As a department within the Division of Student Affairs and an accredited Hillel, Jewish Life at Duke serves as the address for Jewish life on campus. Students, staff and faculty come together to create a vibrant, diverse and pluralistic Jewish community. We are here to help you celebrate holidays, make friends, enjoy a good meal, discuss Israel, as well as connect with amazing Jewish opportunities on campus, at home and throughout the world.
One of the program highlights is a program for first-year students, Jewish First-Year Advisory Mentor Program (JFAM). The summer before your first year, you'll receive an e-mail from an upper-class peer to chat about campus life and let you know what's going on with Jewish Life during Welcome Week, starting with our annual Welcome Back BBQ. Once you arrive on campus, you can expect the fun to continue with exciting and innovative programs. JFAM is a fabulous gateway to Jewish Life at Duke.
Jewish Life at Duke is comprised of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel. The Freeman Center provides a home for Jewish life on campus while the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel provides exciting and innovative programming throughout the Duke community. The combination works to foster and enrich Jewish life through social, educational, religious and cultural activities.
Built in 1999, the striking 17,500 square-foot Freeman Center for Jewish Life stands at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue on Duke's Central Campus. Students study in the classrooms and take advantage of the on-site E-Print station while also hanging out in the Paresky Lounge, enjoying the game tables in the Tabak Family Commons Area, and holding meetings in the Sassower Library. Shabbat and Holiday services are held upstairs in the Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary.