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The Slifka Center for Jewish Life is an active, vibrant, and diverse Jewish community. Slifka plays a central role in bringing together all our community has to offer. Our staff and students run a multitude of programs and platforms for your growth and enjoyment. Click each Heading for more information!
You may contact our staff, our Hillel student Co-Presidents, Ruthie Davis ’23 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Zevi Siegal (email@example.com), or any of our Student Leaders for more information — they are always happy to help!
|Student Groups||Finding community within Social Justice, LGBTQ+, Music, Greek Life, and more!|
|Israel||Israel programming at Yale ranges from the political to the social and cultural, with plenty of travel opportunities|
|Religious Life||Slifka Center offers a variety of Spiritual and Religious communities and ways to engage and explore.|
|First Year Students||Everyone starts somewhere! If you’re new to campus, start here!|
|Social Justice||We offer fellowships and other ways to pursue social justice initiatives|
|Travel||Trips to Israel and more!|
|Jewish Learning and Fellowships||Engage in Jewish Tradition with other Yale students.|
|Arts||Interested in music? Arts grants? Or want to check out our permanent collection? Start here!|
|Mental Health Resources||Pastoral Support, Community Support, and School Resources are here|
|Slifka Think Tank||Creating New Ideas at the Intersection of the Jewish and American Intellectual Traditions|
Jewish & LGBTQ+
We are a student group that celebrates the cultures of both the Jewish and LGBTQ communities, and provide a comfortable space for students within these communities. Contact Isaama.Goldstein-Stoll@yale.edu for more information
We are a student group that focus of sustainability and environmentalism. Contact Gavi.Welbel@yale.edu and Norah.Massie@yale.edu
Jews of Color
Do you identify as a Jewish POC? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
YIHY is the student organization responsible for Orthodox student life on campus. We provide support, programming, and learning opportunities to the observant community, as well as reaching out to the greater Jewish population at Yale. Contact Alex.Ozar@yale.edu or Lauren.Steinberg@yale.edu for more information.
Kehillah (Community) is Yale’s Jewish Graduate and Professional Student Community. We are a Slifka-sponsored, student-led organization that programs social events, Jewish learning, and prayer. While we are primarily dedicated to serving graduate and professional students of all denominations, we welcome young professionals in the greater New Haven area to join us in our programming. See the graduate student page of the Slifka Center website or be in touch with our leaders for more information.
Yale Hillel is a community that enthusiastically embraces the range of Jewish backgrounds and experiences on campus. Contact Avi.Cooper@yale.edu or Numi.Katz@yale.edu for more information
Yale Friends of Israel (YFI)
Yale Friends of Israel is a student group for those who care about the State of Israel and wish to learn and discuss issues related to Israeli politics, diplomacy, and history, as well as celebrate Israeli art, music, theatre, literature, cuisine, and technology. A pro-Israel, non-partisan group, YFI does not endorse any particular political views. Contact Zach.Zabib@yale.edu or Mati.Zeff@yale.edu for more information
Yale’s only Jewish fraternity. We are culturally Jewish, and try to incorporate those values into everything we do.
Yale Israel Journal
The YIJ explores the cultural, political and historical issues concerning Israel. Contact Mati.Zeff@yale.edu for more information.
Shibboleth is Yale University’s undergraduate journal dedicated to Jewish thought and ideas – religious, political, cultural, literary, and philosophical. Contact Dov.Greenwood@yale.edu for more information.
Yale Klezmer Band
Yale Klezmer Band brings the joyous, rousing sounds of klezmer to the halls of Yale, to its Hillel as well as to anyone who likes energized dance music. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Magevet is a Jewish, Hebrew, and Israeli a cappella group from Yale University. All of its members are undergrads devoted to spreading beautiful music of the Jewish tradition to the far corners of the globe. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At Global Assembly in Atlanta, largest Jewish campus organization recognizes contributions of exemplary campus Hillels
Slifka Center Honored for Campus Partnership with Yale
“Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale serves as a model of how Hillels around the world succeed in engaging and educating students, no matter their size or location,” said Hillel International Interim President and CEO Adam Lehman. “We’re incredibly proud of our talented professionals for the work they do every day to inspire and support Jewish students and their entire campus communities.”
The award to Slifka Center, along with 15 other awards, which also recognize those who reflect Hillel’s culture of excellence, were presented at Hillel International’s annual Global Assembly in Atlanta, attended by more than 1,100 Hillel professionals from around the world as an opportunity for professional development, networking and continuing education.
The Campus Partnership Award recognizes Slifka Center’s multi-faceted partnerships with Yale centers and departments. These include active programmatic collaborations with the African-American House, La Casa – Yale’s Latino cultural center, Asian-American Cultural Center, Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, Chaplain’s Office, and more. Activities include domestic and international travel (especially to Israel), research, career development, social justice, and community organizing opportunities.
The Award also highlights Slifka Center’s strategic partnership with the student-led Yale College Council. The result is a late dining program that ensures that all students – including athletes, STEM students who have late labs, and those who hold jobs while in school – have access to a healthy dinner at Slifka Center’s Lindenbaum Kosher Kitchen and Heyman Dining Commons. Together, the Yale College Council and Slifka Center filled a chronic need, and in doing so strengthened the entire Yale community. With this prestigious award, Hillel International has named Slifka Center’s partnership with Yale as a model for other Hillels around the world to follow.