Jewish Life at Duke

Support Jewish Life at Duke

Nearly 100% of our operating budget comes from alumni, parents, and friends like you. Support Duke's Jewish community by making a gift today.

Make a gift online

Make a gift of stock:  Under Designate my Gift, please indicate "Jewish Life at Duke"

Make a gift by mail or phone:

To donate by phone, call Duke’s Alumni & Development Records Office at (919) 684-2338 or Jewish Life at Duke at (919) 684-6422.

To donate by mail, make your check payable to “Jewish Life at Duke” and send it to the following address:

Jewish Life at Duke
Alumni & Development Records
Duke University
Box 90581
Durham, NC  27708-0581

Please include a note if your gift is in memory or in honor of a loved one and include the honoree’s email or mailing address if you would like them to be notified (gift amount will not be shared).



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Looking for our Tax ID number? Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 56-0532129. Gifts to Jewish Life at Duke are tax-exempt, and apply toward your total giving to Duke University. 

Join the Parents Circle:

Parents and grandparents of current students who make a gift of $360 or above are entitled to membership in the Jewish Life at Duke Parents Circle.

Your support helps Jewish Life at Duke provide a warm and welcoming home-away-from-home for your student.  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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You will also be acknowledged as a Parents Circle donor in our annual report. Click here to join the Parents Circle today.


Endowment Giving
Jewish Life at Duke's endowment helps ensure the vitality of the Jewish community at Duke in perpetuity. Unrestricted endowments can be established with a gift of $50,000 or more; endowments established with gifts of $100,000 or more may be designated to specific programs or areas of interest. 

To learn more about endowment giving and our funding priorities, please contact Joyce Gordon, Director for Jewish Life at Duke at 919-681-2911 or by email at


Planned Giving
Gifts made through a will, retirement account designation, or life income gift may allow you to provide lasting support for Jewish Life at Duke while accomplishing your own personal and financial goals.

To learn more about supporting the future of our Jewish community and Duke or to notify us of your intentions to make a legacy gift, please contact Aviv Sheetrit, Associate Director for External Relations at 919-684-1949 or by email at or our liaison in the Office of Gift Planning, Jeremy Arkin, at 919-613-6195 or by email at


Giving Levels

We are grateful to all of our donors. In addition to endowment donors, those at the following giving levels are acknowledged in the Jewish Life at Duke annual report:

Pillars: $100,000+
Patrons: $50,000+
Cornerstones: $25,000+
Visionaries: $18,000+
Sustainers: $10,000+
Leaders: $5,000+
Benefactors: $2,500+
Chai: $1,800+
Builders: $1,000+
Partners: $360+
Parents Circle: $360+

Support the Programs You Care About

Deciding how to allocate your gift? You can support Jewish Life at Duke in a number of ways, including:

  • Jewish Life at Duke General Support Fund: Donating to this fund ensures your donation will be used wherever it’s most needed. Unrestricted donations fund everything from student programs to guest speakers to facility maintenance, operations, and more. This is the funding source that allows us to do our foundational work and also allows us to say “yes!” to new opportunities. •
  • Freeman Family Program Fund: Support student-focused programs including JFAM (Jewish First-Year Advisory Mentorship), the B’nai Mitzvah Program, and Host-Your-Own Passover Seders.
  • High Holidays Programs Fund: Support services, meals, and operations for annual High Holiday services including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We engage with hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members during the High Holidays, and meals are always free for students.
  • Israel Programming Fund: Support Israel programs including lectures, guest speakers, seminars, conversational groups, and events; student travel for Israel policy conferences; Israel student groups; and programs related to our full-time Jewish Agency Israel Fellow.


Questions about other funding opportunities? Contact Aviv Sheetrit, Associate Director for External Relations, at 919-684-1949 or by email: