College & Adult Education

Adult Education & Community Resources

The Bay Area offers multiple opportunities for adults to study Judaism. In addition to the resources listed below, most JCCs and congregations offer adult education classes. See Religious Life category and JCC listings under Agencies & Organizations for more information. In addition, resources abound for educators and professional development.

San Francisco

Jewish LearningWorks

601 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-6983 mkassoff@jewishlearningworks.org www.JewishLearningWorks.org
Contact: Mara Kassoff

Community agency for Jewish education changing the way that Jewish learning works, with programs, resources and partnerships that reach deep into the Bay Area Jewish community, delivering state-of-the-art professional development and educational resources to educators,  engagement opportunities for families, and library services for book lovers.

South Bay

JSN—Jewish Study Network

3921 Fabian Way, Suite A-017 Palo Alto,, CA 94303
(650) 493-5764 Fax: (650) 493-5765 info@jsn.info www.jsn.info
Executive director Rabbi Joey Felsen

Resource pool of Jewish educators for the Bay Area. Jewish concepts explored in an engaging and stimulating environment. Ongoing classes as well as short courses are available.

San Francisco

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service)

225 Bush St. Fax: Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

Career coaching is available to anyone who is looking for career guidance. For a fee, JVS can help clarify career goals, plan a career transition or resolve issues that interfere with career satisfaction and growth. Topics covered in coaching sessions may include career assessment and planning, work issues, executive job search, job transitions after age 50 and more.

San Francisco

JVS Skills to Work Programs

225 Bush St., Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

These programs help job seekers develop in-demand skills and gain the real-world experiences employers are seeking in today’s job market. The programs connect job seekers to training opportunities in the following industries: Skills to Work in Technology program helps adults who have been out of work for six months or longer to build new skills and transition to their next position. This includes training in salesforce administration,digital Marketing,business administration and more. Skills to Work in Financial Services BankWork$, an eight-week training program, helps job seekers enter lasting careers in the financial services industry. The program concludes with a hiring event for graduates and coaching for career advancement. The JVS health care training and job search support programs help people secure jobs as medical administrative assistants, personal caregivers, nurses and non-clinical staff within health care institutions. JVS has entry-level training programs, as well as programs for licensed and/or certified health care professionals.

Bay Area

JVS Technology Center

225 Bush St. Fax: Suite 400 San Francisco,, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

At no cost to job seekers, JVS offers workshops and events around the San Francisco Bay Area, including computer/job search skills classes, employer networking events, strategy groups and more. JVS Welcome Sessions held every Wednesday at 1pm. Registration is not required.

San Francisco

JVS Technology Center

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) 225 Bush St., Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

Offers job seekers access to computers, software/typing tutorials, copy, scan, fax machines and much more. One-hour enrollment sessions, held weekly, help job seekers get started. It may involve a typing test and Microsoft Office software assessments.

San Francisco

JVS Workshops and Events

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) 225 Bush St., Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

At no cost to job seekers, JVS offers workshops and events around the San Francisco Bay Area, including computer/job search skills classes, employer networking events, strategy groups and more. JVS Welcome Sessions held every Wednesday at 1pm. Registration is not required.

East Bay

Kevah

2095 Rose St. Fax: Suite 202 Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 280-5656 info@kevah.org www.kevah.org
Executive director David Green

Interested starting or joining a small group of friends who get together with an outstanding Jewish educator every two to four weeks to learn about a topic of choice? This organization engages Jewish identity and builds community through the study of classical Jewish texts.  Each group is organized by a host, who convenes a group of friends and colleagues; then Kevah provides an educator and ongoing administrative support. Founded around a Berkeley kitchen table in 2008, Kevah has grown from two original Torah study groups to more than 50 groups learning together at homes, offices, synagogues, JCCs and partner organizations from coast to coast. It was voted as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in the country by the Slingshot Guide for several years in a row. Groups build micro-communities, and they empower adults to take ownership of their Jewish and spiritual lives. 

Bay Area

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

www.shalomhartman.org
Bay Area manager Joshua Ladon (510) 905-0142 joshua.ladon@shalomhartman.org
West Coast program coordinator Rachel Allen (209) 479-4190 rachel.allen@shalomhartman.org

Addresses the major challenges facing the Jewish people today and elevates the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Through sophisticated text-based study, scholarship and programming, the institute empowers change agents — lay leaders, rabbis, educators, scholars and professionals — to enrich and redefine Jewish life in their communities by stimulating transformative thinking and addressing the critical challenges facing contemporary Jewry in North America today.

Programs include Hevruta Gap Year and iEngage summer internship for college students, as well as conferences and lectures on topics of interest to North American Jewish communities, and summer learning opportunities in Israel for both rabbis and lay leaders.

San Francisco

Skills to Work Programs at JVS

225 Bush St. Fax: Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

These programs help job seekers develop in-demand skills and gain the real-world experiences employers are seeking in today’s job market. The programs connect job seekers to training opportunities in the following industries:    Skills to Work in Technology program helps adults who have been out of work for six months or longer to build new skills and transition to their next position. This includes training in salesforce administration,digital Marketing,business administration and more.    Skills to Work in Financial Services BankWork$, an eight-week training program, helps job seekers enter lasting careers in the financial services industry. The program concludes with a hiring event for graduates and coaching for career advancement.    The JVS health care training and job search support programs help people secure jobs as medical administrative assistants, personal caregivers, nurses and non-clinical staff within health care institutions. JVS has entry-level training programs, as well as programs for licensed and/or certified health care professionals.

San Francisco

Ulpan San Francisco

University of San Francisco Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice 2130 Fulton St. San Francisco,, CA 94117
(415) 422-6601 mmdoblado@usfca.edu www.usfca.edu/summer-ulpan
Director Aaron J. Hahn Tapper
Program assistant Monica Doblado

This three-week intensive Hebrew language program takes place on the campus of the University of San Francisco. It offers multiple levels of Hebrew instruction in small-class settings to students of all ages. Students thrive within a community of learners while receiving individual attention. Emphasis is placed on conversation, accompanied by reading and writing. The learning experience is enhanced by various teaching aids, such as video, film clips, songs, drama and audio material. Extracurricular activities include guest lecturers, Friday communal lunches, singing, and dancing. Register online.

College Education & Campus Life

East Bay


Graduate Theological Union

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies 2465 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 649-2482 Fax: (510) 649-1730 CJS@gtu.edu www.gtu.edu/cjs
Director Deena Aranoff, Ph.D.

The Center for Jewish Studies grants advanced degrees in Jewish studies and offers courses and academic programs for the Graduate Theological Union and Bay Area communities. Degrees offered include the M.A., Ph.D, a certificate degree in Jewish studies and a joint doctoral program in Jewish studies with U.C. Berkeley. Auditors are welcome with faculty consent. The CJS additionally provides community and religious programs and brings speakers to the GTU and throughout the Bay Area, which are free and open to the public.

East Bay

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

R239D Boalt Hall Fax: U.C. Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
(510) 643-9552/ (510) 664-7024 www.law.berkeley.edu/research/berkeley-institute-for-jewish-law-and-israel-studies
Faculty director Kenneth A. Bamberger kbamberger@law.berkeley.edu
Executive director Dr. Rebecca Golber rlgolbert@law.berkeley.edu

This cross-campus institute draws 23 faculty members from social sciences, humanities, professional schools; engages faculty and students; sponsors courses, lectures, conferences; hosts visiting Israeli professors.

Northern California

CSU Chico Modern Jewish and Israel Studies

400 West First St. Chico, CA 95929-0740
(530) 898-5661 Fax: (530) 898-5468 jwyrick@csuchico.edu www.csuchico.edu/mjis
Coordinator Professor Jed Wyrick, Ph.D.

Offers an undergraduate minor focusing on classical Judaism and Jewish history with instruction in modern Hebrew at a variety of levels.  In addition to providing instruction for more than 20 years, for students of varying backgrounds, the program is part of a Chico State Jewish experience that includes the following: Chico State Hillel/Jewish Student Union, the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center and Chabad Jewish Student Organization, a Jewish fraternity and two community synagogues, Congregation Beth Israel and the Chico Havurah.  Students are able to take courses in Hebrew with a native speaker of Hebrew as well as courses and internships at Beth Israel and the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center.

South Bay

Hillel at Stanford

The Harold & Libby Ziff Center for Jewish Life 565 Mayfield Ave. Stanford, CA 94309
(650) 723-1602 serenae1@stanford.edu stanford.hillel.org
Executive director Rabbi Serena Eisenberg

Offers educational, religious, social, social action, cultural and Israel-related programs to Stanford students and local young adults. Some programs open to the community-at-large. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

San Francisco

San Francisco Hillel

33 Banbury Drive San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 333-4922 director@sfhillel.org www.sfhillel.org
Executive director Ollie Benn
Assistant director of Jewish student life Rachel Nilson


Diverse and innovative undergraduate programs; fun, inclusive and informal. Shabbat dinners, cultural and social events, leading international speakers, community outreach. Serving the Jewish campuses of San Francisco. All students welcome.

San Francisco

San Francisco State University Department of Jewish Studies

HUM 415, 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-6075 Fax: (415) 338-6080 jewish@sfsu.edu http://jewish.sfsu.edu
Chair Professor Fred Astren

Offers a B.A. in modern Jewish studies and an undergraduate minor in Jewish studies. Also offers adult learning through University Extended Learning and the Eldercollege program. The department also sponsors public lectures and events on campus and in the community.

Professors are Fred Astren, Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility), Kitty Millet, Eran Kaplan (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies), and Rachel B. Gross (John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies).

Courses include Hebrew language; Judaism: An Introduction; Jewish Social Responsibility; American Jewish History; Jewish Literature of the Americas; Anti-Semitism; Arab-Israeli Conflict; Jewish History I: Beginnings to 1650; Jewish History II: 1650 to Present; Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions, and Society; Holocaust and Literature; Twentieth Century American Jewish Women Writers; European Jewish Writers; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; The Hebrew Bible; Israeli Cinema; Jerusalem: Portrait of a City; Kabbalah and Jewish Spirituality; Film and the Holocaust; Judaism: Religion and Text.

Receives support from the Koret Foundation and the Annette Dobbs Family Supporting Foundation.

South Bay

Stanford University Taube Center for Jewish Studies

450 Serra Mall Fax: Building 360, Room 362H Stanford, CA 94305-2190
(650) 725-2789 Fax: (650) 725-2920 lindamh@stanford.edu http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu

An interdisciplinary program studying all facets of Jewish culture. Over two dozen affiliated faculty members, including nine endowed professorships, teach courses across the full expanse of Jewish history, literature, language, religion, politics, education and science. In addition, the program sponsors four annual endowed lectures, which bring distinguished scholars to campus, as well as many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a wide range of symposia, colloquia and other special events.

North Bay

Touro University California

Mare Island Campus 1310 Club Drive Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5507 andrea.garcia@tu.edu
 www.tu.edu
Director of student activities Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum

Jewish-sponsored graduate school, educates caring professionals to serve, lead and teach in the disciplines of medicine, pharmacy, public health, physician assistants, nursing and education. The university provides a glatt kosher kitchen, open daily, along with Jewish programming. Closes in observance of Shabbat and major Jewish holidays. Shabbat services are held on campus with onsite rabbinical presence.

East Bay

U.C. Berkeley Chabad Jewish Student Group

Chabad Jewish Student Center at U.C. Berkeley 2516 Warring St. Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 730-2747 contact@jewishucb.com www.JewishUCB.com
Rabbi Gil Yosef Leeds
Mrs. Bracha Sara Leeds

Committed to providing an array of Jewish resources to the thousands of students, alumni and faculty at U.C. Berkeley. As U.C. Berkeley alumni themselves, Rabbi Gil and Bracha Leeds co-direct and oversee the center’s programming and events. From home-cooked Shabbat meals to High Holy Day services, the U.C. Berkeley academic community is invited to participate in any and all activities. No matter where one places oneself on the spectrum of Jewish practice, students are invited to enjoy exploring their Jewish heritage in a nonjudgmental environment.

East Bay

UC Berkeley Jewish Studies Program

4125 Dwinelle Hall, Room 2510 Berkeley, CA 94720-2510
(510) 664-4154 jewishstudies@berkeley.edu http://jewishstudies.berkeley.edu
Executive director Etta Heber eheber@berkeley.edu

The Center for Jewish Studies offers a Designated Emphasis for graduate students and a minor for undergraduates. Students are typically from the departments of comparative literature, history and Near Eastern studies and are working on topics relevant to Jewish literature, history, language and culture. Please check the website for information about past and future community lectures and events.

Northern California

U.C. Davis Jewish Studies Program

One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616-8611
(530) 754-7007 Fax: (530) 752-5301 jst@ucdavis.edu http://jewishstudies.ucdavis.edu
Director Dr. Diane L. Wolf


Offers a minor in Jewish studies. Provides a diverse set of courses focused on Jewish histories, cultures, communities and literatures well as Middle Eastern politics and courses in Judaism.  Programming of speakers throughout the year. Awards for best undergraduate student papers in Jewish studies.

Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz Jewish Studies Program

History Department 201 Humanities 1, 1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3701 jwst@ucsc.edu http://jewishstudies.ucsc.edu

An intellectually compelling, interdisciplinary program that offers students a broad range of courses in Jewish culture, especially its literature, art, and history, as well as its ethics, folk practices and philosophy.  The program focuses on the modern era, and explores the profound impact of modernization on traditional Jewish life and, concomitantly, the critical role played by Jews on the formation of modernity. The courses encompass the range of modern Jewish studies, including Eastern European Jewish life, modern Jewish thought, contemporary Israel, the Holocaust and American Jewish culture, as well as modern Hebrew and Yiddish language and literature.  In addition to the core curriculum in modern Jewish culture, the program offers students a strong foundation in ancient and medieval Judaism, including the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, Jewish mysticism, and medieval Jewish history and literature. The curriculum is enriched by conferences and lectures that bring Jewish studies scholars from throughout the world to campus.  Academic degree programs: B.A., major and minor.

San Francisco

University of San Francisco, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

2130 Fulton St. San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-6601 Fax: (415) 422-3180 ajhahntapper@usfca.edu www.usfca.edu/artsci/jssj
Director Aaron J. Hahn Tapper

Founded in 2008, this is the only U.S. academic program formally linking Jewish studies and social justice. The program engages students in both theoretical and practical applications of social justice and activism rooted in the Jewish traditions. On campus the program offers a wide range of Jewish studies courses (see below), a minor in Jewish studies and social justice (JSSJ), annual social justice and human rights lectures and an annual social justice Passover seder. Other programs include films, presentations and workshops, a study-abroad course, and Ulpan San Francisco. In this way, the program offers a wide range of educational programs focusing on social justice issues for the USF community and beyond.

The program’s ethos is built upon four ideas integral to the Jewish community’s vast histories and identities: activism, intersectionality (all forms of marginalization and oppression are interlinked, social identity and social in/justice.

Academic Programs

The region offers many programs in Jewish studies as well as a Hebrew immersion program, a medical-health college under Jewish auspices and other college classes.

East Bay


Graduate Theological Union

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies 2465 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 649-2482 Fax: (510) 649-1730 CJS@gtu.edu www.gtu.edu/cjs
Director Deena Aranoff, Ph.D.

The Center for Jewish Studies grants advanced degrees in Jewish studies and offers courses and academic programs for the Graduate Theological Union and Bay Area communities. Degrees offered include the M.A., Ph.D, a certificate degree in Jewish studies and a joint doctoral program in Jewish studies with U.C. Berkeley. Auditors are welcome with faculty consent. The CJS additionally provides community and religious programs and brings speakers to the GTU and throughout the Bay Area, which are free and open to the public.

East Bay

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

R239D Boalt Hall Fax: U.C. Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
(510) 643-9552/ (510) 664-7024 www.law.berkeley.edu/research/berkeley-institute-for-jewish-law-and-israel-studies
Faculty director Kenneth A. Bamberger kbamberger@law.berkeley.edu
Executive director Dr. Rebecca Golber rlgolbert@law.berkeley.edu

This cross-campus institute draws 23 faculty members from social sciences, humanities, professional schools; engages faculty and students; sponsors courses, lectures, conferences; hosts visiting Israeli professors.

Northern California

CSU Chico Modern Jewish and Israel Studies

400 West First St. Chico, CA 95929-0740
(530) 898-5661 Fax: (530) 898-5468 jwyrick@csuchico.edu www.csuchico.edu/mjis
Coordinator Professor Jed Wyrick, Ph.D.

Offers an undergraduate minor focusing on classical Judaism and Jewish history with instruction in modern Hebrew at a variety of levels.  In addition to providing instruction for more than 20 years, for students of varying backgrounds, the program is part of a Chico State Jewish experience that includes the following: Chico State Hillel/Jewish Student Union, the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center and Chabad Jewish Student Organization, a Jewish fraternity and two community synagogues, Congregation Beth Israel and the Chico Havurah.  Students are able to take courses in Hebrew with a native speaker of Hebrew as well as courses and internships at Beth Israel and the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center.

San Francisco

San Francisco State University Department of Jewish Studies

HUM 415, 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-6075 Fax: (415) 338-6080 jewish@sfsu.edu http://jewish.sfsu.edu
Chair Professor Fred Astren

Offers a B.A. in modern Jewish studies and an undergraduate minor in Jewish studies. Also offers adult learning through University Extended Learning and the Eldercollege program. The department also sponsors public lectures and events on campus and in the community.

Professors are Fred Astren, Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility), Kitty Millet, Eran Kaplan (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies), and Rachel B. Gross (John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies).

Courses include Hebrew language; Judaism: An Introduction; Jewish Social Responsibility; American Jewish History; Jewish Literature of the Americas; Anti-Semitism; Arab-Israeli Conflict; Jewish History I: Beginnings to 1650; Jewish History II: 1650 to Present; Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions, and Society; Holocaust and Literature; Twentieth Century American Jewish Women Writers; European Jewish Writers; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; The Hebrew Bible; Israeli Cinema; Jerusalem: Portrait of a City; Kabbalah and Jewish Spirituality; Film and the Holocaust; Judaism: Religion and Text.

Receives support from the Koret Foundation and the Annette Dobbs Family Supporting Foundation.

South Bay

Stanford University Taube Center for Jewish Studies

450 Serra Mall Fax: Building 360, Room 362H Stanford, CA 94305-2190
(650) 725-2789 Fax: (650) 725-2920 lindamh@stanford.edu http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu

An interdisciplinary program studying all facets of Jewish culture. Over two dozen affiliated faculty members, including nine endowed professorships, teach courses across the full expanse of Jewish history, literature, language, religion, politics, education and science. In addition, the program sponsors four annual endowed lectures, which bring distinguished scholars to campus, as well as many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a wide range of symposia, colloquia and other special events.

North Bay

Touro University California

Mare Island Campus 1310 Club Drive Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5507 andrea.garcia@tu.edu
 www.tu.edu
Director of student activities Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum

Jewish-sponsored graduate school, educates caring professionals to serve, lead and teach in the disciplines of medicine, pharmacy, public health, physician assistants, nursing and education. The university provides a glatt kosher kitchen, open daily, along with Jewish programming. Closes in observance of Shabbat and major Jewish holidays. Shabbat services are held on campus with onsite rabbinical presence.

East Bay

UC Berkeley Jewish Studies Program

4125 Dwinelle Hall, Room 2510 Berkeley, CA 94720-2510
(510) 664-4154 jewishstudies@berkeley.edu http://jewishstudies.berkeley.edu
Executive director Etta Heber eheber@berkeley.edu

The Center for Jewish Studies offers a Designated Emphasis for graduate students and a minor for undergraduates. Students are typically from the departments of comparative literature, history and Near Eastern studies and are working on topics relevant to Jewish literature, history, language and culture. Please check the website for information about past and future community lectures and events.

Northern California

U.C. Davis Jewish Studies Program

One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616-8611
(530) 754-7007 Fax: (530) 752-5301 jst@ucdavis.edu http://jewishstudies.ucdavis.edu
Director Dr. Diane L. Wolf


Offers a minor in Jewish studies. Provides a diverse set of courses focused on Jewish histories, cultures, communities and literatures well as Middle Eastern politics and courses in Judaism.  Programming of speakers throughout the year. Awards for best undergraduate student papers in Jewish studies.

Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz Jewish Studies Program

History Department 201 Humanities 1, 1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3701 jwst@ucsc.edu http://jewishstudies.ucsc.edu

An intellectually compelling, interdisciplinary program that offers students a broad range of courses in Jewish culture, especially its literature, art, and history, as well as its ethics, folk practices and philosophy.  The program focuses on the modern era, and explores the profound impact of modernization on traditional Jewish life and, concomitantly, the critical role played by Jews on the formation of modernity. The courses encompass the range of modern Jewish studies, including Eastern European Jewish life, modern Jewish thought, contemporary Israel, the Holocaust and American Jewish culture, as well as modern Hebrew and Yiddish language and literature.  In addition to the core curriculum in modern Jewish culture, the program offers students a strong foundation in ancient and medieval Judaism, including the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, Jewish mysticism, and medieval Jewish history and literature. The curriculum is enriched by conferences and lectures that bring Jewish studies scholars from throughout the world to campus.  Academic degree programs: B.A., major and minor.

San Francisco

University of San Francisco, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

2130 Fulton St. San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-6601 Fax: (415) 422-3180 ajhahntapper@usfca.edu www.usfca.edu/artsci/jssj
Director Aaron J. Hahn Tapper

Founded in 2008, this is the only U.S. academic program formally linking Jewish studies and social justice. The program engages students in both theoretical and practical applications of social justice and activism rooted in the Jewish traditions. On campus the program offers a wide range of Jewish studies courses (see below), a minor in Jewish studies and social justice (JSSJ), annual social justice and human rights lectures and an annual social justice Passover seder. Other programs include films, presentations and workshops, a study-abroad course, and Ulpan San Francisco. In this way, the program offers a wide range of educational programs focusing on social justice issues for the USF community and beyond.

The program’s ethos is built upon four ideas integral to the Jewish community’s vast histories and identities: activism, intersectionality (all forms of marginalization and oppression are interlinked, social identity and social in/justice.

Leadership Development

San Francisco

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

720 Market St., Suite 800 San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 981-3500 Fax: (415) 981-8933 San-Francisco@adl.org http://sanfrancisco.adl.org
Regional director Seth Brysk
Education director Luna Malbroux

Provides anti-bias and diversity training to create and sustain inclusive schools and communities. Also offers programs and resources for Holocaust education and for confronting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Website offers information to schedule a program, or receive free resources including suggested bibliographies and curriculum.

San Francisco

Kohn Summer Intern Program

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) 225 Bush St. Fax: Suite 400 San Francisco,, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 kohn@jvs.org www.jvs.org

Jewish college undergraduates from the San Francisco Bay Area can participate in an eight-week paid summer internship. The program provides interns the opportunity to work for a Bay Area Jewish nonprofit, learn about issues facing the Jewish community, connect with community leaders and build professional experience. Internships may include advocacy work; marketing, public relations and social media; direct service with youth or the elderly, and more. Interns will be compensated up to $3,000.

Libraries

Most synagogues and Jewish schools maintain reference and circulating libraries of varying sizes. For lending policies, contact individual institutions.

East Bay

Graduate Theological Union Library

2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 649-2500/Reference: (510) 649-2501 www.gtu.edu/library
Director Clay-Edward Dixon
Assistant to director Caryl Woulfe

Books, periodicals and electronic resources in biblical studies, Jewish religion, Christian and world religions,  history, art, literature, ethics and philosophy. Resources in Hebrew, English and other languages.

San Francisco

Jewish Community Library 


A program of Jewish LearningWorks 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-3327 library@jewishlearningworks.org www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org
Director Howard Freedman
Reader services librarian Rose Katz

More than 36,000 books, DVDs, CDs, periodicals and audiobooks spanning the entire range of Jewish thought, culture and experience, circulating to the public at no charge. Features an extensive children's library and a wide range of free literary, cultural and family events. The library's Book Club in a Box and One Bay One Book programs support book groups and connect readers through book discussions. Located on Jewish Community High School of the Bay campus, with free gated garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

San Francisco

JFCS Holocaust Center

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2245 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-3717 HolocaustCenter@jfcs.org www.jfcsholocaustcenter.org
Director of education Morgan Blum Schneider

The Tauber Holocaust Library houses more than 12,000 volumes, an archive of more than 2,000 recorded oral histories, and many rare artifacts, memorabilia, and images documenting the Holocaust. Free and open to the public, by appointment

South Bay

Our Judaic Library

Yeshiva Preschool of Silicon Valley 1420 Meridian Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 641-7323 ourjudaiclibrary@gmail.com www.ourjudaiclibrary.org
Aviva Lieberman


A nonprofit Jewish library for children, teenagers and adults: biographies, inspiration, Holocaust, history, Israel, Jewish law, Judaism for beginners, novels, relationships, self-help, women's topics, and more. Call or text for hours. Also accepting book donations.

Student Organizations

Through religious services, Shabbat and holiday dinners, and Israel programs, these organizations provide opportunities for students to strengthen their connection to their heritage and to the Jewish world. They also provide personal counseling, classes, lectures, informal discussions and social events for students and local communities.

South Bay

Hillel at Stanford

The Harold & Libby Ziff Center for Jewish Life 565 Mayfield Ave. Stanford, CA 94309
(650) 723-1602 serenae1@stanford.edu stanford.hillel.org
Executive director Rabbi Serena Eisenberg

Offers educational, religious, social, social action, cultural and Israel-related programs to Stanford students and local young adults. Some programs open to the community-at-large. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

South Bay

Hillel of Silicon Valley

44 S. 11th St. San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 286-6669 Fax: (408) 278-1899 director@hillelsv.org www.hillelsv.org
Executive director Sarita Bronstein
Board president Andrew Katcher

Strengthening connections to Judaism and Israel for students of San Jose State, Santa Clara University, De Anza, West Valley and Foothill colleges through social, cultural, educational and tzedek (social action) programming.

San Francisco

San Francisco Hillel

33 Banbury Drive San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 333-4922 director@sfhillel.org www.sfhillel.org
Executive director Ollie Benn
Assistant director of Jewish student life Rachel Nilson


Diverse and innovative undergraduate programs; fun, inclusive and informal. Shabbat dinners, cultural and social events, leading international speakers, community outreach. Serving the Jewish campuses of San Francisco. All students welcome.

East Bay

U.C. Berkeley Chabad Jewish Student Group

Chabad Jewish Student Center at U.C. Berkeley 2516 Warring St. Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 730-2747 contact@jewishucb.com www.JewishUCB.com
Rabbi Gil Yosef Leeds
Mrs. Bracha Sara Leeds

Committed to providing an array of Jewish resources to the thousands of students, alumni and faculty at U.C. Berkeley. As U.C. Berkeley alumni themselves, Rabbi Gil and Bracha Leeds co-direct and oversee the center’s programming and events. From home-cooked Shabbat meals to High Holy Day services, the U.C. Berkeley academic community is invited to participate in any and all activities. No matter where one places oneself on the spectrum of Jewish practice, students are invited to enjoy exploring their Jewish heritage in a nonjudgmental environment.

Hillel Foundations & Affiliates

Through religious services, Shabbat and holiday dinners, and Israel programs, these organizations provide opportunities for students to strengthen their connection to their heritage and to the Jewish world. They also provide personal counseling, classes, lectures, informal discussions and social events for students and local communities.

South Bay

Hillel at Stanford

The Harold & Libby Ziff Center for Jewish Life 565 Mayfield Ave. Stanford, CA 94309
(650) 723-1602 serenae1@stanford.edu stanford.hillel.org
Executive director Rabbi Serena Eisenberg

Offers educational, religious, social, social action, cultural and Israel-related programs to Stanford students and local young adults. Some programs open to the community-at-large. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

San Francisco

San Francisco Hillel

33 Banbury Drive San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 333-4922 director@sfhillel.org www.sfhillel.org
Executive director Ollie Benn
Assistant director of Jewish student life Rachel Nilson


Diverse and innovative undergraduate programs; fun, inclusive and informal. Shabbat dinners, cultural and social events, leading international speakers, community outreach. Serving the Jewish campuses of San Francisco. All students welcome.