HILLELS OF GEORGIA OPENS NEW HILLEL HOUSE ON GEORGIA COLLEGE & STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

Organization Expands Reach to Continue to Provide Safe Haven For Jews on College Campuses

ATLANTA (January 11, 2021) -- Hillels of Georgia announced the opening of a Hillel house at Georgia College & State University. Since becoming an official student organization there in 2008, Hillel at Georgia College (Hillel at GC) has provided thousands of students with a welcoming Jewish community and opportunity to explore their Jewish identity as part of their college experience.

Currently, Hillels of Georgia serves over 5,000 students on over 24 campuses across the state with three physical Hillel houses, including University of Georgia, Emory University and now, Georgia College. Hillels of Georgia is investing in this Hillel house to continue to expand its reach to students in Georgia by providing programmatic resources and financial support on campus.

“Our partnership with Hillels of Georgia has helped cover costs of this space, and we treasure each donation on behalf of our students,” said Karen Berman, faculty advisor at Hillel at GC. “Now we finally have a home for our Jewish students to gather, play, eat, laugh, and pray.”

Located one block from the Georgia College campus on North Clark Street, the new Hillel at GC house will be used for Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, as well as Israel, Tzedek (social justice) and Tikkun Olam (nonprofit) programming, Jewish learning, leadership training, socializing, and building lifelong bonds to Jewish community.

“The house will be a place for students to deepen their understanding of Judaism and their own Jewish identity, said Elliot B. Karp, CEO of Hillels of Georgia. “With a physical space, we are giving our passionate students the resources to preserve the traditions they value and foster aspirations for their future.”

Hillel at GC is well-equipped with a multi-functional living room, common area lounge, dedicated meeting rooms, a kosher kitchen, and a screened-in patio and garden for outdoor events.

“Before, if we couldn't book the dining hall or a board member couldn't offer up their apartment, we would have no event, said Abbie Frankel, student president of Hillel at GC. “Now, with the new Hillel house, we have a place that we can always count on.

Hillels of Georgia is currently seeking contributions and sponsorships for Hillel at GC. All donations go to a special endowment providing annual financial support for the Hillel at GC house rent, operations and programming.

For more information on Hillel at Georgia College, visit: www.HillelatGC.org

About Hillels of Georgia

Hillel is the focal point of Jewish undergraduate students. The mission of Hillels of Georgia is to empower Jewish students across campuses in Georgia to embrace their Jewish identity and become advocates for the Jewish People and for Israel. For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice and connect to their peers and the global Jewish people. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially and spiritually. More information at http://hillelsofgeorgia.org/.

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