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? Check the coffee box in the form below and Micah, Hillel’s Engagement Associate 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: 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. This year



Volunteer Opportunities

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

Urban Adamah Volunteering: Join us every Wednesday morning from 9am to 12pm at Berkeley’s own Jewish Urban Farm every week,. We’ll plant, weed, and water crops, and pass out fresh fruits and vegetables to unhoused and food insecure individuals. This program is also a wonderful  opportunity to learn about farming, and environmental and food justice.

Check out our Summer 2020 Resources page for many remote volunteer opportunities!


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!