FAQ: Upperclassmen Retreat

Frequently Asked Questions: What is this retreat anyway?

Q: What’s the point of the retreat?

A: The retreat is a great way to continue building Jewish community at Berkeley Hillel and Cal! Most of the retreat is socially oriented, so you’ll get a chance to meet other students and hang out with old friends. It’s also a way to get off the busy campus, and be a little more immersed in nature.

Q: Where is the Upperclassmen Retreat this Spring?

A: The retreat will be at NatureBridge in the Marin HeadlandsIt is a rustic retreat center nestled in one of the most beautiful places in the Bay Area! Expect lots of sun, gorgeous hikes, and beach time!

Q: How do I register? 

A: Click HERE!

Q: How religious is it?

A: Hillel is a pluralistic Jewish institution, which means that at any time you can choose how “religious” you want your experience to be. The explicitly Jewish ritual practice is in the morning, and the experience will include either traditional morning prayer, or different things like a hike, or yoga. Our staff, as well as our students who plan the retreats, come from a variety of backgrounds and at any given point you can find someone to engage religiously (or non-religiously) in the way you’re looking for.

Q: What are the sleeping arrangements?

A: We will all be sleeping in bunk beds in a few large cabins. We will have a women’s space, men’s space, and an all gender inclusive space. Meeting your housing needs is important to us, so please reach out to us if you’d like to chat about how we can accommodate your needs.

Q: Do I have to have been involved Jewishly before college to come?

A: Definitely not! Our Jewish community is diverse and there will be students from lots of different backgrounds and experiences.