University of San Diego

USD is deeply committed to inter-faith dialogue and support and therefore works closely with the USD Jewish Student Union / Hillel San Diego.

Hillel is active on campus, supporting students who identify as Jewish and helping educate the entire campus  about the richness and beauty of the Jewish tradition.  Each fall, Hillel sponsors a Sukkah, an outdoor “hut” or temporary dwelling that commemorates the feast of the Tabernacles.  These tent-like structures represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping slavery in Egypt.

USD Hillel also sponsors an interfaith, social justice Passover Seder meal each spring.  This meal is an opportunity not only for Jewish students to celebrate but also a key educational opportunity for all students to learn about the shared history of Judaism and Christianity as well as grow in appreciation for the implications and meaning of Passover for today.  Likewise, Hillel offers regular opportunities for Jewish and non-Jewish students to enjoy fellowship as well as attend local synagogues (see list below).  Finally, Hillel sponsors Birthright trips to Israel for students who identify as Jewish.

For more information about Hillel at USD, please contact Glenda Jaffe at

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