Jewish Life at Duke

Support Jewish Life at Duke

Our Jewish community needs your support.

Jewish Life at Duke needs your help to fund the religious, educational, and social programs and services that unite and enliven our Jewish community – and to educate others on campus about Jewish life and traditions.

Tobacco Road Tzedakah Cup!


Thank you to all who donated and made the 1st annual Tobacco Road Tzedakah Cup was a huge success! An especially big thank you to Elizabeth Heyman Winter for her generosity in this challenge matching young alumni donations. Not only did we crush Carolina, but we also raised over $8,000 in support of all of the incredible work Jewish Life at Duke does.

The final totals are:

The rules of the challenge dictates that the losing school must wear the winner's gear. May we present, Carolina in Duke Blue: 

Take a moment to revel in this photo of Carolina having to shamefully concede victory

Meet this year's needs

While we receive support from Duke University, Jewish life at Duke must raise substantial funds to cover annual operating costs and to continue our full range of offerings on an annual basis. Duke parents and alumni are our most significant source of support. We welcome contributions in any amount.

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Secure the future

We’re also work to establish endowments that will ensure the vitality of the Jewish community at Duke forever.  Unrestricted endowments begin at $50,000, and endowments of $100,000 or more may be designated to support specific interest, projects, and critical areas of interest to you.

Top priorities include a Rabbinic Endowment to provide permanent funding for our campus rabbi; an Experiential Education Fund to help students learn firsthand about the Jewish Diaspora, the Holocaust and Jewish values; and a Passover Endowment to enable seders both at the Freeman Center and across campus.

Discuss your interests with Rebecca Simons, Director for Jewish Life at Duke, by calling 919-681-2911  or e-mail her at


Once you have been part of Duke’s Jewish community as a student, you remain part of our family for life. We welcome our alumni back to campus any time, but especially for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, when we host receptions and invite alums to join us for Shabbat at our beautiful Freeman Center.

Plan to join us for Homecoming or Reunion Weekend.

Our alumni also offer financial gifts that enable many of the programs we offer – just as previous alumni once supported the offerings they enjoyed as students.

Donate to support Jewish Life at Duke.