Hillel of Sonoma County is the center of Jewish life for college students attending Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. It’s a place to hang out with old friends, make new ones and participate in social action, Jewish learning, Shabbat dinners, arts and entertainment events – even just schmoozing at one of our popular social events.
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.
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: