Every week, students leave the stressful week of classes behind and come together to enjoy another wonderful Shabbat at Yale. Reform (5:45pm), egalitarian (5:45pm), and Orthodox services meet every Friday night and include student-led prayer, song, and teaching. Click here to see candle-lighting times in New Haven, CT.
At 7:00 pm, the entire community joins together in the Slifka Center Dining Room. A Slifka Center staff member delivers a D’var Torah and then all enjoy a family-style Shabbat meal, followed by communal singing, a speaker, or a “Kiddush club”—a social gathering hosted in a student’s suite.
On Saturday morning, the Orthodox Minyan and the Egalitarian Minyan meet. Following services is a communal kiddush, and then lunch, always featuring delicious cholent, a traditional beef stew. After lunch, many students sing traditional Shabbat songs and generally enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the day.
September 26, 2018
Dear Slifka Community,
I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the ongoing discussions about Shabbat meal pricing at Slifka. This is a challenging topic and we appreciated everyone’s input so far!
I am pleased to share with you Slifka Center’s Shabbat Pricing Plan version 1, which will go into effect this coming Shabbat September 28. This is a work in progress, and there will be revisions. That said, we have to start somewhere!
Shabbat is a centerpiece of Jewish life at Yale University, and Slifka Center is the hub for Shabbat life on campus. Festive meals throughout Shabbat help to make a vibrant community, the strength of which emanates throughout campus.
Last year, a one-time philanthropic gift completely subsidized Shabbat meals. This gift has not been repeated or replaced, and no additional funding for Shabbat meals has yet been donated.
In order to continue serving the Jewish community, Slifka Center must approach building community through a vibrant and financially sustainable Shabbat meal program. We all strive for our community to be characterized by the following:
- A vibrant and growing Shabbat meal community for Yale students.
- A sustainable economic model that lasts for many years to come.
- The ability to meet financial needs in a way that makes the community accessible.
- A holistic approach to signing up for Shabbat meals that doesn’t feel like “nickel and diming” or like participants are constantly paying.
- An environmentally sustainable approach that cuts down on waste and lowers costs.
Earlier this month, we hosted a Think Tank session on this topic and got productive input from students and community members in attendance. This policy is informed by the outcome of that session.
For those on a Yale meal plan, Friday Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch can be paid for by a Meal Plan Swipe. Guest Swipes may be used for these meals. Please be aware that Slifka already subsidizes these meals.
Those NOT on a meal plan can choose from two options
- Regular Registration for Shabbat: $11 for Friday Shabbat dinner and $10 for Shabbat lunch with RSVP before 4pm on the Thursday prior to the meal.
- Late Registration for Shabbat: $13 for Friday Shabbat dinner and $12 for Shabbat lunch after 4pm on the Thursday prior to the meal.
Before last year’s 100% subsidy, Friday Shabbat dinners were $12. Going forward, if you pre-register by the deadline, the price is lower than it was last year. If you choose to register after the deadline, the increase helps defray the rising costs of food and labor in the intervening year. We encourage everyone to register by the deadline so that we can prepare the right amount of food, which cuts down on waste and overall costs.
Meals for parents and other guests cost $18 for Friday Night dinner and $16 for Shabbat Lunch. Children under 12 years old are $9/$8 respectively.
Se’udah Shelishit (Third Meal): For those on a meal plan we will collect swipes for this meal in the same fashion as other Shabbat meals. We are working to develop a full Shabbat meal plan for Spring 2019 that will include Se’udah Shelishit for all participants.
- Payments may be submitted by credit card (at slifkacenter.org under “Shabbat”) or using Eli bucks.
- Yale Students who wish to request financial assistance may submit a written request to Uri at [email protected].
Questions? Email Uri Cohen – Slifka’s Executive Director – at [email protected]