Jewish Life at Duke

Programs and Initiatives

Jewish Life at Duke offers programs targeted to the needs of the Jewish students and helps the entire Duke community learn more about Jewish life and traditions. We collaborate with a variety of student organizations, Duke departments and community partners to provide diverse programming and support student initiatives including leadership development, religious education and cultural endeavors.

Jewish Life at Duke uses the REACH database tool to track student information. For more information, click here.

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 interests 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 in any way possible.

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.

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

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.
This years Jewish Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 8th at 4:30pm in the Freeman Center for Jewish Life.

In preparation for this celebratory event, we are looking for baby photos and current photos of our graduating class. To participate, please e-mail a baby photo and current photo along with student name and hometown to Jewish Life at Duke.

Jewish First-Year Advisory Mentor Program (JFAM)

JFAM welcomes all new Jewish students 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. Every year, Jewish Life at Duke kicks off with the Welcome Back BBQ which is a great way new Jewish students to connect with each other and upperclassman. Once classes begin, 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’ as a new student or an upperclassman, email Jewish Life at Duke.

LGBT resources

Jewish Life at Duke appreciates and encourages the diversity of our student population. Accordingly, we value a space that allows for any and all affiliations including those who identify as LGBTQ. Our community promotes an environment where students fully participate in all aspects of Judaism to their desire. For on campus resources contact Jewish Life at Duke or visit the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity located in the Bryan Center. Be sure to look at our LGBTQ Jewish resource list, movie list and book list.

Roots to Rights Spring Break Trip

Jewish Life at Duke and the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture have come together 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 locate kosher restaurants. More resources can be found on the through the Global Education Office.

If you are a Jewish student who has studied abroad or are a Jewish student preparing to study abroad, we invite you to be part of a brand new initiative started by the Jewish Student Union. Students will be paired together, a mentor and a mentee, to get all the Jewish in’s and out’s of some of the worlds most vibrant cities. To find out more, email Jewish Life at Duke.

Taglit-Birthright Israel


If you're Jewish, age 18-26, and want to go to Israel, Jewish Life at Duke can offer you a chance to visit Israel - FOR FREE!  DO IT WITH DUKE!

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip through Duke! Graduate and professional students often prefer to travel with a 22-26 year old group and we can help you with that! For all questions regarding Taglit-Birthright Israel, contact us at

Look back at the 2012 Taglit-Birthright Israel Duke blog.

Thanksgiving in Prague

Questions? E-mail or call 919.684.6422.

Jewish Life at Duke uses the REACH database tool to track student information. For more information, click here.