Jewish Life

The Maimonides Scholars program seeks to create an inclusive and vibrant space for students to explore the Jewish tradition and Jewish ritual. Students will be housed in a Yale dormitory building a short walk from the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. There will be space throughout the program for students to participate in the rhythms of Jewish life including voluntary prayer times and Shabbat.

On Shabbat evening, students will attend a Kabbalat Shabbat service together as well as a Shabbat meal. On Saturday morning, students can choose between egalitarian, traditional, or learner’s services. They can also opt for text study, private contemplation, or other spiritually directed activities.

While we seek to create a space where all students can grow Jewishly and encounter new traditions, beliefs, and practices, we recognize that our students will be coming from diverse Jewish backgrounds and we endeavor to create a Jewish community that respects our students’ traditions and practices.

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