USC Hillel September Newsletter

High Holy Days at USC Hillel

USC Hillel welcomed in the Year 5779 with over 300 Jewish Trojans. Holiday programming at Hillel began on Sunday, September 9th with a community dinner, Kiddush, and students and community members lighting candels to start a joyful Erev Rosh Hashanah service.

Sukkot at Hillel .....

Rosh Hashanah melodies spilled across University Ave over the next two days, as students continued to join USC Hillel throughout the holiday. On Friday, September 12th our Trojan family gathered together and took the metro to the beach for a Shabbat-by-the-Sea and Tashlikh service.

USC Hillel’s building again reached maximum capacity during Yom Kippur, as Jewish Trojans joined us in asking for G-d’s forgiveness and for atonement. Following Yom Kippur services on Saturday, USC Hillel transformed into a fast-friendly sanctuary, providing students with a space to nap, play board games, and refrain from technology. As Yizkor and Ne’ilah concluded, USC Hillel hosted a massive break-fast serving over 150 students.

To support USC Hillel’s High Holy Day Initiatives click HERE. We thank you for your generosity!

MitzVote: USC Hillel’s Voter Registration Project

MitzVote: USC HIllel's Voter Registration ProjectUSC Hillel is proud to be part of Hillel International’s MitzVote initiative, a movement inspiring students to register to vote. Our first MitzVote program, SuVote, was held in the Sukkah and drew over twenty students. Following the event, USC Hillel was asked to be an ally of Vote SC, the on campus student voter registration organization. Check out this fun MitzVote video from Hillel international:

Community for all Jews

This semester, USC Hillel’s inclusion initiative is strengthened by the founding of our new LGBTQ inclusion group! This community will explore and promote the intersectionality between Jewish spirituality and all sexualities and gender identities. Our kickoff group dinner event was a huge success and we look forward to many future events!

USC Hillel Girl Scouts - Making the World a Better Place

USC Hillel Girl Scouts - Making the World a Better PlaceThe USC Hillel Girl Scout Troop returned for another great year of Girl Scouting. The troop, which is led by Hillel students, Rachel Kartin (2019), Valerie Lopez (2019), Julia Cherner (2020), CJ Wechsler (2020), Sara Okum (2021), Zoe Navapanich (2021), and Shelby Chickman (2022), is committed to empowering young girls growing up in South Central Los Angeles. The fifth grade troop meets every Monday for an hour and half with distinguished female professors on campus. Wechsler explains that the goal of the troop is to build the scouts’ excitement about higher education and grow their confidence. Be on the lookout for Girl Scout cookies come February!

Travel to Israel with USC Hillel for FREE: December 18 - 30

Travel to Israel with USC Hillel for FREE: December 18 - 30 .....
Limited seats remain for USC Hillel’s winter Birthright trip! The trip leaves from LAX on December 18 and returns on December 30. USC Hillel Birthright Israel trips connect Jewish Trojans to their Jewish journey and identities, to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and, upon return to campus, to their Jewish Trojan community. This winter participants will explore Jewish history and Israeli life through exciting tours, hikes, and unique activities. Due to a generous grant, USC Hillel is able to offer an enhanced itinerary. This means your student will have opportunities for VIP visits and tours that cannot be accessed through any other Birthright trip.

Our USC Hillel Birthright trips are staffed by USC Hillel professionals who get to know participants before the trip, and return to campus with them after their Israel experience. Hillel will focus on follow-through after the trip with all campus-based participants, enabling and empowering them to continue examining their relationship to Israel and to the Jewish people both on campus and in their communities. For more information contact or 213-973-1199.
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Upcoming Community Events:

Trojan Family
Weekend Schedule

Challah Braiding Workshop
Thursday, October 11
4:00-6:00 PM

Join USC parent and author of 4 Jewish cookbooks, Paula Shoyer, ‘The Kosher Baker’ for a Challah Braiding workshop! Dough is generously provided by Bibi’s Bakery & Café.

ShalOHM Yoga
Friday, October 12
11:00-12:00 PM

Stretch and meditate in this class specially designed to help you cultivate and encourage the shalem (the Hebrew word for wholeness or peace) within each of us. Please RSVP.

Being Jewish in LA Resource Fair
Friday, October 12
12:30-2:30 PM 

Learn more about Jewish travel, internships, or leadership campus and community opportunities.

Family Shabbat Services
Friday, October 12
6:00-6:45 PM 

Welcome in Shabbat with USC Hillel and focus on what really matters: gratitude for our families, friends, and communities. 

Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, October 12
7:00 PM 

Join us for a kosher, chef-catered family feast! Sit alongside family and friends new and old while being serenaded by USC Hillel's a cappella group, Shir Perfection. Please RSVP.

Kiddush at Kickoff
Saturday, October 13
4:30-7:30 PM

Celebrate both Shabbat and Trojan football with a kosher tailgate at Hillel three hours before kickoff.



A Gallery Reception for Gary Frederick Brown’s
Two Generations of Print Makers: A Grandfather, His Grandson, Their Art

Sunday, October 14,
4:00 – 6:00 PM

USC Hillel Gallery

This exhibition celebrates the work of two generations of artists, linked through DNA and creativity, who met only through their art.

THE GRANDFATHER: Frederick Foster Brown was a linocut printmaker, art dealer and framer who lived and worked in the Boise area from 1913 thru the early 1960’s.

THE GRANDSON: Gary Frederick Brown is a Los Angeles based monotype printmaker, painter, jewelry designer and sculptor of both stone and porcelain



Homecoming & Alumni 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



Kiddush at Kick Off - Homecoming Tailgate

Saturday, November 10, 3.5 hours before kick off
JAA Tent on Trousdale

Celebrate both Shabbat and Trojan football with a kosher tailgate! Find the Jewish Alumni Association on Trousdale to make Kiddush and for kosher tailgate noshes. FIGHT ON!

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