Jewish

New Haven and Yale foster a diverse and rich wealth of Jewish life and culture. There are far more Jewish opportunities - spiritually, intellectually, socially and otherwise - than any one person can enjoy.

New Haven is home to two kosher dining establishments: Claire's, rated one of Connecticut's best vegetarian restaurants, and Edge of the Woods, which has an organic kosher bakery, hot buffet, take-out, sandwich bar, smoothie bar and pizzeria. Additionally, the Slifka Center is home to a full time and delicious kosher cafeteria, hosting three meals a day as well as festive meals for the Sabbath and holidays. Sabbath and holiday meals can also be enjoyed - for free - at Chabad at Yale. The local Stop & Shop has an excellent variety of kosher foods - meats, cheese, bakery, etc - and there is a kosher grocery in nearby Westville, as its name, Westville Kosher, gives away.

In terms of Jewish learning and spirituality, the Slifka Center (home to Yale's Hillel) is one of the most active and diverse centers of Jewish student life in the country. Prayer services of every stripe - Orthodox, Egalitarian, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and more - are run every week, if not every day. A huge variety of lectures, book talks, interfaith dialogues, challah bakes, shiurim, singing groups, dance parties, krav maga trainings, etc, etc, occur on a daily basis and by some of the biggest names in the Jewish world. It is also home to a large and diverse rabbinic staff - again, ranging from Orthodox to Reform - who are brilliant, warm, passionate and wishing to serve. Another great resource is Chabad at Yale, which, like Slifka, hosts a large array of classes, prayer opportunities, meals and pastoral counseling in the unique style of Chabad-Lubavitch hassidism. The Maimonides Society also offers enriching programs to begin or expand your Jewish education. Lastly, don't miss out on the incredible lectures and seminars offered by Yale's world-renowned Judaic Studies department; the exclusive and inspiring programming run by Eliezer, Yale's Jewish Society; or the endless books and other items in Yale Library's world-class Judaica collection.