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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 – 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 “mazal tov!” 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 “doing Jewish,” 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 “do Jewish” in their own unique ways.

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Passover 2017

Seder
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

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Zoila Airall, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life

Diversity and Inclusion are values critical to Duke University. We are a community of students, faculty and staff of different demographic backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, income level, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.  As educators we understand the importance of preparing our students to become members of a global citizenry whose workforce becomes more interconnected and interdependent with each new generation.  In Student Affairs, one of our four strategic goals is to provide education in cultural competency so that students gain a consciousness, information and knowledge about world-views and perspectives different from their own.  The opportunity to develop what many refer to as cultural fluency enables students to communicate, interact and engage effectively with people different from themselves.

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Photo: Jesse Dembo

Thumbnail Tell us about yourself, Jesse. 
I’m from New York and am currently a senior at Duke University majoring in Public Policy, minoring in Political Science and getting a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. After graduation this spring, I am extremely excited to say that I will be working at the National Basketball Association.
 

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Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Duke Families,

As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.

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Jewish Life at Duke

Jewish Life at Duke has been fortunate to host many incredible speakers over the years. We’re proud to bring noteworthy individuals to campus to share their experiences, perspectives, and insights. This past month has been especially exciting, as we’ve hosted three very different members of the Jewish community: Ari Shavit, Assi Azar, and Jon Scheyer.
 
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Jewish Life at Duke

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Jewish Life at Duke

Thumbnail Duke students are driven, independent and ambitious – that’s why Duke boasts over 400 independent student organizations on campus each year. These groups allow students to pursue individual interests, while gaining invaluable leadership and organizational skills. Here at Jewish Life, we also rely on these leaders to help connect with other students and propel Jewish life forward through engaging programming and innovative initiatives.

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