Slifka Center Dining

Slifka Catering Menu

The first Kosher Kitchen for Yale Graduate Students opened in the fall of 1959 in the Young Israel Synagogue, a twenty-five minute walk from campus, serving only week-night dinners. Today, the Lindenbaum Kosher Kitchen functions as a seamless part of the Yale University Dining System in the middle of campus. Serving 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 the focus to serve excellent food that happens to be kosher.

The staff is committed to delivering a high-quality dining and social experience to all who come to eat, study, or just hang out. Let us know what you think – it’s the most valuable tool we have and we appreciate your comments.

Slifka’s kosher service is operated by Unidine. Unidine’s approach to food and dining focuses on culinary integrity, health & wellness, and hospitality.

  • Culinary integrity: Known as the Unidine Fresh Food Pledge, the company is committed to crafting food authentically, responsibly, and creatively.
    • From scratch: In-house chefs and culinary team members freshly prepare your daily meals.
    • Responsibly sourced: We utilize suppliers who value eco-friendly practices, animal welfare, and human rights.
    • Environmentally conscious: We are committed to operating procedures that reduce waste and our impact on the planet.
    • Seasonal and Local: Our menus reflect the seasons and highlight the best produce and products available in the area.
    • Healthful Offerings.
  • Hospitality: We actively foster an environment where our motto, “We are Exceptional People providing Exceptional Service to Exceptional Customers,” comes to life in a genuine and warm way. Team members receive comprehensive hospitality training that inspires authentic, timely, responsive, friendly, and satisfying connections. The result? Unique and memorable experiences that make a difference.


William Ostrowski
General Manager
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Patrick Byrne
Executive Sous Chef
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The kitchen is certified by the STAR-K MEAT / STAR-D DAIRY Kosher Certifications. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld, STAR-K Kashrus Administrator, at 410-484-4110 x 206; [email protected]. Onsite Mashgiach: Moshe Aziz; [email protected]


Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday through Friday – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday – 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  Monday through Thursday – 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner: Friday – 7:00 PM
Shabbat Lunch: Saturday – 12:30 PM
Brunch: Sunday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Click here to view our meat and dairy certifications through Star-K.



Slifka Dining accepts Yale Dining meal swipes, Eli Bucks, and credit cards (Regular YUDS restrictions apply, i.e. only one swipe per meal, etc.)

Rates for the 2019 -2020  Academic Year:

Meal Student (not on a meal plan) Guest Child under 12   Child under 3
Lunch/Brunch $ 11.75 $ 13.00 $6.50    free
Dinner $ 15.98 $ 18.00 $ 9     free


  • Third Meal on Saturday: $7


High Holy Day Dining for those not on a meal plan:

Rosh Hashanah Eve (9/29) – $28

Yom Kippur Eve (10/8) – $28

Yom Kippur break fast (10/9) – $18