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Hillel Israel Poster Included in New National Museum of American Jewish History Collection

by Anonymous |Dec 23, 2010|Comments

Hillel poster.

The new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia has honored Hillel by including in its permanent collection a copy of the poster "Wherever We Stand, We Stand With Israel," which was produced for the April 2002 Israel rally in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The 2002 rally was announced only a week in advance by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to confront the worst outrages of the Second Intifada in Israel, a period of frequent bombings throughout the country.

Hillel asked permission to use the slogan from the University of Michigan Hillel and the poster was designed in about 15 minutes - the short window of time available to send the file to the printer.

With its experience in organizing Taglit-Birthright Israel trips and other large events, Hillel played a major role in the logistics of the rally, including providing water for the crowds during an unusually hot spring day.

The rally became the largest pro-Israel demonstration in U.S. history and the poster became an icon.

The poster is displayed in the NMAJH gallery with contributions from other innovative and contemporary Jewish organizations.

The descriptive label says: "Hillel operates on over 500 university campuses around the world to provide Jewish opportunities for spiritual and social engagement and resources to students. Hillel distributes pro-Israel informational materials like this poster to encourage support for Israel among students across the entire political spectrum."

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