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. 

Hillel Holiday Learning Circle

Join us for pre-holiday learning throughout the fall semester, 5:00-6:00pm before the Jewish community BBQ in the Beit Midrash. Join us for all five sessions and redeem your learning punch card for a special piece of Berkeley Hillel swag! Mark your calendars for for following times and learning opportunities: 

  • Wed, September 13: A Guided Tour through the Rosh Hashanah Service
  • Wed, September 20: A Guided Tour through the Yom Kippur Service
  • Wed, September 27: Shake it Off: Pre-Sukkot Learning
  • Wed, October 4: Roll Up: Pre-Simchat Torah Learning
  • Wed, November 29: Light it Up: Pre-Hanukkah Learning 

Beginning 5784 with Berkeley Hillel

As we begin the year 5784, 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 Hashanah 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!  

Aseret Yamei Teshuva – The Ten Days of Return

Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 p.m. - Vision Boarding for 5784

Come together in community to reflect on the past year and set intentions as we head into the next, all through art! We’ll be crafting collages, painting, schmoozing with good tunes, and taking time to pause and ground ourselves during the Aseret Yamei Teshuva (the ten Days of Return).

Wednesday, September 20 - Thursday, September 21 - Gift of Life for the Book of Life

Gift of Life is an international public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry. Through its life-saving work, Gift of Life is a world leader in facilitating transplants for children and adults suffering from many life-threatening diseases. Berkeley Hillel will be hosting a two-day registration event as we pray to be sealed in the book of life!

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. – Hiking Towards the New Year
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us a chance to look back and dream ahead. In Israel, something special happens: on Yom Kippur, nobody drives, and the roads are empty. Many Israelis take advantage of the empty roads, and you will see many walkers and cyclists on the empty streets and on the highways all over Israel. This has become a very special and fun tradition, and we will taste this by hiking in nature at Clark Kerr Fire Trail! Let’s meet at 11:00 am at the Hillel building. Grab comfy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bring at least 2 liters of water. We’ll have an easy and friendly Shabbat hike, check out beautiful views of Berkeley, and show the new year the respect it deserves.

Yom Kippur: September 24-25

Erev Yom Kippur: Sunday, September 24

5:45 p.m. – Seudat Mafseket (pre-fast meal)
6:45 p.m. – Candle lighting and welcome

7:00 p.m. – Kol Nidre service, options of Traditional and Reform-style
Stick around for singing and learning with Rav Maya after services

Yom Kippur: Monday, September 25

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Traditional morning service 
11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Reform-style morning service 
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Relax at Hillel and play board games with the Hillel Student Board
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Contemplative Yoga for Yom Kippur with Adam Ahmad 
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Mincha (afternoon) service 
6:15 p.m. -7:40 p.m. - Neila service and Havdalah 
7:40 p.m. - Break the Fast 

Sukkot: September 29 – October 7 

All week, bring your breakfast, lunch or dinner to Berkeley Hillel to eat in the Sukkah.  All are welcome to eat, study and relax in the Sukkah!

Friday, September 29 – Shabbat Sukkot
Welcome Shabbat and the first day of Sukkot in one big bundle. We’ll light candles at 6:00, followed by an special Chag Kabbalat shabbat, kiddush, and dinner in the Hillel Sukkah. Text “Shabbat” to Hillel texts to let us know you’re coming. 

Saturday, September 30, 12:30 p.m. – Lunch and Learn in the Sukkah
Join Rav Maya in the sukkah for some lunching and learning as we dwell in the joy of shabbat sukkot! RSVP by emailing Rav Maya at

Saturday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. – 2nd Night of Sukkot Yom Tov Dinner
Join Rabbi Adam for the 2nd Chag meal and celebration in the Sukkah.  RSVP by emailing Rabbi Adam at 

Sunday, October 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Hillel Yom Tov Hours
BYOLunch or enjoy leftovers on us. The building will be open from 12-2 so you can delight in the holiday in the Hillel Sukkah.

Tuesday, October 3, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Sophomore Sweets in the Sukkah

Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Sukkah Crawl with Hillel Student Board, Chabad, and AEPi 

Thursday, October 5, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Movie Night in the Sukkah brought to you by Hillel Student Board 

Friday, October 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m. – Homecoming Shabbat 

Saturday, October 7, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Hillel Yom Tov Hours
BYOLunch or enjoy leftovers on us. The building will be open from 12-2 so you can delight in the holiday in the Hillel Sukkah.

Sunday, October 8 – Simchat Torah Celebration
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Senior Simcha Hour

A special Simcha (Happy) Hour for seniors as we prepare to dance with the Torah in joy! A Booze and Schmooze treat, we’ll gather before candle lighting to toast the end of the High Holiday Season!