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.  


In Memorium 

It is with deep sadness that the Center announces the passing of Ruth Etkin. Ruth and her late husband Stan, z”l, had been cornerstones of the Center. They had been among a blessed number who had the vision to recognize how urgent the creation of the Center would be for the university community, the Jewish Community of Boone, and the broader communities in the High Country. Ruth always believed that in order to understand both the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, there was a need for students and adults to understand Judaism, Jewish life and culture. She believed that merely studying death and destruction as represented by the Holocaust would be counterproductive. One needs to study the living, vibrant, joyful nature of Jewish life. Ruth’s presence, her energy, her joyful approach to life will be profoundly missed by us at the Center, by the broader university and Jewish communities in Boone, by her Florida community, and by her family. Indeed, we extend our deepest sympathies to her two daughters, Elaine and Janet, and their families, and pray that their present grief will be tempered by the Almighty’s compassion.



Should you wish to make a contribution to the Ruth and Stan Etkin Memorial Fund at the Center, please make your checks payable to the ASU Foundation and included in the Memo line: Ruth and Stan Etkin Memorial Fund. Checks can be mailed to:

  The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University PO Box 32146 Boone, NC 28608    




We at the Center offer our deepest condolences to the family of Doris Rosen, z”l, who recently passed away. She was a source of light for her family, friends, and all the communities in which she lived. Hers was a life of service, giving back willingly and charitably to society. No task was too great for her over a long lifetime. May the wonderful memories her family has of her remain a source of healing now in their time of sorrow and, always. In the words of Jewish tradition addressed to those who mourn:

, המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

May G-d console you among other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.