Hillel Foundation to hold 65th anniversary dedication

The Hillel building, located at 912 W. State St., on Purdue's campus has served as a center for Jewish students for decades and it's celebrating its 65th anniversary. (WLFI Photo)
The Hillel building, located at 912 W. State St., on Purdue's campus has served as a center for Jewish students for decades and it's celebrating its 65th anniversary. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Jewish community at Purdue is celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Hillel Foundation with a dedication Friday night.

The Hillel building, located at 912 W. State St., on Purdue’s campus has served as a center for Jewish students for decades.

In honor of its anniversary, a fund was created called the 912 Society or The Leo & Judy Weitzman Building Fund. Officials hope it will preserve the building’s past and future.

“The 912 Society is that as a building endowment fund but, hopefully, it will turn into a capital campaign down the road — where we can rebuild, or add on, or refurbish, or whatever we want to do in line with what the university is doing,” said Philip Schlossberg, Purdue Hillel Foundation executive director.

He said the Hillel Foundation has helped more than just Purdue students in the last 65 years.

“I think it’s important to remember that although we are a student organization or base for the students here at Purdue, we’ve always been very important to and very involved with the local Jewish community here in the Greater Lafayette area,” Schlossberg said.

Friday’s ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. at Hillel. Purdue President Mitch Daniels is expected to attend.