Tell us about yourself, Sarah:
Earlier this month, the Class of 2017 officially joined the distinguished ranks of Duke alumni. To mark this occasion, Jewish Life at Duke hosted our annual Jewish Baccalaureate â a ceremony celebrating their intellectual, personal, and Jewish journeys at Duke. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends traveled from near and far to give a resounding âmazal tov!â to the new graduates and wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, offered the opening remarks. Dr. Moneta spoke about the value of âdoing Jewish,â which he defined as: remembering the Holocaust, leading an ethical and moral life, working for justice and equality, being intellectually curious, and caring about Israel. In closing, he encouraged the students to âdo Jewishâ in their own unique ways.
Tell us about yourself, Dylan:
Iâm a sophomore from New York City majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics
Why did you choose Duke?
I chose Duke because I felt that the campus had the perfect combination of strong school spirit driven by athletics and a passion and commitment to academics. I also felt that Duke best enabled me to grow in ways that I hadnât experienced before.
Outside of the classroom, what are you involved in on campus?
As always, things are busy here on campus: students are finishing up end-of-year programming, participating in JFAM and Birthright Israel orientation, and getting ready to start studying for final exams. Amidst all that, students across campus still made it a priority to come together and celebrate Passover. Itâs always a treat to celebrate the holiday here at JLD; on both the first and second night, we broke matzah with approximately 60 students who joined us at our free communal Seders here at the Freeman Center. Open to all, these Seders offer students a traditional Passover experience that they can enjoy with the larger Duke community.
A nap, a big hug, some really really good food, and snuggling with your dog are a few of the mental images the âTake What You Needâ board offers. The end of the semester can be a stressful time and while a weekend at the beach would be great, sometimes just taking a moment to imagine yourself on vacation is enough to catch your breath.
When we eat a great meal we don't usually think about the farmer that planted the crops, or the truck driver that transported the ingredients, or the retailer that stocked their shelves, or the chef that followed a recipe, or any of the other countless individuals involved in each bite. Thinking about every bite in such detail would be overwhelming and at the end of the day everyone involved is happy that their work was appreciated. Attending a great event can be viewed in the same way.
Jewish Life at Duke strives to make Passover at Duke a special time by providing multiple options for Seders. Students are more than welcome to attend a traditional, communal seder at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, or they may elect to attend one of the many student hosted Seders held across campus. Students are kindly asked to register for all Passover celebrations.
Passover celebrations at the Freeman Center:
1st Seder: Monday, April 10th at 7:15pm
2nd Seder: Tuesday, April 11th at 8:15pm
Matzah Brie Brunch: Thursday, April 13th from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Passover Shabbat: Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm
With Spring Break (for those of you who get the time off) about a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you well with the rest of the semester and offer a few thoughts about current events and their implications for many of you. It is not my intent to make this a political commentary, but I want to be sure to express my concerns for the many of you who might be feeling insecure or vulnerable right now as things rapidly change in the national scene. Here’s what I want to say:
Campus Rabbi Elana Friedman offers some thoughts as we enter into the New Year and celebrate the High Holidays on campus
Duke Dining Announces West Union Restaurant Vendors
Duke Dining has announced the eight vendors that will operate the thirteen restaurants coming to the new West Union.
Director of Duke Dining, Robert Coffey said, “In keeping up with Duke’s first-class reputation the West Union Building will be one of the finest, state-of-the-art dining facilities in the country. The vendors that we have selected for this facility will be capable of producing world-class innovative food that has never been attempted in a University setting.”
Devil’s Krafthouse, offering pub fare and a wide selection of microbrew beers, will be operated by Andy Magowan of local Durham restaurants, Geer Street Garden and The Boot.