High Holidays

Information Last Updated 9/13/21


Rosh Hashanah begins Monday evening, September 6.
Yom Kippur begins Wednesday evening, September 15.

We welcome your interest in the High Holidays at Yale!

We hope this finds you well and savoring the final weeks of summer. Slifka Center has adapted to the changes of the past 18 months and continues to follow Yale and public health guidelines as they are updated. With the return of in-person residence, dining, and instruction, the university is safeguarding public health by keeping tight restrictions on all gatherings. As a result, this year will be like last year –  in-person services will generally be open only for Yale students as we revise our traditional holiday programming.


In-person High Holiday services will be held for current Yale students. Slifka Center will be host in-person, outdoor Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; please sign up with the relevant link(s), detailed information will be sent to those who register. Because of the university’s limits on the size of outdoor events, services this year are generally limited to current students and those leading. In the past, the presence of a diverse community was a highpoint of our services, and we’ll sorely miss the broader community.


Parents, alumni, and friends are invited to join Slifka Center for virtual events:

Online Reform Services – Thirty-minute, pre-recorded online Reform services, led by undergraduates, Rabbi Ruth Abush-Magder ‘98 MA, PhD ‘06 and Cantorial Soloist Ethan Nash ’97, including music, prayer and reflection. The High Holiday Reform Online Services also include a live, participatory text study and High Holiday conversation led by Rachel Leiken, Associate Jewish Chaplain.

Online Evening of Learning – Join Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale, on Monday, September 13th at 8:00 ET for a learning and reflection on the themes of this solemn season: Love’s Responsibilities: Yom Kippur and the Work of Human Connection. This event is presented as part of Hillel International’s “Hillel Higher Holidays.” Please register at https://form.jotform.com/212146014440137.


For 25 years, Slifka Center has been committed to meeting the religious, spiritual and cultural needs of our students, and has partnered in supporting and enriching Jewish life in greater New Haven. We look forward to welcoming the community back in the months ahead for religious services, cultural programming, and Kosher dining.

Over the past year and a half we have been able to offer varied online presentations free of charge to all. Click here to view recordings from our popular “Slifka Online Salon” series. We have also continued to provide special kosher meals, counseling, and a robust line-up of virtual and in-person services and programming for our students while abiding by public health and Yale guidelines.

As an independent not‐for‐profit organization we do not receive direct funding from the university. Your contribution to Slifka Center is vital to help underwrite our year-round programming. All donations are fully tax deductible to the extent of the law. In addition, contributions can be made in memory or in honor of loved ones; please click here to make your gift. Thank you for your support!



Please contact slifka.center@yale.edu for questions or additional information, and if you would like to be added to our email list or to update your current contact information. Our mailing address remains 80 Wall Street, New Haven CT 06511 while our building is closed for renovations this fall.