Help Us Build Our New Jewish Home Away From Home
A New Hillel Center for the University of Georgia
UGA Hillel has served generations of Jewish students attending the University of Georgia from our current Hillel House on Milledge Avenue. The growth of Jewish student enrollment and the exciting expansion of our Hillel program demands a new Hillel Center to serve the more than 1,500 Jewish students at the University of Georgia.
Thanks to the leadership of Hillels of Georgia’s Board of Directors, in particular the efforts of Michael Coles, Linda Selig and others, a Capital Campaign for a new Hillel Center at the University of Georgia is underway.
With the visionary leadership and generosity of Bernie and Billie Marcus, the Marcus Family Foundation purchased the former Baxter Street Bookstore to become the new Hillel Center at the University of Georgia.
The new 10,000 square foot building will be renovated to provide our Jewish students at the University of Georgia with a modern and “state-of-the-art” facility and new Jewish “home away from home.” Our design plans call for a warm, welcoming and secure Hillel Center that will boast open and flexible spaces for students to gather, meet and socialize. There will also be ample space for large gatherings such as Shabbat Dinners, holiday celebrations and other programs. The facility will include a Kosher Kitchen as well as a bistro style snack bar; and will be outfitted with Wi-Fi, Smart Boards and other technological services.
The new Hillel Center at the University of Georgia will become the “center” of the Jewish community on campus and for the Jewish community in Athens. The new UGA Hillel Center is a commitment by the Jewish community to excellence commensurate with that which is the hallmark of all facilities the University of Georgia. The new Hillel Center will clearly demonstrate that Hillel and the Jewish community are proud to be an integral member of the campus community and partner with the University of Georgia.
The new building is the perfect location for Hillel as it is directly across the street from UGA’s Freshman Housing Complex and less than 1/3 mile from Sanford Stadium.
The new UGA Hillel Center will become a gathering point for hundreds of first-year students and thousands of other students from across the UGA campus.
Ashley Goldberg, Sophomore
Hillel has helped me realize that I'm proud of my culture, that there's no reason to remain quiet about my Judaism. I am free to express myself and share that piece of me with others. The new Hillel Center will be a physical manifestation of my Jewish pride.