Hillel of San Diego condemns the vile graffiti that appeared over the weekend on a sign announcing the development of the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center at University of California San Diego. The graffiti, which reads “F*** All You!” was discovered Monday morning by Hillel supporters.
The Glickman Hillel Center is a project that has been in development for almost 20 years on an empty lot Hillel owns across from UC San Diego at the intersection of La Jolla Village Drive and La Jolla Scenic Drive North. The project received the unanimous approval of San Diego’s City Council and Planning Commission in 2017. The Glickman Hillel Center will serve as the permanent home for Hillel’s programs at UC San Diego.
“We are deeply disappointed that anyone would vandalize our property with such hateful speech,” said Emily Jennewein, President of Hillel of San Diego. “Unfortunately, bigoted opposition to our plans is not new to us, nor will we let it deter our absolute commitment to building the Glickman Center as soon as possible.”
Since receiving building approvals last fall, Hillel of San Diego has embarked on a capital campaign to fund construction of the Glickman Center, and has now raised almost $12 million of the $15 million necessary for the project. Hillel is grateful to the numerous supporters from all over San Diego who are generously supporting the Glickman Center’s construction.
Rabbi David Singer, executive director of UC San Diego Hillel, says Hillel remains steadfast in its determination to build the center.
“We are closer than ever before to realizing our dream of a permanent home for Jewish students at UC San Diego," Singer said. "Today’s news underscores the deep importance of a safe place in which our students can learn, grow and thrive. The Glickman Hillel Center will be a transformative capstone to our efforts, in support of our students and the UC San Diego and La Jolla communities.”