Leadership & Fellowship Opportunities


Berkeley Hillel Student Board

The Berkeley Hillel Student Board is a group of diverse, ambitious, and visionary students who want to drive Berkeley Hillel towards its mission of enriching Jewish life on campus.

The student board has been selected for 2020. For more information about the board and how to be involved in the future, contact Student Board President Josh Greenberg at studentboardpres@berkeleyhillel.org



Spring Fellowships

Fellowships are among the richest educational opportunities at Berkeley Hillel and are made up of over 150 student fellows each year, in small learning communities focused on various topics. Fellows receive a stipend, build relationships with other students over coffee, and help create meaningful Jewish experiences for their peers.

Click HERE to apply to spring fellowships!

Backstage Israel

Are you excited about exploring your relationship with Israel? Did you spend a gap year or recently go on a Birthright trip?  Backstage Israel provides participants with a space in which to think critically and creatively about Israel, specifically in the areas of being a nation, freedom and what it means to have a land attached to diverse identities. In this fellowship, students will engage with Israel through compelling articles, exploring Israeli arts and media, and hearing from contemporary Israeli thinkers. 

Meets Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm

Contact Dani at dneubauer@berkeleyhillel.org

Shabbat Hosting Lab

The Shabbat Host Lab empowers you to create a Shabbat experience for your peers in dorms, apartments, and co-ops. Using tips from the book “The Art of Gathering,” by Priya Parker, you will learn real-life skills for cooking, hosting, curating meaningful ritual, and fostering a creative experience for others. Come learn how to make magic for your friends in your own space by becoming a “Shabbat Creator.”

Meets Thursdays, 5:00-6:30pm

Contact Lauren at lschuchart@berkeleyhillel.org 

Jewish Learning Fellowship

JLF provides a semester of intellectual and experiential learning for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism. We make no claims about the “right” way to practice or not to practice Judaism. Rather, we explore the tradition in a safe space in a community of friends, and help you find your own place, on your terms, Jewishly.  We ask big questions — like Who am I? What communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why? What kind of relationships do I want? JLF meets once a week, for 10 weeks, for an hour and a half and happens every semester.

 Meets Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm

Contact Adam at adamnk@berkeleyhillel.org

Schultz Engagement Fellowship

For the first time, we are introducing TWO engagement fellowships! Both cohorts runs from January to December.

The Schultz Engagement fellows have been selected for 2020. For information about how to apply in the future, reach out to Molly Shapiro at mshapiro@berkeleyhillel.org

Freshmen Track

Do you love meeting new people and making them feel welcome? Do you enjoy planning events and creating experiences for the community? In this fellowship, students explore effective leadership and community organizing through professional skill-building, group conversations, and event planning. Over the course of the fellowship, students will actively engage new students and provide an introduction to Jewish life at Cal through relationship-based engagement and community outreach. In addition to weekly cohort meetings, fellows will brainstorm, plan and put on various programs, including a Retreat in Fall 2020, hosting Shabbat Across Berkeley, and programming at Berkeley Hillel.

Upperclassmen Track

Do you like hosting events for your friends and peers? Would you consider yourself a connector in your social groups? Do you like inviting new people to try new things? This NEW track of the Engagement Fellowship is for upperclassmen who want to build Jewish community and create connections among current students, transfer students, and their peers. With a greater focus on community building, Upperclassmen Engagement Fellows will meet weekly to explore effective engagement strategies and develop skills in community organizing by creating and facilitating events and programs. 

Both cohorts meet Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm

Contact Molly at mshapiro@berkeleyhillel.org


Fellowships to look out for Fall 2020…

  • Jewish Learning Fellowship
  • Crafting Consent Fellowship
  • Mishelanu Fellowship
  • Senior Booze & Shmooze Fellowship