Programs:

Shabbat Dinners
Shabbat dinners at the Hillel house every Friday: free, Kosher and home-made.
Fridays at 7pm

 


Cooking Classes
In the beautiful brand new kitchen at the Hillel house, a community member comes to Hillel every other month to teach us his/her favorite recipe from a particular Jewish Holiday or Jewish cuisine from various countries around the world . The best part is that each student gets to share in cooking the recipe and to eat the food!

 

Challah for Hunger (C4H)
Three times a year Hillel of Silicon Valley students bake challah in Hillel’s kosher kitchen. We then offer community members the opportunity to buy our fresh and delicious Shabbat treat! All the proceeds go to support Jewish people in need.
If you are a community member who would like to buy the challah from Hillel, please contact vanina@hillelsv.org

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh, the celebration of a new Jewish month, is an event especially for female students.  We learn something meaningful about each specific month, dofun hands-on activity, and enjoy a delicious dinner together.

 

Hebrew Classes for beginners
Learn Hebrew among peers! Great, informal Hebrew classes at Hillel are fun and interactive. Snacks are provided.   The classes are on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.  Classes are held at the Hillel House.

 


Hakol B’Ivrit (HBI)

For students that speak Hebrew fluently, HBI offers the opportunity to talk in Hebrew and discuss current Israel affairs. An Israeli style dinner is served. Last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Classes are held at the Hillel House.

Torah 101
Once a month join other Hillel students to discuss what the Torah has to say about relevant topics such as piercing, tattooing, sexuality, and eco-kosher values. Each time a different rabbi from the community will lead the discussion. Come discover fascinating things about our tradition and its sacred texts. Dinner is included. Fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Held at the Hillel House.

 

Alternative Sundays
This is a perfect opportunity for students who want to make a difference in the local community ― both Jewish and non Jewish. Hillel of Silicon Valley partners with two Jewish organizations and two non-Jewish organizations. Each Sunday the students will be part of an onsite project that helps people with a specific need. After we complete each project, we will study a Jewish text that relates to the purpose of our efforts. Lunch is included.

 

Lunch and Learn
Every Wednesday, students and community members are invited to come to the Hillel house to learn something about our tradition from the Torah and other books. Interesting conversations, new insights, meaningful moments with friends and lunch ― what could be better?!

 

Speakers
A variety of speakers come to the Hillel house or to our campuses to address different issues or topic of interests. The speakers are local or from outside the area. Speakers we have had in the past include:  Arye Green, an Israeli Human Rights Advocate; Itamar Marcus, Founder of Palestinian Media Watch; Former San Francisco Consul General Akiva Tor; an FBI Special Agent; Top Executives from Silicon Valley-Israeli Companies;  Noah Alper from Noah’s Bagels; Famous Archeologist from Haifa University, and more.

 

Jewish and Israeli Holidays

Can’t go “home for the holidays”? No worries!

With meals and a warm atmosphere, students look to Hillel to celebrate the Jewish and Israeli Holidays. Students come to enjoy Hillel’s Rosh HaShanah
Dinner, Passover Seder, Tu B’Shvat Seder. They also help build and decorate a Sukkah, light Hanukkah candles, and make dreidels.  Students at Hillel SV celebrate and commemorate important Israeli dates such as Yom HaAtzmaout, and Yom Hazikaron.   For some it is a continuation of their tradition, for others it is a new experience.