Just upstairs from where our minyan prays, the Slifka Center has a beit midrash and a library. Students can always be found in these rooms, learning in pairs, small groups, or attending a wide array of shiurim at all levels (Talmud, Halachah, Yiddish language classes, and many more). Some of these groups involve Rabbi Shlomo and Chana Zuckier--our Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus couple- in addition to other Slifka Rabbis and guest speakers. Undergraduate and graduate students also teach classes.
One of the most popular learning initiatives on campus is "Pizza and Learning." Pizza and Learning is a set time every week (5:30-6:30 pm on Sunday), when the entire community learns together in the beit midrash. While free pizza, desserts, and drinks are served to all participants, Rabbi Shlomo and his wife Chana give shiurs. Many students also choose to learn chevruta-style during this time--studying everything from Taanit to Tanya. This learning program also frequently features guest speakers from Jewish institutions in Israel and America. Topics by past guest lecturers include "Remembering the future: on the construction of memory in the Exodus," "Jewish Bioethical Law--the Right to Parenthood ("Nahmani Case")," and "Modesty and the Male Gaze."
The Zuckiers would love to hear your input on classes/smaller group learning. Check out the "Jewish course catalog" that they have created. Candidates include: “Just War Ethics in Jewish Thought”, “Contemporary Topics in Halakha” and “Talmud b’Iyyun: Tractate Ketubot.” Please fill out this form to tell us which topics you would like to learn this year--and feel free to suggest topics not already on the list!
Do you want to be set up with partners for chevruta learning? Fill out the following form, or contact our Torah Learning Coordinator, Esther Malka Issever '19 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the Dining Hall:
In a spin on the Lunch n’ Learn theme, the Slifka Center’s Dining Hall has become a place for round-table discussion (literally). Discussion groups led by staff meet weekly and eat downstairs, engaging in topics such as Jewish Medical Bioethics and Hebrew-language tables. Another lunch-learning opportunity to look out for is L’DAAT, a lunch speaker series inviting faculty members to speak on subjects of Jewish interest.
In addition to regular student learning and chevrutot, every Shabbat includes opportunities for communal learning. Members of the community share Divrei Torah on Kabbalat Shabbat and Saturday morning, followed by the Shabbat afternoon shiur shortly before Mincha.
Urim and Tummim: The Yale Kollel -- Located at 37 Edgewood, the Yale Kollel is open to men and women with any kind of Torah learning background. It is well-stocked with Jewish books and open multiple nights during the week for meaningful chevruta study. For more information, contact Ezra Husney (email@example.com) or Noah Greenfield (firstname.lastname@example.org).