Office of Jewish Life


The Office of Jewish Life Staff Oversees & Provides:

  • Pastoral leadership to Jewish students, staff, and faculty including opportunities for worship, prayer, mentoring, and counseling
  • Management of the worship, meeting, and office spaces for Jewish life at Wake Forest
  • Resources to WFU Hillel
  • Advocacy for the spiritual and logistical needs of Jewish students at Wake Forest
  • Articulation of thoughtful and engaged Jewish perspectives on global religious and political issues in public settings, particularly in times of crisis
  • Leadership and facilitation of workshops on various topics
  • Healthy and creative relationships with Jewish institutions in the region
  • Opportunities for non-Jewish students, staff, and faculty to learn about the broad Jewish traditions in their theological, pastoral, and cultural dimensions
  • Ways to personally pursue and cultivate intellectual inquiry within the Wake Forest community regarding Jewish faith and life.

We look forward to having you as part of our community!

Dr. Gail BretanGail H. Bretan, Ph.D.
Director of Jewish Life

The Office of the Chaplain (Religious Life)
Wake Forest University
Suite 321 Benson Center
PO Box 7204
Winston-Salem, NC 27109


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Contact Us

Jewish Life Office

Dr. Gail Bretan
Program Director, Jewish Life
The Office of the Chaplain
Wake Forest University
Benson Center 321, PO Box 7204
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Jewish Studies

Dr. Barry Trachtenberg
Director, Jewish Studies
B101, Tribble Hall


Gabriel Frank Benzecry
Hillel President


Matt Kanter
AEPi President

SSI – Students Supporting Israel

Phillip Yurchenko
SSI President

Office of the Chaplain

Peggy Beckman
Administrative Coordinator
8D, Reynolda Hall

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