Chabad at ASU

Chabad at ASU is a home away from home for every Jewish student at ASU. We provide many programs & events for the students such as weekly Shabbat Services & meals, social events, courses on Judaism, Kosher on campus, trips & more. We also advocate for the students with the University administration.
Location: Tempe , Arizona
Year founded: 2003

Description

We are...

  • A Jewish student center providing social, educational, recreational, and spiritual programming for students.
  • A home where all Jews are welcome, regardless of affiliation, denomination or level of observance.
  • A place where students can socialize in a comfortable, home-like setting, with friends, food and discussion.
  • An institution where you can question your faith without fear of judgment.
  • A haven when you are stressed or lonely, and need a friend to lean on.
  • A center for prayer and study, where you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of your Jewish heritage.
  • A partnership between students and staff to help create student programming, raise Israel awareness,  plan social action projects, raise women's issues, promote health awareness activities and offer volunteer opportunities.
  • A Resource for Jewish life cycle events
  • A community for all Jewish students, with opportunities to enrich their experiences in all aspects of their college career
  • A knowledge center for non-Jews interested in the Noahide Laws
  •  A Jewish center for the entire ASU community

Chabad at ASU is... the warmest place away from home!

Chabad Starbucks Club

About

Chabad Starbucks Club is giving circle designed to cultivate giving amongst college students.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Our mission with this club is to cultivate giving habits in college students by creating a fun, easy way to donate to charity.

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Program Description

College students are the demographic that is least likely to donate, for obvious reasons. With student loans piling up, expensive tuition and pricey college living, many students go month to month subsisting on minor pay from side jobs.

Other students who are fortunate enough to have funds from their parents are similarly unlikely to donate to non-profits, since they are in a stage of life when they do not generate enough significant income. College students are also accustomed to receiving from others in this period of life. At Chabad Jewish Student Center at ASU, students are accustomed to enjoying lavish Friday night dinners, social events, Israel trips, educational classes -- all at no cost to the student. The more expensive trips are offered subsidies covering 80% to 90% of the full price.

And yet, non profits continue to struggle. Charitable giving in the United States has remained stuck at 2% of the US GDP for the past four decades. It's up to us to educate college students so they'll know how to support the non-profits dreaming of saving every child from hunger and curing cancer. In our Phoenix metro Jewish community, these young Jewish leaders will take on the burden of supporting vibrant educational centers, synagogues, Jewish schools and social programs.

In other words: college students are the next NowGen Giving Circle.

Chabad Starbucks Club is the answer. Students complete an online form with a $1 monthly donation to support Chabad at ASU, and each month their card is charged automatically. Many choose to give more, and some donate as much as $18 a month.

Students become part of a circle of givers, joining other students who wish to give back to their favorite non-profit. They learn that they are always capable of giving something.

By instilling this habit of giving, we are creating donors immediately after college.

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Demonstrated Need

In the Jewish community in metro Phoenix and around the US, thousands of non-profits work tirelessly to build a brighter tomorrow for Jewish people. Our future donors and supporters are in college, and the time is now to cultivate donors among the student population.

According to National Philanthropic Trust: "Charitable giving accounted for 2.1% of gross domestic product in 2015." (https://www.nptrust.org/philanthropic-resources/ch...) That amount must grow if we are to solve major world problems. On a micro level, our Jewish day schools, summer camps, social programming for seniors, synagogues and student centers on campus are in need of increased funding in order to expand their work.

At Chabad at ASU, we're doing just that with college students.

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Program Accomplishments

Chabad Starbucks Club has successfully raised funds from a demographic that typically does not donate to non-profits -- college students.

However, the club's total monthly donations peaked at $130. There is an inherent challenge when raising money from college students, since they aren't the type to donate large amounts. Our grant request from NowGen, should it be awarded will incentivize us raise more funds from more students and cultivate giving in many, many more young Jewish leaders.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We measure the success in the following ways:

1. Number of members in the Chabad Starbucks Club

2. Total dollar amount raised monthly

3. Number of students that choose to continue giving after graduating, either to Chabad at ASU or other organizations.

Each of these metrics is an inspiring display of generosity in a demographic (college students) that is highly unlikely to become donors.

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Chabad Starbucks Club

About

Chabad Starbucks Club is giving circle designed to cultivate giving amongst college students.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Our mission with this club is to cultivate giving habits in college students by creating a fun, easy way to donate to charity.

Back to Top

Program Description

College students are the demographic that is least likely to donate, for obvious reasons. With student loans piling up, expensive tuition and pricey college living, many students go month to month subsisting on minor pay from side jobs.

Other students who are fortunate enough to have funds from their parents are similarly unlikely to donate to non-profits, since they are in a stage of life when they do not generate enough significant income. College students are also accustomed to receiving from others in this period of life. At Chabad Jewish Student Center at ASU, students are accustomed to enjoying lavish Friday night dinners, social events, Israel trips, educational classes -- all at no cost to the student. The more expensive trips are offered subsidies covering 80% to 90% of the full price.

And yet, non profits continue to struggle. Charitable giving in the United States has remained stuck at 2% of the US GDP for the past four decades. It's up to us to educate college students so they'll know how to support the non-profits dreaming of saving every child from hunger and curing cancer. In our Phoenix metro Jewish community, these young Jewish leaders will take on the burden of supporting vibrant educational centers, synagogues, Jewish schools and social programs.

In other words: college students are the next NowGen Giving Circle.

Chabad Starbucks Club is the answer. Students complete an online form with a $1 monthly donation to support Chabad at ASU, and each month their card is charged automatically. Many choose to give more, and some donate as much as $18 a month.

Students become part of a circle of givers, joining other students who wish to give back to their favorite non-profit. They learn that they are always capable of giving something.

By instilling this habit of giving, we are creating donors immediately after college.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

In the Jewish community in metro Phoenix and around the US, thousands of non-profits work tirelessly to build a brighter tomorrow for Jewish people. Our future donors and supporters are in college, and the time is now to cultivate donors among the student population.

According to National Philanthropic Trust: "Charitable giving accounted for 2.1% of gross domestic product in 2015." (https://www.nptrust.org/philanthropic-resources/ch...) That amount must grow if we are to solve major world problems. On a micro level, our Jewish day schools, summer camps, social programming for seniors, synagogues and student centers on campus are in need of increased funding in order to expand their work.

At Chabad at ASU, we're doing just that with college students.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Chabad Starbucks Club has successfully raised funds from a demographic that typically does not donate to non-profits -- college students.

However, the club's total monthly donations peaked at $130. There is an inherent challenge when raising money from college students, since they aren't the type to donate large amounts. Our grant request from NowGen, should it be awarded will incentivize us raise more funds from more students and cultivate giving in many, many more young Jewish leaders.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We measure the success in the following ways:

1. Number of members in the Chabad Starbucks Club

2. Total dollar amount raised monthly

3. Number of students that choose to continue giving after graduating, either to Chabad at ASU or other organizations.

Each of these metrics is an inspiring display of generosity in a demographic (college students) that is highly unlikely to become donors.

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JewishU at ASU

About

We have found one of the best ways that students will stay engaged Jewishly, grow Jewishly, and commit to becoming leaders in the community is when they have a strong Jewish education while on campus. We have provided in the past some classes to serve that need. One of the successful programs we provide is the Sinai Scholar Society for students who took an 8 week course on Judaism. Following students participating in Sinai Scholars, and taking this impactful course on Judaism we've seen direct results with increased Jewish engagement and involvement.

HERE IS THE CHALLENGE: Following the Sinai Scholars course, students want to learn more and grow their knowledge, but until now we did not have a successful way for students to continue their Jewish learning in a systematic and organized way. Students were not having the opportunity to have consistent classes in Judaism weekly.

ENTER JEWISHU. If we can get the funding, we now have a great opportunity where students can commit to 4 week courses on a fascinating variety of Jewish topics (6 (or more) courses per school year). With JewishU students will be regularly engaged on a weekly basis. The course will engage them intellectually, emotionally, and Jewishly. We strongly believe this will directly have a sustainable impact as this strengthens their Jewish identity and connection and commitment to the community. This will also connect the students more strongly to the Chabad House and Jewish life at ASU and we are confident as we have seen that this leads to greater Jewish involvement following graduation and that the students connected here at Chabad at ASU stay involved and become leaders in the Jewish community where they live.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of JewishU is to teach and engage Jewish college students so that students will become more knowledgeable and involved Jews and Jewish leaders. 

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Program Description

JewishU offers many classes that demystify everything Jewish. From history to philosophy and everything in between, there is no more relaxed and welcoming environment to begin or enhance your Jewish education. There will be 4 week classes on a variety of Jewish topics. There will be 6 (or more) courses per school year. Jewish college students at ASU and the surrounding community colleges are welcome to attend. 

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Demonstrated Need

The need to continuously engage Jewish students, to give them a strong Jewish education and impart Jewish values. Being the longest serving active Rabbi at ASU I've seen very clearly the direct correlation of greater student involvement, leadership and connection to the community when they attend classes on Jewish values and knowledge. 

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Program Accomplishments

We just did a "BETA" program of two courses this past semester to gauge student interest. For each of the courses, more students applied than we expected and they were engaged and greatly enjoyed the courses. They were asking us to continue this in future semesters. If we get the funding for it, we will be able to continue this in the future.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

This is basically a new program as we want to launch it this coming semester. (This past semester was a tryout for it). We will measure the success of the program by seeing that students are continuing to sign up for more courses each semester and that they are growing in their Jewish engagement and leadership.

This program is a sustainable program as students who join it will grow in their Jewish engagement and involvement and we believe once they graduate they will be more involved with the local Jewish community and give back to the Jewish community, to the federation and to this program to make this program a success for future students. These future Jewish leaders will sustain these programs with their support.

This program is scalable as students that come to JewishU and attend classes regularly will be much more connected to the Jewish community.

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