Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville

Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville Established in 1982, the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville serves the university and the community. It draws on resources of both, provides services and programming for both, and brings the people of the university and the larger community together intellectually, artistically, and spiritually.

Specifically, the CJS coordinates academic course offerings in Jewish Studies, hosts visiting lecturers and performing artists, and encourages and supports the activities of Jewish students at UNC Asheville. The CJS advisory aboard is made up of interested persons from the UNC Asheville faculty, administration, and staff, as well as members of the local Jewish community including, as ex officio members, the rabbis of the local congregations.

04/12/2021

We regretfully announce that today's lecture by Dr. Rebecca Clifford has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will update you soon with its new date and time.

In Partnership With The Fine Arts Theatre, the Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to offer the 2020 Phyllis Freed Soll...
04/13/2020

In Partnership With The Fine Arts Theatre, the Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to offer the 2020 Phyllis Freed Sollod Memorial Program:

Saul and Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band (2020, directed by Tod Lending)

Like many survivors of the Holocaust, after World War II, Saul and Ruby moved to America, started families and careers, grew old, and retired to South Florida. For them, retirement could have been the last chapter in their story. But then they decided to start a klezmer band, named the Holocaust Survivor Band. The band summons the bittersweet memories of childhood in Poland, but more than that, it is a celebration of life. In this utterly heart-affecting and enthralling film, we follow Saul and Ruby’s musical journey, which begins in total obscurity, playing in residential homes for the elderly and small Jewish community organizations, to being invited to perform at venues across the country, including a coveted performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. This unique and compelling story is about having the courage to live one’s dreams, finding purpose and meaning in life at any age, the transcendent power of music, and the importance of speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry.

This film includes graphic documentary footage from the Holocaust and as such may not be advisable for young children.

The first 75 people who register may view this acclaimed documentary on-demand at no charge from April 22 to 24. If we exceed 75 registrants, the film will be available at the regular rental price of $6.

TO REGISTER – Click the following link and fill out the form with your name and email address: https://bit.ly/saulruby. Further instructions and information can be found there.

To be added to the CJS email list, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/YZh6d4MFbXejhJwW9

For more information, contact the Center for Jewish Studies at [email protected] or 828.333.7126.

Join us March 25 at 7 pm in the Blue Ridge Room of Highsmith Student Union for a talk by acclaimed diversity practitione...
03/09/2020

Join us March 25 at 7 pm in the Blue Ridge Room of Highsmith Student Union for a talk by acclaimed diversity practitioner, activist and Jewish woman of color, Yavilah McCoy. She will discuss the practice of holding multiple identities within efforts to build greater equity and justice in the changing political and social climate of 2020. Yavilah addresses the challenges of diversity and inclusion in religious communities, as well as opportunities that these communities can engage toward becoming deeper allies and stronger advocates in working together toward social justice.

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10/16/2019

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07/24/2019

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02/01/2018
CHAVRUTA: A DRUMMER'S BAT MITZVAH Trailer

The amazing, multi-talented Alicia Jo Rabins will be doing an evening of performance, reading, and talking on The Complicated Lives of Biblical Women at UNC Asheville/Center for Jewish Studies on March 6, 2018, 7 pm, Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to all! Don’t miss it! Here's a little snippet of one of Alicia's many projects.

Trailer for CHAVRUTA: A DRUMMER'S BAT MITZVAH, a 15-minute documentary short by filmmaker Jodi Darby, drummer/ecologist Lisa Schonberg and musician/Torah teacher…

10/12/2017
On The Border: Defining, Defending, Protecting, Crossing, Erasing, Transcending

2017 Phyllis Freed Sollod Lecture - On The Border: Defining, Defending, Protecting, Crossing, Erasing, Transcending

Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Center for Jewish Studies

Featuring Dr.Richard Chess Chair & Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of English and including a short film by Marty Gillen "The First 35 Years"

https://youtu.be/G-FevHl8YpE

2017 Phyllis Freed Sollod Lecture Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Center for Jewish Studies Featuring Dr. Richard Chess - Chair & Roy Carroll Disting...

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10/12/2017

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Mountain Xpress
03/22/2017
Mountain Xpress

Mountain Xpress

The festivities also include literary readings, discussions and musical performances both on and off UNC Asheville’s campus, through Sunday, March 26.

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03/20/2017

Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville

We hope you will join us from March 23-26, 2017 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the UNC Asheville Center for Jewish Studies (CJS), as well as Richard Chess’s 25th year as director!

Walter Ziffer speaks about his new memoir, Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for God, on April 2, 2...
03/13/2017
Walter Ziffer Talk & Book Signing | Center for Jewish Studies

Walter Ziffer speaks about his new memoir, Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for God, on April 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on UNC Asheville's campus. Presented by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

https://cjs.unca.edu/walter-ziffer

Don't miss Danny at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on March 26.
02/15/2017

Don't miss Danny at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on March 26.

Big celebration coming!
02/15/2017

Big celebration coming!

Asheville Citizen Times
02/08/2017
Asheville Citizen Times

Asheville Citizen Times

The celebration will feature a series of special events on and off campus March 23-26, culminating in a concert by Israeli writer and recording artist Danny Maseng at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall.

We hope you will join us from March 23-26, 2017 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the UNC Asheville Center for Jewish...
01/04/2017

We hope you will join us from March 23-26, 2017 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the UNC Asheville Center for Jewish Studies (CJS), as well as Richard Chess’s 25th year as director!

Just around the corner!
10/07/2016

Just around the corner!

UNC Asheville and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will jointly convene Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit on Oct. 21-22, 2016 on UNC Asheville's campus.

This two-day event is a gathering of 11 writers whose work deeply engages—by embracing, complicating, or wrestling with—a faith tradition or spiritual practice. The event will feature writers from several faith traditions and will include readings, panel discussions, guided conversations that involve audience members, and two open productions of On Being with Krista Tippett, who is participating thanks to festival partner WCQS – Western North Carolina Public Radio.

Krista Tippett, broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author, will conduct featured conversations to be recorded for her Peabody Award-winning public radio broadcast and podcast, On Being. Tippett’s interview guests will include poet and P. B. Parris Visiting Writer, Marilyn Nelson, on Friday, Oct. 21, and Pulitzer Prize winner and Goodman Endowed Visiting Artist, Isabel Wilkerson, who reads on Saturday, Oct. 22. Wilkerson’s reading also is a part of Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

For more information on the festival, please visit:
http://english.unca.edu/events/faith-literature-festival-contemporary-writers-spirit

UNC Asheville and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will jointly convene Faith in Literature: A Festival of ...
09/23/2016

UNC Asheville and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will jointly convene Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit on Oct. 21-22, 2016 on UNC Asheville's campus.

This two-day event is a gathering of 11 writers whose work deeply engages—by embracing, complicating, or wrestling with—a faith tradition or spiritual practice. The event will feature writers from several faith traditions and will include readings, panel discussions, guided conversations that involve audience members, and two open productions of On Being with Krista Tippett, who is participating thanks to festival partner WCQS – Western North Carolina Public Radio.

Krista Tippett, broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author, will conduct featured conversations to be recorded for her Peabody Award-winning public radio broadcast and podcast, On Being. Tippett’s interview guests will include poet and P. B. Parris Visiting Writer, Marilyn Nelson, on Friday, Oct. 21, and Pulitzer Prize winner and Goodman Endowed Visiting Artist, Isabel Wilkerson, who reads on Saturday, Oct. 22. Wilkerson’s reading also is a part of Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

For more information on the festival, please visit:
http://english.unca.edu/events/faith-literature-festival-contemporary-writers-spirit

We hope you will join us for one or both of our upcoming programs!-The 2016 Phyllis Freed Sollod Memorial Lecture: This ...
03/01/2016

We hope you will join us for one or both of our upcoming programs!

-The 2016 Phyllis Freed Sollod Memorial Lecture: This American Jewish Life, A Talk by Dr. Hal Lewis, President and CEO of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville

-"About Man and God and Law": Bob Dylan and Religion,
A Talk by Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, CEO and President of the JCC Association

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:00pm
Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville

02/05/2016

If you would like to receive information on our upcoming programs and events, please complete the UNCA Center for Jewish Studies Mailing List Form by clicking on the link below. Thanks!

http://goo.gl/forms/IQXYZK7Yw2

Rosh Hashanah begins this Sunday evening!  Don't forget to wish your loved ones health and happiness in the coming New Y...
09/10/2015

Rosh Hashanah begins this Sunday evening! Don't forget to wish your loved ones health and happiness in the coming New Year! L'shanah Tovah!

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins this Sunday evening! Have you sent your friends and family one of our free e-cards yet? Send one today: bit.ly/AJWS_E-Cards

Please join us for "Riffing On Scripture: Artistic License And The Bible," A Talk By Jay Jacoby, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,...
09/09/2015

Please join us for "Riffing On Scripture: Artistic License And The Bible," A Talk By Jay Jacoby, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th in the Reuter Center. This event, presented by The Center for Jewish Studies and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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