Why Give?

Why Give to Slifka Center?

The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale serves hundreds of students on a regular basis, and touches literally thousands of lives each year. Less than one-half of our operating expenses are covered by our endowment income, therefore we must rely on our Annual Fund campaign to cover the rest.

Your generosity ensures a vibrant Jewish life both within the walls of Slifka and throughout the Yale campus, including religious, cultural, community-service, educational and social programs. 100% of our funding comes from you, our donors. We do not receive any financial support from Yale University.

Every year, your gift empowers Slifka Center to provide:

  • A variety of minyanim in a single community, embracing the unique observances of Jewish movements while fostering a commitment to modern Jewish life through daily and weekly ritual observance, holiday celebrations, study and dialog.
  • Feeds hungry young minds, bodies and souls…very literally, by supporting the operation of the Kosher Kitchen, which provides 19 meals/week, including family style Friday evening Shabbat Dinners, and our world-famous bagel brunch every other Sunday. High-quality sustainable kosher meals cost more than the student meal-plan reimbursement.  Slifka Center underwrites the Kosher Kitchen operation to ensure kosher food is available on campus.
  • Opportunities for student engagement in social justice work, whether in New Haven or out in the world.  From Alternative Spring Break trips to service projects locally, nationally, and internationally, during academic session or entire summer programs, Slifka provides students committed to Tikkun Olam and Tzedek with programmatic and financial support.
  • Fellowships and classes, lectures and Rabbi’s Teas, and other unique opportunities that allow students to access academic, artistic, government and professional thought-leaders throughout the year.
  • Access to one-on-one learning, counseling and other pastoral care from our four rabbis.
  • Maintains the facilities that provide a home for all of these expressions of Jewish life and more, from 8am to 11pm every day that school is in session.

A gift to our Annual Fund allows Slifka Center to use your donation immediately for our most pressing needs, both planned-for, and the unexpected.  Gifts of any size may be added to existing endowments – including our unrestricted endowment fund – but to create a new named endowment, the gift must be $100,000 or more.

For further details, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Rogin Wallis
Director of Development
(203) 432-7376

Ready to support Joseph Slifka Center? Click here for a list of ways to make a donation.