USC Hillel October Newsletter

USC Hillel’s Fact Finder Mission Brings Student Leaders to Israel:

USC Hillel’s Fact Finder Mission Brings Diverse Student Leaders to Israel:We are excited to report that USC Hillel coordinated our first Fact Finder Mission, a trip to Israel for a diverse mix of non-Jewish and Jewish student leaders representing some of the most impressive organizations on campus. This cohort probed into the Israel-Palestinian conflict, including visits to settlements and the Sukkot at HillelPalestinian Authority. The goal of this trip is to build a network of student leaders between the Jewish community and the greater campus community to facilitate ongoing dialogue about Israel.  Recognizing that the conversation is complicated, participants engaged in active listening, learned about different perspectives and built lasting relationships that will carry over into their leadership back on campus.  We look forward to our next FactFinders trip!

USC Hillel Welcomes Over 100 students for Comedy Shabbat:

USC Hillel Welcomes Over 100 students for Comedy ShabbatOn Friday, March 22, the week of Purim, USC Hillel Campus Engagement Intern, Kyra Brown, organized Jews and Jokes: A Comedy Shabbat, which welcomed 5 professional comics to our stage for an evening of laughs. Brown, a senior Media Arts and Practice major from North Andover, Massachusetts, merged her two passions for stand-up comedy and Jewish tradition last semester for the first run of Comedy Shabbat. After a successful show last semester, Kyra was excited to welcome a new group of Jewish comics to our Shabbat Dinner last week including Ian Karmel, head-writer for The Late Late Show with James Corden. USC Hillel students celebrated Shabbat with a beautiful service led by Eitan Snyder, enjoyed a delicious home-cooked meal, and welcomed in Shabbat with deep belly laughs! Comics included Benny Spiewak, Mia Pinchoff, Tema Sall, Brad Silnutzer, and Ian Karmel.

Our response to the violence on campus and in New Zealand:

USC Hillel mourns the loss of 21-year-old Victor McElhaney, a USC student who was shot and killed over spring break. While Victor was not a part of our immediate community, two of Victor’s best friends and members of Brothers Breaking Bread and the Black Student Association, we’re traveling through Israel on USC Hillel’s Fact Finders Mission when this tragedy occurred. Hillel staff and students attended Victor’s memorial, supporting and comforting Victor’s many friends. Alav ha-shalom, Victor.

Just as the campus community rallied behind USC Hillel following the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, USC Hillel helped organize and participated in an inter-faith vigil held in commemoration of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. We commend Hillel student leader and member of the Interfaith Council, Brandon Kaufman, who spoke beautifully, offering interfaith support and prayer to the Muslim community. CLICK HERE to read about the vigil.

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

160 USC Students Will Travel to Israel with USC Hillel this Summer:USC Hillel continues to boast one of the highest Birthright participation rates in the country. This summer, we will be taking 160 students to Israel to experience the vibrant culture and learn about the history of the Jewish people. USC Hillel’s Birthright agenda includes but is not

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limited to spending Shabbat in Jerusalem, hiking Masada, floating in the dead sea, experiencing life on a kibbutz, exploring the Jewish quarter of Old City, and visiting Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. One seat remains open, encourage your student to claim it now:

USC Jewish’s Alumni Association Prepares 300 Meals for the Homeless:

USC Jewish’s Alumni Association Prepares 300 Meals for the HomelessIn partnership with USC’S Alumni Association’s Day of SCervice, the Jewish Alumni Association and USC Hillel hosted a volunteer project at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish, faith-based recovery center that focuses on the spiritual healing of addiction. Our day began with meeting current
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residents, who shared their stories and struggles, giving us a deeper understanding of the hardships that come with addiction. Volunteers and residence then worked side by side to prepare and package more than 300 bagged lunches for those in our community suffering from homelessness. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Upcoming Community Events:

Paula Shoyer:
Passover Cooking Class
April 4, Beverly Hills

Paula Shoyer, parent of a USC Freshman, is a Jewish celebrity chef of the Washington D.C. area, and does cooking and baking demos across the United States. Join USC Hillel’s Parents Association for a Passover Cooking Class. The menu includes charred cauliflower, mango salsa, dry rubbed salmon, and chocolate quinoa cake. REGISTER HERE

Passover Seder
April 19, USC Hillel

Celebrate Passover with USC Hillel! We welcome all families, alumni, and community members to our Seder on April 19th. The Seder will include most of the traditional elements and rituals, as well as discussion and singing. To ensure USC Hillel is able to continue providing free kosher meals for students, the suggested ticket donation for community members and alumni is $54 or $36 for young alumni.

Graduation Brunch
May 10, USC Hillel

Stop by USC Hillel on Commencement Day to say good-bye and for a complimentary champagne brunch. This event is open to all seniors, friends, and family. Mazel Tov senior families!

Upcoming Student Programs:

April 2, McCarthy Quad

Israelpalooza is USC's largest Israeli cultural event of the year! Hosted in the center of campus, Israelpalooza celebrates Israeli culture and technological achievements with food, live music, and plenty of hands-on activities. This festival is completely student organized and attracts hundreds of students each year.

Trojans for Israel Dinner with Ron Galperin
April 3, USC Hillel

Trojans for Israel, USC Hillel’s bi-partisan, political organization that advocates for the vitality of the U.S. – Israel relationship, is proud to host a Leadership Dinner with Ron Galperin, the Controller of the City of Los Angeles. Galperin will discuss a wide range of issues from his role as the watchdog for LA's taxpayers to his connection to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Passover Mimouna
April 28, Office of
Religious Life

USC Hillel Campus Engagement Intern, Britt Jacobson, is organizing a Mimouna for students following Passover. Mimouna, a Sephardic holiday, is a feast of treats, especially ones off-limits during Passover. Britt and the USC Hillel staff will be preparing traditional Mimouna foods including mufleta, stuffed dates, and marzipan for the celebration.

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