Retrospect and Prospect

By Harry Kaplan

B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations Commission, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, October 1944

The director of the Ohio State University reflects in 1944 on the first 25 years of Hillel's activities across 149 American and Canadian college campuses. He notes that over half of the Jewish population of these colleges has been influenced by Hillel and that a number of Christian ministers, teachers, and civic leaders count themselves among the "Hillel Alumni." That Hillel is pluralistic and student-run demonstrates the communal resolve of this "next generation" of the Jewish community, and the growth of Jewish Studies in North American campuses is further sign of the growing security of the American Jewish population. The major challenge that Hillel faces in the years ahead will be guiding and inspiring men and women returning from the Second World War, integrating them into the framework of Jewish student life and activity that has been enjoyed by tens of thousands already in Hillel's first quarter century of activity.

Topic: College Organizations, Continuity, Generational Issues, Engagement, Pluralism, University Organizations, Jewish Continuity, Campus Organizations, Students

Name of Publication: The Jewish Forum

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kaplan, Harry. Retrospect and Prospect. The Jewish Forum. B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations Commission,Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. October 1944:


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