Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships 2021-2022

Over the years, we learned from you that:

  • Fellowships are an opportunity to meet new friends in the Jewish community in a smaller setting.
  • Fellowship meetings are a ritual each week, an anchor for stability and support for the rest of the week.
  • Fellowships are fun, meaningful, and a great way to engage in Jewish community!

The Schultz Engagement and Leadership Fellowship will begin in January 2022. Applications are now closed. Please reach out to Jess at jnevins@berkeleyhillel.org with any questions.

Engagement and Leadership

Schultz Engagement and Leadership Fellowship

The Schultz Engagement and Leadership Fellowship is a group of leaders dedicated to welcoming UC Berkeley students into the Berkeley Hillel community. Our goal is to support Jewish students in their connection to Jewish community at Cal. Fellows connect with their peers to engage them in programming and events based on their unique interests. Relationships are the heart of our engagement strategy.

Students who are interested in further leadership roles at Berkeley Hillel, such as the Student Board, should first participate in the Schultz Engagement and Leadership Fellowship. Schultz fellows will:

    • participate in weekly meetings with a Hillel staff member
    • engage in one-on-one coffee conversations with peers throughout the semester
    • collaborate on supporting current programming and creating new programs based on student needs and interests

The fellowship will begin January 2022 and fellows will receive a $250 stipend per semester. This is a year-long fellowship and follows the calendar year from January-December 2022. Applications are now closed.

Current fellowships – look out for similar opportunities in the Spring!

Social Action

Social Justice Fellowship 

The Berkeley Hillel Social Justice Fellowship is an initiative where students have the unique opportunity to become leaders in local communities working on a variety of social justice issues including poverty relief, climate change, housing justice, food insecurity, civic engagement, racial justice, gun violence prevention, education equity, and so much more! Driven by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and Tzedek (Justice), we will show up for the many communities that were disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will work to tackle the most pressing systemic problems of our time, both locally and globally. 

As a Social Justice Fellow, you will:

    • Be placed at the local nonprofit or advocacy organization of your choosing that is already doing important work in one of the aforementioned issue areas (if there are issue areas that you are passionate about that are not mentioned above, we’d love to include it!)*
    • Bring your friends to volunteer with you
    • Participate in at least 10 “acts of service” over the semester
    • Attend weekly 1-hour social justice learning sessions with Hillel staff and various Jewish and non-Jewish social justice leaders in the Bay Area

Because we know that your time is important, you will earn a stipend of $250 for your time and efforts.

*Volunteering at your nonprofit or advocacy organization can be either in-person (so long as the appropriate precautions are observed) or virtually, depending on Fellow comfortability 

Jewish Learning

Jewish learning is a cornerstone of any Jewish community, and Berkeley Hillel staff offer creative, fun and meaningful cohort opportunities open to all. All learning fellowships will meet one hour per week, for 10 weeks. 

As a Jewish Learning Fellow, you will:

    • Meet weekly as a cohort for one hour to learn with a staff member and your peers.
    • Engage in lively discussions around the theme of the cohort.
    • Grow in your knowledge of Jewish tradition and text.

Because we know that your time is important, you will earn a stipend of $200 for your time and efforts.


Jewish Learning Fellowship 1.0: Life’s Big Questions 

The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. College is not only a time to meet new people or to learn the skills of a profession. It is also a time to explore some of the big questions that orient a life well-lived. Who am I? What communities am I a part of? Who am I responsible for and why? What is the difference between love, lust, and intimacy? What is worth committing myself to and why? While these are universal questions, we believe they can be illuminated through the unique light of Jewish texts and traditions. In this class, we will explore the big questions of life as refracted through the Jewish tradition.

Questions? Ask Rav Maya at mzinkow@berkeleyhillel.org 

Jewish Learning Fellowship: Foundations of Judaism

This class will offer an opportunity to root into your Jewish life, fill in the gaps of your Jewish education, or offer a place for you to ask all those questions about “doing Jewish” you’ve always wanted to ask. We’ll meet once a week to learn about a different aspect of Jewish life and practice. Topics include Books of the Bible, The Jewish Library, the Jewish Calendar, Shabbat, the Siddur and Prayer, along with many others.

Questions? Ask Rav Maya at mzinkow@berkeleyhillel.org 

Crafting Consent Fellowship

Crafting Consent is a year-long fellowship for women that explores the issues of consent within contemporary topics, such as body, voice, work, and relationships. Fellows consider how consent can empower and enhance their life on campus, and bring more awareness to their campus life where consent is relevant. In each unit, a local organization working with domestic issues, Shalom Bayit, guest facilitates a session. Fellows learn classic Jewish stories within the lens of consent. At the end of each unit, fellows engage with topics in a physical way like participating in a self-defense workshop or constructing flower boxes. Fellows give back to the community by running workshops on campus to teach the campus community about consent.

Questions? Contact Hallie at craftingconsent@berkeleyhillel.org

Senior Booze & Shmooze Fellowship

Seniors come together to schmooze, have a beer, and learn with Rabbi Adam. Each meeting, the group will learn Jewish texts and have great conversations to start processing the transition into life-after-college.

This fellowship is only open for seniors (or those graduating early). 

Questions? Contact Rabbi Adam at adamnk@berkeleyhillel.org