Explore Yale University Hillel

The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale is a thriving pluralistic home to Jewish students of all backgrounds. Hosting daily services, a certified kosher kitchen, an active undergraduate Hillel board, a variety of graduate student organizations and activities, lounges, study spaces, a library and a professional staff of 15, Slifka serves the needs of a diverse group of Jewish students, bringing Jewish meaning to activities across Yale.

Undergraduate Enrollment

800 Jewish Students (12.1%*)
6,639 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

700 Jewish Students (8.6%*)
8,131 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator Yes
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University approved programs
  • Israel Fellow Yes
  • JLIC Educator Yes
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Kosher Dining

The Lindenbaum Kosher Kitchen, run by Slifka Dining, functions as a seamless part of the Yale University Dining System in the middle of campus. Slifka Dining serves breakfast, 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 Slifka Dining's focus on providing a full-service dining option for all, serving excellent food that happens to be kosher.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost;Kosher food available nearby

Religious Services

Orthodox minyan holds daily services. On Friday nights there are 3 options, Orthodox, Egalitarian and Reform. Orthodox services are also held every Saturday morning and afternoon; Egalitarian Saturday services are every other week. Everyone eats a festive Shabbat dinner together.

Frequency: Contact this hillel

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 6%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $64,700
  • Tuition Out-of-State $64,700
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 93% / 10%
  • Greek Life Yes

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