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Jewish Studies Program

The University of South Carolina's Jewish Community for Students

“Just because you’re going to college doesn’t mean you have to give up your Judaism. No matter what your comfort level, there’s a Jewish home-away-from-home for you at the University of South Carolina.”

Hillel at USC is dedicated to providing a Jewish experience for students while they are away from home. Hillel offers a Jewish life on campus and gives students the opportunity to interact and feel part of a Jewish society. With weekly events, such as Shabbat Dinners, movie nights, trivia nights, dinner and ice cream socials, as well as our annual Passover Seder, Hillel at USC is a place to socialize with others like you, regardless of your Jewish background. Whether you are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or secular, Hillel at USC is a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students. Visit our website and  Hillel at USC on Facebook!


Alpha Epsilon Pi  USC hosts the Gamma Chi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish Fraternity of North America, which was founded to provide opportunities for Jewish men seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. Founded in 2007, the Gamma Chi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is the fastest growing chapter in the country. AEPi provides the opportunity to join a Jewish organization whose purpose is social and cultural in nature. Gamma Chi has consistently ranked in the top five USC fraternities for academic achievement since its founding. Committed to philanthropy, the chapter frequently participates in several community service projects. Alpah Epsilon Pi has maintained the integrity of its purpose by strengthening ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career. Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the North American Jewish community at a critical time in a young man's life. Interested in joining? Visit our website and  USC Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi on Facebook!


Chabad at USC is a home away from home for every Jewish student. This community-based Chabad- Lubavitch house, conveniently located to USC, is staffed by Rabbi Israel and Shlomit Epstein, who embrace the totality of the Jewish community and foster a viable Jewish future through love and acceptance of every Jew. At Chabad of Univeristy of South Carolina, it is believed that Jewish education and meaningful experiences are the grass-roots methods for fighting indifference, apathy and assimilation that face our community today. For there to be a Jewish tomorrow, students need to have a Jewish today! Visit our website and Chabad on Facebook!



International in its focus and interdisciplinary in its approach, the Jewish Studies Program was established to enhance our knowledge of Judaism’s role on the world stage and help students and scholars forge connections between Judaism in SC and this larger context. The annual Solomon- Tenenbaum lecture series brings in internationally renowned scholars and authors to speak on topics related to Jewish life and history. Join us for courses, talks, lunches, movies, and more! 


The Columbia Jewish Community boasts three vibrant congregations and religious schools, the Columbia Jewish Federation, Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Young Adult Division, Cutler Jewish Day School, and Columbia Holocaust Education Commission. Visit our website!


YAD (Young Adults Division)

YAD (a program of the Columbia Jewish Federation) provides Jewish young professionals and USC graduate students with a venue for meeting, socializing, and networking locally as well as throughout our region (Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston, etc.). YAD membership is free. Visit YAD on Facebook


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