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Antisemitism 101 Trainings for Duke Faculty & Staff

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Antisemitism 101 Trainings for Duke Faculty & Staff

Learn about the roots of antisemitism, how it manifests today, and what we can all do about it.

Jewish Life at Duke offers Antisemitism 101 trainings for Duke faculty and staff. This in-person, interactive, in-depth session explores Jewish identity and diversity as well as dives into the roots of antisemitism, how it manifests today, and what we can all do about it, to help you as you support Jewish students in your schools and program. As a result of the training, trainees develop:

  • Awareness of the multifaceted nature of Jewish identity and the diversity among Jewish people, particularly college students.
  • An understanding of the definition of antisemitism, and the ability to identify when anti-Zionism and anti-Israel activity crosses over into antisemitism.
  • The ability to identify at least one way in which they can support Jewish people and address antisemitism on campus. 
  • Increased awareness of services on campus that support Jewish students, faculty, and staff. 

Workshops take place in the Freeman Center for Jewish Life are open to any Duke faculty or staff who register in advance, on a first-come, first-served basis.

In light of the continuing national trend of rising antisemitism, you may be hearing from students, alumni, parents, and others who are concerned. If you find yourself wishing you could learn more about what is driving these concerns, please join us by signing up for a training today.

Register for a Training: Spring 2024 

Trainings take place in-person at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. Boxed lunches are included.

We typically have a waitlist for this training and ask that you only register if you are available to attend the entirety of the training.

Choose from one of the following dates. You only need to sign up for one training date.

Trainings take place in-person only. We do not currently have a virtual option at this time. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Jewish Life at Duke staff members Rabbi Elana Friedman, Duke Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain, and Joyce Gordon, Director for Jewish Life at Duke, typically facilitate our Antisemitism 101 Training for Duke Faculty and Staff. In their absence, a representative(s) of Jewish Life at Duke will facilitate the training.

It is important that you arrive promptly. Due to the nature of the training, we ask that you only register to attend if you are available for the entirety of the training.

Attendees are expected to stay for the entire training. Due to the nature of the training, we ask that you only register to attend if you are available for the entirety of the training.

Trainings take place in-person only. We do not currently have a virtual option at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Yes. If the registration for the training date you wish to attend is no longer opens, then the capacity has been reached for that workshop. However, it is common for spots to open up due to cancellations. To join the waitlist, please email jewishlife@duke.edu with subject line: "Waitlist Request for Antisemitism 101" and the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Affiliation (Duke Faculty, Duke Staff, or both)
  • Training Date
  • Your Dietary Restrictions

You will be notified via email if a spot opens up and asked to confirm your attendance within 24 hours, after which your spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Yes! You are more than welcome to take meetings from the Freeman Center in the hours before or after this training. You're always welcome to use our building's lobby, library, lounge, classroom, or multipurpose cafe area, as well as take advantage of the Freeman Center Cafe (located downstairs, open from noon to 7:30pm on Mondays-Thursdays, and noon to 2pm on Fridays) for coffee, dessert, or a meal. 

The Freeman Center for Jewish Life is located at 1415 Faber St, between East and West Campus. 

  • Parking is somewhat limited. There are limited spots available in the Freeman Center parking lot with a Duke Universal or Chapel Dr. parking pass. There are first-come, first-served parallel city street spots on Faber St., Powe St., and Hull Ave. 
  • We recommend carpooling with colleagues or taking a Duke bus if you can. Bus routes that stop at the Campus Dr./Swift Ave bus stop include the C-1 East-West and the SWS Swift Express. 

Yes. You will be asked to share your any dietary restrictions/food allergies when registering. We will ensure that your dietary restriction is accomodated.

Lunch is typically boxed bagel sandwiches and salads from Brandwein's Bagels. 

If you are no longer to attend the entirety of the training, please email jewishlife@duke.edu to cancel your registration as soon as possible. With enough lead time, your spot can be offered to an individual on the waitlist.

Yes, accommodations for attendees who are nursing can be made with Jewish Life at Duke staff or facilitators. It is recommended to schedule a break around the existing break in the training, if possible. Please contact us at jewishlife@duke.edu to make individual arrangements, preferably at least one week in advance.

You can find a list of Jewish holiday dates here.

We encourage our Duke colleagues and student groups of all identities and faith traditions to reference this resource when scheduling programs and events in order to avoid planning events on major Jewish holidays. Taking into account these dates helps create an inclusive climate for the Duke Jewish community. 

We ask that there be no university-wide programming on the 1st night/day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the 1st night/day of Passover, as those are days observed by the vast majority of American Jews. 

Limited closed departmental trainings are available based on facilitator availability. A minimum guaranteed attendance of 30 individuals is required. To inquire into offering this training for your team, please contact jewishlife@duke.edu.

Testimonials

Here’s what some colleagues shared after attending this training: 

  • “Admittedly, I came into this training not knowing much more than what holidays to avoid when scheduling meetings/events - so I absorbed SO much information and came out with so much respect and understanding for Jewish life on campus and the community as a whole.” 
  • “This program should be shared as widely as possible -- students, staff, and faculty would all benefit from such a program.” 
  • “This presentation was excellent in all ways. The workshop was brief enough to fit into a workday, lunch was delicious, and there was plenty of time to meet and interact with colleagues.” 
  • "While it seems obvious, it was really helpful to see the scaffolding of how antisemitism builds from stereotypes, myths on to scapegoating and violence. It puts into perspective the need to call it out when we see/hear it."
  • “There is so much antisemitism embedded within our culture that I had no idea about and now that I know more, I feel better informed and able to speak up when something comes up.”

With Thanks

We extend our gratitude to Duke alumnus Jordan Feiger ’82, and to donors to Jewish Life at Duke, whose philanthropic support makes this training free of charge for participants.

Learn more about supporting Jewish Life at Duke.