Jewish Life at Duke



Students enjoy a variety of Hanukkah programs and an opportunity to perform the mitzvah of lighting the candles. The Jewish Student Union also plans their annual Latkpalooza celebration featuring food, music, fun, and games!


Past Events


In 2021, we hosted eight nights of Hanukkah candle-lighting at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and across campus. 

  • Sunday, November 28 from 8:00-8:30pm: First Night French Fry Fest
  • Monday, November 29 from 8:30-9:00pm: Cookies & Candles
  • Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00pm: Hybrid Live/Virtual Hanukkah Candle Lighting with Special Guests President Vincent E. Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth*
  • Wednesday, December 1 from 6:00-8:00pm: Latkapalooza with the Jewish Student Union, at Devil's Krafthouse, West Campus
  • Thursday, December 2 from 5:30-6:00pm: East Campus Night, hosted by Duke Jewish Student Union’s First-Year Council, Gilbert-Addoms Patio, East Campus 
  • Friday, December 3 from 5:30-8:00pm: Hanukkah Shabbat Service & Dinner
  • Saturday, December 4, time TBD: Donuts & Dreidels, hosted by the Duke Jewish Business Association, Duke Jewish Law Students Association, and Graduate & Professional Students
  • Sunday, December 5 from 7:30-9:30pm: Movie Night, hosted by Duke Friends of Israel

*Hanukkah Candle Lighting with Jewish Life at Duke, with special guests President Vincent E. Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth (Hybrid Live/Virtual) 

Duke's Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain Elana Friedman was joined by special guests Duke University President Vincent E. Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth: View the recording of the event here.


In 2020, we invited the Duke community to join us for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as we lit candles virtually with our Duke community, featuring some very special guests including Jon Scheyer, Duke Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach, Sally Kornbluth, Duke University Provost, Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Behavioral Economics, and Vincent E. Price, 10th President of Duke University. You can view a playlist of some of our featured guests here!