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  • 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

  • Antisemitism and the Jewish Experience in the South

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

  • Community Events

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

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

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

  • Seymour and Carol Levin Distinguished Professorship

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

  • Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran: A New Synthesis

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

  • Lunch Seminars: Fall 2018

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

  • Fall Newsletter

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

  • Wandering Objects Conference

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

  • Undergraduate Internships 2018-2019

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

  • Fall 2018 Courses

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

  • Unparalleled mosaics discovered

    Recent discoveries by a team of specialists and students at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness, shed new light on the life and culture of an ancient Jewish village. The … Continued

  • Hebrew 204 Cultural Activities

    As part of cultural activities for the HEBR 204 class [Intermediate Modern Hebrew II with Hanna Sprintzik], the students worked on an Israeli song which they recorded in memory of Professor Jonathan Hess.    

  • Spring 2018 newsletter

    The Spring 2018 newsletter is now online: JSNewsletterSpring2018_web Featuring news on our 15th anniversary events, a grad student with a passion for teaching, a campaign update, and news briefs.  

  • Capstone Course – Fall 2018

    JWST 697: Jewish Studies Capstone Course has changed the meeting time to Friday, 11:15am-2:15pm. That said, if there are additional schedule conflicts, we will try to resolve them so everyone can take the course.

  • In memory of Jonathan Hess

    We are so terribly sorry to let you know that our beloved colleague and friend, and former Director of the Center, Jonathan Hess, died suddenly on April 9, 2018.      Jonathan Hess, professor and chair of the department of … Continued

  • Cancel: 4/16 Lecture

    We have to cancel the lecture that was scheduled for April 16. Please share this information with colleagues. We hope to reschedule with Prof Carlebach next academic year. Please check back on our web site or social media sites for … Continued

  • Maymester Course: Beyond Hostilities

    Students: Maymester opportunity with Professor Yaron Shemer: Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema, Literature, and Music It should come as no surprise that, for most, the mention of Israel and Palestine conjointly conjures up conflict, wars, and hostility. … Continued

  • We’re Hiring

    We’re looking for a new team member… part-time administrative assistant/accounting tech/office manager. Please share the job posting with colleagues: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/136667

  • Yiddish Lit and the Bible

    Fall 2018 JWST 697: Capstone Course: Themes and Methodologies in Jewish Studies This course is open to both undergrads and grad students and is required for the major. Yiddish Literature and the Bible The emergence of Yiddish literature cannot be … Continued

  • 15th Anniversary Showcase

    The community is invited to campus to experience what Jewish studies means at Carolina. This 15th Anniversary Showcase features our faculty and graduate students giving personal, short “Ted Talk” presentations and demonstrations that bring their research and expertise to life. … Continued

  • Noshing in North Carolina: Identity and Memory through Jewish Food

    On December 14, 2017, Professor Berlinger hosted the final group exhibition curated by the students of FOLK/JWST 481: The Changing Lives of Jewish Objects. The exhibit was titled: Noshing in North Carolina: Identity and Memory through Jewish Food and it … Continued

  • Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Our newest edition is hot off the press, featuring our campaign priorities, faculty and student news, and a message from our Acting Director.   Read it online now.   If you’d like a copied mailed to your home, just sign … Continued

  • Uhlman Family Seminar 2018

    The Uhlman Family Seminar, a collaboration of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Carolina Public Humanities, is scheduled for March 24, 2018   Recent controversies over monuments featuring leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy in the American Civil War … Continued

  • Paving the way: Generous gift will enhance the future of Jewish studies at UNC and beyond

    Eric Sklut’s love for Carolina began at an early age, when he told his parents after a trip to Chapel Hill at age 13 that UNC was where he was going to college. Five years later, during the summer before … Continued

  • Faculty Book: Framing Sukkot

    Now available by the Center’s Gabrielle Berlinger: Framing Sukkot: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Vernacular Architecture The sukkah, the symbolic ritual home built during the annual Jewish holiday of Sukkot, commemorates the temporary structures that sheltered the Israelites as they … Continued

  • Faculty Book: Deborah and Her Sisters

    Now Available by the Center’s Jonathan M. Hess Deborah and Her Sisters: How One Nineteenth-Century Melodrama and a Host of Celebrated Actresses Put Judaism on the World Stage Before Fiddler on the Roof, there was Deborah, a blockbuster melodrama about … Continued

  • Spring 2018 Course Offerings

      Carolina students can enroll 17 courses in Jewish Studies or with Jewish Studies content in spring 2018 semester, with topics ranging from The Renaissance and the Jews, to Modern East European Jewish History, to The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community and … Continued

  • Thuswaldner Lecture

    Professors Yaakov Ariel [left] and Jonathan Hess [right] with Gregor Thuswaldner at the Oct 16th lecture, titled: Between Utopia and Reality: Stefan Zweig’s Europe.   Our next event is Monday, November 13. Event details.

  • Campaign for Carolina

    On Oct. 6, 2017, Carolina launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever—For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina—a bold effort aimed at fostering an innovation generation prepared to lead the world to a better future through research and scholarship, example … Continued

  • Upcoming Event: Between Utopia and Reality: Stefan Zweig’s Europe

    Between Utopia and Reality: Stefan Zweig’s Europe Academic Lecture/Film Discussion with Gregor Thuswaldner, North Park University October 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Dey Hall Toy Lounge Details on event Directions/Parking Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) is known for his humanistic … Continued

  • Human Rights and Antisemitism in the Current Climate

    This Monday, Sept 11, NC Hillel presents a lecture titled: Human Rights and Antisemitism in the Current Climate. Starts at 7:30pm at the Genome Science Building. The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to be a co-sponsor. More event … Continued

  • Undergrad Internship

    The Lori and Eric Sklut Jewish Studies internship The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for a paid, undergraduate student intern for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are seeking an intern to focus on social media/digital media and … Continued

  • We’re Hiring!

    The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is hiring a part-time administrative support associate – advanced. The job description and application requirements can be found  online. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action … Continued

  • Huqoq Discoveries, Summer 2017

    Excavations by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist continue to yield stunning mosaics in ancient Galilean synagogue   A team of specialists and students led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness has uncovered additional mosaic scenes in the … Continued

  • Acting Director Michele Rivkin-Fish

    The Center’s Director, Professor Ruth von Bernuth, will be on a faculty research and study assignment from July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Michele Rivkin-Fish has kindly agreed to serve as Acting Director while Professor von Bernuth is on … Continued

  • Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

    Lori and Eric Sklut Undergraduate Interns

    Lori and Eric Sklut Undergraduate Internships in Jewish Studies — 2017-2018 The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is accepting applications for two paid, undergraduate student interns for the 2017-2018 academic year. We need an outgoing student who can attend campus … Continued

  • The Defiant Requiem

    ‘We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them’ Read about The Defiant Requiem, in the A&S Magazine: http://college.unc.edu/2017/03/31/defiant-requiem/ http://magazine.college.unc.edu/2017/03/defiant-requiem/

  • Jewish Food in the Global South

    March 2017 – This two-day symposium will explore Jewish food in and of the global South, a concept that references the historic diversity of the American South and its vibrant cultural intersections with the nation and the world over time. … Continued

  • Carolina’s Human Heart

    “Zog nit keyn mol az du geyst dem letstn veg” (Never say that you are going on your final road) is one of the best-known Partisan songs. Written by Hirsh Glik in the Vilna ghetto in 1943, it became widely … Continued

  • Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

    Faculty News

    Spring 2017 Faculty News: David Lambert’s book, How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture, won the 2016 American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Textual Studies. Jodi … Continued

  • Graduate Student 3D Model

    Brad Erickson, a graduate student in the department of Religious Studies, spent last summer creating three-dimensional models of several ancient synagogues in Israel. The project includes a 3D model of the synagogues and a high-detail image of each synagogue’s mosaic … Continued

  • Berlinger Exhibit

    Major Gift Supports Academics, Research and Community Outreach

     A new endowment, funded by anonymous donors, was established last academic year to support the capstone course in Jewish Studies. Funds will be utilized to assist faculty in developing new course content, to provide the financial means to arrange for … Continued

  • From the Director’s Desk: A Stellar Review

    The last academic year of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies was filled with several major events and activities, but perhaps most notable for the Center was our first external review. The review committee was on campus for two days … Continued

  • Excavations in Huqoq

    Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor. The excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, a professor in the … Continued

  • Sam Kessler

    May 2016 graduates

    Two of our graduate students were hooded in May: Samuel Kessler and Annegret Oehme.   Annegret, who came from Germany in 2010 to enter the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies in order to study Old Yiddish, will soon start … Continued

  • Reconsidering Antisemitism

    The Center’s First Major, International Academic Conference The April 2016 Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present conference gathered a group of 19 leading experts—which included scholars, journalists and a politician—in Chapel Hill for three days of intensive discussion. Several hundred students, … Continued