Jonathan Boyarin, who joined Carolina’s Department of Religious Studies in 2007 as the Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Thought, has been appointed associate director for the Center. He will work with Jonathan Hess on long-range planning for the Center, curriculum development, fund raising and public outreach.
Hebrew Bible Through the Ages
For Professor David Lambert, studying the Hebrew Bible means much more than simply reading the ancient text. He extends his study to explore how the Bible is interpreted through the ages, and how different cultural assumptions alter how people approach the Bible. Read More
Family Creates New Endowment
Seymour M. Levin, ’48 and Carol Cole Levin of Greensboro, N.C., have recently expanded their support of the Center by establishing a new faculty endowed chair in Jewish Studies.
Undergraduate Research Awards
T. Fielder Valone, Jr., class of 2011, is the first recipient of the Elsie Kaplan“Mother” Shapiro ZBT Undergraduate Research and Travel grant in Jewish Studies and Joseph “Trey” Meeks, class of 2010, received an undergraduate research award from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religious Studies.
Eli N. Evans '58 Receives Honorary Degree
Eli N. Evans '58, writer, philanthropist and chair of the Advisory Board for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on May 10 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s spring commencement. Full story
Klezmer dance, genocide, evangelical support of Israel and Jewish-American cooking are among topics to be explored in community events sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full story
A $1.5 million distinguished professorship in Jewish studies will be named in honor of alumnus Stuart E. Eizenstat '64, who served as the lead investigator for Holocaust reparation agreements and deputy secretary of the treasury during the Clinton administration. David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C., has pledged $500,000 to help establish the UNC professorship. Full story
Jewish music, Zionist ideology and Jewish merchants in the post-Civil War South are among topics to be explored in a spring lecture series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full story
A $1 million gift to the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will allow the center to recruit a rising faculty star in modern Hebrew literature and Israeli culture in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The gift is from two Charlotte families: Lori and Eric Sklut, and Lori's parents, Leon and Sandra Levine. Full Story
The life and times of America’s first Jewish baseball star will be the topic of a film screening and discussion Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at UNC-Chapel Hill. The event kicks off the fall 2007 lecture series of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Full Story
The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that Jonathan Boyarin will join UNC's faculty in the fall as Kaplan Professor of Modern Jewish Thought in the Department of Religious Studies. This distinguished professorship is named in honor of Leonard and Tobee Kaplan, who made a generous gift to establish the position. Full Story
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Jewish Life in Western North Carolina: UNC-Asheville's Ramsey Library special collections website
History at Hand -- A People's Memory: A History of Jewish Businesses in Asheville, 1880-1990
Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition, available through Davis Library, UNC-Chapel Hill