Shabbat at Berkeley Hillel

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו

Remember the day of Shabbat to keep it holy 

We’re so happy you’re spending Shabbat with us. Shabbat is an opportunity to unplug from the week and plug into rest of all kinds. On shabbat, we invite you to step away from school, technology, and other stressors of the week, and step into holy rest and celebration! 

6:00 pm – Community Candle Lighting
Every week, join Hillel staff in the lobby as we transition into Shabbat with candle lighting and intention-setting. Candles will also be available all evening for you to light on your time. And in the winter, feel free to come by earlier to light candles as the sun sets. 

6:15 – Kabbalat Shabbat
Come together in song, meditation, and prayer to welcome Shabbat with your Berkeley Hillel community. We gather each week for Berkeley Hillel Minyan, a joyful prayer space that incorporates songs and traditions from various Jewish practices. We strive to be inclusive and accessible to the whole community, and we thrive with your feedback! Interested in leading a part of the service? Want to bring a melody you love? A poem you want to share? Some words of Torah to teach? Let Rav Maya know, or be in touch if you want to learn how to do any of those things!

7:15– Kiddush and Shabbat Dinner
There’s always a place at our Shabbat table! Join us in the auditorium for Kiddush and motzi (blessing over the bread), followed by a home-cooked Shabbat dinner. Come for the yummy food, stay for the company and holy Shabbat vibes! 


Want to host your own shabbat dinner? We’re happy to provide you with all you need to make that happen. Sign up and let us know what you need here.