Beginning 5783 with Berkeley Hillel

As we begin the year 5783, Berkeley Hillel invites you to days full of opportunities to connect: to yourself, to your Jewish identity, and to your community.  We are excited to be offering two prayerful spaces throughout Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur along with a full schedule of alternative ways to connect like traditional text study, movement through yoga, and learning through the visual arts!  

Click here to register for Yom Kippur!


Aseret Ymei Teshuva – The 10 Days of Returning

Sign up for the Holiday Chavurot HERE!

Chavurot are micro-communities based around a common interest. We’ll be offering three chavurot this semester: cooking, art, and the outdoors. It’s a very casual way to meet other students that’s open to everyone! 

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Join the Hillel Art Chavurah to get creative with macrame! We’ll be creating plant hangers to liven up your dorms, or to hang in your Sukkah! Location: 2nd Floor Deck 

Sunday, October 2,  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Reverse Tashlich 

Join Student Board, Dayenu and other Jewish students who care about the earth in a ocean clean-up in honor of the themes of Yom Kippur. For thousands of years, in a ritual called Tashlich, Jews symbolically cast their sins into a body of water on Rosh Hashanah. For 60 years humans have thrown their “sins” – millions of tons of trash into bodies of water as well. Join Jewish communities around the world for the Annual Reverse Tashlich in partnership with Tikkun Hayam, an annual waterfront cleanup, a mitzvah, and a new High Holiday ritual to repair the sea. SIGN UP HERE!

Monday, October 3,  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Join the Hillel Baking Chavurah to make honey cake! Sweeten up the new year with this High Holiday menu classic. Location: Auditorium Kitchen 

Sign up for the Holiday Chavurot HERE!

Yom Kippur: October 4-5

Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, October 4

5:30 p.m. – Seudat Mafseket (pre-fast meal)
6:29 p.m. – Candle lighting and welcome
6:45 p.m. – Kol Nidre service, options of Traditional and Reform-style
Stick around for singing and learning with Rav Maya after services

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 5

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Traditional morning service 
11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Reform-style morning service 
4-5:00 p.m. - Reflective Meditation and Yoga for Yom Kippur
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Mincha (afternoon) service 
6 p.m. -7:25 p.m. - Neila service and Havdalah 
7:30 p.m. - Break the Fast 

Sukkot: October 9-16

Join us in our Hillel Sukkah, and keep your eyes peeled for a pop-up sukkah on campus!

Sunday, October 9

6:15 p.m. – Candlighting
6:30 p.m. – Yom Tov Dinner in the Sukkah

Monday, October 10

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Join the Hillel Outdoors Chavurah for a rejuvenating morning hike up the Berkeley fire trails. Celebrate your trek with a delicious bagel brunch in the Sukkah! Location: Meet in Hillel lobby

7:15 p.m. – Candlighting
7:30 p.m. – Yom Tov Dinner in the Sukkah

Wednesday, October 12

5 p.m. – Cafe Ivrit in the Sukkah
6 p.m. – BBQ in the Hillel Sukkah

Friday, October 14

6 p.m. – Candlighting
6:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat
7:15 p.m. – Kiddush and Dinner in the Sukkah

Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. – Shabbat Sukkot Lunch & Learn with Rav Maya 

Join Rav Maya in the Hillel Sukkah for some delicious Torah, with a side of Shabbat lunch. 

Shmini Atzeret: October 17 & Simchat Torah: October 18

Sunday, October 16

6 p.m. – Candlighting
6:15 p.m. – Yom Tov Dinner in the Sukkah

Simchat Torah: Monday evening, October 17

7 p.m. – Candlelighting
7:15 p.m. – Dinner and Simchat Torah celebrations