Social Justice

Interested in all things social justice, action, and organizing at Berkeley Hillel?  Read descriptions about all of our social justice offerings here! Interested in joining the next cohort of Hillel’s Social Justice Fellowship? Reach out to Micah Lesch, Hillel’s Engagement Associate for more information.

Student Groups

Students at Queersgiving, a pre-thanksgiving QJew gathering

  • 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: Enjoy braiding challah? Are you concerned about food insecurity on campus? Join Challah 4 Hunger every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with 50-60 fellow students who come together to braid and bake Challah in a variety of flavors (chocolate chip, rosemary, and garlic, apple pie). The Challah is then sold ($3 for Challah, $1 for a delicious pretzel bite) to benefit causes around issues of hunger and food security.
  • Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action: Join a cohort of students passionate about combating the climate crisis! Sign up for weekly Dayenu calls and actions by sending an email to Micah at






Volunteer Opportunities

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


Community Service Working Group with Repair the World: Just because our Hillel programming has gone virtual, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to support the most vulnerable communities around us! Are you interested in participating in local efforts to combat food insecurity? Have you been looking for ways to support unhoused people in our community? Join us for our bi-weekly working group calls! Interested? Send Micah an email at

Mitzvote: Are you interested in civic engagement? Excited to encourage your fellow students to vote in the upcoming November 2020 election? Email Micah at to find out how you can get involved!






2021 Social Justice Fellows

Sixteen Social Justice Fellows, each placed at different social justice, community, or advocacy organizations, meet weekly to learn, both in a group and in Chevruta, on a variety of social justice issues. The learnings consist of both curricula prepared and implemented by Micah Lesch, as well as various local social justice leaders who will call into weekly meetings. Speakers have included civil rights advocate, Joanne Bland, housing justice leader from GLIDE Church, Rabbi Michael Lezak, and many more!

Each Fellow is placed at a non-profit community/advocacy organization of their choice that fits within the realms of Berkeley Hillel’s mission to show up for communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. These nonprofits work in areas including civic engagement, climate advocacy, unhoused community support, violence prevention, food insecurity, education equity, indigenous folks support, or housing justice.

  • Ella Diamond

    1st Year
  • Samantha Klein

    1st Year
  • Gabrielle Cohen

    1st Year
  • Dara Shay

    3rd Year
  • Gillian Balk

    1st Year
  • Vida Keyvanfar

    1st Year
  • Abby Steinmetz

    2nd Year
  • Hallie McRae

    1st Year
  • Danielle Kaye

    4th Year
  • Elysa Dombro

    3rd Year
  • Camron King

    4th Year