The mission of Jewish Life at Duke is to empower Jewish students to learn and grow intellectually and spiritually; to inspire and nurture personal paths to Jewish identity; and to cultivate community and friendship.
The Hub of All Things Jewish on Campus
Located at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue on Duke's Central Campus, the Freeman Center for Jewish Life opened its doors in 1999. Students study, hold meetings, and hang out in classrooms, the Sassower library, Tabak Family Commons area, or in the Paresky lounge, which includes an e-print station and many games.
Shabbat and Holiday services are held upstairs in the Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary, which also doubles as an event space. The Freeman Center is also home to the Freeman Center Cafe, a kosher dining establishment, and is a resource for halal, vegetarian, and vegan diners throughout the community. Kosher dining is available at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life for enrolled Duke students through Jewish Life at Duke and Duke Dining. For additional details about Kosher dining, the Freeman Center Cafe menu, and how to order, click here.
A Duke Jewish experience where every student finds meaning, connection, and joy, and therefore makes an enduring commitment to Jewish life.
The Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel
We often get asked, "Is there a Hillel at Duke?" The answer is yes, it’s us! The Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel, a part of Jewish Life at Duke (JLD), is accredited by Hillel International and has even been selected for several prestigious Hillel International initiatives. One thing that makes JLD unique is that in addition to being a fully accredited Hillel, it is also a department within the division of Student Affairs of Duke University. This means JLD benefits from the best of both worlds—simultaneous support from two major institutions committed to JLD’s future and success.
The Story of the Freeman Center
Discover the story of those who wanted a space on campus for Jewish students, faculty and staff to call home.
"The reasons we’ve all worked so hard for this day are standing right here before us: first, the Jewish students for whom the CJL will be a welcome home; then, the Jewish faculty and staff who will also find a sense of community here, and a place to meet with students; and finally, the larger Jewish community of the Research Triangle, for whom the CJL will be another rich resource.”
-Judith Ruderman, PhD ’76 at the Dedication Ceremony of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, 1999
Stay on Top of What's Happening at JLD
The Annual Report highlights the impact made on Duke's Jewish community each year thanks to the support of Jewish Life at Duke's donors, volunteers and advocates. Read our Annual Reports below:
- 2019-2020 Annual Report
- 2018-2019 Annual Report
- 2017-2018 Annual Report
Please note: the Honor Roll listing of donors acknowledges gifts made in the corresponding fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). To learn more about supporting Jewish Life at Duke with a donation, click here.
The Freeman Center for Jewish Life
1415 Faber St
Durham, NC 27708
Mailing Address for Donations:
Jewish Life at Duke
Alumni & Development Records
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-6422
Fax: (919) 684-6451
Plan A Visit
The Freeman Center for Jewish Life is open for drop-in visits and tours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm when classes are in session, and on an abbreviated schedule during the summer. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you're coming.