USC Hillel

Amount: 
$300,000
Year: 
2019
Field of Interest: 
Next Gen Engagement
Program Name: 
The Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative
Grant Type: 
Cutting Edge
Organization Description: 

Established in 1951, USC Hillel provides USC’s Jewish undergraduate and graduate students with a safe and secure place to engage in Jewish life. It aims to enrich the lives of its students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. USC Hillel has six central programs: Jewish Ritual and Spirituality, Israel Advocacy and Engagement, Tzedek (Justice), Social Engagement, Leadership Development, and Health and Wellness. It serves approximately 1,800 students through its programs each year.

Grant Purpose: 

To support one of the first Hillels in the country to launch a health and wellness program that will provide Jewish college students with mental health services, wellness workshops, and individualized counseling and support. The program will decrease mental health crises among Jewish students and increase the number of unaffiliated Jewish students who come to Hillel as a result.

The Jewish Community Foundation’s visionary investment in the holistic wellness of our students will provide Jewish Trojans with personal support through stress and trauma, expansive resources to promote balance and mindfulness, and leadership to address the stigma around mental health and well-being on campus.

Dave Cohn
USC Hillel’s Allen & Ruth Ziegler Executive Director