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Center for Jewish Studies 35th Anniversary Celebration Opening Night

  • 03/23
  • 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
  • Reuter Center - Manheimer Room

An evening of memories and reflections on the Center for Jewish Studies, followed by a chance to celebrate with friends at a dessert reception. 

UNC Asheville Professor of English Richard Chess has been director of the CJS for the past 25 years and will deliver the 2017 Phyllis Freed Sollod Memorial Lecture, On the Border: Defining, Defending, Protecting, Crossing, Erasing, Transcending, on the celebration’s opening night. A poet and essayist, Chess will offer a vision of Jewish culture as suggested by internationally acclaimed poets and writers who have been hosted by the CJS, including Yehuda Amichai, Rodger Kamenetz, Jacqueline Osherow, Shirley Kaufman, Peter Cole and Robin Becker. Chess also will read briefly from his forthcoming book, Love Nailed to the Doorpost, slated to be published in March. The evening also will include a short film on the history of the CJS by Marty Gillen and a dessert reception. This event is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

Conceived in 1982, the CJS has brought some of world Jewry’s leading thinkers, writers, musicians and artists to Asheville. The CJS also coordinates UNC Asheville’s course offerings in Jewish studies, and stages community events bringing people together across religious and cultural boundaries.

The celebration will continue with two events featuring Danny Maseng, who rose to stardom at a young age as a musician and on Israeli television and then arrived in the U.S. in 1971 under the patronage of Israel’s Prime Minister Golda Meir to star in a Broadway musical, Only Fools are Sad. He has gone on to record a dozen albums, stage a critically acclaimed one-man show that had a long off-Broadway run and toured internationally, and he has guest-starred in many TV shows. He is also a spiritual leader and cantor, supporting the arts in the Jewish community.

See links below for details on these 35th anniversary events.


Contact for this event:

  • Richard Chess
  • 828.251.6576