News 2017-03-11T15:48:21+00:00


“I Found My Zionism in My Soviet Roots”

By Esther Kozakevich, UC San Diego Hillel Birthright 2016 Participant  I never had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Literally every single one of my family members is Jewish, I went to Jewish day school, I fast on Yom Kippur and yet… no Bat Mitzvah. The one I had on Birthright at the Western Wall, while incredibly meaningful, doesn’t count. When people ask me why I never went through this rite of [...]

August 30th, 2016|

UC San Diego Birthright takes Israel by Storm

The only thing better than Birthright is Birthright with UC San Diego Hillel. This June, Hillel sent an entire bus of students on the trip of a lifetime, immersing them in Israeli culture and allowing them to build a direct, in-person connection with Israel for the very first time. The trip was staffed by Hillel's own Edi Mesoznikov and Sophie Needelman whose previous relationships with students enhanced the sense of [...]

August 26th, 2016|

Welcome Lola and Dor to the Hillel Team

UC San Diego Hillel is excited to welcome two new professionals, Lola Stanten and Dor Gwieta, to the professional team. Lola, Springboard Innovation Specialist, is trained in utilizing Design Thinking to grow innovative new approaches to community building. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Lola coordinates the Triton Jewish Leaders incubator, investing in students as the catalysts of change across campus. Dor, Hillel's new Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow, comes [...]

August 23rd, 2016|

Hillel Receives $5 Million Gift to Build Glickman Hillel Center

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 [...]

May 14th, 2016|

ASB in Comalapa, Guatemala

After months of group bonding, text study, and conversation deep-rooted in Jewish values, UCSD students from across the demographic map ventured to Comalapa, Guatemala for the trip of a lifetime. The purpose of this Alternative Spring Break experience was to use vacation time from school to do good in a part of the world very different from UCSD. Participants worked on a construction site run by Long Way Home that serves [...]

April 5th, 2016|

Challah for Hunger Hits UCSD

Challah for Hunger has officially hit UCSD’s campus! After noticing that his peers have an inherent interest in social justice, junior Dylan Slater noticed a need to bring some Jewish flavor to the already present focus in making the world a better place. Through intense social networking, he utilized his deep connections to the Jewish community to rally a team of students to bake challah twice a month at the [...]

April 4th, 2016|