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Hope to Make Hillel Foundation an Intercollegiate Body

December 17, 1923
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The foundation of an intercollegiate religious welfare associations for Jewish students at American universities, is expected to be the result of the organization of the Hillel Foundation, a student innovation which began its work this fall at the University of Illinois at Champaign, Ill., according to a statement by the Union of American Hebrew Congregation. The Hillel foundation is associated with the Department of University Religious Extension of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and has been brought into being by the co-operation of university students and instructors, and prominent Chicago and

Champaign and Urbana residents and the Union. The organization is devoted to social and religious work among Jewish students at the University and has acquired attractive headquarters to serve as a center for its student activities. It is directed by Rabbi Benjamin M. Frankel.

The foundation hopes to promulgate the spirit of Rabbi Hillel and to foster his zeal for Hebrew learning. It is trying to stimulate in university students the desire for congregational leadership and activity in the Jewish community. It befriends and assists all Jewish students at the University, provides social activities, lecture and open forum meetings to sustain interest in Jewish culture. A student choir has already been organized by the religious education committee which has charge of services. Three classes are being given for Jewish students by the foundation-one in history and development of the Bible, another, a training course for religious school teachers and the third a class in applied Jewish ethics.

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