Jewish Life at Duke


Duke University provides students with opportunities to increase their Jewish knowledge. Duke students interested in persuing academic coursework with The Center for Jewish Studies and/or Hebrew Language have the opportunity to pursue these disciplines with internationally renowned faculty members. Here at JLD, Rabbi Elana faciliates educational programs that help students explore their own Jewish identities, integrate Jewish values, and broaden their overall understanding of Judiasm.

If you would like to get involved with any of our current programs, please email Rabbi Elana for more information.

Bagel Beit Midrash – A high level small-group learning experience for students with significant Jewish knowledge and experience with text study.

Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) – A 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. The program was developed at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU in 2007 and has been made available to additional campuses through Hillel International with partial financial support. The focus of our seminar is “Life’s Big Questions.”

Jewish Student Athlete Group – A peer-led experience for Jewish student athletes to come together as a micro-community.

Tea and Ethics – A weekly small-group experience led by Rabbi Elana focused on the teaching of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Ancestors).

Senior Seminar – A 6-session conversational seminar for graduating seniors with topics ranging from reflecting on our time at Duke to thinking about our Jewish future and the role we play in society.

Mussar at Duke – A weekly intensive on the spiritual practice of Mussar. Mussar focuses on Jewish ethics and values by learning about specific middot (traits) and engaging with daily practices, students work in the large group and with a chevrutah (study partner) to in order to help improve the soul and ground oneself in Jewish teachings and tradition. The program includes guided meditations, discussions, readings and journal activities. 

Torah Lunch Club (TLC) – A weekly Torah study of the parshat hashuva (the weekly Torah portion) over lunch on West Campus.  Each session ends with our weekly Mincha minyan (the afternoon prayer service).