Jewish Life at Duke

Shabbat & Holidays

Due to Duke's shift to social distance practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all upcoming Duke-sponsored events will be virtual unless otherwise specified.  We will update information as we know it. For immediate questions, contact Jewish Life at Duke.

Shabbat with Jewish Life at Duke

Join the Jewish community virtually, Fridays while classes are in session from 6:00 - 7:30 pm (ET)

Zoom Link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/409322418


6:00 pm: Shabbat Shira (song session) with musical instruments, candle lightning, and Kabbalat Shabbat service.
7:00 pm: Shabbat dinner blessings, Good Thing of the Week sharing, and Shabbat dinner.
 

Register for your free Kosher Shabbat Dinner Box by Wednesday at noon each week at

https://tinyurl.com/DukeShabbatBox.

Kosher Shabbat Dinner Box Pick-up takes place on Friday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Freeman Center lower level patio (nearest parking lot), or at Brodhead Center ground floor, Crown Common patio (near Au Bon Pain and Devil's Krafthouse). All are welcome! Join us for all or part of the evening!

Questions? Contact Rabbi Elana (elana.friedman@duke.edu)

Shabbat dinners are always free thanks to the generosity of the Benenson family.

Introducing: Monthly Family Shabbat during the Fall semester

Join us on September 4, October 2, and November 6 at our regular Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/409322418
Note the new start time: 6:00pm (ET)

As always, we strive to build community, and this year especially, provide a sense of normalcy for our students. We are thrilled to also be welcoming our newest Blue Devils to our Shabbat community!

However, we had such a great time with parents and family members joining in this spring and summer that we want to continue the tradition! Parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends, join us on the first Friday of every month at 6:00pm starting September 4th for a special Shabbat experience. 

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Students actively participate in Shabbat at Duke at the Freeman Center by helping lead services, give the D'var Torah, or plan a special themed dinner, such as Israel Shabbat, Rainbow Shabbat, Interfaith Shabbat, Shabbat 101, Shabbat in K-Ville, to name just a few.

To get involved, email Jewish Life. All are welcome to join Rabbi Elana in thinking and planning Shabbat each week during the semester.  We will be planning the themes, style of services, and discussing ways to involve more students in Shabbat with Jewish Life at Duke. All are welcome and no expertise required. Tell Rabbi Elana if you are interested.

Shabbat dinners are always free thanks to the generosity of the Benenson family.

 

High Holidays 5781/2020

The new year is almost here - and we have lots of ways for you to celebrate the High Holidays with our Duke Jewish community. Our calendar follows.

Friday, September 18

  • Shofar Blast at Bryan Center Plaza: 4:00 pm. On-campus students can stop by the Plaza to fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the sounding of the shofar
  • Shofar Blast on the Freeman Center Patio: 4:30 pm. We'll continue bringing in the holiday on the patio at the Freeman Center with the sounding of the shofar
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah​ with JLD: 6:30 pm; dinner blessings at 7:30 pm. Join Rabbi Elana and Holiday Shaliach Tzibbur Mike Landes for services and dinner blessings. 

Saturday, September 19

  • Duke Rosh Hashanah Morning Rooms for Hillel's Higher Holidays: 10:00 am Join the JLD Team in our Duke-specific rooms as we participate in the Hillel Higher Holidays services (www.higherholidays.org - registration preferred, not required).
  • Tashlich with Jewish Student Union: 4:00 pm. Join with Duke's Jewish student leaders in a thoughtful and meaningful Tashlich. www.tinyurl.com/JSUTashlich20, Zoom meeting ID 923 9021 8211
  • Rosh Hashanah Blessings ​with JLD: 8:00 pm. Join Rabbi Elana and Holiday Shaliach Tzibbur Mike Landes for candle-lighting and dinner blessings

Sunday, September 20

  • Shofar Blast on the Freeman Center Patio: 2:00 pm. Visit the Freeman Center patio to fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the shofar

Sunday, September 27

  • Kol Nidre with JLD: 6:30 pm. Join Rabbi Elana and Holiday Shaliach Tzibbur Mike Landes for services to begin Yom Kippur.
    • Zoom meeting ID: 982 0091 3509

Monday, September 28

  • Duke Yom Kippur Morning Rooms for Hillel's Higher Holidays: 10:00 am Join the JLD Team in our Duke-specific rooms as we participate in the Hillel Higher Holidays services (www.higherholidays.org - registration preferred, not required).
    • Join Rabbi Elana to watch and discuss In the Book, a spiritually uplifting Reform-style service with prayerful music and song in our Duke room here: www.tinyurl.com/JLDHHD2020, Zoom meeting ID 982 0091 3509. More details about In the Book can be found here: https://higherholidays.org/yom-kippur/
    • Join Director Joyce Gordon to watch and discuss Beyond the Book, an audacious take on the High Holidays with some of the greatest thinkers, artists, authors, and musicians of today. Join Joyce in our Duke room here: www.tinyurl.com/DukeBeyondTheBook, Zoom meeting ID 957 1327 7331. More details about Beyond the Book can be found here: https://higherholidays.org/yom-kippur/
  • Duke Yom Kippur Afternoon Rooms for Hillel's Higher Holidays: 1:00 pm If you couldn't make it to the 10:00am service, join Joyce Gordon to re-watch and discuss In the Book, a spiritually uplifting Reform-style service with prayerful music and song in our Duke room here: www.tinyurl.com/JLDHHD2020, Zoom meeting ID 982 0091 3509. More details about In the Book can be found here: https://higherholidays.org/yom-kippur/
  • Duke Yom Kippur Yizkor Room for Hillel's Higher Holidays: 6:00 pm Join Rabbi Elana to participate in Hillel's Yizkor service. As Yom Kippur draws to a close and the gates of prayer and repentance begin to shut, we take a moment to reflect on those whom we have lost, while focusing on the people we want to become and the kind of world we want to create. Join Rabbi Elana in our Duke room here: www.tinyurl.com/JLDHHD2020, Zoom meeting ID 982 0091 3509
  • Neilah and Break the Fast ​with JLD: 7:00 pm. Join Rabbi Elana and Holiday Shaliach Tzibbur Mike Landes for the closing services and Havdallah for Yom Kippur at www.tinyurl.com/JLDHHD2020, Zoom meeting ID 982 0091 3509. Stay on with JSU for a Break the Fast party at 7:40 pm.

 

Are you looking for Conservative High Holiday services for the morning?

We have you covered with our local and Hillel friends and partners:

Questions? Contact Rabbi Elana

Please note: All services are free of charge to students and do not require prior registration, however, registration for meals is required.

Make a gift to support High Holiday programming.

 

Sukkot

Students are encouraged to visit the Freeman Center patio during Sukkot in order to fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in the Sukkah! The lulav and etrog will be in the Sukkah for students to shake, with the blessings printed up and handy. 

One person at a time in the Sukkah this year, of course! Dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, October 2: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 3: 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 4: 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 5: 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 6: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 7: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 8: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Friday, October 9: 3:00-5:00 pm

Sukkot programming is made possible through the generosity of the Freeman Family Program Fund. All meals or programs are free and open to all, first come first serve!

Learn more about Sukkot here.

Passover

 

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JLD offers a range of programming during Passover, all free of charge for students.

The Freeman Center holds traditional, communal Seders on the first and second nights of Passover, a matzah brie meal during the week, and matzah distribution at The Freeman Center on campus (gluten-free upon request).

Students interested in hosting their own Seders receive training from Rabbi Elana Friedman along with a Seder kit consisting of Haggadot, Seder plates, grape juice, and kosher-for-Passover meals for their guests. Each year, JLD facilitates approximately 20 student-hosted Seders, with more than 650 individual students attending overall. Student-hosted Seders are supported through the generosity of the Freeman Family Program Fund.

 

Hanukkah

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Hanukkah is one of the most anticipated Jewish holidays at Duke, thanks to our annual Latkapalooza.

This fall semester event attracts students of all backgrounds from across campus. Partnering with the Jewish Student Union (JSU), we celebrate the holiday by serving up hundreds of freshly fried latkes, spinning derides, and doling out a seemingly unlimited supply of Hanukkah gelt this is definitely a don't miss event for Duke students!

Jewish Life at Duke and the JSU hold candle-lightings at multiple locations across campus. Faculty members, staff and the community are also invited to join in this festival of lights.

If you would like to celebrate Hanukkah and need a menorah or candles, please drop by the Freeman Center for Jewish Life or email Jewish Life at Duke.