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Programs & Initiatives

Engagement Fellows

The Hillel Engagement Internship affords 4-6 Jewish students a unique year-long opportunity. Beginning with a five day leadership institute hosted by Hillel International, Engagement Interns learn how to engage Jewish students on campus in Jewish life. Interns meet one-on-one with non-affiliated Jewish students and plan informal events throughout the year. The intern cohort meets every other week and studies Jewish texts while considering what it means to better engage Jewish students on campus.

Immersion Trips

Here at LMU, we have several opportunities for AB trips all over the world. In 2012, for the first time ever, we were awarded an AB trip to Nicaragua with a Jewish service organization, American Jewish World Service.

Since that first trip to Nicaragua, we have gone on many other Alternative Break Trips; once again to Nicaragua, New Orleans, Argentina, and an Urban Farm in Berkeley


If you're Jewish, age 18-26, and want to go to Israel, Jewish Student Life at LMU can offer you a chance to visit Israel - FOR FREE! 

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip through JSL! Graduate and professional students often prefer to travel with a 22-26 year old group and we can help you with that! For all questions regarding Taglit-Birthright Israel, contact Rabbi Ilana  or stop by the office in Malone 301.

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While we do not host our own Birthright bus, Jewish Student Life will help get on the right trip for you. In addition, there are several opportunities to connect with others who have attended Birthright in the past and building lasting connections around their Birthright experiences. Make sure that you register early and pay your deposit so that you can visit Israel in the spring with Hillel-LMU!

Challah for Hunger

Challah for hunger happens twice a month on campus. The week that it occurs, students bake the challah on Wednesday evening and then sell the challah the following day. ½ of proceeds go to Mazon, a Jewish hunger advocacy non-profit. The other half of proceeds go to local food pantries.

Click For more information, visit the Challah for Hunger on Facebook page.

Resetting the Table

An Alternative Approach to Israel Engagement - The JSL intern, along with two student leaders, participate in a training program and conduct activities focusing on active listening and conflict mediation in order to work with students on building a community inclusive of several perspectives on Israel.