Jewish Life at Duke

Shabbat and Holidays

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


“Students celebrate “Big Shabbat” at Jewish Life at Duke”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!  We offer a number of different types of Friday night experiences to the Duke community on a rotating basis to meet different needs and interests.  There will always be Shabbat programming at Duke, but the form of that program may vary from week to week.  Usually Shabbat programming will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday nights with either Shabbat services followed by dinner or dinners followed by Shabbat services and Kiddush (sanctification of Shabbat over a glass of wine).

(At right: “Students celebrate “Big Shabbat” at Jewish Life at Duke”).

Passover at Duke

Passover commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt and our coming together as a nation. The Passover Seder, the festive meal in which we recount the experience of being freed from slavery and the exodus from Egypt is the single largest worldwide Jewish observance. Jewish Life at Duke hosts Seder for all students on both the first and second night of the holiday.

Jewish Life at Duke strives to make Passover at Duke as much like home as possible.  To accomplish that, there are multiple options for attending or leading a seder at Duke!  Jewish Life at Duke hosts seder at the Freeman Center on both the 1st and 2nd night of Passover.

  • 1st Seder will be at 6:30p on Monday night, April 14, 2014.
  • 2nd Seder will be at 8:00p Tuesday night, April 15, 2014.

Advance registration is required for all seders sponsored by Jewish Life at Duke including the seder at the Freeman Center as well as the student “Host Your Own Seders.”  Please click here for the link to register for seder.

High Holidays

If you aren’t heading home to your family for High Holidays, please join us in celebrating them at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. We host both evening and morning Conservative and Reform services that are led by a mixed team of students, faculty, alumni and professionals.  Dinners and lunches are served throughout the holiday and our Tashlikh (the ceremonials casting away of sins) ceremony is held on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, right after a delicious lunch!

Ticket Information for Services
Students : Free    
Non-student members of the Duke community: Suggested donation $36    
Community members and parents: Suggested donation $100

Click here to register for High Holiday meals
Please click on the links below to see the schedule of services and meals

Other Holidays

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