Hillel at UC Irvine
Hillel at UCI thinks about programming with one central goal: creating and fostering a positive Jewish Community for students. We have Israeli and Jewish cooking classes, spring break trips to help repair the world (Tikkun Olam), festivals on campus, and weekly office hours at Starbucks. Every year our student leaders design our calendar in a way that best reflects the needs of our community, which provides our student body with the most enriching programming possible.
Every year we hold a three day festival for Israel, called "UCIsrael". Each day is a celebration of Israeli food and culture, and a chance to engage in a positive, wholesome celebration of Israel.
Every week for two hours, UCI students can unwind with their community at Starbucks. Shelby, the Hillel staff person, is there with a listening ear and a smile. It's a chance to learn about what events Hillel has going on that week and enjoy your favorite Starbucks drinks.
In addition to the classic traditional Shabbat Dinner, students like to add something new. Frequently we will invite a special guest to speak while we enjoy our meal together, providing a chance to learn about a side of Judaism we do not have the most frequent access to.