After nearly 20 years of planning and review, the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center was approved today by the San Diego City Council. Proposed by Hillel of San Diego ̶ an organization that inspires Jewish college students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel ̶ the Glickman Hillel Center will provide a new permanent home for Hillel’s programming, mentorship and religious services.
The City Council voted unanimously to approve the project, and commended Hillel for the changes that have been incorporated into the project in response to community input.
“This is a good project,” said Council President Pro Tem Mark Kersey. “It is a long time coming.”
Located on a vacant 0.8-acre parcel bounded by La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla Scenic Way and La Jolla Scenic Drive North, the facility will be located directly across the street from UC San Diego. Hillel has been working with the City and the community since 2000 to develop this project. The Glickman Hillel Center will be the convening space for Jewish life on campus, and is the remaining critical piece the organization needs to make sure that all students are welcomed into community and have a platform for developing as leaders.
The new LEED-certified project will total approximately 6,500 square feet and will provide space for religious programs in three separate, one- and two-story buildings around a central outdoor courtyard. The plans include 27 surface parking spaces, bicycle storage, and a small publicly accessible, park-like area with a bicycle and pedestrian path, bench, and water fountain. A thorough environmental review for the facility was conducted, which concluded that there will be no significant environmental impacts that will result from its development.
“We are thrilled with the result of today’s hearing,” said Robert Lapidus, who championed the project for Hillel of San Diego’s Board. “We have spent years designing this new center to both meet Hillel’s needs and benefit the community, and we are confident that the Glickman Hillel Center will make everyone proud.”
La Jolla resident and philanthropist Joseph “Chickie” Glickman, age 102, donated the lead $5 million gift for the Beverly & Joseph Glickman Hillel Center to provide students at UC San Diego with a permanent Jewish home near campus.
“I believe strongly in the mission of Hillel,” said Mr. Glickman. “The guidance Hillel offers our young people is important to help them connect with their heritage and build community at this formative time in their lives.”
“We look forward to breaking ground and moving forward with the project as soon as possible,” said Lapidus.