Israel Groups & Campus Programs

USC Hillel works with all Jewish and non-Jewish student and groups who show interest in learning more about Israel. Our goal is to inspire every Jewish college student to develop a meaningful and enduring relationship to Israel and to Israelis. It is important that Israel will not be seen in the narrow narrative of conflict, but have our students exposed to the culture, music, and innovative environment that Israel has to offer, we enable students to share a rich connection to Israel and to each other as a people. Engaged and educated students can become committed Jewish adults who are passionate supporters of Israel.

SC Students For Israel

SC Students for IsraelSC Students for Israel (SCSI) and Hillel have always cooperated in bringing different speakers to campus. SCSI helps the campus community celebrate Israeli culture and society throughout the year. SCSI’s signature program, IsraelPalooza, is an annual celebration for Israel’s Independence Day and draws hundreds of students each year. Examples of other past events include the SC Israel Block Party, BBQ in partnership with the Armenian Student Association, Tel-Aviv Tech Tour in partnership with the Israeli consulate in LA and the Viterbi School of engineering, and lectures by important journalists, educators and advocates. SCSI holds weekly meeting at USC Hillel, which are open to all USC Students.  Contact Maddy Taras at: to get more involved.

Trojans For Israel

Trojans for IsraelTrojans for Israel is a bi-partisan, political organization that advocates the vitality of the U.S.-Israel relationship.  Activists aim to educate and to engage student leaders, Congressmen and Senators on why it is important to support U.S. legislation that aids Israel.  TFI students are selected to attend AIPAC’s Saban leadership training seminar and Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.  For more information, contact the current president, Sami Viterbi, at


IAC MishelanuIAC Mishelanu is a national campus program that provides a home for Israeli-American students in order to strengthen and maintain their identity through culture, language, heritage, and a strong connection to Israel. Today Mishelanu is offered on more than 35 campuses across the U.S. At USC, Mishelanu holds a bi-monthly meeting at USC Hillel.  Contact Sappir Golan, at for more information.

ILC (Israel Leadership Council)

Israel Leadership CouncilThe Israel Leadership Council brings together the leaders of the pro-Israel community at USC Hillel,  on a bi-monthly basis, in order to  strengthen and unite pro-Israel advocacy on campus through programming, educating and coalition building. The ILC is headed by Aaron Rivkind. For more information on the ILC contact Aaron at