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Passover 2017

Passover 2017

Seder
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.

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Letter to All Students

Dear students,

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:

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6th Annual B'nai Mitzvah at Duke

Last weekend, the Jewish Student Union and Jewish Life at Duke teamed up for the sixth annual Duke B’nai Mitzvah program. Jessica Matthys, T'17, and Alex Merriman, T'17, took a momentous step in their Jewish journeys, celebrating their B’nai Mitzvah with Jewish Life at Duke.
 

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Wrapping up 2016...finals, latkes, and looking ahead to next semester

The 2016 Fall semester has officially concluded at Duke and here at the Freeman Center, we saw firsthand just how hard our students work on their academics. As per usual during finals week, we witnessed students camping out in the building until the wee hours of the morning, cramming for exams, putting finishing touches on final papers, and enjoying plenty of free snacks in the lounge (and yes, sometimes they also indulged in a nap or two on one of our couches).

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Celebrating Freeman18 with... Jennie Litvack, T'85, P'19

Tell us about yourself:
I'm from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and now live in Chevy Chase, MD. I was a Public Policy major at Duke and went on to get my masters and PhD at the Fletcher School at Tufts. I am an international development economist and worked at the World Bank as Lead Economist for almost 20 years. â€‹

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Welcoming Students Back to Campus

It’s First Big Week here at Duke and campus is abuzz with excitement as students begin the Fall 2016 semester. At the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, we’re welcoming students with various events through our flagship JFAM (Jewish First Year Advisory Mentorship) program. JFAM matches incoming first-year students with upperclass students, who offer guidance, support, and friendship in their transition to college life. It's an integral program that helps new students develop personal connections and stronger ties to the Jewish community here at Duke.

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