Shabbat at the Hillel SV house is every Friday night when school is in session. Students from our five campuses gather for a Kosher, home-made Shabbat  dinner on Fridays at 7pm. On occasion we have services that begin at 6:15 PM prior to dinner.  

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Jewish Holiday Celebrations!

Hillel is your community away from home. We celebrate Jewish and Israeli holidays with all the excitement, education, and fun we can muster! From Rosh Hashanah seders to Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations, we shine the light of Judaism ever brighter! For some it is a continuation of their family traditions, for others it is a new experience! See facebook for upcoming festivities.

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh is the celebration of the new Jewish month. It is a special holiday for women for a few reasons and many have the custom to wear a special piece of clothing and/or not working on that day. We gather some Rosh Chodesh days to highlight Jewish women and how they inspire us today. See facebook for our next celebration!

Hebrew for Beginners (Cafe Ivrit) 

Café Ivrit – Every Friday join us for Hebrew for beginners. Whether you went to Hebrew school or not – we will teach you the basics of Hebrew in a fun way! Conversational Hebrew will be taught while playing games, cooking in Hebrew and so much more.

Café Ivrit On Campus – Join us at Santa Clara University, to learn the basics of Hebrew through games, videos and conversations!  Location and Time TBD.

See facebook for upcoming classes.

Torah for Beginners

Hillel SV hosts a number of ways to brush up on your knowledge of Judaism and Torah: Torah on Tap (for the 21+ crowd), Lunch and Learns, and Dinner and Discussions! All led by community rabbis and educators.  See facebook for upcoming opportunities to expand your consciousness.

Spartans for Israel (San Jose State University’s pro-Israel club)

Join Spartans for Israel for their weekly meetings, help advocate for Israel on Campus, and have fun with all things Israel!

Our weekly meetings are every Friday at 4

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Tikkun Olam Projects

Tikkun Olam/Repair the World is one of Hillel’s strong Jewish values. Each semester our student tikkun olam intern works to organize events that help students give back to the local community. See our facebook page for upcoming events

Mishelanu Chapter (Group for Israeli students living in the U.S) 

Israeli? American? Both? Mishelanu is a group of Israeli Americans on College campuses, getting together to explore their roots and Identity, all while building a strong community and having fun! Comedy Night, Lag BaOmer Bonfire, Israeli cooking and so much more!

mishelanu party

A variety of speakers come to the Hillel SV house or to our campuses to address different issues or topic of interests. The speakers are local or from outside the area.

Past speakers 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.