SLIFKA CENTER STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Yale Hillel is an undergraduate organization for the Jewish community at Yale. Located at The Slifka Center on 80 Wall Street, we offer programming, opportunities, and a strong community to anyone who wants to get involved. We encourage students to identify with their Judaism in many different ways, from religious life to social events. Take a look around the Slifka Center Website and the Hillel page for more information about what we do, or come visit us!
JGAP: Jewish Graduate and Professional Students
Welcome to Yale’s Jewish graduate and professional community! Whether you’re new to campus or have returned to Yale to continue your studies, we look forward to seeing you at JGAP events throughout the year.
Young Israel House at Yale
YIHY is the student organization responsible for Orthodox student life on campus. We provide support, programming, and learning opportunities to the observant community, as well as reaching out to the greater Jewish population at Yale.
Affiliated student organizations are undergraduate groups whose activities and initiatives share common goals with those of Slifka Center. These groups are not organized or administered by Slifka and determine their leadership independently. However, they often participate in and collaborate on Slifka Center programming.
Yale’s only Jewish fraternity, AEPi is located on 395 Crown St. The perfect place to find a social scene, AEPi prides itself on being the classiest fraternity on campus. We are culturally Jewish, and try to incorporate those values into everything we do. Popular events include the weekly Dinner & Torah on Thursday nights at Slifka, multiple campus-wide parties such as Gin & Jews, and Shabbat dinners at the house. Interested students can rush at the beginning of each semester. For more information, check out our website.
Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger is a nationwide non-profit that bakes and sells challah to raise money for charity. At Yale’s chapter, we mix, braid, and bake everything ourselves in Slifka’s Kosher Kitchen on Wednesday nights and we sell on Thursdays in Commons. All proceeds benefit the American Jewish World Service’s Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund and New Haven Jewish Family Services.
Magevet is a Jewish, Hebrew, and Israeli a cappella group from Yale University. All of its members are undergrads devoted to spreading beautiful music of the Jewish tradition to the far corners of the globe. Magevet was founded in the spring of 1993 (allegedly by a bunch of Orthodox men singing in a sauna), and has since then entertained audiences the world over with its delightful music and spunky schtick. The Magevet repertoire is extremely diverse, spanning from liturgical Renaissance arrangements to the folk melodies of the Abayudaya tribe – and everything in-between. Most of our music has been arranged by current or former members of the group, and our performances always include a combination of old and new, near and far, and more than a modicum of humor!
Magevet regularly travels nationally and internationally. We undertake two major tours and numerous minitours per year. Recently, our major tours have brought us to Prague, Berlin, Florida, Chicago, Las Vegas, Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris, London, San Francisco and New Orleans, and our minitours reach out to local areas from Boston to Philadelphia. Our members run the gamut in religious background and area of study, but we are united by a singular passion for our music, and this enables us to achieve a supreme harmony, both musically and socially.
For more information visit the Magevet website.
Queer Jews is a fun group for LGBT Jews and allies to meet and learn about Judaism and homosexuality. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Shibboleth is Yale University’s undergraduate journal dedicated to Jewish thought and ideas – religious, political, cultural, literary, and philosophical. The staff of the magazine is a tight-knit group of undergrads with a passion for Jewish issues, writing, and discussion. All the writers are editors and all the editors are writers.
Yale Friends of Israel
Yale Friends of Israel (YFI) is the umbrella organization that coordinates and plans Israel-related programming at Yale. YFI is dedicated to supporting Israel as a Jewish democratic state, secure in her borders. We seek to promote an appreciation of Israel on campus through cultural, political, and educational programming. Visit us at www.yale.edu/yfi.
Yale Klezmer Band
Yale Klezmer Band brings the joyous, rousing sounds of klezmer to the halls of Yale, to its Hillel as well as to anyone who likes energized dance music. See us at www.yale.edu/klezmer.
Yale Israel Journal
The YIJ explores the cultural, political and historical issues concerning Israel. The journal includes work from academics and students.