The University of Kansas Hillel has concluded its five-year process of needs assessments, real estate searches, lease negotiations, and fund raising: The Hillel has finalized the sale of its current house and signed a multi-year lease on space in downtown Lawrence.
In 2004, KU Hillel's lay and professional leadership began a process of identifying a new facility. Thanks to a grant from the Menorah Legacy Foundation and a generous gift from an additional donor, the move to a new home became possible.
KU Hillel will be moving to 730 New Hampshire in downtown Lawrence in November 2009. It will be located in approx. 3000 sq. ft. on the first floor of the Hobbs Taylor building, the newest building in downtown Lawrence. Hillel Executive Director Jay Lewis is confident that being in the middle of the coffee shops, bars, and shops in downtown Lawrence, combined with its significant on-campus presence, will enable the group to connect with even more students.
"This move, combined with the addition of our Senior Jewish Educator make this one of the most exciting months in our history," said Lewis.