Parents

Slifka Center nurtures Jewish life at Yale, cultivating
cultural, spiritual, religious, and intellectual experiences
that enrich the lives of Yale students in a way that endures.

We empower Yale students to grow as Jewish adults,
connect with each other across personal histories, and
drive compassionate and welcoming community — all
inspired by Jewish ideas, traditions, and values.

Our partnership with parents is special – we are honored that you and your child have entrusted us as part of their Jewish education and their Yale experience.  We hold special parent-only events periodically throughout the year, and we are always happy to hear from you with your comments, questions, and ideas. Please contact Lynn.Jackson-Quinn@yale.edu at any time. We hope that parents of graduating seniors will join us for Shabbat meals during Commencement Weekend, as well as special programs during Family Weekend in the fall.

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. In the meantime, Slifka Center has established a temporary location on Whitney Avenue – “Slifka North” – which provides a home base for student activities and dining.

We encourage parents and families to contact any of our staff with your questions and if we can be helpful in any way. 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 Yale – 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 a Leadership Level of $1,800 and more. Leadership Level gifts are vital to our work each year and will be recognized on our 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!