Jewish CALendar at Berkeley Hillel

Celebrate throughout the year with Berkeley Hillel!

There’s always a seat at our Shabbat table, and you’ll find us here at Hillel every Friday. For all other holidays, come back to this page to stay connected throughout the year. 

Pesach begins the evening of Wednesday, April 5; celebrate with us! 

Celebrate Seder night and beyond with us! See below for our first night seder options, and click here to register for seders and Kosher for Passover meals

Wednesday, March 22nd – Passover: From Sweeping to Seder (and everything in between)
Before our last BBQ with bready goodness, join Rav Maya to learn about all things Pesach. How are we meant to clean for Pesach? What is chametz? What’s going to happen at the seder? All these questions (plus the ones you bring) will be answered for this special hour of pre-holiday learning!

Monday, April 3rd – Make Charoset at Berkeley Hillel
Join with the Culinary Chavurah to make charoset, a sweet Passover dish, for all Berkeley Hillel’s seders! Meet in the Auditorium at 5 p.m. for a festive cooking party.

Wednesday, April 5th – First Night Seder at Berkeley Hillel
Join us for one of five seder options! Be sure to register. Questions about the best seder option for you? Be in touch with Rav Maya (

Family Seder with Rabbi Adam
Join us for a classic Seder that covers the Hagaddah and all the elements you remember at your family Seders. Just like at home, we’ll go around the room and read the Hagaddah together. It will be lively and interactive! 

This is the Bread of Our Affliction: A Sensory Seder with Rav Maya
During the Seder, we don’t just tell the story of the Exodus, we see, smell, feel, and taste liberation,” says Rabbi Jill Jacobs. Join Rav Maya as we sense our way through the Seder’s symbols. We’ll spend time contemplating each cup of wine, every bite of matzah, every drop of salt water and how each element of the Seder helps us experience the liberation we’re commanded to feel on this auspicious night.

Hebrew-Speaking Seder
Join Shaked and Lior for an Israeli Passover Seder in Hebrew! We’ll read the Haggadah, sing, and generally be loud in Hebrew. Fluency not required!

Social Justice Seder
Join student leaders in a peer-led Seder that connects the themes of the Haggadah to modern issues of the need for justice, liberation, and systemic change. In this seder you can expect lots of participation, readings in English and lively discussion!

Grad Student Seder
While graduate students are welcome at any of our Berkeley Hillel Seders, this one is JUST for graduate students! Join us for a traditional Seder and an opportunity to build community. At this Seder, you can expect participatory reading, thoughtful conversation, and delicious food.

Thursday, April 6th – Second Night Seder Hosted by Students and Staff
If you’re interested in being hosted for a second night seder, be sure to check the box on the seder registration form!