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 in the classrooms and take advantage of the on-site E-Print station while also hanging out in the Paresky Lounge, enjoying the game tables in the Tabak Family Commons Area, and holding meetings in the Sassower Library. 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.

These weekday dinners are part of the DukeCard meal plan and are also open to the public for $17.55. Friday evening Shabbat dinners served free of charge for students. The kitchen also prepares and packs kosher lunches that students can pick up at various locations on campus. Open to the community at large, the 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 and Jewish Life at Duke staff is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.


For more information regarding renting the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, please contact Renee Moore, Manager, Operations and Events.