Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

As we implement best practices for staying healthy, we embrace the value of pikuach nefesh, the primacy of the sanctity of life. We take this obligation seriously and are excited to provide you with safe spaces to gather as we continue to build Jewish community at Hillel 818.

Our COVID policies are reviewed regularly to take into consideration evolving CDC recommendations, CA and Los Angeles laws, and the policies of our campuses. We reserve the right to change these policies at any time.

Until further notice, masks are not required at all Hillel 818 outdoor programming. We will try to do as much of our programming outdoors as possible. When indoors, mask wearing is highly encouraged.

We are excited to utilize the Merridy backyard, as well as other outdoor locations throughout the valley, for outdoor programs. For now, the Merridy building will not be open to students for casual hanging out/studying during the day except for specified meetings as approved by staff.

Community Guidelines

Hillel 818 programming, unless otherwise specified, is intended for 18-25 year old emerging Jewish adults and allies of the Jewish community who are working towards their undergraduate degrees.

Our community is built on the following principles, which we expect to be upheld b all program attendees and community members:

Safety: Your safety and the safety of our community will always be out top priority, and it includes physical, mental, and emotional safety, predicated on non-violence, no bullying, and consent.

Respect: Our words and actions will be “לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם” (leshem shamayim) - in the name of heaven, which means that we will act with respect for each other, our space, the organization, and the world at large.

Inclusion & Diversity: We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, as we are created in the image of God. Let's be different, together!

Welcoming: Like Abraham with the 3 strangers, we will treat both new and veteran members of our Hillel 818 community like valued members of our Hillel 818 family.

When there is a violation of these principles, the Hillel staff member in charge will determine an appropriate response. For serious infractions of our community expectations, at the discretion of the Executive Director, a student must go through a process of teshuvah (repentance) supervised by a Hillel appointed Rabbi or spiritual advisor, before they are allowed to continue as an active member of our community.