Hillel at The Claremont Colleges Receives Accreditation


Hillel at The Claremont Colleges has received accreditation from the Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, recognizing its adherence to Hillel’s international standards of excellence.

To receive accreditation, Hillel foundations must demonstrate compliance with standards of excellence in the areas of governance, student programs, communications, resources and management systems. Also evaluated is the foundation’s relationship with its university and local Jewish community.

National Hillel President Avraham Infeld says accreditation of a Hillel represents a “continued dedication to serving Jewish students on campuses around the world.” The Claremont Colleges chapter is directed by Rabbi Leslie Bergson.

“The 5C Hillel was a main factor in my decision to come to Claremont McKenna,” says Talia Kahn ’07. “It was really important to me that there was a Jewish center on campus because the Jewish community has always been a place where I felt safe and supported. Through Hillel I formed some unbreakable bonds with students who have similar interests in social justice.”

To date, Hillel has accredited 71 foundations across the United States and Canada, representing a broad range of foundation profiles: small and large schools, residential and commuter campuses, and public and private universities.

The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is committed to creatively empowering and engaging Jewish students through its network of more than 500 campus foundations, program centers and affiliates. Its long-standing dedication to building Jewish identity, while nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth in a pluralistic community, positions Hillel as a leader in building a stronger Jewish people and stronger Jewish future, according to Bergson.