The founding board members of the Simmons College Menorah Society, 1917.
Congratulations to Simmons College Hillel on celebrating 94 years of service to Jewish students!
Originally called the Menorah Society, the group was founded in February 1917 "for the promotion of the study of Jewish history, culture, and problems, and for the advancement of Jewish ideas," according to a 1917 school newspaper report. "Membership is not limited to any particular group, either socially or religiously, but is open to all members of the college who are interested. The work of the society is designed to give its members a just appreciation of Hebraism."
The Hillel national organization was founded in 1923 and Simmons' Menorah Society changed its name to Simmons Hillel in February 1944.
Today the organization promotes Jewish life through a wide array programming that enriches the lives of 200 Jewish students and the college as a whole and enables members of these communities to come together in an atmosphere welcoming to all. Simmons Hillel advocates on campus for Jewish needs: time off for holidays, study abroad, kosher dining, Judaic Studies courses, etc. Hillel helps Jewish college students to take pride in Israel and offers campus-wide programming that highlights Israel and her achievements. Simmons Hillel works with Simmons Dining Services to offer a kosher for Passover meal plan during the holiday. Simmons Hillel was the proud recipient of the 2008 Organization of the Year award presented by the Simmons Office of the Student Leadership and Activities.
To celebrate Simmons history, the Hillel will host a table in the student union lobby on Thursday, February 24 with historic photos, newspaper clippings and yearbook articles -- and a birthday cake, of course.
To leave a memory of Jewish life at Simmons, visit the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187076057977535.
To see historical documents, visit http://web.simmons.edu/~hillel/birthday