Earlier this month, the Class of 2017 officially joined the distinguished ranks of Duke alumni. To mark this occasion, Jewish Life at Duke hosted our annual Jewish Baccalaureate â a ceremony celebrating their intellectual, personal, and Jewish journeys at Duke. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends traveled from near and far to give a resounding âmazal tov!â to the new graduates and wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
Tell us about yourself, Dylan:
Iâm a sophomore from New York City majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics
Why did you choose Duke?
As always, things are busy here on campus: students are finishing up end-of-year programming, participating in JFAM and Birthright Israel orientation, and getting ready to start studying for final exams. Amidst all that, students across campus still made it a priority to come together and celebrate Passover. Itâs always a treat to celebrate the holiday here at JLD; on both the first and second night, we broke matzah with approximately 60 students who joined us at our free communal Seders here at the Freeman Center.
Jewish Life at Duke strives to make Passover at Duke a special time by providing multiple options for Seders. Students are more than welcome to attend a traditional, communal seder at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, or they may elect to attend one of the many student hosted Seders held across campus. Students are kindly asked to register for all Passover celebrations.
With Spring Break (for those of you who get the time off) about a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you well with the rest of the semester and offer a few thoughts about current events and their implications for many of you. It is not my intent to make this a political commentary, but I want to be sure to express my concerns for the many of you who might be feeling insecure or vulnerable right now as things rapidly change in the national scene. Here’s what I want to say:
Last weekend, the Jewish Student Union and Jewish Life at Duke teamed up for the sixth annual Duke Bânai Mitzvah program. Jessica Matthys, T'17, and Alex Merriman, T'17, took a momentous step in their Jewish journeys, celebrating their Bânai Mitzvah with Jewish Life at Duke.
Why did you choose to go to Duke?
I chose to attend Duke because it has a great blend of strong academics, school spirit, and exciting and cohesive campus life.
What did you study at Duke? Outside of the classroom, what were you involved in on campus?