Why Hillel?

Celebrating the Jewish Trojan Family

Fact: More than 85 percent of all American college-age Jews attend an institution of higher education. Additionally, the Jewish student population at USC has doubled over the last 15 years to an estimated 3,500 Jewish students, or 12 percent of the entire campus population.

Opportunity: As the Center of Jewish Life at the University of Southern California, USC Hillel is uniquely positioned and must be poised to engage increasing numbers of Jewish students who are at a critical time in their lives.

Fact: The academic quality of students at USC has dramatically increased in recent years, attracting the best and brightest students that are now more discerning, demanding, and busier than ever. Additionally, some of the most talented Jewish students now choose to study at USC, which has ascended to the #11 ranking in the 2010 “Top Schools for Jewish Students” in the nation.

Opportunity: Hillel at USC must compete for the attention of our Jewish students by developing engaging and inspiring programs as well as leadership opportunities which offer value and meaning.

Fact: The University of Southern California has embraced Hillel at USC as the Center of Jewish Life and as the central representative of the Jewish Trojan Family.

Opportunity: Hillel at USC must develop a comprehensive approach to nurture and develop our relationship with the university in order to establish ourselves as USC’s indispensable partner in Jewish life.

Fact: Nearly one of two Jewish students at USC comes from an interfaith home and views Jewish involvement as a CHOICE among the many options now available to Jews on college campuses.

Opportunity: Hillel at USC must be compelling as it reaches students at a point in their lives when they are, for the first time, making independent decisions about their futures as they travel on their unique Jewish journeys.

The Need

Fact: Hillel at USC is under-resourced relative to the size and quality of our USC Jewish community compared to other private universities that work with budgets 50-100 percent greater than our budget.

Opportunity: Hillel at USC must raise sufficient financial resources to ensure that we can meet the needs of our growing Jewish Trojan family as we sustain and grow as the Center of Jewish Life at USC. Our success will enable us to: a) double the number of students we engage and who have meaningful Jewish experiences, b) establish Hillel at USC as an indispensable partner with USC, and c) produce talented and compassionate leaders who will serve our communities for years to come.

For more information, contact Bailey London at bailey@uschillel.org or 213-973-1203.