Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.  


Center Outreach

TOHC - October 25 Combined Sisterhood Brotherhood meeting


2015 Film Series

Leviticus 18:22 in Hebrew Scripture sets down a Divine prohibition: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”, a proscription amplified in several other Biblical verses. Those Biblical injunctions have stimulated limited rabbinic commentary over the millennia. Indeed, only in the last three decades of the twentieth century did the biblical commands receive closer, critical scrutiny. This film series will explore this highly charged topic through an award winning documentary and then a series of Israeli films which openly explore the issue of being Jewish and gay. The Center’s Director, Dr. Simon Sibelman, will introduce each film and lead Question and Answer session discussions following each screening.

The Film Series is held in the Greenbriar Cinema inside the Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University. All showings start at 2:00pm on Sundays and are FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Spring Semester Forum Speaker
February 23 - CANCELED - rescheduling for April

What obligation does the historian have in seeking to bring war criminals to justice? What role ought the historian play in providing the courts and government with
indisputable evidence that can radically change an individual’s life, even after the passage of half a century? DR. CHARLES W. SYDNOR, JR., trained as an historian, assumed this weighty
responsibility, serving as an expert witness for the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations in their cases against former Nazi-era war criminals such as John Demjanjuk and Theodor Szehinsky.