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Israel Fellow Dor Guest Speaks about Yemenite Culture in Israel

Hillel's Israel Fellow Dor Gwieta was asked to be a guest speaker about Jewish Yemenite immigration to Israel in Professor Adi Hershkovitz-Amir's class at UCSD about immigration. Dor shared his personal story and the story of his grandmother who came from Yemen to Israel in 1950's. The Gwieta family laid their Israeli roots in a [...]

2018-02-05T18:04:30+00:00February 5th, 2018|

San Diego Teen Initiative and Hillel Partner for Engagement Training

This year, Hillel is proud to be partnering with the San Diego Teen Initiative as the facilitator of their Engagement Training. Hillel Director of Student Life Sophie Needelman led a training in Hillel's Engagement Methodology for the San Diego Teen Initiative Peer Leadership Fellows, introducing them to tools they can utilize to assess and improve [...]

2017-11-20T19:37:06+00:00November 20th, 2017|

Reflections on Birthright

One of the student participants on Hillel's Summer 2017 Birthright Trip shares his thoughts on how the trip changed him. Interested in going to Israel for FREE with Hillel next summer? Contact Dor. I want to share how Birthright changed me. Before Birthright, I had the ingrained knowledge that all Jewish-raised people have that 'Israel is [...]

2017-11-06T22:49:22+00:00November 1st, 2017|

Alternative Break 2018 Registration Now Open!

Travel with UC San Diego Hillel to Oaxaca, Mexico in partnership with ProjectTEN, a branch of the Jewish Agency for Israel, during Spring Break 2018 for a hands-on experience putting into practice Judaism’s vision of justice. For ten weeks leading up to the trip, you’ll dive deep into learning about the Jewish idea of tzedek [...]

2017-10-30T17:56:21+00:00October 30th, 2017|

Reflections on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Earlier this month, we remembered Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut are equally important to the Jewish people and the people of Israel. Students observed Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, by standing together near the Silent Tree on Library Walk and saying Kaddish for Israeli and Jewish lives lost. They prayed and shared their respect for the people who [...]

2017-05-12T00:10:11+00:00May 11th, 2017|

Alternative Break: Jewish Values in Action

This Spring Break, UC San Diego Hillel brought thirteen passionate and inspirational students to Guatemala for the first time in their lives to apply the Jewish values of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam on the ground. Over the course of their time in Guatemala, the students not only fell in love with the people and the [...]

2017-04-24T18:39:34+00:00April 24th, 2017|

Kosher Dining Hall Ocean View Terrace is the New Home of Shabbat on Campus

Marshall College's dining hall has long been known for having the best (ocean!) view on campus. Since its reopening in Winter of 2017 it has been known for its delicious Kosher and Halal food offerings that are bringing cross-sections of the student population together in new and exciting ways. UC San Diego students catalyzed the [...]

2017-01-30T23:04:22+00:00January 30th, 2017|

Hillel sends Eight UC San Diego Students to David Project’s Israel Uncovered Trip

By Israel Fellow Dor Guata I never thought I would be guiding an extraordinary group of students on an amazing 10-day trip hosted by The David Project called Israel Uncovered within months of beginning my position as the Israel Fellow at UC San Diego. UC San Diego is a flagship campus for the David Project's [...]

2017-03-11T15:48:21+00:00January 24th, 2017|

Triton Jewish Leaders: Challah and Wellness and Genetic Screening, Oh My!

It is hard to believe it was only just last Spring that we launched the Triton Jewish Leaders incubator. In the months since, the incubator has grown to include 35 students who are all actively bringing about change on campus and beyond. Each Triton Jewish Leader (or “TJL”) has crafted their own unique initiative targeted to [...]

2017-03-16T01:26:58+00:00January 20th, 2017|