Located at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue on Duke's Central Campus, the Freeman Center for Jewish Life has been the hub of all things Jewish on campus since its opening in 1999. Students study, hold meetings, and hang out in classrooms, the Sassower library, Tabak Family Commons area, or in the Paresky lounge, which includes an e-print station and many games. Shabbat and Holiday services are held upstairs in the Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary, which also doubles as an event space.
The Freeman Center is also home to the Freeman Center Cafe, a kosher dining establishment, and is a resource for halal, vegetarian, and vegan diners throughout the community. Kosher dining is available at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life for enrolled Duke students through Jewish Life at Duke and Duke Dining. For additional details about Kosher dining, the Freeman Center Cafe menu, and how to order, click here.
The Freeman Center for Jewish Life
1415 Faber St
Durham, NC 27708
Mailing Address for Donations:
Jewish Life at Duke
Alumni & Development Records
Durham, NC 27708
Please note: As of July 2021, the Freeman Center is available for rental by Duke departments only; outside groups are not permitted to rent space based on Duke University's event policies as they relate to Covid-19.
How to reserve a space
The spaces in the Freeman Center can be reserved by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you request one of the spaces, a Conference and Event Services (CES) staff member will reach out within 5-7 business days to talk through your event needs. CES staff will help do the behind the scenes work to ensure your event is just as you imagined.
Levenson – Lerner Sanctuary Setup: The standard setup for the Sanctuary is theater style for 125
people (chairs in rows only). Other setups with prior approval:
- Banquet: 48 people (six rounds of 8)
- Standing reception: 65 people
Scharf Commons Setup: The standard setup for Scharf Commons is an open space. This area can be setup a variety of other ways (reception with cocktail tables, exhibit hall) but prior approval must be received first.
- Standing Reception - 175 people
Dining Room Setup: The standard setup for the dining room is 25 round tables with 8 chairs for 200 people. Other setups with prior approval are:
- Standing Reception: 350 people
- Theater style: 300 people
Scharf Commons and the Dining Room can be rented together and the entire building can be rented in 4 or 8 hour blocks.
Exterior Patio: There is an exterior paved patio on the lower level that can be used for a variety of events. The standard setup is with 15 tables-for-two and chairs that can be cleared for an additional fee.
The Freeman Center is home to Durham’s only Kosher catering kitchen and is also a great option for halal, vegetarian and vegan diners. In the Sanctuary and Scharf Commons non-kosher catering is allowed only with prior approval, and all outside food must be vegetarian. If the caterer is dropping off food and not staying for the event it is your responsibility to ensure all food and trash has been removed. *Alcohol of any kind if not permitted anywhere in the Freeman Center* Approved caterers include Duke Dining and Duke Dining’s vendors only.
Pricing and Additional Information
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