A campaign to raise $50,000 in New York for the work of the Hillel Foundation of the B’nai B’rith, will be launched here this week, it was announced yesterday. Judge Myron Sulzberger will be chairman of the campaign and he will be aided by a large group of men and women, prominent in local, communal, and philanthropic activities.
The Hillel Foundations are centers for cultural, religious, educational, and social activities for Jewish young men and women on campuses of leading American colleges. The movement was originated ten years ago at the University of Illinois, where the first foundation was established. Other foundations have since been established at the Universities of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, California, Cornell, Northwestern and Alabama. A new foundation will be opened this year at State College, Pennsylvania.
At each of these colleges, Hillel has an active director, who carries on a varied, interesting program of cultural work. Many colleges give academic credit for courses in history and religion given by Hillel, and non-Jewish as well as Jewish students attend them. The work has been sponsored and maintained by the Wider Scope Committee of the B’nai B’rith. Dr. A. L. Sachar is national director.
“The Hillel Foundation is the most important undertaking in Jewish life today,” Joseph Sulzberger declared, in announcing the campaign. “It influences Jewish young men and women in our colleges to be loyal and understanding Jews and Americans, prepares them for Jewish leadership, and fosters respect and good-will from the non-Jew.”