Engaging on Campus
Berkeley Hillel is excited to connect you with learning opportunities, fellowships, and student groups that explore Israel through multiple lenses.
Backstage Israel is a fellowship that runs in the spring semester. This paid learning opportunity aims to provide participants with a space in which to think critically and creatively about Israel, and to explore the multiple facets and opportunities of being in a relationship with the modern Jewish state. In this fellowship, students will engage with Israel through reading articles, exploring Israeli arts and media, and hearing from contemporary Israeli thinkers. For more information, contact Leah Kahn, Senior Jewish Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run by and for students, these diverse groups represent different ways that Berkeley students relate to and engage with Israel:
Bears for Israel aims to be an inclusive pro-Israel voice that promotes open dialogue on campus and advocates for the existence for a democratic Jewish state. It will work to bridge relationships between various campus groups to form a more unified pro-Israel body.
Network of activists for peace, security and social justice in Israel, the future State of Palestine, and across the Middle East
The TAMID Israel Investment Group is a student led, non-profit organization, which develops and fosters the future economic relationship between American business minds and the Israeli economy. Through a comprehensive development program, members will lead the next generation of American businesspeople and create a sustainable and substantive connection with Israel. TAMID’s on-campus program is consists of education, consulting, fund management, and internship. TAMID affords students an unprecedented opportunity for hands on, daily interaction with Israel’s economic landscape. Students participate in a semester-long investment educational program, raise funds from donors, invest in Israeli firms, interact with and learn from top Israeli executives, and spend time interning in Israel with leading financial companies. The program spans the students’ entire time at the university, instilling in them a profound commitment to Israel.
Tikvah, the Zionist voice at Berkeley, represents an alternative approach to the methods of the current network of “pro-Israel” institutions in America. We are an independent organization of activists who deeply believe in our cause. We reject shallow advocacy and blind support and hope to foster a deeper connection between Jews at Cal and their national identity and homeland.
Mishelanu promotes an active and strong Israeli-American community on college campuses, in order to strengthen and maintain the next generation’s identity: culture, language, heritage and strong connections to Israel.
Travel to Israel
Are you interested in traveling to Israel? Join us on our Birthright Israel trip with 40 other Berkeley students! For more information about this FREE program, check out the Birthright Israel page or contact Matt Barsalou, Birthright Israel & Engagement Coordinator.
If you are interested in spending a longer period of time in Israel, MASA Israel Journey provides resources to study, intern, and volunteer. Offering over 200 different opportunities, MASA provides young Jewish adults with connections to programs, grants and scholarships towards program fees, as well as support, activities, workshops and resources while in Israel.
For information on opportunities to travel to Israel, contact Dror Stein, Israel Fellow.
Interested in studying in Israel for a semester? Check out these programs:
- Hebrew University with UC Berkeley through the Cal Education Abroad Programs Office
- Bar-Ilan University
- Ben Gurion University
- Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
- Tel Aviv University
- University of Haifa
Campus & Community Partners
The Berkeley Institute houses two core programs, the Berkeley Program on Israel Studies, a nationally-recognized initiative for the study of Israel, and the BerkeleyProgram on Jewish Law, Thought and Identity, the only program of its type in the western United States.
Together the Institute’s programs promote student and faculty engagement by developing opportunities for research, programming, and mentorship; by bringing visiting faculty and scholars to UC Berkeley; and by organizing colloquia, programs, and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse across the Berkeley campus.
“Your one-stop Israel resource connecting the Bay Area and Israel through a wide variety of cultural, educational, and social programs.”
“Information about Israeli culture, news, products as well as consular services for Israeli citizens.”
“A non-profit non-political organization dedicated to informing Americans about Israel beyond the conflict.”
The Jewish Federation based in Oakland serves Alameda and Contra Costa counties and supports a wide variety of Israel programming for adults, youth and students.
Israeli in Berkeley
Are you an Israeli living in Berkeley? To meet other Israelis, join our Hebrew coffee hour, and find out about Israel events, contact Dror Stein, Israel Fellow, and we’ll keep you connected with your Israel roots right here in Berkeley.