On Dec 4th, 2007, students came to experience and enjoy the most exciting new addition to the University landscape, The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life.
The entire Hillel movement began at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Over 80 years later, Hillel has touched the lives of thousands of students, strenghtening Jewish identities, building their connections with Israel, molding future generations of Jewish leadership. With nearly 3,500 Jewish students, Hillel becomes a home-away-from-home for students from the Chicago Metropolitan area, downstate Illinois, and around the world. On a daily basis, dozens of students relax at Hillel between classes or at the end of their day; staff members are frequently seen around campus delivering bowls of homemade chicken soup to sick students. Hillel also serves thousands of Shabbat dinners each year and hundreds of Hillel programs are attended by hundreds of students each month.
The state-of-the-art facility, designed by the Chicago firm of Amstadter Architects, now includes:
A large and comfortable student lounge An upper level deck for BBQs and the Hillel Sukkah Wireless internet access Dairy and Meat Kosher kitchens Drop-in coffee bar Plentiful program space of varying sizes Wheelchair accessibility and more!
UIUC Hillel | Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life is an integral part of the Hillels of Illinois, a partner in serving our community, supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation; an accredited campus foundation of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.