Jewish Life at Duke


Congratulations on having a Blue Devil in the family! We are excited to have your child as a member of Duke's Jewish community.  We look forward to being able to support you and your student on their journey here at Duke.

Your student can look forward to being a part of a welcoming and inclusive environment with numerous opportunities for engagement in Jewish life on campus.  Through Jewish Life at Duke, your student can participate in a variety of Jewish student groups, and explore and celebrate their Jewish identity in many ways.

We appreciate your entrusting Jewish Life at Duke to be your child's home-away-from-home while at school and we do not take the responsibility lightly. Our students are our top priority and we strive to support them in every phase of their Duke experience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at or (919) 684-6422.

Want to stay on top of what's happening at JLD?

Parents receive a monthly e-newsletter from Jewish Life at Duke with the latest updates and opportunities to get involved. If you have not received our emails, you can sign up for our newsletter here. As a Duke parent, you too are part of this vibrant Jewish community, and we hope you will consider joining our Parents Circle!

Save the Date: Family Weekend 2021:

October 15-17, 2021

Parents, families, grandparents, and siblings: Join Jewish Life at Duke for Family Weekend! Visit us at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at 1415 Faber St, Durham (on the bus line, corner of Campus Dr. and Swift Ave.)


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Family Weekend Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Dinner with Jewish Life at Duke 

Friday, October 15, 2021, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Join Jewish Life at Duke to experience a Duke Shabbat! We start at 5:30pm with Shabbat Shira (song session) led by Rabbi Elana Friedman and students, followed by a pluralistic Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:00pm, and kosher Shabbat dinner at 7:00pm. Come for all or part of the evening. Shabbat Shira and Kabbalat Shabbat Service are free for all. Dinner is FREE for students and $18 for non-students. The event is hosted by Jewish Life at Duke. Tickets for dinner are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration site.


Family Weekend Bagel Brunch 2021

Family Weekend Bagel Brunch with Jewish Life at Duke    

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Students and their families are invited to join Jewish Life at Duke for a delicious bagel brunch. Visit the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, the home of Jewish Life at Duke and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel, meet fellow families and the JLD staff, and nosh on a kosher brunch as you wrap up your visit to Duke. The event is FREE for students and $10 for non-students. Hosted by Jewish Life at Duke. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration site. 

Support JLD

Become a member of the Parents Circle: Members are parents and grandparents of current students, who give an annual gift of $360 or more. In appreciation, Parents Circle members may select one of the following appreciation gifts:  a parent (or grandparent) T-shirt, power bank, or embossed journal.

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Contributions from parents, alumni, and friends make our work possible. A gift of any size will help us grow student programming and sustain Duke's vibrant Jewish community. Click here to show your support.