USC Hillel August Newsletter

Welcome to USC Hillel!

We are thrilled to include you as part of our campus Jewish community. Hillel at USC is the center of Jewish life on campus, serving over 2,000 Jewish Trojans. Our “Home on Hoover” provides a home-away-from home with free Shabbat dinners, a place to study every weekday, travel opportunities to Israel, and tons of programs – we hosted about 300 student driven programs last year alone. Our Student Board plans social events, cultural programs, and religious experiences catering to a diverse Jewish student body - and everything is totally free!

Meet the USC Hillel Team!

As the University of Southern California grows, so does the USC Hillel staff. We are excited to introduce you to the 2018-2019 USC Hillel team:

Bailey London
Ruth & Allen Ziegler
Executive Director

Bailey London

“I’m so excited to be leading a full team of dynamic professionals! The growth of the Hillel staff will allow us to increase impactful programming and personal interactions with students and community members.”

Andrew Max
Assistant Director
& Senior Jewish Educator

Andrew Max

“I’m thrilled to join the USC Hillel team after 3 years at Central Florida Hillel. I’m enthusiastic about mentoring our Student Leadership Board and leading a cohort of 60 Jewish Learning Fellows.”


Julie Macht
Development Director

Julie Macht

“I look forward to connecting members of the Jewish Trojan Family to one another, sharing exciting updates about our Parents Association and strengthening our community of supporters.”

Jordyn Walker
Development Associate

Jordyn Walker

“I love working with the campus community and Hillel International to strengthen the Jewish Alumni Association and to further USC Hillel’s mission. Fight On!"


Emily Baseman
Community Development & Engagement Associate

Emily Baseman

“I’m excited to empower our Campus Entrepreneurship Interns and Freshmen Engagement Fellows so that they can develop their leadership skills and create an inclusive community for their peers!”

Eitan Snider
Engagement Associate
& Ezra Fellow

Eitan Snyder

“I can’t wait to engage students through Jewish text and traditions in diverse ways, like Shir Perfection and ShalOHM Yoga. I’m also looking forward to growing the Mishelanu community and strengthening Trojans for Israel.”


Emily Joachim
Israel Engagement Associate
& IACT Coordinator

Emily Joachim

“I’m so excited to manage USC Hillel’s Birthright trips and to connect Jewish Trojans with Israel. Join me on Mondays for Bagel Break!”

Liora Petel
Operations Director

Liora Petel

“I’m looking forward to an awesome school year with a building full of students!”


Brooke Schneider
Executive Assistant

Brooke Schneider

“It’s so exciting to be the
Director of First Impressions!
It’s important to me that our students
are welcomed to Hillel by a familiar
and welcoming representative.”

FreshFest 2018:

FreshFestOn Monday, August 13th, USC Hillel welcomed over 130 new Jewish Trojan students and their families to campus with FreshFest, our annual overnight retreat for incoming students. The program began with an Israeli lunch and an open house that highlighted USC Hillel’s exciting new community partners, Kendra Scott, Health-Aid Kombucha, and Coca-Cola.

Following lunch, our new students and 30 Freshmen Engagement Fellows (upperclassmen that will serve as mentors for the new students throughout the school year) spent the night at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley. FreshFest participants learned about the diverse clubs and other social activities offered by USC and Hillel during FreshFest’s Involvement Fair and Social Life Panel. Most importantly, our new Jewish Trojans had opportunities to form relationships with other new students through favorite summer camp activities like swimming, hiking, challah braiding, and sitting around the bonfire.

FreshFest also gave New Jewish Trojan Parents opportunities to connect with one another and to answer questions they may have about their student’s transition to USC. The Parent Panel featured representatives from campus departments including the Department of Public Safety, Engemann Student Health Center, and the Office of Religious Life who will explained their departments’ role on campus and fielded questions.

Check out pictures of this year’s FreshFest by clicking HERE.

Jewish Learning Fellowship Enrolling Now!

Jewish Learning Fellowship Enrolling Now!USC Hillel’s Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10 week experiential conversational seminar for Jewish Trojans looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. The weekly seminar, offered Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM or Thursdays at noon by USC Hillel’s Executive Director, Bailey London, and Assistant Director and Senior Jewish Educator, Andrew Max, will provide students with a safe space to explore the traditions of Judaism and ask big questions about their connections to G-d, spirituality, and the Jewish community. USC Hillel originally introduced the Jewish Learning Fellowship last semester to a cohort of twelve students. Upon the conclusion of the Fellowship all of these students reported that they found a new appreciation for Jewish learning and felt closer and more invested in the Jewish Trojan Family.

Do you think your student would enjoy USC Hillel’s Jewish Learning Fellowship? Email

High Holy Days

High Holy Days at USC Hillel 5779 .....
USC Hillel is proud to be the center of Jewish life on campus, offering free High Holy Day services and meals to all students. We’ll begin celebrating the High Holy Days on the evening of Sunday, September 9th at 5:45 pm with a chef-catered feast followed by candle lighting and Erev Rosh Hashanah services. Students and community members are invited to join USC Hillel again on Monday and Tuesday for services at 10:00 AM and lunch at 12:30 PM.

On September 18th, at 5:30 pm, USC Hillel will host a kosher pre-fast meal, candle lighting, and Kol Nidre services in our home on Hoover. The next day, USC Hillel offers Yom Kippur, Yizkor, Mincha, and Ne’ilah services, while providing students with guided meditations and a fast-friendly community. At sun down, students will join USC Hillel staff for a large break-fast meal in our courtyard.

Over 350 students will join USC Hillel for free High Holidays services and meals. USC Hillel is dependent on your investment as Hillel does not receive financial support from the university. By supporting our High Holy Day programs you can help us keep meals and services free for hundreds of students. Please support our High Holy Day programs and help us keep meals and services free for hundreds of students by clicking HERE.

Hillel International Institute, Long Island, NY

Hillel International Institute, Long Island, NYUSC Hillel kicked off the 2018-2019 school year by traveling with six of our Campus Entrepreneur Initiative Interns (CEIs) to Hofstra University in Long Island, NY for Hillel International’s annual Engagement Institute. USC Hillel’s CEI program is designed to dramatically enhance Jewish life on campus, empowering Jewish interns with broad social networks to build relationships with uninvolved Jewish students over the school year. Our student leaders received in depth engagement and design thinking training preparing them to connect with a diverse range of uninvolved Trojans.

Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger .....

USC Hillel is proud to offer the program Challah for Hunger which brings Trojans together to bake challah while engaging in community, tradition, activism, and philanthropy. All students are invited to join us on Wednesdays between 5:00 and 7:00 PM for hands on baking. The challahs will be sold on campus and on our website, all proceeds support humanitarian organizations such as Jewish World Watch and Campus Hunger Project. Receive updates including the Flavor of the Week by following @USCChallah on Instagram or liking USC Challah for Hunger on Facebook. To support or sponsor Challah for Hunger, please contact or call 913-273-1201.

Alternative Spring Break: ALASKA, March 11-17

Alternative Spring Break: AlaskaUSC Hillel will be traveling to Alaska for this year’s Alternative Spring Break! USC Hillel’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is ideal for Trojans interested in making the most of their spring break through outreach and volunteer work with disadvantaged communities. This year, Hillel’s ASB itinerary will focus on connecting with the Jewish community in Anchorage, Alaska or ‘the Frozen Chosen.’ Students will deliver Mishloach Manot to senior citizens for Purim and volunteer with the Food Bank while experiencing Alaska’s natural beauty. Please email for more information.

Upcoming Community Events:

USC Hillel Winter Birthright Registration Opens

Wednesday, September 5th

Limited seats are available for USC Hillel’s Winter Birthright Trip! This trip will have special emphasis on Israeli food! Make sure your foodie student reserves their seat before it’s too late. Please email for more information.



Rosh Hashanah at USC Hillel

Sunday - Tuesday
September 9-11
USC Hillel

Community members are invited to welcome in the New Year with USC Hillel! Guests must register online to reserve a seat.

Community Member
Service Prices:
Services: $36
Meals & Services: $54.
Register HERE

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9

Dinner – 5:45 PM
Candle Lighting – 6:50 PM
Services – 7:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Day One
Monday, September 10

Services – 10:00 AM
Lunch – 12:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah Day Two
Tuesday, September 11
Services – 10:00 AM
Lunch – 12:30 PM



Yom Kippur at USC Hillel

Tuesday - Wednesday
September 18-19
USC Hillel

Community members are invited to join USC Hillel students for a pre-fast dinner and services. Guests must register online to reserve a seat.

Community Member
Service Prices:
Services: $36
Meals & Services: $54.
Register HERE

Kol Nidre
Tuesday, September 18
Dinner – 5:30 PM
Candle Lighting – 6:37 PM
Services – 6:45PM

Yom Kippur Day –
Wednesday, September 19
Services – 10:00 AM
Yizkor – 12:30 PM
Mincha – 6:15 PM
Ne’ilah – 6:50 PM
Break-fast meal – 7:31 PM



Sukkot at USC Hillel

Sunday - Sunday
September 23-30
USC Hillel

Trojans are invited to celebrate Sukkot with USC Hillel! Students will adorn the Sukkah with decorations, eat together in the Sukkah, and shake the Lulav and Etrog.



Jewish Alumni Association: Israel Geo-Political Update

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 PM
USC Hillel

Join the JAA and USC Hillel for our first speaker series of the 2018-2019 series. Charlotte Korchak, Director of International Student Programs for StandWithUs and alumna of USC, joins us for an in depth conversation about the Arab-Israeli conflict. RSVP HERE.



Trojan Family Weekend

Thursday - Saturday
October 11 - 13
USC Hillel

All Jewish Trojan Families are invited to experience USC Hillel during Trojan Family Weekend! Please see our exciting schedule below.

An RSVP is required for ShalOHM Yoga and Family Shabbat Dinner:

Thursday, October 11
Challah Bake with Challah for Hunger- 4:00 PM

Friday, October 12
ShalOHM Yoga – 11:00 AM
Being Jewish in Los Angeles Resource Fair – 12:30 PM
Family Shabbat Services – 6:00 PM
Kosher, chef-catered Family Shabbat Dinner – 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 13
Kiddush at Kick Off – 3 hours before kick off



Homecoming Shabbat

Friday, November 9, 6:00 PM
USC Hillel

Relive your USC Hillel days by coming back to Hoover for Shabbat on Friday, November 9th. Services begin at 6:00 PM with a kosher, chef-catered dinner to follow at 7:00 PM, come for one or both! RSVP HERE.



Jewish Alumni Association Homecoming & Kiddush at Kick Off

Saturday, November 10
Trousdale Parkway, 3.5 hours before Kick Off

Bring your Trojan spirit home and celebrate Homecoming 2018 with the Jewish Alumni Association! Find our tent on Trousdale and join us for a kosher tailgate. Fight on!

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