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?

Jun 02, 2014

Each day this week, a member of the Duke community will share their memories of Dr. Angelou.

I was 11 years old in the sixth grade, and I needed something new to read for silent reading time at school. Looking through my family bookshelf, I came across a tiny book that looked pretty well-worn, and its author was someone I’d heard of before: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  My mom had written her name inside the front cover, and it looked like it was a book she had read multiple times—so I grabbed that one and brought it to school.

I couldn’t ask my mom what her opinion was on the text, at that point, because of the stage of her illness. My mother was diagnosed with brain cancer six years prior, and was in a difficult place at that point in her life. Her name in the book’s cover was all the recommendation I needed to trust her judgment on the quality of this autobiography.

Sitting at school reading the book, I remember wondering whether this content was too mature for me—perhaps, I thought, I should choose something less heavy, like Holes or something. I remember raising my teacher’s eyebrows that I was tackling it at all.

Apr 11, 2014

Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein is giving $1.9 million to Jewish Life at Duke to expand programming, fund building renovations and enhance the college experience for Jewish students.

Most of the gift -- $1.5 million -- will fund new initiatives and staff positions for a Jewish student population whose needs and interests are changing, said Rebecca Simons, the center's director. New programs are expected to reflect an increasing student demand for information and resources related to globalization, leadership and community, she said.

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