Los Angeles Hillel Council's Jewish Peer Intern program is engaging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other students who are on the periphery of the Jewish community, reports the Los Angeles Jewish Journal:
Around the Southland, only about one in four Jewish college students is affiliated. And these students, including LGBT, interfaith and Persian students, are frequently underserved as well as uninvolved. Instead of trying to bring them to Hillel, Hillel is bringing Judaism to them through dinners, parties and lectures tailored to their interests, said David Levy, executive director of the Los Angeles Hillel Council.
"We want to stimulate Jewish life, create Jewish energy, anything that will strengthen the Jewish community," he said.
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