Jewish Life at Duke

Programs and Initiatives

Jewish Life at Duke offers programs targeted to the needs of Jewish students – and helps the entire Duke community learn more about Jewish life and traditions.

Career Services

Jewish & Israel Resources

Jewish Life at Duke and the Duke Career Center have partnered to collect resources and facilitate conversations aimed at incorporating Duke students' personal interest in or identification with Judaism and/or Israel into their career decision-making process. Our goal is to provide useful and interesting information to support Duke students' self-awareness, growth, and future success, taking the whole person into account.

Read more on the Career Center site.

Freeman Fellows Internship Program

Built upon the Jewish value that the highest form of tzedakah (righteous work or charity) is to facilitate the ability of another person to earn a living and become self-sufficient, the Freeman Fellows Internship Program offers competitive internships in a wide range of high-demand fields. Sponsored by successful Duke alumni, parents and friends associated with Jewish Life at Duke, the Freeman Fellows Internship Program includes challenging summer internships at premiere organizations around the country.

A sampling of the current internship opportunities include:

To learn more about each position and apply, visit e-recruiting and search "Freeman Fellows Internship Program".

Be sure to check back regularly, for new opportunities.

Jewish Baccalaureate

Graduating seniors and their families are invited to gather Friday afternoon of graduation weekend to celebrate members of the graduating class with a special ceremony and reception, a gift and an optional Shabbat service and dinner.

Friday, May 9, 2014
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Click here to register
RSVP by May 2nd

RSVP by May 2ndWe are asking parents to email us a childhood photo and a recent photo of your student for our slideshow at

SPECIAL NOTE: Students with surnames ending in A - G may trade out their Baccalaureate Service tickets. Students must email Megan Hohenstein ( as soon as possible to exchange tickets.

For more details, see the Commencement schedule and the Duke Calendar.

View photo highlights of last year's event.

Jewish First-Year Advisory Mentor Program (JFAM)

JFAM welcomes you into our Jewish Duke family. The summer before your first year, you’ll receive an e-mail from an upper-class peer to chat about campus life and let you know what’s going on with Jewish Life during Welcome Week, starting with our annual Welcome Back BBQ. Once you arrive on campus, you can expect the fun to continue with exciting and innovative programs. JFAM is a fabulous gateway to Jewish Life at Duke.  If you would like to be a part of a  'JFAM'ily, email Jewish Life at Duke.

Connect with a mentor. Volunteer to be one. Email  Jewish Life at Duke.

LGBT resources

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews are fully included in Jewish life on campus.  Check out our LGBT Jewish resources list, apply for funding to attend LGBT Jewish conferences or just hang out.

Contact Jewish Life at Duke or the Center for LGBT Life for more information.

Roots to Rights Spring Break Trip

Join Jewish Life at Duke and the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture to explore key historical sites of the southern Civil Rights Movement, examine the history of the Movement from various perspectives and disciplines, and to discuss current issues surrounding the roots of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in relation to Black / Jewish Identity Development.

More information available on the MLWC site.

Study Abroad

Are you studying abroad during the semester or over the summer. Be sure to check out the Jewish community abroad for opportunities to meet Jewish university students, celebrate holidays, volunteer in the community, and kosher restaurants.

Click here for helpful links.

Taglit-Birthright Israel


If you're Jewish, age 18-26, and have never been on a peer-group trip to Israel, Jewish Life at Duke can offer you a chance to visit Israel - FOR FREE!  DO IT WITH DUKE!

Follow the 2012 Taglit-Birthright trip on our blog.

Jewish Life at Duke to Offer Spring 2014 Birthright Trip
Jewish Life at Duke will be hosting a spring 2014 Birthright trip. Registration opens at 10:00 am (EST) on February the 19th for new applicants.  Early-bird registration will be available at 12:00 pm (EST) on February the 18th for those who have previously started the registration process for any Birthright trip.  This trip is open to current Duke students in the Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Make sure that you register early and pay your deposit so that you can visit Israel in the spring with Duke on the only official Duke University Taglit-Birthright Israel trip!  If you are interested in participating in Birthright during the winter, please contact us for more details at

Thanksgiving in Prague

Spend Thanksgiving in Prague!

The Class of 2015 is invited to celebrate Thanksgiving in Prague with fellow classmates. Students both abroad and at Duke are invited. This program is open to all juniors in good standing regardless of religion and is an official Duke University sponsored experiential educational experience.

Registration and Acceptance
Registration is completed online through our designated partner travel agency. The deadline for registration is Monday, September 23rd. You will be notified of your acceptance into the program by Monday, September 30th. Space is limited and registration does not automatically mean acceptance. Registration is not considered complete without payment of the $275 program fee.