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Who We Are

Our Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. 

Our Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Hillel BC promotes Jewish life on campus and beyond, providing a warm, welcoming environment where students in BC are able to grow religiously, culturally, socially and ethically. We enable Jewish young adults to explore their Jewish identity and relationship with Israel in a safe, pluralistic and inclusive community. Our programs and events on multiple campuses across BC reflect the diverse interests and needs of our members, build valuable leadership skills, and help to create a long-term impact in the Jewish community and beyond.

We celebrate Jewish holidays, learn together, work on social action projects and provide an opportunity for robust conversations about Jewish issues and Israel affairs in an atmosphere of openness and respect. Hillel reaches out to a wide variety of groups on campuses, partnering with faculty, staff, and other student clubs to promote topics that are mutually relevant. In addition, many Hillel programs are developed in collaboration with other Jewish community organizations.

Whether it is one of our monthly Shabbat dinners, our Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), our holiday programming, weekly kosher Hot Lunch, or Lunch and Learn, Hillel BC has something for everyone, reflecting the diverse interests and needs of Jewish students in BC.

Board of Directors

Sam Hyman (President)

Gordon Brandt (Vice President)

Eric Andrew (Treasurer)

Jessica Lithwick (Secretary)

Shannon Gorski

Alexis Pavlich

Frank Cohn

Talia Magder

Rebecca Recant

Alex Shiff

Bruce Raber 

Ania Switzer

Aaron Devor 

Jocelyn Brown


Ohad Gavrieli - Executive Director

Einat Livni - Director of Operations

Ellie Sherman - Director of Student Life

Rabbi Kylynn Cohen - Senior Jewish Educator

Laura Soda -Lead Campus Professional (UBC)

Ishmaeli Goldstein - Campus Advocacy Specialist

Sara Sebba - Springboard Fellow- Lead Campus Professional (Emerging Campuses)

Talia Chivo - Lead Campus Professional (UVic)

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