Hillel of Sonoma County
Hillel of Sonoma County

All Are Welcomed

Hillel is committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements (and no movement at all).

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About Us

The Center for Jewish Life for college students

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. 

Our 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.