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About us

A little history

In 1999, Hillel of Sonoma County was founded to give students from Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College a place to engage in Jewish life each semester. We began as a small subsidiary of the local Jewish Community Alliance (JCA), holding occasional Shabbat dinners for a few students in their dorm rooms. Today, our programming and student involvement has grown enormously and we have transformed into a vibrant, independent organization that serves hundreds of students each year.

Our mission
Today, our mission is simple: to reach out to and connect students to a diverse and vibrant Jewish campus community filled with celebration, learning, and creativity.

Sonoma Hillel empowers students to take responsibility for their Jewish identity, whether they wish to participate in a community service project, express themselves artistically, engage in informal Jewish learning or lead a religious service. In addition, we:

  • Promote Jewish life at Sonoma Hillel and beyond, through broad programming and a commitment to building a diverse Jewish community.
  • Provide a strong community that enriches the lives of our Jewish students and the campuses we serve as a whole and that enables members of these communities to come together in an atmosphere welcoming to all.
  • Prepare Jewish students to be active and responsible members of the larger community and prepare them to be active and engaged members of the Jewish community after they graduate.
  • Provide a nurturing environment for Jewish students to grow, with respect for other faiths and a broad understanding of what it means to be Jewish.