Social Justice

Interested in all things social justice, action, and identity at Berkeley Hillel? Let us know a little more about you so we can best connect you to those opportunities! Read descriptions about all of our social justice offerings here.

Overwhelmed? Excited about social justice but you don’t see something that’s right for you? Want to start a new program? Just want to talk about your feelings? Check the coffee box and Matt, the Social Justice Fellow on Hillel staff will reach out!

Student Groups

Students at Queersgiving, a pre-thanksgiving QJew gathering

  • QJew: Cal’s only club for Queer Jews! We have weekly meetings that vary in activity, from drawing our Queer Jewish Journeys to discussing our coming out stories.
  • JFem: A place for feminist and feminist-curious Jewish students to learn and discuss a variety of topics. Weekly meetings might cover anything from body hair to circumcision to dating.
  • Jews of Color Collective: A place for Jews of Color, multiracial, and mixed-race Jews to gather, process, and prioritize themselves. We do not meet weekly, but we hold occasional events, Shabbat dinners, and conversations.
  • Challah 4 Hunger: Love bread? Join Challah 4 Hunger. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m., dozens of students come together to braid and bake Challah in a variety of flavors (chocolate chip, rosemary, and garlic, apple pie). The Challah is then sold to benefit causes around issues of hunger and food security.



Volunteer Opportunities

Students volunteering at a synagogue hosting children displaced by the North Bay fires

Limmud Corps: Join a small group of other students to volunteer each week with BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency) at one of their shelters. You’ll be tutoring kids and teenagers in math, science, and reading. Each month you’ll come together for a seminar, where you will dive deep into the systematic issues behind homelessness, education inequality, and racial and economic justice.

Urban Adamah Volunteering: Join us the first Sunday of each month at Berkeley’s own Jewish Urban Farm every month. We’ll plant, weed, and water crops, along with other tasks. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about farming, and environmental and food justice.

Newman Parrish Volunteering: Spend the first Saturday of each month volunteering at Newman Parrish, a local church and shelter that feeds hungry and housing insecure folks in the area.



Other Opportunities

UC Berkeley and SF State students sorting food at a North Bay food pantry as part of a fire recovery alternative break

Social Justice Intensive: The Social Justice Workshop is aiming to bring people together over the course of October who has something they care about deeply but don’t know where to start in making change and organizing people around the things that matter to them. This can be anything from immigration rights to providing computer classes for people who don’t have access to them. As long as participants grow and find ways to make the changes they care about making, the intensive was successful! Another important aspect of the intensive is learning what “power” is and how to use it. Overall the intensive is a place to figure out what matters to you and creating concrete goals and learning concrete ways to do something about it.

Soul Hour Conversations: Passionate about a specific topic? Want to bring it into your Shabbat practice? You can lead/facilitate/co-facilitate with a friend or staff person, a session during Hillel’s Soul Hour.


Social Justice Questionnaire

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    Check all that apply. See above for program descriptions