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The Freeman Center for Jewish Life, located on Duke's campus, opened in 1999, providing a home for Jewish Life at Duke and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel and for the Duke Jewish community to gather, celebrate, learn, and pray together. As you've read in our history, though, you know that Jewish student centers, and Jewish communities especially, existed on campus long before the Freeman Center was built. 

What was Jewish life at Duke like in the 1950s?

Class of 1958 alumna Charlene Nachman Waldman shared the following photos and reflection with us:

Duke Jewish Students in the 50s at Hillel Shabbat in Divinity School
1954 or 1955. Duke Jewish Students in the 50s at Hillel Shabbat meeting at Duke's Divinity School. L to R: A Duke student, Marvin Marx, Bob Nolan, Chick Becker, Saul Bendayan, Howard Block and Bernie Goldstein
Alpha Epsilon Phi 1950s
Yearbook photo of the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi from the 1950s
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From funny, personal stories of his mother’s reaction to his research awards – “that’s very nice, Bobby, but it’s not the Nobel” – to wise advice about mentorship and persistence, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz delighted over 200 viewers who tuned in to his virtual interview at Jewish Life at Duke with former Blue Devil David M. Rubenstein ’70 earlier this week. The conversation, introduced by Emma Mehlhop ‘21, a Jewish senior studying Economics and Global Health, was an entertaining and insightful peek inside the life and work of the cardiologist turned legendary scientist whom the Swedish press corps dubbed “the happiest Laureate.” Lefkowitz shared stories of his career path, family and personal life, and how his Jewish values shaped his life.

When Covid-19 presented us with the challenge of how to bring our programming to our students, the JLD team came up with JLD@Home to enable us to connect with our community no matter where they might be. See the offerings delivered via JLD@Home below:

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At Jewish Life at Duke, one of our guiding principles is to meet students where they are and provide them a space to explore their Jewish identity. For some, Jewish Life at Duke is the place where they returned to, strengthened, or even discovered their connection to Judaism. Ben Thier '20 shares his (touching and funny!) story of finding that connection below:

 

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Sent to the Jewish Life at Duke listserv June 3, 2020.

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Dear Friends,

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As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, one of the ways we honor its history and importance to our Jewish community is by collecting and sharing the statements, stories, and memories of those impacted by Jewish Life at Duke's Freeman Center.

Have a story about how Jewish Life at Duke or the Freeman Center has made a difference in your life? Please share your story here. To include a photo, email Lena Wegner.

 

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