revision and Knowledge Production in Occupied Italy and Germany, … Continued

  • New Class: Confronting Antisemitism

      “Topics in Jewish Studies: Confronting Antisemitism” is a new, one-credit-hour course that takes a broad look at antisemitism in history, our contemporary world and on campus. The course examines the intersections between antisemitism and other forms of racism and … Continued

  • Grant Applications Due Feb. 21st

    Thanks to generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to offer grants supporting undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Applications are due February 21st, 5:00pm. Grants support faculty course development and research and travel, undergraduate study … 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. Thursdays 3:35-6:25pm, location TBA. General Ed: CI   This course offers intensive grounding in key approaches to Jewish studies by examining … Continued

  • Madama Europa: A Jewish Soprano at the Gonzaga Court

    Join the Center’s Jeanne Fisher in concert. The performance is called “Madama Europa: A Jewish Soprano at the Gonzaga Court.”  It is about Europa di Rossi, sister of the composer, Salamone Rossi, and features music by Salamone Rossi and his … Continued

  • Swastikas on Jakob Schiff-Straße: with Max Lazar

    The Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event, organized by the NC German Studies, on Friday, February 7, 2020, 4:00pm, Hamilton Hall, Room 569. Swastikas on Jakob Schiff-Straße: The Aryanization of Jewish Street Names in Frankfurt am Main, 1933-1938 with … Continued

  • McLester Lecture

    The Center is pleased to co-sponsor the McLester Lecture at UNC, organized by the Department of Religious Studies. This event is free and open to the public: Wednesday, January 29th at 3:30pm (DeBerry Board Room, 3rd floor of the Fedex … Continued

  • Recruitment Grant Deadline is Jan. 24

    Thanks to generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will be offering two top-up stipends for graduate student recruitment for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Jewish Studies Top Up grant is a $7,000 stipend to enhance what departments … Continued

  • Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture

    What Might We Remember on Holocaust Remembrance Day?  A Historian’s Reflections The injunction to commemorate or to remember a historical event leaves open the question of what precisely should be remembered. In the case of the Nazi Holocaust of European Jewry, … Continued

  • Confronting Antisemitism: New Course

    REGISTER NOW JWST 390: Topics in Jewish Studies: Confronting Antisemitism One credit course, new for spring 2020, Mondays, 5:00-5:50PM This course takes a broad look at antisemitism in history, our contemporary world, and at UNC. Class sessions will feature guest … Continued

  • Spring Course: Russian-Soviet Jewish Culture

    REGISTER NOW RUSS/JWST 480H: Russian-Soviet Jewish Culture: Lofty Dreams and Stark Realities Spring 2020, Instructor: Shvabrin, TuTh 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM. Honors class, GPA requirements. This course delves into the scintillating literary, visual, musical, and cinematic culture created by … Continued

  • Grant Writing Workshop

    Professor David Lambert, department of religious studies, recently led a grant writing workshop for the Center’s Graduate Student Network. Good luck with your proposals everyone! The Graduate Student Network is comprised of graduate students working in a sub-field of Jewish … Continued

  • Giving Tuesday: Dec 3rd, 2019

    On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a gift to the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Gifts to the Center’s general fund support our students, faculty research, and outreach/events. You can make your gift to the Center for Jewish Studies online, … Continued

  • Nov 20: Migration Tales of East European Jewish Peddlers in the United States

    The Center is pleased to co-sponsor: Roads Taken: Migration Tales of East European Jewish Peddlers in the United States with Hasia Diner of New York University. Nov 20, 6:30pm, Hamilton Hall, Room 569. Free and open to the public.

  • Nov 14: Animality After the Shoah

    Please join the Center’s Andrea Cooper on November 14th for this talk, titled Animality After the Shoah. It starts at 5pm in Carolina Hall, Room 220. Professor Cooper is a member of the Center’s faculty steering committee.  

  • Professor Magness Inducted into American Academy of the Arts and Sciences

    Congratulations to our Jodi Magness, inducted into the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences on October 12th. Professor Magness is on the Center’s steering committee and is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the … Continued

  • Nov 7: Countering Hate Signature Lecture: Understanding Antisemitism as a Form of Hate with Ken Stern

    Countering Hate Signature Event: “Understanding Antisemitism as a Form of Hate” November 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 p Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and co-hosted by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.   Kenneth S. Stern, … Continued

  • Nov 4: The Navel of the Dream: Freud and/in Yiddish

    Our Evans Lecture for 2019-2020. Community lecture with Naomi Seidman of University of Toronto. Co-hosted with Duke Center for Jewish Studies. November 4, 2019, 7:00pm, UNC Friday Center.   “The Navel of the Dream: Freud and/in Yiddish” This lecture explores … Continued

  • Oct 28: Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

    Our Heilig Lecture for 2019-2020 with Paul Mendes-Flohr of University of Chicago. Oct 28, 5:30pm, Dey Hall Update October 2: Please note new location for this lecture: Dey Hall, Toy Lounge Martin Buber. A Life of Faith and Dissent   … Continued

  • Oct 23: ‘The Jews as a Class’: Between Race and Religion in the Civil War South

    Our Margolis lecture for 2019-2020 Oct 23, 7:00pm, Hill Hall ‘The Jews as a Class’: Between Race and Religion in the Civil War South   One of the most infamous instances of American antisemitism is General Ulysses S. Grant’s 1862 … Continued

  • Oct 29: US-Israel Relations

    The Center is pleased to co-sponsor: US-Israel Relations: Between the White House, Congress, and the Israeli Government   29 October 2019, 5:15-6:45pm Room 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill There is a growing split between Democrats and Republicans, as … Continued

  • Grad Student and Faculty Grant Opportunities

    Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to offer grants supporting undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Our next grant cycle is coming up, with an October 21, 2019 application deadline for faculty course … Continued

  • Accepting Applications: Assistant or Associate Professor in German Jewish Studies

    Job Search Learn more:UNC Human Resources Job Posting   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 or Associate … Continued

  • More Than Just Mosaics: Lecture in Goldsboro

    More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee In collaboration with Wayne Community College and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism Sunday, September 15, 4:00 … Continued

  • Deadline Extended: Paid Internships at the Center

    Student Internships, 2019-2020   The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for paid, undergraduate and graduate student interns for the 2019-2020 academic year. The application deadline is now extended to September 12th.   Internship Details Lori and Eric … Continued

  • Lecture Tonight: How Biblical Poetry Works

    Kaplan-Brauer Lecture in Jewish Studies Lecture with Jacqueline Vayntrub of Yale University: Aug 26, 5:30pm, Hill Hall. Free and Open to the Public How Biblical Poetry Works: What makes the poetry of the Bible different from other ancient poetic traditions? … Continued

  • Weeknight Parking on Campus

    Reminder: Weeknight Parking begins! Students, be sure to register for your weeknight parking pass! Visitors, please be aware that parking in Swain Lot (between Hill Hall and Kenan) will now be $1 per night. Many of our events will be … Continued

  • Countering Hate Initiative

    Recently, the UNC-Chapel Hill community, like others across the United States, has experienced painful incidents of racism, antisemitism, and Islamophobia, leading to increased feelings of fear and vulnerability on campus. In addition, less visible forms of racism permeate our everyday … Continued

  • Fall 2019 Newsletter

    Our fall 2019 newsletter is available online, featuring the summer research activities of several of our graduate students, an update on the Huqoq archaeological dig, the campaign update, and news briefs. If you’d like to join our mailing list to … Continued

  • Aug 26 Lecture: How Biblical Poetry Works

    Lecture with Jacqueline Vayntrub of Yale University: Aug 26, 5:30pm, Hill Hall. Free and Open to the Public How Biblical Poetry Works: What makes the poetry of the Bible different from other ancient poetic traditions? Placed in its ancient Near … Continued

  • Enroll Now: Sounding “Jewish”: Music, Race, Memory

    Now enrolling for fall 2019 Semester: JWST 697: Capstone Course in Jewish Studies: Sounding “Jewish”: Music, Race, Memory. JWST 697 is required for the B.A. in Religious Studies/Jewish Studies.  

  • Internships for both Undergrads and Grad Students

    Student Internship, 2019-2020   The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for paid, undergraduate and graduate student internships for the 2019-2020 academic year.   Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North … Continued

  • Documenting an archaeological dig

    Fourteen Carolina media and journalism students tapped into what they’re learning in the classroom to document an archaeological dig site in Israel. As part of the Documenting the Dig course, 14 School of Media and Journalism students followed one of … Continued

  • Newly-discovered 1,600-year-old mosaic sheds light on ancient Judaism

    The Center’s Jodi Magness, along with a group of Carolina students, uncover another stunning mosaic this summer in Huqoq. For nine years running, Carolina professor Jodi Magness has led a team of research specialists and students to the ancient village … Continued

  • Spring Newsletter

    Our spring 2019 newsletter is available online, featuring the Wandering Objects and Moments of Enlightenment conferences, an undergrad in Poland and a grad student in the digital humanities, the campaign update, and news briefs. If you’d like to join our … Continued

  • Radio Interview for upcoming Understanding Antisemitism event

    Learn more about tomorrow’s Antisemitism: Left, Right, or Both event [Wed, 6p, Top of the Hill]… with this local radio interview with Prof Flora Cassen.  The event is organized by Public Humanities    

  • Antisemitism: Left, Right, or Both?

    Next week: May 15, 6pm: Organized by Carolina Public Humanities, May’s Humanities Hour features a discussion with the Center’s Professor Flora Cassen on “Antisemitism: Left, Right, or Both?” Humanities Hour at BackBar are free and open to the public. All … Continued

  • April 30: A Message from Interim Chancellor Guskiewicz

    Dear Carolina Community,  Today, tragedy hit close to home as our sister campus UNC Charlotte experienced a heartbreaking act of gun violence. At this time, we know that two people were killed and four were injured, three critically. While much … Continued

  • April 27: Message from Interim Chancellor Guskiewicz

    Dear Carolina Community, Today, a tragic act of anti-Semitic violence unfolded at the Chabad of Poway synagogue outside of San Diego. One person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting on the last day of Passover, a … Continued

  • 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