My parents were not yet my age when they were forced to leave their homes in Iran and start a new life in Los Angeles. Like so many other courageous Jewish refugees, they did not hide their identities and love for Israel in the United States. Instead, they engaged in an act of cultural resistance: they invested tenfold in strengthening their own children’s Jewish and Zionist identities, and instilled in me pride in who I am.
Explore University of Southern California Hillel FoundationUSC Hillel is the Center of Jewish Life at USC, engaging over 1,500 unique students annually. We are student centered, empowering a dynamic team of student leaders who curate meaningful Jewish experiences for the USC community. USC Hillel develops leaders and inspires Jewish Trojans to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. We offer a welcoming, inclusive, and pluralistic environment, a nurturing space to build strong Jewish community, and an emphasis on peer-to-peer relationship building among an actively engaged student base. USC Hillel strives to create a balanced offering of programming across our core pillars of Leadership Development, Building Community, Ritual and Spiritual Life, Social Justice, Israel Engagement and Education, and Holistic Wellness.
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*Percent of population
- Served by Hillel Yes
- Religious Services Available Yes
- Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus Yes
- Kosher Food Available Yes
- Birthright Israel Participation Yes
- Alt Break Participation No
- Jewish Studies Offered Yes
- Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
- Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
- Israel Fellow Yes
USC offers a limited meal plan for weeknight dinners at no extra charge in the dining hall. Hillel frequently serves dinner at weekday programming (and every week for Shabbat). Nearby grocery stores (within walking distance) stock kosher products.
Options: University meal plan-no extra cost;Kosher food available nearby
USC Hillel offers Shabbat experiences each week, including student-led services and themed kosher dinners. We also offer a "Shabbat in a Box" option, which empowers students to host Shabbat dinners and other celebrations in their own residences. USC Hillel welcomes all students to celebrate Jewish holidays with us including the High Holy Days, Hanukkah, Passover, and more. Services and meals are always free for students.
Frequency: Friday night only
Additional Campus Information
- Private/Public Private
- Acceptance Rate 11%
- U.S. Region Pacific
- Commuter/Residential Residential
- Tuition In-State $66,640
- Tuition Out-of-State $66,640
- Out-of-State/Int’l 48% / 13%
- Greek Life Yes
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