Slifka Center Dining
The first Kosher Kitchen for Yale Graduate Students opened in the fall of 1959 in the Young Israel Synagogue, a twenty-five minute walk from campus, serving only week-night dinners. Today, the Lindenbaum Kosher Kitchen functions as a seamless part of the Yale University Dining System in the middle of campus. Serving lunch and dinner during the week, family-style Shabbat meals, and Sunday brunch and dinner inside the beautiful Sam and Ronnie Heyman Commons. Every other Sunday, Slifka offers a bagel brunch, often attended by more than 500 students who come to chow down on dozens and dozens of bagels and mounds of lox – just one example of the focus to provide a full-service dining option for all, serving excellent food that happens to be kosher.
The staff of Slifka Center and the Kosher Kitchen is committed to delivering a high-quality dining and social experience to all who come to eat, study, or just hang out. Let us know what you think – it’s the most valuable tool we have and we appreciate your comments. The kitchen’s is certified kosher through the Va’ad HaKashrus of Fairfield County. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Alex Ozar, co-director of OU-JLIC at Yale, at [email protected].
Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday through Friday – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday – 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Shabbat Dinner: Friday – 7:00 PM
Shabbat Lunch: Saturday – 12:30 PM
Brunch: Sunday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
If you are on a Yale meal plan, any meal with Slifka Dining is just a swipe of your card. (Regular YUDS restrictions apply, i.e. only one swipe per meal, etc.)
For those not on a meal plan, individual meals or blocks of credit can be purchased whenever meals are being served. The prices are below.
For regular weekday meals, it’s a meal swipe or:
Guest Rates for the 2018 -2019 Academic Year:
|Breakfast||$ 7.99||$ 8.50||$ 4.11|
|Lunch||$ 11.28||$ 12.00||$ 5.62|
|Dinner||$ 15.51||$ 16.50||$ 7.92|
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]