Why Invest in Hillel at UCLA?
An AVI CHAI Foundation study of Jewish organization leaders in their 20s and 30s found that Hillel involvement was the greatest predictor of future leadership, outpacing other shared Jewish experiences.
Led by well-known sociologist Jack Wertheimer, the study looked at three types of organizations: Establishment (i.e., mainstays), Non-Establishment (i.e., startups) and Mixed.
In each type, Hillel involvement was more common than other experiences among young leaders.
College is the single most common experience shared by Jews in the United States.
The proportion of young American Jews on university campuses—a full 85 percent—exceeds the number who light Hanukkah candles, attend a Passover seder, or, certainly, marry other Jews. By some estimates, moreover, these young Jews are mainly concentrated on just 75 campuses.
The opportunity is therefore clear: to ensure the continuity and cultural vitality of Jews in America, here is one place where Jewish organizations and philanthropies are well advised to invest.
Rabbi Daniel Smokler
Hillel International's Chief Innovation Officer