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10th Annual B'nai Mitzvah Celebration with the Jewish Student Union

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
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2:00 pm

Join the Jewish Student Union and Jewish Life at Duke as we celebrate the B'nai Mitzvah of seniors Katja Gilman and Emma Mehlhop, '21!

Join us for a virtual mincha service at 2:00pm ET as Katja and Emma are called to the Torah after having studied to become b'not mitzvah. Register in advance at to receive the Zoom information.

Students are also invited to sign up on DukeGroups for an outdoor tie-dye celebration organized by the Jewish Student Union, at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life starting at 7:00pm.

JLD's B'nai Mitzvah program was the brainchild of a group of Jewish Student Union (JSU) members in 2012, when the then 13-year-old Freeman Center was celebrating its own B'nai Mitzvah. What better way to mark the milestone than by offering the same opportunity to students who missed out on this meaningful rite of passage? Under the guidance of Rabbi Elana Friedman, B'nai Mitzvah students spend several months learning their Torah portion and completing a mitzvah project. This annual event is made possible by the Freeman Family Program Fund of Jewish Life at Duke.