High Holidays


*Additional services and sessions will be added as we get closer to the holidays. Check back in the first week of September for the complete list.

Rosh HaShanah – September 20-22

Wednesday Night, September 20th

Traditional Egalitarian Services – 6:30 p.m., Hillel Auditorium

Creative Musical Services – 6:30 p.m., International House Ballroom

Festive Dinner – 7:30 p.m., Steinhart Courtyard at Boalt Hall


Thursday, September 21st

Traditional Egalitarian Services – 10:00 a.m., Hillel Auditorium

Creative Musical Services – 10:00 a.m., I-House

Light Holiday Lunch – 1:00 p.m., Berkeley Hillel

Musical Tashlich on Faculty Glade – 2:00 p.m., meet at Hillel

Rosh Hashanah Reflective Hike –  Meet at Hillel at 9:45 a.m.

Come enjoy the fresh Berkeley air, apples and honey, and a special treat to finish on Thursday morning while strolling the fire trails behind campus. Meet at Hillel and walk up with your peers to gaze at the beautiful Bay Area views and reflect on the past year. Create a vision for the coming new year, while indulging in delicious traditional Rosh Hashanah foods. We will finish the hike around 11:30 a.m. with a sweet treat to kick off the New Year!


Friday, September 22nd

Traditional Egalitarian Services – 10 a.m., Hillel Auditorium

Shabbat Services – 6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Dinner – 7:00 p.m., Hillel Auditorium


Wednesday, Septemeber 27th

Beyond the Personal: Collective Opportunities for Justice – September 27th, 7-8:30 p.m. (location TBD)

In this workshop, we will utilize and expand upon one of the central texts of the Yom Kippur tradition, the Al Cheit. We will use the prayer to think about the meaning of individual and collective atonement and justice. We will use this lens to create a new Al Cheit focusing on issues of social justice today and work towards acknowledging and acting upon our roles in injustice.

Thursday, September 28th

Volunteering at the Berkeley Men’s Shelter – Thursday, September 28th, 5-8 pm (1931 Center Street)

Join Matt and Savyon in volunteering to feed food-insecure people at the Berkeley Men’s Homeless Shelter. We’ll reflect on what it means to feed people during a time when Jews fast and repent. 


Yom Kippur – September 29-30

Erev Yom Kippur, September 29th

Traditional Egalitarian Kol Nidre – 6:30 p.m., Hillel Auditorium

Creative Musical Kol Nidre – 6:30 p.m., I-House

Finding Forgiveness Class with Leah Kahn – 8 p.m., Hillel, following Kol Nidre Services

In this class, we will explore classic rabbinic sources that understand the human tendency and condition around the challenges of forgiving ourselves and others. We will use these inspiring texts as gateways for improving our relationships within the spirit of themes of the season.

Yom Kippur, September 30th

Traditional Egalitarian service – 10:00 a.m., Hillel Auditorium

Creative Musical service – 10:00 a.m., I-House

Volunteer at the Alameda County Food Bank with Emily – 11:30 a.m., meet at Hillel (transportation is provided)

Yom Kippur Yoga with Leah Kahn – Re-aligning into the New Year – 2 p.m., Hearst Gym Rm 228

Engage in a physical practice to mark the holiday and have time to yourself on the mat during this meaningful holiday. We will utilize the themes of re-alignment and forgiveness as inspiration for creating a spiritual experience on the mat. All levels welcome.

Traditional Egalitarian Mincha – 4:30 p.m., Hillel Auditorium

Traditional Egalitarian Neilah – 6:00 p.m., Hillel Auditorium

Musical Havdallah – 7:34 p.m., Hillel Auditorium

Yom Kippur Break the Fast – 8:00 p.m., Boalt Hall

Sukkot – October 4th-10th


Sunday, October 1st

Soup & Sukkah Building at Lauren’s House

Join Lauren at her home and help her build her first Sukkah in her backyard in Berkeley! Learn how to build the Sukkah, build it, and then enjoy celebratory soup afterward, prepared by Lauren!

Soup & Sukkah Building at Leah & Darrell’s House – 2-4 p.m.

Join Leah & Darrell at their home in Berkeley and learn how to build a Sukkah in their big backyard! Enjoy celebratory vegan smoked split pea soup afterward, prepared by Leah.

Build the Sukkah on Campus, Tuesday, October 3rd, 12-2pm

This year’s communal Sukkah will be at Kroeber Fountain on campus! Join Hillel staff and students to help build the Sukkah for the whole community.

Thursday, October 5th

Sushi in the Sukkah with Freshmen Engagement Fellows, 6-7:30 p.m., Kroeber Fountain

Join the Freshmen Engagement Fellows and freshmen for a fun, welcoming and delicious sushi meal in the Sukkah!

Friday, October 6th

Gratitude and Mindfulness –  2 pm, Kroeber Fountain, with Savyon Sordean

Allow yourself to explore the topics of joyousness and gratitude through the combined lenses of mindfulness and Judaism, celebrating the sense of impermanence in the Sukkah, on (time subject to change).

Sheshbesh (Backgammon) and Shakshuka in the Sukkah – 4-6 p.m., Kroeber Fountain

Join Danielle Neubauer & the Mishelanu Fellows in the Sukkah to enjoy a game of Sheshbesh (Backgammon) and Shakshuka. Participate in the competition to win prizes!


Simchat Torah – October 12th

Check out our weekly newsletter for a list of community events to celebrate and dance with the Torah on this joyous holiday. Berkeley students are welcome to participate in a variety of offerings in the Bay Area.