Jewish Life at Duke

Freeman Center For Jewish Life



Located at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue on Duke's Central Campus, the Freeman Center 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 Durham'€™s only kosher kitchen. A home-style kosher dinner buffet is available for Duke students Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm, at Henry'€™s Place in Heyman Dining Hall within the Freeman Center.


Weekday dinners are part of the DukeCard meal plan and are open to the public for $18.70. Friday evening Shabbat dinners are served free of charge for students. In addition, kosher lunches prepared and packed in our kitchen are available for student pick up at various campus locations. Open to the community at large, our kosher kitchen is a great option for halal, vegetarian, and vegan diners.

The Freeman Center for Jewish Life is accessible to students with a Duke ID between 8:00am and 11:00pm. Jewish Life at Duke staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

Using Our Space

The Freeman Center is a convenient and welcoming space for student groups, Duke departments, and community members. Whether you are organizing a meeting, training session, recurring class, or a larger function, we can meet your group's needs. To reserve space at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, complete and submit a reservation request. Questions? Contact Renee Moore, Manager, Operations and Events.

Images of available rental space below:

Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary

Sassower Library Scharf Commons and Dining Room
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Tabak Family Commons Lobby Seminar-Style Classroom Seminar-Style Classroom
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