Jewish Life at Duke

Shabbat and Holidays

Celebrate Shabbat and Jewish Holidays with your Jewish Life at Duke family.

Shabbat

Jewish Life at Duke celebrates Shabbat  each Friday night that classes are in session and welcomes all members of the Duke community to join us! Shabbat programming begins at 6:00pm unless otherwise specified.

Please register for dinner before 5pm each Thursday so that we can prepare enough home-cooked food for everyone to enjoy and have enough time to accommodate special dietary needs. Shabbat dinner from Jewish Life at Duke is always free to Duke students thanks to the generosity of the Benenson family.

On certain Friday nights, Jewish Life at Duke runs an alternative Shabbat opportunity. Shabbat-To-Go gives students a unique opportunity to host a Shabbat meal in a space that is comfortable to them. Students are able to apply for funding to supplement their meals and are encouraged to open their meal to friends. Click here for the guidelines and application.

In recent years, we have held Israel Shabbat, Rainbow Shabbat, Superbowl Shabbat, Shabbat 101, Shabbat in K-Ville, Shabbat To Go and many more! To get involved in the planning of Shabbat at Duke, e-mail Shabbat@duke.edu

Register for Shabbat dinner HERE or go to tinyurl.com/JLDShabbat

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah at Duke is a celebratory time to bring the campus community together and start a new year. We hold Reform and Conservative services in the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and encourage student involvement.

Register for all High Holiday meals here or at tinyurl.com//HiHo2014

Ticket Information for Services
Services do not require registration.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur at Duke provides the campus community a space to come together in prayer.  We hold Reform and Conservative services in the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and encourage student involvement.

Register for all High Holiday meals here or at tinyurl.com//HiHo2014

Ticket Information for Services
Services do not require registration.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays and at Duke we make sure to honor this!

Latkapalooza has become a staple event in the fall semester and attracts students from all across campus. Jewish Life at Duke partners with the Jewish Student Union to bring this annual celebration to life each year. With hundreds of latkes, plenty of dreidels, unlimited amounts of gelt, Latkapalooza is a  ‘don’t miss’ event!

Passover at Duke

Jewish Life at Duke strives to make Passover at Duke as much like home as possible.  On the first and second night of Passover, Jewish Life at Duke hosts seders that are open to the campus community. In addition, students have the option of hosting their own seder! In recent years, there have been at least 17 different seders hosted on campus attended by over 650 students.

Throughout the holiday, kosher dinning is available three meals a day at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life as well as select locations on campus. For more information about kosher for Passover dining, e-mail Jewish Life at Duke.

Seder with Jewish Life at Duke

REGISTER HERE

Jewish Life at Duke strives to make Passover at Duke a special time. .  There are multiple seder options to choose from varying from diverse student hosted seders around campus to staff led seders at the Freeman Center.

  • 1st Seder will be at 6:30pm on Friday night, April 3, 2015.
  • 2nd Seder will be at 7:30p Saturday night, April 4, 2015.

Student hosted seders are first night only and a full list can be found on the registration form. Advance registration is required for all seders.  Please scroll down for the link to register for seder.

Jewish Life at Duke is also happy to provide seder plates, and haggadot for students who would like to host their own seder.  Please email jewishlife@duke.edu for more information.

REGISTER HERE

Passover Meal Schedules

Kosher for Passover meals are available for purchase throughout the entire holiday of Passover at select locations on campus.

On Friday, April 3rd, 1st Seder will be held at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and will begin at 6:30pm that evening, after the conclusion of services.  Please scroll down for the link to register for seder.

Dates / Locations:

Saturday, April 4th:

  • Au Bon Pain  (All 3 meals)
  • Trinity Café (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Marketplace (Brunch & Dinner)

Sunday, April 5th:

  • Au Bon Pain  (All 3 meals)
  • Trinity Café (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Marketplace (Brunch & Dinner)
  • Penn Pavilion (Dinner)

Monday, April 6th – Thursday, April 9th:

  • Penn Pavilion (All 3 meals)

Monday, April 6th – Friday, April 10th:   

  • Trinity Café  (All 3 meals)
  • Marketplace (All 3 meals)

Friday, April 10th:

  • Penn Pavilion (Breakfast & Lunch)

Saturday, April 11th: 

  • Au Bon Pain  (All 3 meals)
  • Trinity Café (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Marketplace (Brunch & Dinner)

Henry’s Place at The Freeman Center for Jewish Life will have the following: 

  • Monday - Friday from 12:00 – 2:00pm: Grab and go lunches
  • Monday – Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00pm: Hot dinner buffet

Passover Shabbat dinner will be held at the Freeman Center on Friday, April 10, 2015.  
(Registration is required)

REGISTER HERE

Matzah on Campus

Matzah is available at all dining locations serving Kosher for Passover meals during the week.  If you do not see it, please ask a manager.  Registration is required for Gluten Free Matzah at the link below.

Learn more about Passover by clicking here.

More Information:

Meal Reservation and Payment Form

Other Holidays

We offer special gatherings and activities for many other Jewish holidays throughout the year, including: