Jewish Life at Duke welcomed our students to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year on August 14, 2020 with our first virtual Shabbat of the semester during Weeks of Welcome.
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:
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:
A Blessing for the Class of 2020 by Kenny Green ’20, JSU President (2019-2020)
Felicia Lim is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Duke’s Molecular Cancer Biology program. She also participates in the Global Health Doctoral Certificate Program as she is interested in using her expertise in research to enter science diplomacy and global health fields.
Tell me a little about your journey and how you ended up at Duke!
Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by area and lies between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is made up of the Australian mainland, the island of Tasmania, and several smaller islands. The capital is Canberra, but the cities of Sydney and Melbourne are the economic and cultural centers.
Portugal lies on the Atlantic coast in southwestern Europe. In the north, it is sparsely settled yet scenic, with wild and mountainous terrain. The south, on the other hand, is warm and fertile.
South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. The country has three capital cities: Pretoria is the executive capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. Other prominent cities include Johannesburg, the largest urban area, and Durban, a major port and industrial center.
These are some unprecedented times. In the past month, our students have experienced a lot to be grieving about, from a worldwide pandemic changing their everyday experience to the postponing of so many traditions and expectations on campus in an attempt to keep everyone safe. We continue to make choices on a systems level, which impact the day-to-day experiences that make the Duke community special. Our students are left to navigate the final month of the semester away from community and often feeling very alone. Students are home and surrounded by the love of family, but this is not the college experience for which they prepared. As a result, we are all grieving and longing for our world to return to some bit of normalcy.