Jewish Life at Duke

About Us


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. Want to stay on top of what's happening at JLD? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Click here to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report.