Glickman Hillel Center for Jewish Life
We look forward to constructing the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center to provide a permanent home for Hillel’s programs, religious services and leadership development. Following the unanimous recommendation of the Planning Commission, San Diego’s City Council voted unanimously to approve the project on October 3, 2017, ending an almost 20-year saga to give Hillel a permanent home in La Jolla.
The Glickman Hillel Center will be located on a 0.8-acre parcel across the street from UC San Diego. The property is bound by La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla Scenic Drive North, and La Jolla Scenic Way.
The Glickman Center consists of three buildings surrounding a courtyard. Features of the project include:
- 6,479 square feet of space in three one- and two-story buildings surrounding a central courtyard;
- Flexible space for student programs, meetings, one-on-one mentorship and religious services;
- 27 spaces of surface parking and bicycle storage facilities;
- A small park-like area, open to the public and maintained by Hillel, at the gateway to La Jolla;
- Environmental sustainability: built to LEED Silver standards, solar energy meeting 30-50 percent of on-site energy demand, optimized water conservation.
Hillel is a religious organization whose mission is inspire students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Programs provided by Hillel range from one-on-one mentorship and leadership development, to immersive travel opportunities and religious services.
Hillel plans to construct the Glickman Hillel Center on a triangular property it owns across the street from UC San Diego. The property is bounded by La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla Scenic Drive, and La Jolla Scenic Way. The nearly 6,500-square-foot center consists of three small buildings around a central courtyard. The project has been carefully designed to ensure that it complements the surrounding neighborhood in scale and design. The landscape plan for the property will incorporate a small open park-like area that includes a publicly-accessible walking path, a bench and a water fountain. Environmental sustainability is a priority for the project; it will be built to LEED Silver standards, optimize water conservation, include on-site renewable energy (solar), and reduce vehicle use through enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Currently, UC San Diego Hillel has no permanent location to host its programs and activities. This limits the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission of providing learning, community-building, and spiritual counseling that nurtures the religious, spiritual, and intellectual growth of Jewish students at UC San Diego. The Glickman Hillel Center will provide a permanent religious space in a centralized location for students. The proposed location is close to UC San Diego to serve students where they live and attend classes, and will have enough space for programs, activities and offices for religious leaders.
Hillel is an independent religious corporation whose purpose is to serve the religious needs of Jewish college students. It was incorporated in the State of California on July 1, 1992, “exclusively for religious purposes” under the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law. In its Articles of Incorporation, Hillel’s specific purpose “…is to provide for the religious needs of Jewish students on the university campuses in San Diego County.”
Yes. Religious uses are allowed by right in single family zones in the La Jolla Shores Planned District.
Two other religious organizations exist in the La Jolla Shores single family neighborhood. The San Diego LDS Institute of Religion is in La Jolla Farms. The University Lutheran Church is located nearby on La Jolla Shores Drive. The mission of both institutions includes a particular emphasis on serving students at UC San Diego.
UCLA Hillel’s facility – more than three times the size of the proposed Glickman Hillel Center – is located across from the residential neighborhood of Holmby-Westwood, where home prices average $4 million and range up to $100 million. Citing UCLA Hillel’s record of being a good neighbor, the president of the Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association has advocated approval of our project in La Jolla.
Significant changes have been made to the project in response to public input. The original project proposed a single building of more than 12,000 square feet with underground parking, including a large congregational facility to accommodate weekly Shabbat services and larger gatherings. The revised plans call for approximately 6,500 square feet of space (approximately 50% the size of original plans) in three one and two-story buildings surrounding a central courtyard, with surface parking. This new design more closely relates to the scale of the adjacent single-family residences along La Jolla Scenic Drive, and has a floor-to-area ratio of .21, significantly less dense than the rest of the neighborhood.
Pedestrian access will be from La Jolla Village Drive, where there is a bus stop and crosswalk leading to the UC San Diego campus. Parking lot access is from La Jolla Scenic Way, with a right turn in and right turn out only.
The Glickman Center will not cause significant noise impacts to the surrounding neighborhood. Most programs will be held Monday through Friday during non‐peak hours. Regular hours of operation during the academic year are planned to be 9:00am to 6:00pm. The center will not be open evenings or weekends unless an activity is planned at that time.
A thorough traffic analysis for the project was completed, analyzing the potential for direct traffic impacts and cumulative traffic impacts through 2030. Based on this analysis, the project will result in no significant traffic impacts and mitigation is not required.
The Glickman Hillel Center will have 27 surface parking spaces, significantly more than necessary to accommodate the center’s visitors.
To assess the parking needs of the Hillel Center for Jewish Life, an extensive parking study was completed. The study assembled data from UC San Diego student surveys, Hillel program attendance logs, and detailed surveys on parking and usage at two comparable Hillel facilities, at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. The study concluded that 27 on-site parking spaces are more than adequate to provide for the regular parking needs of the facility. For the rare events that would require additional parking, Hillel has agreed to provide off-site parking to ensure there are no impacts on the adjacent neighborhood.
Hillel Centers do not create significant parking demands. The Glickman Hillel Center will provide a parking ratio of 3.7 spaces per 1,000 square feet, while other California Hillel centers provide fewer than 2 spaces per 1,000 square feet. Many recently developed Hillel centers nationwide provide approximately 1 space per 1,000 square feet, and they operate without parking impacts.
To address a concern raised relating to impacts on traffic by pedestrian crosswalks, the study also considered an “all walk” scenario and found no significant impacts on parking or traffic under current and future conditions, both for the project and on a cumulative basis.