June 9, 2008
Hillel Center will be home and headquarters
The Marcus Hillel Center is a big step closer to reality with a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the building that will serve as a center for Jewish life at Emory and headquarters for Hillels of Georgia, which both serve thousands of students each year.
Located on Gatewood Road next to the Woodruff Residential Center, the facility, named in honor of Atlanta philanthropist and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, will include a lounge and café, conference facilities, student meeting and work spaces, event space, chapel and patio areas for social gatherings. The Billi and Bernie Marcus Foundation provided a lead gift of $3 million to build the center, which is expected to open by fall of 2009.