News Release: Student Life

Sep. 22,  2010

New Jewish Center at Emory University to be Dedicated, Named for Bernie Marcus

The Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University, which opened for programming in February 2010, will be dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 26 at a ceremony featuring Bernie Marcus, chairman of the Marcus Foundation, and Wayne L. Firestone, International President of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.  

The new center, named for Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and his wife Billi, offers more than a gathering place for social occasions and Shabbat services for Emory’s 2,000 Jewish undergraduates, says Michael Rabkin, director of Hillel at Emory. The new facility has space for meetings, for study and relaxation, and room to celebrate holidays, meet people and even eat, thanks to Goodfriend’s Grill at Ray’s Bistro.
The dedication ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 2:00 p.m.) at 735 Gatewood Rd. A reception and “The Hillel Experience” will follow. During that time, guests can get a taste of Hillel by interacting with students stationed throughout the building and by participating in a moderated conversation with Firestone entitled, “What’s in Your Jewish Future? How Students Can Transform our Jewish Community.”
The ceremony and “The Hillel Experience” are open to the general public. Parking is available at the 1525 Parking Deck, at the intersection of Houston Mill and Gatewood Road. For more information, visit Emory Hillel.
Hillel at Emory is a division of Hillels of Georgia, a proud affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. The Marcus Hillel Center at Emory is the center for Jewish life on campus and serves as the nexus of activity for the 2,000 Jewish undergraduate students at Emory, as well as Jewish students throughout Greater Atlanta. Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish college students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.


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