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As your Jewish Life at Duke family continues to strive to be your home away from home, ​even while we are not together on campus for the Spring 2020 term, we are proud to introduce JLD@Home, where you'll find virtual programming and new opportunities for connection and healing. Click here for a message from Jewish Life at Duke Director, Joyce Gordon. Be sure to install the Zoom app for easy access to JLD@Home activities. Read on for current listings and Zoom links:


Daily Hang with JLD@Home  

Monday-Thursday at 4:00 pm (EST): Pop in to visit with JLD staff members to chat, play games or have discussions. Our staff members will rotate with a topic of conversation, structured activity, or just a chance to hang out. Topics range from podcast recommendations and bracketology to favorite movies and game time— with Rabbi Elana, Joyce, Ethan, Reuven!

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Shabbat with JLD@Home 

Fridays at 5:00 pm (EST): Join JLD's virtual Shabbat experience, including songs from our Shabbat Shira (song session), sharing each person’s “good thing of the week,” and engaging in Shabbat prayer and intentions for healing. A great way to enter Shabbat wherever you are.

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Torah Lunch Club

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm (EST), starting March 25:  Each week, study a Torah teaching with Rabbi Elana over lunch (B.Y.O.Lunch;). Topics range from the weekly Torah portion to upcoming holidays and classic stories. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

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Virtual Coffee Conversations  

Ongoing: Taking the heart of our individualized engagement online. Students, schedule a one-on-one coffee conversations via Zoom with Rabbi Elana, Joyce Gordon, Ethan Helfand, or Reuven Remez!



And be sure to check-out programming from Hillel@Home, a wholly unique global online platform from Hillel International for students to learn and connect. Hillel@Home offers virtual ways to join discussions with world-renowned thought leaders and speakers, including Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Obama administration speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz, Comedy Central executive Tara Schuster, six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire and many more.


Past JLD@Home Programs

The following virtual programs have passed, but we are open to your requests! Email if you have a program idea or would like to host a Daily Hang.

  • Daily Hang—March 17: Rabbi Elana Friedman began our sessions by connecting and checking in with students.
  • Daily Hang—March 18: JLD Director, Joyce Gordon chatted with students and traded favorite podcasts.
  • Daily Hang—March 19: Ethan Helfand, Associate Director for Student Programming and Leadership, hosted a "bracketology" themed hangout session with students.
  • Israel Update—March 19: Jewish Agency Israel Fellow Reuven Remez teamed up with Emory Hillel's Israel Fellow Michal Hartman to update students on and discuss the Israeli elections -- coalitions, multiple elections, and more.
  • Daily Hang—March 23: Joyce shared some creative thinking about gifts during quarantine!
  • Daily Hang—March 24: Game Time with Rabbi Elana.
  • Daily Hang—March 25: Reuven talked all things movies.
  • Daily Hang—March 26:  Holy Shirtballs! "The Good Place" -- Ethan hosts a watch party and discussion.
  • Daily Hang—March 30: Shakshuka 101 JLD joined Reuven in his kitchen for some Shakshuka instruction!
  • Daily Hang—March 31: Rabbi Elana played Mafia and checked-in with students.
  • Daily Hang—April 1: Craft Time with Joyce - Joyce shared her love of crafting with the Zoom crowd.
  • Daily Hang—April 2: Yiddish far di zoomers - Ethan shared some Yiddish for the Zoom Generation!