Hillel of San Diego tonight announced a $5 million gift to build its proposed Hillel Center for Jewish Life near UC San Diego. Received from Joseph “Chickie” Glickman, this donation is the lead gift in the campaign to build the Beverly & Joseph Glickman Hillel Center to serve Jewish students at UC San Diego.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift,” said Rabbi David Singer, Director of UC San Diego Hillel. “The Glickman Hillel Center will be the convening space for Jewish life on campus, and is the remaining critical piece we need to make sure that all students are welcomed into the community and have a platform for developing as leaders and thriving as Jews.”
The Glickman Hillel Center is nearing the end of the City of San Diego review process and will soon be before the City Council for approval. Robert Lapidus, past president of Hillel of San Diego, has been the lead volunteer championing the project.
The gift from Chickie Glickman represents an important step forward for the project, which – pending the review process and a successful capital campaign – will be constructed on the lot owned by Hillel at the intersection of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road.
“We purchased this property from the City of San Diego in 2006,” said Lapidus. “It is time to let this project get its public hearing.”
Following in the tradition of intergenerational family philanthropy, the gift for the Glickman Hillel Center was announced at Hillel’s Campus SuperStar fundraising event by Chickie’s daughter and granddaughter, Elaine Galinson and Laura Galinson, who were being honored along with Chickie by Hillel for their ongoing support of the organization.
“Hillel is the answer to one of the most important challenges of our time,” said Elaine Galinson. “At a time when young people are setting patterns for their adult lives, Hillel offers sophisticated, compelling programs to help ensure that the next generation embraces and renews the Jewish values and traditions that will guide them as they become the leaders of tomorrow.”
About UCSD Hillel
UC San Diego Hillel encourages students of all backgrounds to form deep, personal connections to Jewish life, learning and Israel, empowering student leaders with the creative directorship to build community on their own terms. Hillel enriches the lives of students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. UC San Diego Hillel is part of Hillel of San Diego, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Hillel International.