Explore UC Berkeley Hillel

Berkeley Hillel is proud to be celebrating nearly a century as the Jewish student center for the UC Berkeley campus. Berkeley Hillel, in its newly renovated building serves as a Jewish student center offering a place for Jewish students to gather, learn, eat and hang out. Hillel is a place for students to put down their heavy bags after a long day and filter through the refrigerator. It is a place where students connect with their Jewish peers through social action projects in the community, Jewish learning, Israel advocacy, or hanging out.

This Hillel serves: University of California, Berkeley; Wright Institute; Graduate Theological University; Berkeley City College

Undergraduate Enrollment

2,500 Jewish Students (7.7%*)
32,475 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

500 Jewish Students (3.9%*)
12,914 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator Yes
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation No
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Certificate
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow Yes
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff Yes

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Religious Services

Several different Minyanin Friday night and all holiday celebrations.

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 16%
  • U.S. Region Pacific
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $11,928
  • Tuition Out-of-State $42,954
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 15% / 13%
  • Greek Life Yes

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UC Berkeley Alumni Association Scholarships

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Rothblatt Family Endowment in Jewish Studies

This fellowship is intended to support, encourage, and stimulate research in the field of Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. Awards will be given to selected graduate students for fellowships, summer research and travel, and language instruction.

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Helen Diller Family Grants and Fellowships

The Diller program provides funding for undergraduates and graduate students. Stipends and awards are made for research, travel, fieldwork, innovative teaching, and curricular development in Jewish Studies. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding academic ability and promise in areas related to Jewish Studies.

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2736 Bancroft Way
Berkeley CA 94704 US
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