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US Congressional Resolution Lauds Hillel

by Anonymous |Jun 08, 2009|Comments

Originally co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL) and Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL), the resolution included 37 congressional co-sponsors.  The full list of co-sponsors is below.

Hillel was founded at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1923 (Rep. Johnson's district) and has become the world's largest Jewish campus organization, serving Jewish college students on over 500 campuses across the globe.

A bipartisan group of Members of Congress introduced a resolution in the United States House of Representatives recognizing the significant contributions of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life to college campus communities in the United States and around the world.

The resolution recognizes Hillel as "an important partner to universities by providing resources, programs and other forms of support to the entire campus community." Hillel has "educated students about American values and helped them to provide leadership for social justice, including the civil rights movement, the campaign to free Soviet Jewry, the effort to stop the genocide in Darfur, promotion of AIDS Awareness, and interfaith understanding."

At a time when the global economic downturn is forcing organizations and donors to be more thrifty than ever, Hillel is sponsoring a virtual international gala that lowers overhead costs and enables anyone and everyone to participate.  Friends of Hillel are hosting a series of community-based celebrations in 25 cities on four continents.  The parties will be connected by live global webcast, broadcast from the Rockville, Maryland, home of Hillel President Wayne L. Firestone, featuring Hillel leadership and special guests.

"Hillel has helped transform the Jewish college experience nationwide," Rep. Klein said.  "As someone who was involved in Jewish campus life, and as the father of two children who are active in their Jewish communities, I am keenly aware of the benefits that Hillel can provide to young people.  I felt it was appropriate that on this anniversary, Congress recognize Hillel's achievements in giving back to this country and the world."

"I am thrilled to join with Rep. Klein in this celebration of the Hillel Foundation started many years ago in my hometown of Urbana, Illinois. Hillel has become a center for student life in the Jewish community, a cultural, social and religious home for generations of students. It is truly one of our most valued community institutions," said Congressman Johnson.

"We are honored that so many national leaders from across the country and political spectrum have joined us in celebrating our 85th birthday and thank Congressmen Klein and Johnson for their leadership," said Firestone. 

Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Michael Capuano (D-MA)
Andre Carson (D-IN)
Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Alan Grayson (D-FL)
Jane Harman (D-CA)
Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)
Paul Hodes (D-NH)
Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Steve Israel (D-NY)
Tim Johnson (R-IL)
Steve Kagen (D-WI)
Pete King (R-NY)
Ron Klein (D-FL)
David Loebsack (D-IA)
Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Caroyln Maloney (D-NY)
Michael E. McMahon (D-NY)
Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Dennis Moore (D-KS)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Gary Peters (D-MI)
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA)
Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)
John A. Yarmuth (D-KY)

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