Jewish Life at Duke

Programs & Initiatives

Jewish First-Year Advisory Mentorship

2018 JFAM whole group

Jewish First-Year Advisory Mentorship (JFAM) welcomes all new Jewish students into the JLD family by pairing them with individual upperclassmen - their “JFAMilies” - who provide insider insights about campus life and Jewish life, along with guidance, friendship, and support. Through various JFAM social gatherings - our traditional Welcome Back BBQ, JFAM Shabbat, and an Ice Cream Social, to name just a few - new students connect with each other and begin to develop their own niche on campus.

If you would like to be a part of a “JFAMily” either as a new student, or an upperclassmen, please email Jewish Life at Duke. JFAM is made possible through the generosity of the Freeman Family Program Fund. 



B'nai Mitzvah Program

B'nai Mitzvah 2019 Jackson_Aubrey_Rabbi

JLD’s B'nai program was the brainchild of a group of Jewish Student Union (JSU) members back in 2012, when the then-13-year-old Freeman Center was celebrating its own B'nai Mitzvah.  What better way to mark the milestone than by offering the same opportunity to students who missed out on this meaningful rite of passage?