Fellowships for Freshmen!

We are offering two fellowships for freshmen this coming spring; read the below descriptions to find out which one is right for you! We will be accepting up to 14 fellows per fellowship cohort, a total of 28 spots available for current freshmen who would like to become more involved in the Jewish community at Cal. If you are interested in either fellowship, please fill out the application (link below) and we will be in touch shortly. 

Jewish Learning Fellowship: 
January-May 2017 (1 semester) 

If you’re interested in building relationships through substantive conversation and thoughtful learning, this fellowship track is a great fit for you! Each week we’ll eat dinner together and delve into the big questions of campus life, such as: identity, relationships, and conflict resolution through a uniquely Jewish lens. This track 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 provide traditional Jewish sources and a safe, warm environment to explore important and often complicated questions together. All members of this cohort will be given the special opportunity to attend the W. J. Colen Freshman Retreat (Sept. 2017), an amazing chance to welcome new freshmen and deepen your relationships away from campus.

Freshman Engagement Fellowship: 
January-December 2017 (2 semesters) 

Do you love meeting new people and making them feel welcome? Do you enjoy planning events and creating experiences for 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 other members of the Jewish community on campus through relationship-based engagement and community outreach. In addition to weekly cohort meetings, fellows will brainstorm, plan and put on various programs, including the W. J. Colen Freshmen Retreat in Fall 2017, hosting Shabbat in the dorms, and programming at Berkeley Hillel.

For more information, email Molly Shapiro, mshapiro@berkeleyhillel.org, or Jessie Leider, jleider@berkeleyhillel.org.

Apply here!

Backstage Israel Fellowship

January-May 2017.

Did you spend a gap year or recently go on a Birthright trip?  Are you excited about exploring your relationship with Israel? 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. This is an excellent follow up opportunity to a Birthright Israel trip.This fellowship will explore and discuss the many exciting facets of contemporary israel through the perspectives of Land, Freedom, Nation and the existence of Israel in the modern world. This fellowship is open to freshmen and upperclassman students who have spent any time in Israel.  Freshman who participate will be invited to the W. J. Colen Freshmen Retreat in Fall 2017. You must have previously been to Israel on an organized trip to be eligible to apply. 

Apply here

Email Leo, Israel Fellow, for more information: lrezinsky@berkeleyhillel.org 


Crafting Consent

September 2017-May 2018.

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 going running workshops on campus to teach the campus community about consent.

Interested? Fill out the application!

For more information, email Leah, Senior Jewish Educator, at leah@berkeleyhillel.org

Creative Arts Fellowship

March-April 2017.

You are creative! Come activate your creativity through painting, photography, writing and other means of exploring the powerful themes of Passover. Over the course of four sessions, we will explore the liberation theme of Passover to uncover wisdom about ourselves, our tradition and the broader world. The Fellowship will culminate with an art installation showcasing the Fellows’ work. No experience required or expected – the Creative Arts Fellowship offers an engaging, accessible, and playful approach to Jewish learning for those of any background. Facilitated by the Jewish Studio Project.

Interested? Fill out the application!

For more information, email Leah, Senior Jewish Educator, at leah@berkeleyhillel.org

Jewish Learning Fellowship

Every Fall and Spring semester

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 question — 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. Next round starts January 2017.

January 2017 Cohort, apply here!
For more information, email Leah, Senior Jewish Educator, at leah@berkeleyhillel.org 

Senior Booze and Shmooze Fellowship

This fellowship meets from September 2016-May 2017.

In this fellowship, Seniors come together to schmooze, have a beer and learn with Rabbi Adam.   As a group, Seniors help organize the Senior Shabbat and host two events for friends, like a Shabbat dinner in your apartment, a Hanukkah candle lighting, or any other thing during the year that you organize your peers to do some kind of Jewish activity. Each meeting, Rabbi Adam brings some nice beer, and facilitates great conversations with Jewish texts to start processing the transition into adult life.

For more information, email Rabbi Adam, Executive Director, at adamnk@berkeleyhillel.org 

Mishelanu Fellowship

The Mishelanu fellowship is a yearly fellowship designed especially for Israeli American students. It has 8 bi-monthly meetings led by the supervisor, in addition to 5-7 meetings per semester for the general Mishelanu group facilitated and led by the fellows as a part of their leadership program. The fellowship is built by units that will cover important components for Israeli-American students; Identity, Israel and leadership. In order to support students with their work in the larger Mishelanu group, during meetings, the sessions’ outlines will include practical skills content in addition to the unit content.

Apply here!

For more information, email Leo, Israel Fellow, at lrezinsky@berkeleyhillel.org

Hillel Kitchen Internship

This internship runs Fall and Spring semesters.

The weekly BBQ and Shabbat meals are cooked by kitchen interns along with student volunteers. Whereas there is usually a core crew of regulars, there are also newbies who show up each week looking to get involved. The role of the Kitchen Intern is to oversee everything that goes on in the kitchen during prep for BBQ and Shabbat in order to create a fun and engaging atmosphere for students while maintaining a safe, and healthy cooking space. Since cooking is primarily an opportunity for students to meet one another and get involved in the Cal Jewish community, the Intern’s main role is to introduce students to one another and act as a connector making sure that everyone who shows up feels comfortable and engaged.

To apply, email Emily, Director of Operations, at ehirschman@berkeleyhillel.org

Marla Bennett Fellowship

The Marla Bennett Fellowship is given to one Berkeley student each year to spend the summer learning at the Pardes Institute. The Fellowship gives an opportunity to students to advance their own Jewish learning and develop their relationship with Israel. As part of the fellowship, the Fellows are encouraged to learn about Marla Bennett from faculty and friends in Israel. Each year a short biography, personal statement and journaling by each Fellow will be put in a binder. This binder will be an ongoing legacy of Marla. Upon their return the fellows plan a day of Jewish learning in Marla’s memory. They are given an opportunity to teach texts they learned at Pardes and share their personal experiences being part of the fellowship.

For more information, email Rabbi Adam, Executive Director, at adamnk@berkeleyhillel.org


The Berkeley Hillel Fellowship Program is among the richest educational opportunities at Berkeley Hillel. Fellowships are micro-communities within the larger Hillel community, and provide the opportunity for students to learn in a smaller cohort of their peers. The fellowships cover a variety of focus areas, and each fellowship provides professional development training including community organizing, Jewish text learning, exploring big questions and volunteering. Becoming a fellow provides you the opportunity to become more actively involved with the Jewish community at Cal while creating a small learning community for a semester or a year. Fellowships are lead by a member of our dynamic staff, or a talented student leader. Fellows receive a small stipend, build relationships with other students over coffee and create “Jew-It-Yourself” experiences for their peers.

Berkeley Hillel Fellowship Opportunities:

  • Backstage Israel Fellowship
  • Crafting Consent
  • Creative Arts Fellowship
  • Jewish Learning Fellowship
  • Freshmen Cohort – Jewish Learning Fellowship
  • Janet and Albert Schultz Freshman Engagement Fellowship
  • Senior Booze and Shmooze Fellowship
  • Dance Fellowship
  • Mishelanu Fellowship
  • Directors of First Impressions
  • Hillel Kitchen Internship
  • Marla Bennett Pardes Fellowship