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Hillel is expanding its two-story, 10,000-
square-foot facility on Charles Street in
East Lansing to accommodate an ever-
increasing Jewish student population on
Building began in September to add
2,500 square feet of space. It will enlarge
the first floor dining room and meat kitchen. The second floor expansion
includes building on to the sanctuary, adding two offices and a multi-purpose
MSU Hillel Board President Patrice Morris Phillips and her brother, Robert
Morris, and the Prentis Family Support Foundation made the expansion a real-
Stuart J. Fine & Associates, a West Bloomfield-based architectural firm, was
awarded the contract for the project, which will be completed in January.
Patrice Phillips says the larger facility and added amenities will reflect the
programming, studying and spiritual needs of Jewish MSU students.
Cindy Hughey, director of MSU Hillel, said, "since October of 2002 when the
new building was dedicated, we have outgrown our space. In fact, on a recent
Shabbat we served 325 dinners and had to tent the street to make room for our
At the beginning of fall semester, 350 Jewish freshmen arrived at MSU. There
are an estimated 3,500 Jewish students on campus.
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November 13 • 2008
East Lansing — Jessica Katz, formerly the statewide engagement fellow at
Michigan State University Hillel, has assumed the position of Jewish student life
coordinator. She will oversee all programming and student interns and work
with the Jewish Student Union and its board. Katz, from West Bloomfield, is a
2007 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in sociology.
Robyn Berkowitz from West Bloomfield joins MSU Hillel as the new Green
Fellow/program associate. She is a 2008 honors graduate from MSU with a B.A.
in communications. She will be focusing on freshmen students and getting them
involved in Jewish life on campus.
Judith Dworkin has been appointed director of statewide engagement.
She earned a B.B.A. in business administration from York University in Toronto.
She comes to East Lansing from the University of North Carolina Hillel at
Chapel Hill with her husband, a new member of the MSU faculty, and daughter.
Dworkin will travel to Michigan's smaller colleges and universities to create
Avi Motil, is new Israeli fellow (shaliach). He was born in Holon, Israel, and
grew up in Azur, near Tel Aviv. He served for three years as a staff sergeant and
electronics course commander in the Israeli Air Force technical school in
Haifa. Motil recently earned a B.S.0 degree in physics from Tel Aviv University.
At Hillel, he will work with students to create diverse Israel programming,
promote opportunities for travel and study in Israel and work with faculty on