About the Seminar

Since its inception in 2001, the Duke-UNC Seminar on Jewish Studies has gained a reputation as one of the more acclaimed intellectual meeting grounds in the area, bringing together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who discuss various aspects of Jewish history and culture. Monthly meetings discuss current work by either seminar members or internationally renowned guests, the papers distributed in advance for all to read. Scholars from throughout North Carolina attend, and the seminar has become the major venue for scholarly interaction among the Triangle’s Jewish Studies scholars. Presently coordinated with the UNC public lecture series, the seminar is a pillar of Judaic Studies at Duke and UNC, enriching the scholarly climate in the area and strengthening the various programs in the local universities by offering a stimulating and exciting forum for academic engagement in the study of Judaism.

Upcoming Events

Redrawing the Boundary Lines: The Non-Jew in the Contemporary Reform Synagogue

Dana Kaplan

The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, April 19, 2015. Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Rabbi Bernard Hooker Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the United Theological College of the University of the West Indies. He is the author of the new work The New Reform Judaism (Jewish Publication Society), as well as Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal (Columbia University Press), The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism (Cambridge University Press), American Reform Judaism: An Introduction (Rutgers University Press), Platforms and Prayer Books (Rowman and Littlefield), and Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism (Routledge).

Rabbi Kaplan will lead a discussion on, “Redrawing the Boundary Lines: The Non-Jew in the Contemporary Reform Synagogue.”

Paper available | JSS-Kaplan | Click here to download.



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Yaakov Ariel

Professor of Religion, UNC – Chapel Hill
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Malachi Hacohen

Associate Professor and Bass Fellow, History, Political Science and Religion, Duke University


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