Tulane Hillel President Carol B. Wise and Ben Sachs, senior vice-president and dean of Tulane Medical School.
Tulane Hillel was joined by members of Tulane University and the New Orleans Jewish community to break ground on The Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life. The state-of-the-art facility will be located on the corner of Burthe and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. The center will better serve the social, educational and spiritual needs of the 2500 Jewish students on campus. The center will also host Tulane University classes and events for the entire community.
Rabbi Yonah Schiller, executive director of Tulane Hillel, says, "The groundbreaking ceremony was a great step forward for Jewish Life on campus and for the entire New Orleans Jewish community. We were thrilled to have the support of so many parents, friends, alumni and especially students at the ceremony. We are fortunate to be working with Tulane University on this project. The university has been a great partner throughout this process, we would not be here today with out the support of the administration and the university community. There is amazing energy and enthusiasm for the direction that we are headed both as an organization and a Jewish community at Tulane University."
The $4 million building is scheduled to open during the fall semester of 2010. Tulane Hillel is continuing its efforts to raise a $2 million endowment to support the innovative programs that will take place in the new facility.
"Tulane University deserves a great Hillel and this new facility will place Tulane Hillel amongst the elite college campuses for Jewish life in the country," says Carol B. Wise, president of Tulane Hillel's Board of Directors and member of the Board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. This year the Union of Reform Judaism's magazine ranked Tulane University eighth among private schools that Jewish students choose.
For over 60 years Tulane Hillel has served as a Jewish resource on campus committed to empowering students to make Jewish connections, building dynamic communities and generating excitement about Jewish life on campus.