A Time Capsule of

 JEWISH LIFE AT USC  

Thank you to our student development committee, Eden Burkow, Brandon Kaufman, and Sara Okum for their dedication to this project and for creating this webpage!

Click on the image with the decade you would like to see!

To contribute pictures, please email Jordyn@uschillel.org

1940

1940

1941

The tradition of passing the victory bell between UCLA and USC is established.

Hillel Cabinet, 1946-1947

1950

1953

 University Avenue (today’s Trousdale Parkway) is closed to vehicular traffic, marking a major step in creating a self-contained, pedestrian-friendly campus.

Girls in front of Doheny Library, 1951

1960

1960

1965

Tailback Mike Garrett wins USC’s first Heisman Trophy.

Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity in the bathroom of Doheny Library, 1969

1970

1979

Fleetwood Mac invites the Trojan Marching Band to perform on the title song for the album “Tusk,” which becomes the band’s first platinum album.

Sigma Alpha Mu (SAMMY) Fraternity's formal, 1975

1980

1980

1984

The XXIIIrd Olympiad comes to Los Angeles, and University Park campus is the site of the largest Olympic Village.

Rabbi Laura Geller, Executive Director of USC Hillel, leading prayers, 1988

1990

1990

1999

Time magazine and the Princeton Review name USC “College of the Year 2000” in recognition of its outstanding community service.

Students in the Hillel building, 1991

2000

2004

The Board of Trustees approves the university’s new strategic plan: “USC’s Plan for Increasing Academic Excellence."

FreshFrest Scavenger Hunt, 2005

2008

USC is ranked highly in the first national “Great Colleges to Work For” poll by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2010

2010

USC Hillel students on a Birthright-Israel trip, 2010

2015

2017

USC Village officially opens its doors to the community. The largest development project in the history of South Los Angeles will be home to 2,500 students, and several restaurants and retailers.

Hiking with Hillel, 2015

2020

2020

2020

USC shifted all its classes online in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic — a monumental behind-the-scenes effort taken up by teaching experts, administrators and information technology specialists to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Shabbat-in-a-Box pick up during COVID-19, 2020

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