Jewish Life at Duke (JLD), in the simplest of terms, serves as home away from home for students; we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming community for students to explore their identity, celebrate their culture, and engage with Judaism in a real and tangible way. With a strong population of driven and devoted students, Jewish Life at Duke offers an ever-expanding breadth of opportunities for students both on campus, and off. Whether they’re enjoying a home-cooked Shabbat dinner at the Freeman Center, or road tripping in the Deep South, students get to develop a passion and knowledge for the Jewish community while investing themselves within it.
We are a tight-knit, diverse and inclusive community who benefit from the shared and learned experiences of one another. Jewish Life at Duke strives for this sense of multi-faceted Jewish community where all are welcome, and all are cared for. We offer programming to fulfill our students’ evolving social, cultural, and educational needs to allow students to explore Judaism on their own terms. Students have ample opportunity to take on leadership roles whether it be starting a new student group, leading Shabbat services, or hosting their own Passover Seder. Through community building, collaborative initiatives, leadership opportunities, and educational experiences, JLD encourages every Jewish student to live a life inspired by Jewish values.
If you haven’t been to the Freeman Center for Jewish Life yet, we think you ought to come check us out: grab dinner in our Kosher dining hall, watch a movie on the big screen TV, have a study group in the library or join us for Shabbat. We know you’ll feel right at home. Our doors are always open to you - come on in and see what’s in store.