High Holidays

The Yale Jewish community, including students, faculty, alumni, parents, community members and friends, are invited to join in celebrating the new year of 5781 together with Slifka Center. In this time of separation and confusion, we will come together in community, conversation, and prayer – virtually – with hopes of a good and healthy new year.

Below you will find information about online conversations on the themes of renewal and transformation – and prayer services.

All online services and events are open to everyone, with no need for registration or payment. Donations make our work possible, and we hope you will make a tax-deductible contribution to Slifka Center in honor of the new Jewish year.  Donations can be made here.

We hope you will join us.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Evan Wexler at evan.wexler@yale.edu.


All listed services are Reform services only. (Conservative and Orthodox services are open only to Yale students living in New Haven.)

Erev Rosh Hashanah Reform Service: Friday, September 18th, 7pm ET
https://yale.zoom.us/j/99446505888 or by telephone: 646 568 7788; Meeting ID: 994 4650 5888
View the Mishkan haNefesh Prayerbook that we will be following here.

Kol Nidrei Reform Service: Sunday, September 27th, 7pm ET
https://yale.zoom.us/j/99069239179 or by telephone: 646 568 7788; Meeting ID: 990 6923 9179

Yizkor Service: Monday, September 28th, 2pm ET
https://yale.zoom.us/j/94367492659 or by telephone: 646 568 7788; Meeting ID: 943 6749 2659

Online Salons

Monday, September 14, 8pm ET: Right Speech as Repentance and Redemption: Rosh Hashanah in an Age of Post-Truth Politics taught by Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale
Salon Flyer Sept 14
We are losing our ability to speak with one another, as language becomes frayed and antagonistic. The restoration of our capacity to know and be known through communication is nothing less than one of the purposes of Rosh Hashana. By putting this idea, as formulated by the delightful 20th-century rabbi Isaac Hutner, in dialogue with Harry Frankfurt’s famous essay ‘on BS’, we will bridge Jewish and American time and values.

You may listen to a recording here.


Wednesday, September 23, 8pm ET: The Prophetic Call of Frederic Douglass with Professor David Blight, Sterling Professor of History and Pulitzer Prize Winner

In this season of reflection and repentance, both individual and collective, questions of racial justice are on the forefront of America’s agenda. This conversation will highlight the legacy of Frederic Douglass, and Professor Blight’s application of the term ‘prophet’ to his life’s work: in hopes of Judaism shedding light on our present moment, and our present moment shedding light on Judaism.
https://yale.zoom.us/j/98424773044 or by telephone: 646 568 7788; Meeting ID: 984 2477 3044


Monday, October 5, 2020, 8pm ET: Fear, Action, Resilience: Jewish Responses to Climate Crisis with Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Salon Flyer Oct 5
For today’s college students, perhaps no issue is as daunting as what the future of the Earth’s climate will mean for their lives and those of their children. On Sukkot, the Jewish calendar turns its focus to agricultural flourishing, and invites us to consider the health of the planet in a religious frame. Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, author of some of the most creative Jewish environmental thinking of recent years, will be our guide in this intellectual and emotional exploration.
https://yale.zoom.us/j/99032705459 or by telephone: 646 568 7788; Meeting ID: 990 3270 5459