FAQ: Freshman Retreat

Frequently Asked Questions: What is this retreat anyway?

Q: What’s the point of the retreat?

A: Depends on who you ask! It’s a great opportunity to meet other freshmen, as most of the retreat is socially oriented. It’s also a way to get off the busy campus, and be a little more immersed in nature. Plus, you’ll get to learn about Hillel and think Jewishly a little bit, too.

Q: Where is the retreat?

A: The Marin Headlands. It’s a beautiful area near San Francisco, about 40 minutes away from Cal.

Q: How do I register? 

A: Click HERE!

Q: How religious is it?

A: Hillel is a pluralistic Jewish institution, which means that at any time you can choose how “religious” you want your experience to be. The explicitly Jewish ritual practice is in the morning, and it will have options of traditional morning prayer, or different things like a hike, or yoga. Our staff, as well as our students who planned the retreat, come from a variety of backgrounds and at any given point you can find someone to engage religiously in the way you’re looking for.

Q: What are the sleeping arrangements?

A: It is cabins, so everyone will be sleeping in bunk beds. Make sure you bring some sort of bedding, as they do not provide that (sleeping bag, sheet+ blanket.. etc).

Q: Who’s going on the retreat?

A: Mostly first years—we have room for up to 70 first years. We also will be having our Schultz Freshmen Fellows coming along because they planned the retreat! There will be representatives from the Berkeley Hillel Student Board and the Director of First Impressions Fellowship. Plus, Berkeley Hillel staff members will be there!

Q: Do I have to have been involved Jewishly before college to come?

A: Definitely not!