Parents

Slifka Center’s purpose is to create meaningful Jewish experiences that encourage Jewish Yale students to connect with Jewish life. For over 25 years Slifka Center has served as a crossroads on the Yale campus, open to all and providing a home to Yale Hillel and the Kosher Kitchen. Our building at 80 Wall Street is currently undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen later this year.

We invite you to explore this website, to learn more about Slifka Center’s ongoing programs including upcoming online events as well as archived recordings. We hope current parents will join us for the following special virtual programs this fall– we will email Zoom links to all parents. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn.Jackson-Quinn@yale.edu.

Parent Zoom Call on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET.  All parents of current Yale students are invited to join Slifka Center staff to hear about our programs and ask questions. What is it like to be a Jewish student at Yale? How can my student get involved? And what about Israel? All these questions and more will be addressed, with opportunities to meet other parents.

Slifka Center programs and activities follow Yale’s COVID-19 policies and guidelines available here including the current policy on visitors to campus. We will look forward to welcoming you and your students to the reopened Slifka Center soon. This fall Slifka Center has established a temporary location at 105 Whitney Avenue – “Slifka North” – which will provide a home base for select student activities and dining, while much of our operations and staff functions will continue to be available virtually.

We encourage parents and families to contact any of our staff with your questions and if we can be helpful in any way. Please click here to read an updated Welcome Letter for parents of first-year students. We are grateful for your interest in Slifka Center, our students, and our programming, most especially over the past 18 months, and we continue to welcome your feedback and support.

Slifka Center operates as an independent organization.  We do not receive direct financial assistance from the university, and we rely on dedicated donors to support our student-centered mission. We especially appreciate gifts from current parents at any level, which will help sustain our renovated building, with its updated dining operations and diverse programming, as a vibrant Jewish community center open to all. We are pleased to offer the Yale Jewish Parent Alliance as a way for parents to join with Slifka Center in providing this comprehensive support for Jewish students. The YJPA is comprised of current Yale parents who believe in the importance of sustaining an active and resourceful Jewish community on the Yale campus.

Current Yale parents are invited to join the Yale Jewish Parent Alliance at one of our two Leadership Levels of $1,800 and $3,600. Leadership donors of $1,800 or more will be invited to bi-annual curated conference calls with Slifka Center’s Executive and Rabbinic leadership to learn about issues facing Jewish students at Yale.  Leadership Level gifts are vital to our work each year and will be recognized on this website and in relevant print materials.

Please contact our Development Office if you have any questions or would like to join the Yale Jewish Parent Alliance with a gift to Slifka Center’s annual fund. You may click here to make a gift or contact us at 203-432-7376 or Jennifer.Wallis@yale.edu. Thank you!