Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships Spring 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!


SPRING 2022 FELLOWSHIPS – Apply before Wednesday, January 26th at 11:59pm

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. 

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 $250 for your time and efforts.


Jewish Learning Fellowship – Tackling Climate Change

This class will meet weekly to learn deeply, through books, articles, and various texts, about Jewish and non-Jewish perspectives on tackling the climate crisis. Tackling Climate Change is split into three key thematic areas — Food, Water, and People & Planet. In each area, we will dive deep into learning together about the most pressing intersectional social justice issues that have arisen due to the climate crisis, explore the global affects of climate change, and discuss how our tradition motivates us to make positive and impactful change.

Questions? Ask Micah at mlesch@berkeleyhillel.org

Jewish Learning Fellowship – Israel Big Questions

Israel Big Questions is an opportunity to take part in deep, meaningful discussions about many facets of Israel – history, culture, society, politics, land and more, in an intimate and productive setting. The main goal of the fellowship is to give participants a strong base to understand the challenges Israel is currently facing, and be comfortable in talking and engaging with Israel related topics. We will ask big questions and expose ourselves to a multitude of opinions, to help us reach our own independent and nuanced opinion about each topic we discuss.

Israel Big Questions will meet Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm

Questions? Ask Bar at bharush@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.

Foundations will meet Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm. 

Questions? Ask Rav Maya at mzinkow@berkeleyhillel.org 

Jewish Learning Fellowship – Jewish Identity: Gender, Sexuality, and Race

We all hold multiple identities. In the Hillel community, one we have in common is our Judaism. At times, it might feel or seem like a Jewish identity is incompatible with other parts of who we are or how we want to be in the world. In this fellowship, we’ll seek wisdom and guidance from our ancestors, ancient and contemporary, on the intersections between Judaism and gender, sexual, and racial identities.

Jewish Identity will meet Mondays 5:00-6:30pm. 

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

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.