Jewish Life at Duke

The Freeman Center

Built in 1999, the striking 17,500-square-foot Freeman Center for Jewish Life stands at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue on Duke’s Central Campus. Students study in the classrooms and take advantage of the on-site E-Print station while also hanging out in the Paresky Lounge, enjoying the game tables in the Tabak Family Commons Area, and holding meetings in the Sassower Library.  Shabbat and Holiday services are held upstairs in the Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary. Henry’s Place in the Heyman Dining Hall serves a homestyle kosher buffet that is included in DukeCard meal plans. Kosher dining is available Monday - Thursday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm for $16.15 (for those not on the DukeCard meal plan). There is also a discount meal card good for 10 meals for $144.00.

Visit Freeman Center staff offices from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Study and hang out from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Students, access the building using your DukeCard. The building also has wireless internet access and on-site kosher dining.

For more information regarding renting the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, please contact Renee Moore, office coordinator.

For more information regarding the Freeman Center for Jewish Life's Kashrut Policy, please click here.

Our facility features a variety of spaces and activities:

Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary

This is a spacious room used during the academic year primarily for Shabbat services. We also hold classes and dining events in this lovely room.

Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 140       
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 96     
  • Square Feet: 1,638

Scharf Commons and Heyman Dining Room
This is a spacious room that can be divided into two separate rooms. This space is used during the academic year primarily for Shabbat dinner and weekly Kosher dining. This room (along with the Dining Room) has also been used for Jewish Bacculaureate, Parent and Reunion brunches, as well as many parties.

Total Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 420      
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 264    
  • Square Feet: 3,969

Scharf Commons Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 210       
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 144     
  • Square Feet: 2,124

Heyman Dining Room Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 210       
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 120   
  • Square Feet: 1,845

Sassower Library (Terrace Access)
The Sassower Library is used during the academic year primarily for Shabbat services, Freeman Center Board meetings, as well as various meetings held by students and Duke departments.

Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 36    
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 24    
  • Square Feet: 540

Seminar rooms - A and B
Total Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 32      
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 16    
  • Square Feet: 320

Paresky Student Lounge
Total Capacity

  • Maximum Theater Seating: 40      
  • Maximum Banquet Seating: 30  
  • Square Feet: 529

Tabak Family Commons Area: The Tabak Family Commons area provides a great place to congregate, hang out and play pool.  Be sure to check out the bulletin boards to meet our student leaders and review current information.