REUNIONS

Reunions 2022

Mazel Tov! We hope you will include Slifka Center in your 2022 Reunion plans.  Alumni in town for reunions will be the first to enjoy our renovated building at 80 Wall Street.  Please join us!

Please see the information below for your reunion weekend, and note links to register for Shabbat meals, which is necessary to attend. Slifka Center meals are included with your Yale reunion registration, and there are also a la carte options available for those not registered with Yale.

First Weekend, May 27 – 29
1952, 1957, 1967, 1970, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007

Friday, May 27
Please note that Slifka Center will not be serving Shabbat meals this weekend.

Saturday, May 28
10:30 am           Professor Robert C. Post ’77 JD
“The First Amendment at the University on Social Media & Beyond”

Morning at Yale reunion event presented by Slifka Center, at    Sterling Law Library at the Law School – 127 Wall Street

Professor Post is the Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and served as the School’s 16th dean from 2009 until 2017. He specializes in constitutional law, with a particular emphasis on the First Amendment. Professor Post is also a legal historian, author, and member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2 to 3:00 pm     Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street

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Second Weekend, June 3 – 5
1960, 1972, 1977, 1987, 1995, 2012, 2017


Friday, June 3

7:30 pm            Services with Dinner following at Slifka Center,            80 Wall Street; please register for Shabbat Dinner

Please note:  Shabbat lunch and services, and meals and services Sunday and Monday for Shavuot, will be hosted at Chabad. Please    register for these meals directly with Chabad on their website at https://www.chabadyale.org/homepage/4023263/shavuot-reunion.

 Saturday, June 4

10:30 am        New Programming:  Rabbi Jason Rubenstein,                           Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale                                          “Some Dance to Remember…:  Jewish Perspectives on Memory –  and the Virtue of Forgetting – in Light  of Ukraine, present and past”

Morning at Yale reunion event presented by Slifka Center,                    at McNeil Lecture Hall at the Art Gallery – 1111 Chapel Street, 4M

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein became the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale in July 2018. He came to Slifka Center from a background as diverse as Yale’s Jewish community: a childhood at Temple Micah in Washington DC, formative years studying at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa in northern Israel, and rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary. For the past eight years Jason has taught on the faculty of the Hadar Institute, where he’s created classrooms, conversations, and communities that bring Torah to life by drawing on the fullness of students’ lives. From his own formative undergraduate years at Harvard Hillel, Jason personally knows the value of Slifka Center’s work. Creating a community of meaning where students forge identities as Jewish leaders and relationships with one another that will continue to grow and deepen even after graduation not only enriches the lives of individual alumni – it has the potential to reshape and enliven the American Jewish landscape through those alumni’s talents and contributions. In addition to rabbinic ordination, Jason holds an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College and a Masters in Talmud from JTS. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Covenant Foundation’s 2015 Pomegranate Prize for Emerging Educators.

2 to 3:00 pm    Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street

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Third Weekend, June 10 – 12
1956, 1962, 1971, 1982, 1996, 2015, 2016

Friday, June 10
6:00 pm              Slifka Center open for candlelighting and prayer

7:00 pm              Shabbat Dinner

Saturday, June 11                                                                                                                 

10:30 am            Professor Shelly Kagan ’95 MAH
“Jewish Tales as Teachers of Jewish Thought and Values”

Morning at Yale reunion event presented by Slifka Center, at    Linsly-Chittenden Hall 102 – 63 High Street

Professor Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. His main research interests lie in moral philosophy, and in particular, normative ethics. Much of his work centers on the debate between consequentialist and deontological moral theories, with publications on the nature of well-being, moral desert, utopia, and the connections between Kantianism and consequentialism. Professor Kagan is a popular lecturer at Yale, known for his introductory lectures on Death and Ethics. His course on Death has been turned into an Open Yale Course, and his writings include a book based on this course. Professor Kagan has served as a Slifka Center Fellow, and more recently was a featured guest at a Slifka Center Online Salon. 

12 noon               Shabbat Lunch

2 to 3:00 pm     Renovation Tour at Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street

 

— updated June 8, 2022 

 

Helpful Links:

Yale College Reunions:
https://alumni.yale.edu/reunions/yale-college-reunions

Yale Medical School Reunions – June 3 and 4, 2022:
https://medicine.yale.edu/alumni/events/info/reunionweekend/

Yale SOM Reunions – June 24 to 26, 2022:
https://alumni.som.yale.edu/events/reunions

Yale Law School Alumni Weekend – October 21 to 23, 2022:
https://law.yale.edu/info-alumni/alumni-weekend

 

Past Reunions:  Revisit  Slifka Center’s Reunion 2021 events

In the spring of 2021 Slifka Center held two special online reunion events, as archived below, as part of our increased virtual programming since March of 2020 – enjoy!   

Since 1995, Slifka Center has served as the central hub of Jewish Life at Yale, providing intellectual and cultural programming, kosher dining, religious services – and much more – to the entire campus community. As the home of Yale Hillel, Slifka Center seeks to convene, connect, and equip students to make courageous contributions to the Jewish community, and to the world at large.

In recent months we have undertaken exciting building renovations to improve our services and safety, and we are looking forward to reopening in mid 2022. Until then, we welcome you to our online programming for 2021 Reunion Weekend as described below! And we invite you to learn more about our plans and current happenings, including our celebrated Slifka Online Salon series.

Slifka Reunion 2021 Events

 

3 Generations of Jewish Life at Yale:                                                                    A Dialogue between Rabbis Jim Ponet ’68 and Jason Rubenstein (Recorded June 4, 2021)

Quotas. Israel. Mental Health. The Yale Five. Community. Friendship. What do we learn about Jewish life – back then, and nowadays – at Yale when we take the long view? That’s the question that will come to life through a dialogue between Rabbi Jim Ponet ’68, who created the Slifka Center in 1995, and Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, his successor as Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale. They will discuss personal experiences counseling students stretching across over forty class-years, and explore the ways that our community has remained constant – and how it is growing and changing, even as we speak. The Rabbis will also respond to questions and themes raised by event participants.

 

Slifka Center Online Reform Services                                                                    (Recorded June 4, 2021)       

Slifka Center held an online Reform Services as a special part of Yale Reunions 2021. Featuring original music and personal reflections, it was led by Noam Shapiro ’15 supported by student leaders and recent alumni including Emma Levin ’23, Syd Bakal ’22, Gwendolyn Towers YSM ’21, Joe Blumberg ’19, and Evan Farber ’99, Slifka Center Board Chair.