All posts by Margarita Nieves

A Gathering to Remember Robert Bloom


Beautiful oboist ○ Dedicated mentor ○ Talented composer ○ Exciting conductor ○ Seminal editor ○ Performer of 18th-century masterworks ○ Master of the bel canto style –Dayenu!

Dedication of Robert Bloom’s Monument

Open to the Public to be held at the gravesite, 21 Sycamore Avenue Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven 10:45 AM on Saturday, May 6

Welcome by Sara Lambert Bloom

Musical interludes: Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G major by J.S. Bach; Its A Long Way to Go Home by K. Bloom; and Going Home, the Largo from the New World Symphony by A. Dvorak performed live by Timothy Eddy, Katherine Bloom with David Shapiro, and Marilyn Krentzman, who will be playing the English horn that his maître, Marcel Tabuteau brought back from Paris for Robert Bloom when Maestro Leopold Stokowski invited Robert to join the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930.

Blessing of the monument by Reverend Ian Oliver, Pastor of the University Church and Senior Associate University Chaplain at Yale, and Lecturer at the Yale Divinity School; and Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale and Senior Rabbi at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

A Concert in Remembrance of Robert Bloom

Free and open to the public; unreserved seating
 Battell Chapel, Yale University
Noon on Saturday, May 6, 2023

Program Booklet – Click Here

Building Community… With Bagels

The Bagel Brunch Calender for Spring 2023 is

1/22  –  Hillel Student Board Open House
2/5  – 1,000 Bagels
2/19 – You Belong Here Brunch
3/5 – Pre-game for Mid Terms  — Followed by Purim Carinval!
— Last bagel brunch before break!
4/23 – Magevet Anniversary!
4/30 – Last Bagel Brunch of the Semester!

Jewish or non-Jewish—all Yale community members are welcome at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Our bi-monthly bagel brunches offer the perfect setting to meet friends and experience belonging at Yale.

Click Here to read an Op Ed by Edward Kuperman on the experience at Slifka’s Kikar Schusterman

So I leave you with a call to action: Whatever your religious or dietary needs, go gather a few friends and grab a meal at Slifka. There’s a good chance you find chicken tendies or a falafel bar, sweet, piping kugel or perhaps the most delicious bagel of your life — but what’s certain is that by eating at Slifka, you are choosing to celebrate a tradition of inclusion where everyone is welcome. For me, that’s what “proper” eating is all about.

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Hillel-Talk: Hillel-talk is restricted to current undergraduates at Yale, and is a more informal way for members to talk about what’s going on. Students will often use this to publicize smaller events that others might be interested in attending, such as those from affiliated organizations. It is also a fun way to talk about Judaism in the news, and other interesting topics. All members can send to this list.

Slifka-Talk: Slifka-Talk is not restricted to any one group at Yale, and is the formal means of finding out what’s happening at Slifka, as well as messages from our Staff and Students for the Yale and Greater New Haven community.

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We’re Hiring!

As this semester winds down, we’re gearing up for the next! Our construction is NEARLY done so we need to staff our kitchen ASAP. Please pass this message along to someone who may enjoy being a part of the Slifka team!

Front of house Part Time WILLNG TO TRAIN: $16.50/hr (one opening)

Utility Part Time WILLING TO TRAIN: $15.00 (one opening)

Cook Full Time $18.00 (need 2)

Sous Chef Full Time $22 (one opening) 

Class of 2022

Congratulations to the class of 2022!  We look forward to celebrating with you, and your family and friends!

Slifka Center will be hosting Shabbat meals over Commencement Weekend at Slifka Center (80 Wall Street).  You may click this link to register for meals. Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch is complimentary for graduating seniors.

Here is the schedule of Slifka Center programs during the weekend:

Friday, May 20
6:20 pm              Kabbalat Shabbat Services* – depending on interest
7:30 pm              Shabbat Dinner

Saturday, May 21
9:14 am              Shabbat Services* – depending on interest.
12:30 pm           Shabbat Lunch
4:30 pm              Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street
7:30 pm              Mincha* – depending on interest
tbd                         Third Meal

*If you are interested in religious services, please reach out to Nathalie Garcia Mora at Slifka Center before Thursday at 1:00 pm at

Please let us know how Slifka Center can help make your Yale graduation more festive and meaningful.  Mazel Tov!

updated May 19, 2022

Class of 2020

We look forward to welcoming back alumni from the class of 2020!

Slifka Center will host Shabbat meals, a Renovation Tour at our building at 80 Wall Street, and Shabbat Services depending on interest,  on May 13-14. Please see our schedule below and the relevant registration information.

Shabbat MealsClick here to register for Shabbat Meals
Shabbat Services – Email Nathalie Garcia Mora at Slifka Center to express your interest in Shabbat Services at

2020 Commencement Celebration

Friday, May 13
5:45 pm                Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Slifka North on Whitney – depending on interest
7:00 pm                Shabbat Dinner at Slifka North on Whitney Avenue

Saturday, May 14
12 to 3:00 pm    Shabbat Lunch at Slifka North
4:30 pm                Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street
Tbd                         Third Meal

Please let us know how we can help make this special Alumni Celebration more festive and meaningful for you, and your family and friends.  Mazel Tov!

updated May 10, 2022


Slifka Center Security Update

View Memo sent out HERE or read more below.

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Dear members of Yale’s Jewish community,

We hope our words find you, your family, and your communities safe and well in this difficult moment for the Jewish people and America.
We are writing to invite you to join a high-level security briefing on the situation of Yale’s Jewish community Monday night, January 24 at 8 pm ET at this Zoom link. We will share information about Slifka Center’s current security infrastructure and our work with Yale Security and the Jewish community’s security network.

Together, we all anxiously watched the hostage situation at Beth Israel Synagogue in Coreyville, Texas on Saturday night – and together breathed a deep sigh of relief as we learned that the rabbi and congregants had emerged safely. That incident was another terrifying manifestation of the violent power of ancient antisemitic tropes here in America in 2022, and it struck close to home because we realized that this could have happened at literally any place where Jews gather, including to us. Slifka Center is such a place, and Yale’s Jewish students deserve the peace of mind that they are well-protected.

As the events were unfolding Saturday night, we gathered over 40 members of our community in prayer, words of comfort, and the recitation of Psalms. At that moment, our duty was to comfort our students. Now, and going forward, we must redouble our efforts to protect them. The financial responsibility for securing Yale’s Jewish community – salaries for security personnel and physical infrastructure hardening – is currently borne solely by Slifka Center. On Monday night’s call we will discuss the partnership and planning needed to keep Jewish students safe.

We hope to see you Monday night for this important discussion. If you would like to support Slifka Center’s efforts to secure Yale’s Jewish community, please contact Uri at We also invite you to make a gift to support these efforts to keep our students safe in Jewish spaces on campus. You may click this link to donate online.


Uri Cohen Executive Director

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale

Yale vs Harvard 2021

As you know, The Game is coming up on Saturday, November 20 – and we’re thrilled that it’s back in New Haven this year.

Due to Yale’s COVID restrictions, we are unable to welcome guests (including both Yale alumni and Harvard visitors) to join our community for Shabbat this year. However, we are pleased to offer Shabbat Boxes to-go for both Shabbat dinner and Saturday lunch for purchase by those who preregister no later than Friday, November 12. Meals can be picked up Friday evening November 19 and Saturday morning November 20 at “Slifka North” – the temporary facility we are using at 105 Whitney Street while our main building is closed for construction.

Please order your meals here!

Looking forward to seeing you, and go Yale!