Building Bridges, Creating Community: How Hillel and Chabad Reach out to Students on Campus

By Heath A. Watenmaker

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, May 2006

College students are historically an elusive cohort for organized programs. Over the years, many organizations "from the most secular to the most religious" have tried to make lasting connections with college students. Two Jewish organizations, in particular, seem to have found a formula to do this work well: Hillel and Chabad. This study, in seeking to better understand why these organizations are successful, asks three questions: 1) What are the similarities and differences in the ways Hillel and Chabad reach out to students? 2) How do students respond to these different approaches? And 3) How does their relationship with each other work on campus? Using the University of Southern California as a test case, this paper answers these questions through observations, interviews, a survey, and document review.

Topic: Programming, College Organizations, Pluralism, Outreach, University Organizations, Campus Organizations, Students

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Watenmaker, Heath A. Building Bridges, Creating Community: How Hillel and Chabad Reach out to Students on Campus. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. May 2006: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5126


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