Jewish Life at Duke

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    JEWISH FIRST-YEAR ADVISORY MENTOR PROGRAM

    Be a part of a JFAM-ily!  You will be welcomed to campus by an Jewish student mentor and invited to join the fun.

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    Shabbat Services and Meals

    Please join the Jewish community at Duke for weekly Shabbat services and register for home-style Shabbat dinners.

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    Come Visit Us!

    The Freeman Center for Jewish Life is home to the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel and Jewish Life at Duke.

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Who We Are: 

As a department within the Division of Student Affairs, Jewish Life at Duke serves as the home for Jewish life on campus. Within the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, one can find the department of Jewish Life at Duke and the accredited Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel. The Freeman Center for Jewish Life serves as a home away from home for all those seeking to engage with the Jewish community while at Duke. Students, staff, and faculty come together to create a vibrant, diverse and pluralistic Jewish environment. We are here to help celebrate holidays, make friends, enjoy a good meal, discuss Israel, as well as connect those interested with amazing Jewish opportunities to campus, at home and throughout the world. Read more or download our brochure or read the 2013 Annual Report.

Have You Heard?

Apr 17, 2015

In honor of the upcoming Jewish Baccalaureate ceremony, we sat down with Dr. Robert Satloff  (T’83) who spearheaded the tradition here at Duke. In his interview , Dr. Satloff discussed his experiences as a Jew in the south.

Apr 17, 2015

Dr. Robert Satloff  (T’83) is one of America’s foremost experts on Arab and Islamic politics and U.S. Middle East policy.  Since 1993, he has served as Executive Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a non-partisan “idea factory” focused on the political, security, military, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of the Middle East. In addition to his Duke B.A., Rob has a master’s in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University and a D.Phil. in modern Middle East history from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Why did you choose to attend Duke?
Growing up in Rhode Island, I never heard of Duke, until the Blue Devils played URI in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament in 1978 – and won by just one point. I was intrigued about this excellent school in the South and the more I learned about it, the more interested I became. I was invited to visit the school as part of the competition process for an Angier B. Duke Scholarship, was blown away with the beauty of the campus and had a great time. When I was fortunate enough to receive the Scholarship, the choice was clear.

What did you study, and what organizations were you involved with on campus?
Like most students, I bounced around from major to major until I found my special interest in defining my own major via the Comparative Area Studies program. I combined Middle Eastern and South Asian studies into what essentially was a major in Islamic history and Arabic language – knowledge that I still draw on every day in my professional life, more than three decades later.

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