Explore Santa Cruz Hillel

Santa Cruz Hillel is a home away from home for Jewish students at the University of California Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, and CSU-Monterey Bey. We seek to provide a vibrant and welcoming community, regardless of knowledge or background. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Our goal is to share our Jewish values and experiences to positively enhance campus culture through our partnerships, presence on campus, and in the community.

This Hillel serves: University of California, Santa Cruz; California State University, Monterey Bay; Cabrillo College

Undergraduate Enrollment

1,000 Jewish Students (5.7%*)
17,502 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

100 Jewish Students (5.1%*)
1,976 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

Santa Cruz Hillel offers bi-weekly Shabbat dinners, Jewish holiday celebrations, Birthright trips, Jewish learning opportunities and fellowships, and community-building events.

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator No
  • Kosher Food Available Unknown
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program
  • Israel Fellow Yes
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Religious Services

Santa Cruz Hillel partners with our local temples and religious groups and connects students with their services. Our partners include Temple Beth El (reform), Chadesh Yameinu (Renewal), Chabad, and the TzimTzum Collective (queer-centered).

Frequency: Unknown

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 51%
  • U.S. Region Pacific
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $14,640
  • Tuition Out-of-State $42,954
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 7% / 5%
  • Greek Life Yes

Related Scholarships

Check out some of the scholarships available for University of California, Santa Cruz Jewish undergraduate students.

University of California, Santa Cruz

Candy Issenman Coonerty Hillel Scholarship

This is a $1,000 general-purpose scholarship for a Jewish student attending college in Santa Cruz County who has demonstrated the commitment to, and love of, the community that personified Candy's life.

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849 Almar Ave, Suite C, PMB 254
Santa Cruz CA 95060 US
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