ReTurning, ReLearning, ReYearning

Beginning 5782 with Berkeley Hillel

Welcome the new Jewish year with Berkeley Hillel! As you return to in-person learning, living, and mingling, give yourself a chance to pause, pray, and play! As we begin the year 5782, 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 visiting educators offering everything from traditional text study to learning through the visual arts!  

Check out the schedule below and let us know if you’re coming!

Rosh Hashana  

Erev Rosh Hashana, September 6

  • 6:30 p.m. – Light candles and enjoy light appetizers and schmoozing as we gather to welcome 5782!
  • 7:00 p.m. – Maariv (evening) Service Beit Midrash Minyan* with Rav Maya and Rabbi Adam – traditional Hebrew liturgy and harmonious melodies Dov Den Minyan with Micah Lesch, Isaac Zones, and Miriam Kanani – mix of Hebrew and English liturgy, singing with instruments
  • 8:00 p.m. – Community welcome, words of Torah from Rav Maya, and communal Kiddush followed by a festive dinner!

Rosh Hashana Day 1, September 7

  • 9:30 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast 9:45 a.m. – Beit Midrash Minyan Shacharit (morning) Service with Rav Maya and Rabbi Adam
  • 10:00 a.m. – Dov Den Minyan Shacharit (morning) Service with Micah Lesch and Miriam Kanani
  • 12:30 p.m. – Community lunch
  • ~1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. – Hear Shofar on the front steps!~
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Embodying the High Holy Days through Yoga with Gail Gurewitz
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. – Teshuva: Return, Renewal, and Creativity with Rabbi Margie Jacobs

Finish the day with tashlich and dinner!

Rosh Hashana Day 2, September 8

  • 9:30 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast
  • 9:45 a.m. – Beit Midrash Minyan Shacharit (morning) Service with Rav Maya
  • 12:30 p.m. – Community lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m. – OMG People are Seeing My Body Again! A body love workshop for a new year with Talia Cooper

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre, September 15  

  • 5:30 p.m. – Seudat Mafseket (pre-fast meal) and Yom Kippur intention setting
  • 7:15 p.m. – Kol Nidre
                     Beit Midrash Minyan with Rav Maya and Rabbi Adam
                     Dov Den Minyan with Micah Lesch, Isaac Zones, and Miriam Kanani

Community learning and words of Torah from Rav Maya following Kol Nidre services! 

Yom Kippur, September 16

  • 10:00 a.m. – Beit Midrash Minyan Shacharit (morning) Service with Rav Maya and Rabbi Adam
  • 10:00 a.m. – Dov Den Minyan Shacharit (morning) Service with Micah Lesch and Miriam Kanani
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m. CRASH: Using Talmud to Meet the Unimaginable with Elaina Marshalek
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. – Teshuva: Return, Renewal, and Creativity Part II with Rabbi Margie Jacobs
  • 5:30 p.m. – Mincha (afternoon) and Neilah (closing) Services
  • 8:00 p.m. –  Havdallah and community break-fast!

* Beit Midrash Minyan and Dov Den Minyan – These are the names of our two tefilah (prayer) spaces at Berkeley Hillel! They’re named for where they’ll take place every shabbat, though locations may change for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Minyan is the Hebrew word for prayer quorum.