This Week @ Berkeley Hillel

Any given week during the regular semester, there’s so much happening at Berkeley Hillel. Check back each week for an updated list of programs and events!

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This Week’s Schedule!

Monday- Tuesday- Rosh Hashanah with Berkeley Hillel
As we begin the year 5783, Berkeley Hillel invites you to days full of opportunities to connect: to yourself, to your Jewish identity, and to your community.  We are excited to be offering two prayerful spaces throughout Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur along with a full schedule of alternative ways to connect like traditional text study, movement through yoga, and learning through the visual arts! Check out the full schedule and register here.


  • Cafe Ivrit: 5 -6 p.m. Join other Hebrew speakers for a coffee hour before BBQ in the Hillel Courtyard
  • Dayenu: 5-6 p.m. Join a cohort of students passionate about combating the climate crisis
  • BBQ: 6 p.m. Every Wednesday, the Berkeley Hillel Kitchen Interns cook a delicious Kosher BBQ meal for UC Berkeley students and friends!
  • BFI Brews Meeting: 6:45-7:45. Weekly meetings where to discuss Israeli politics, current events surrounding Israel, and have different social activities
  • Art Chavurah: 7-8:30. Learn how to make macrame hangers for all your plants! Sign up!


  • Mincha and Munchies: 3:30-4 p.m. Join for a  Mincha (Afternoon service) Orthodox Minyan in the Berkeley Hillel Beit Midrash
  • Beit Midrash: 5-6:30 p.m. Open for all kinds of Jewish learning! Come learn Torah on your terms, with a chevruta (learning partner), group, or on your own
  • Challah for Hunger: 6-7:30 p.m. Come Braid like Berkeley with our community and engage in the traditions of challah, tikkun olam, and tzedakah! This week we will be packing hygiene bags for the Dorothy Day Shelter while making festive fall challah
  • Crafting Consent: 6:30-8. A year-long fellowship for women that explores the issues of consent within contemporary topics, such as body, voice, work, and relationships

Friday- Shabbat with Berkeley Hillel. Come together in song, meditation, and prayer to welcome Shabbat with your Berkeley Hillel community. Following services, join us in the auditorium for Kiddush and motzi (blessing over the bread), followed by a home-cooked Shabbat dinner.

  • Candelighting- 6 p.m.
  • Services- 6:15 p.m.
  • Dinner- 7:15 p.m.

Community Postings

Check out events, jobs, and other info from community organizations. Want to get something added here? Email our Program Associate, Hannah, at

Are you a junior interested in studying abroad? The Nachshon Project cultivates future Jewish leaders by encouraging outstanding college students to pursue careers as Jewish professionals in North America. Study abroad in Jerusalem for credit, at the Hebrew University, TUITION-FREE (paid for by the Nachshon project) tuition-free. What do we do during the Israel semester?

  • Cohort Building: you and another 20 passionate about Judaism Juniors live together in the dorms and create life-long friendships and a peer network for future professionals.
  • You will strengthen your understanding of the social, political and religious aspects of the land and people of Israel with monthly retreats/trips with the best tour guide (who works at pardes and hartman nbd)
  • Learn about Jewish professional life and meet with many people in the field as well as meet with a UCLA career advisor multiple times FOR FREE!!!
  • Gain a deeper understanding of leadership models and increase your Jewish textual literacy, by getting to take a class at PARDES! (
  • And if that wasn’t enough- those who go to camp the summer after the semester abroad and run an Israel-based educational program at camp, and get an additional $1,500 bonus on top of your camp salary.
  • After completing the semester in Israel and your camp and/or campus projects, you will be eligible to apply for a fellowship for $30,000 per year for graduate school for a degree which leads to a career serving the North American Jewish community.
  • Learn more and apply here!

Post Grads – Teach English in Israel! Join MITF for 10 months in Israel. Learn more here!

Join the Jewish Medical Ethics Decal! Reach out to Nikki at with any questions and to get the permission number to join.

Project Shema @ Berkeley Hillel
The debate over Israel and Palestine is growing more intense, especially in emerging social justice movements. At the same time, rising antisemitism globally has understandably elevated fears inside the American Jewish community, making these conversations even more complicated. Project Shema is an independent nonprofit organization that provides training and support to help the American Jewish community and allies navigate the difficult discussions surrounding these issues. Named after the Hebrew word which means “to hear”, “listen”, or “understand”, Project Shema works to deepen understanding and build bridges across communities. Since its founding, Project Shema has supported global Jewish institutions and global corporations, helping students, lay leaders, employees, Executive Directors, and CEOs explore these complex issues.

Reach out to Daniel at with any questions or if you would like to be involved!

Reach out to Hillel International’s Student Cabinet!
Student Cabinet is a freeform space to share new ideas and launch creative initiatives for the greater Hillel community. Don’t be shy! We love hearing your thoughts, insights, and ways to improve. Big or small, we are a resource you can utilize to instigate change and new curriculum. Fill out our Google Form to propose and share any ideas, projects, or feedback. Please feel free to be as specific or as broad as you’d like! Contact Dani Sobkin at with any specific questions.

Temple Sinai in Oakland is hiring educators for teen programs! 

  • We are looking for new teachers in our Mechina (7th-8th) and Yozma (9th-12th) programs that meets on Tuesday nights from 4:30-8:00 p.m. No prior teaching experience is necessary.
  • It takes place on Tuesday nights from 4:30-8 p.m. (includes dinner) and I am hoping to find folks who are interested in building community, have interesting skills/interests to share (like music, cooking, dancing, Jews in sports etc), and enjoy spending time with teens. The pay is competitive and includes compensation for prep time (1 hour of prep time pay per hour taught, so it’s like 2 hours for one!).
  • What You Bring: a passion for Jewish life and community and a desire to nurture young Jewish souls, to build community, and to drive Jewish life experience for our youth and their families
  • What You Will Gain: Relationships with the next generation of Jewish teens and their families, an opportunity to positively impact the lives and Jewish journeys of teens in our community, and compensation for your time that is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • For more information or if you have ideas of potential teachers, please contact Rabbi Julie Bressler.