Programs & Jewish Life

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Santa Barbara Hillel offers a wide variety of programs to our students. These activities are planned by our student leaders and staff to create an inspiring array of activities. Jewish values are incorporated into many of our programs. Here is a taste of what we have here:

General Programming
On any given night at Hillel, there may be a program of interest. We host everything from cooking competitions, to dance parties, to artsy craft nights. We play intramural sports, go on hikes, and host study and snack sessions. On the Monday night of finals week we host JHOP (Jewish House of Pancakes) for a needed study break.

Jewish Life
While Judaism is infused into all we do here at Hillel, there are some activities that are specifically Jewish in nature. We celebrate Shabbat and Holidays together, bring in speakers on Jewish topics, and engage in Jewish cultural experiences. For more information about Shabbat and Jewish Holidays click here

Santa Barbara Hillel fosters a living connection with Israel as a one key component of Jewish identity. Students travel to Israel, participate in Israel related activities here on campus, and engage in discussions with key individuals on topics related to Israel.

Social Action
Santa Barbara Hillel students embrace the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, by participating in a number of social action projects throughout the year, including everything from zoo clean ups to fundraisers for organizations helping those in need. 

Kosher Cookout
Join us on the first and third Tuesday of every month for a delicious Kosher BBQ. We have hot dogs, veggie burgers, salad, chips, and sometimes special additions to the menu. Bring new friends and come to see old ones. Schmoozing over dinner is encouraged.

First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) 
Engaging our first year students is a priority at Santa Barbara Hillel. While we welcome and encourage all first years to come join us at Hillel, we also bring activities to the dorms. Keep an eye out for the next activity that Hillel is hosting in your residence hall. 

Challah for Hunger
This student group, hosted by Santa Barbara Hillel, meets weekly on Thursdays to bake challah and then to sell it to raise funds for hunger relief programs. Challah is sold outside the Isla Vista Co-op on Fridays. For more information, visit the Challah for Hunger Facebook Page.

Schmear and Schmooze
On Wednesdays from 11:30am - 1:30pm, Hannah Phelps brings bagels for schmearing and her insights for schmoozing. There are plately of bagels and toppings for the needed mid-day pick me up. Find her on the Annex Lawn, across from Storke Tower.

Graduate Student Programming
Graduate students are certainly a busy bunch but there is always a place for Grad students at Hillel. Grad students are welcome at all of our activities but we also plan Grad Student specific activities, including everything from Wine & Cheese to Holiday Parties. 


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Santa Barbara Hillel
781 Embarcadero Del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117
(805) 968-1280


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