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. We’ll make it easy with your Jewish CALendar magnet, always available for pickup at Hillel or when we’re tabling on campus!

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Celebrate with Us

Join us in celebrating this joyful harvest festival!

First Days of Sukkot

Sunday, September 19th, 2:00-3:00 pm: Help build the Hillel Sukkah!
Monday, September 20th, 7:00 pm and Tuesday, September 21st, 7:00 pm: Sukkot Celebration! Celebrate with us in the sukkah. The sukkah is a physical space but requires a community to complete it! Join us for this joyful harvest holiday as we sit in the sukkah with friends enjoy a delicous chag meal, shake the lulav and etrog, learn about its origins and meanings with Rav Maya and Rabbi Adam!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 9:30 am: Sukkot Morning Davening (Prayer) with Minyan Dafna. Join Minyan Dafna (a traditional, egalitarian minyan) for Sukkot morning tefila! Rav Maya will be leading some of the service, and this is a great opportunity to experience ritual with another local Jewish community!聽

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 pm Come celebrate the 2nd night of Sukkot in the Berkeley Hillel Sukkah.聽 One of the commandments is to dwell in the Sukkah so join us this evening to celebrate the holiday with some learning and enjoying a wonderful sukkot meal.聽聽

Second Days of Sukkot

Monday, September 27th, 7:00 pm: Shemini Atzeret Celebration! Come celebrate this last night of Sukkot with us!聽
Tuesday, September 28th, 7:00 pm: Simchat Torah Celebration! Simchat Torah marks the official end of these festive days and our High Holiday season! We celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of reading the Torah by learning, singing, and dancing with the Torah scrolls! Come fill the courtyard with your voices and your ruach聽(energy)!聽

Celebrate at Home

The holiday of sukkot is celebrated, of course, by dwelling in the Sukkah! Our rabbinic sages teach us:聽
讻诇 砖讘注转 讛讬诪讬诐 讗讚诐 注讜砖讛 住讜讻转讜 拽讘注 讜讘讬转讜 注专讗讬
For seven complete days a person should make their sukkah into a permanent (keva) residence and their house into a temporary (arai) residence.

Being on campus, it can be hard or impossible to build our own sukkah, or to conveniently pop over to Hillel for a meal during this week-long festival. The essence of sukkot is about moving our lives outside and communing with nature and creation. Find some time to bring your life outside this week: go for a hike or even a walk, spend time in a community garden, bike down to the bay and walk along the water, plant something new, look at the stars, smell a flower.聽

Celebrate through Learning

Want to learn more about the themes of Sukkot? Check out these sources from Rav Maya on how Sukkot can teach us about power and being vulnerable. Study with a chevruta (study partner), and send us a pic!聽