USC Hillel October Newsletter


IsraelpaloozaUSC Hillel would like to recognize Ellie Schneider (’21), USC Hillel’s VP of Israel Affairs, for her extraordinary work planning Israelpalooza! Israelpalooza is USC Hillel’s annual celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day.

USC Hillel’s Trojans for Israel wins AIPAC’s Activist of the Year award! .....

Ellie and her student committee planned the festival, which featured live music, interactive and educational booths, and lots of free Israeli food. We are proud to report that Israelpalooza engaged nearly 700 students!

Hillel Students Celebrate Passover in variety of ways!

..... Hillel Students Celebrate Passover in variety of ways!

USC Hillel welcomed over 400 students to our various Seders, lunches, and study sessions throughout Passover. Our Student Ritual and Spiritual Life Committee, led by Rose Ritch (’21), did a fantastic job organizing multiple Seders and Passover friendly programs for their peers. Highlights from this Passover include:

• Traditional First Night Seder honoring Chief Thomas
• Jenga with Jews, a conversation about anti-Semitism
• Seder 101 & Seder-In-A-Box
• Game of Thrones Seder
• Make your own matzah toffee
• Mimouna & study break in Morocco

Hillel Students Celebrate Passover in variety of ways!

Check out pictures from USC Hillel’s Passover Seder HERE

USC Hillel’s Trojans for Israel wins AIPAC’s Activist of the Year award!

..... USC Hillel Welcomes Over 100 students for Comedy Shabbat

USC Hillel is so proud of our AIPAC cadre, Trojans for Israel! In addition to conducting Israel advocacy on campus and in the greater Los Angeles community, TFI members raised over $16,000 so that they could attend the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC!

USC Hillel’s Trojans for Israel wins AIPAC’s Activist of the Year award! .....

While at the conference, Trojans for Israel received the Activist of the Year award. Activist of the Year awards were presented to highly accomplished campus student groups. Trojans for Israel was recognized for organizing campus missions to lobby their members of Congress on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, developing campus programming to educate students about events in the Middle East, and mobilizing USC’s undergraduate student government to take a hard approach to anti-Semitic acts on campus.

USC Hillel Presents Chief John Thomas with the Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Award:

USC Hillel Presents Chief John Thomas with the Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Award:With great honor, USC Hillel presented Chief John Thomas, Chief of USC’s Department of Public Safety, with the Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Award, during our first night Passover Seder. As the Chief of Campus Police, Chief Thomas has made the safety of all students, faculty, administration, and other members of USC’s community his top priority.

One of the first emails the USC Hillel team received a on the day of the Pittsburgh shooting was from Chief Thomas. The subject line of the email read “you are not alone” and offered any support necessary. Following the Pittsburgh event, Chief Thomas was asked by the Chief of the LA Police Department to help coordinate a city-wide briefing on faith-based security issues. Chief Thomas recommended that the event be held at USC Hillel and he was instrumental in bringing together partners from throughout the city. Chief Thomas is always present for Hillel and all campus organizations. He truly is the model of bringing the community together for the sake of peace. Thank you Chief Thomas!

USC Hillel & Casden Institute Hosts Child Survivor Panel:

USC Hillel & Casden Institute Hosts Child Survivor Panel:In observance of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, USC Hillel partnered with the Casden Institute to host a panel of two child survivors, Dr. Henry Sluki and Eva Brettler (born Eva Katz), and the daughter of a Kindertransport survivor, Michele M. Gold. The panelist described the range of strategies and experiences that led to their survival, and why it is so important to keep retelling their stories.

Upcoming Community Events:

Graduation Brunch
& Open House
Fri. May 10, 10am–2pm
USC Hillel

Mazel Tov Class of 2019 families! Between commencement ceremonies, stop by USC Hillel to say goodbye and load up on bagels and lox! All friends of USC Hillel are welcome!

Graduation Brunch
& Open House

FreshFest 2019
August 19 – 20
USC Hillel
& Camp Alonim

Do you know an incoming Jewish Trojan? Make sure they sign up for FreshFest!

This amazing overnight retreat is a two-day, one-night opportunity for incoming Jewish students to meet fellow Trojans, get tips from upperclassmen about campus life, move into dorms early, and get a head start at USC.

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160 USC Students Will Travel to Israel with USC Hillel this Summer:

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Thank you to USC Hillel’s 2018-2019 Student Executive Board!

Chase Nathan

Meredith Leon
VP of Internal Affairs

Noah Silver
VP of Programming

Ellie Schneider
VP of Israel Affairs

Rose Ritch
VP of Ritual & Spiritual Life

Zoe Brown
VP of Health & Wellness

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VP of Marketing

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VP of Development

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VP of External Affairs

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