Today in NC State History: Hillel Counselorship is formed

March 7, 2013
By Bill Krueger

Amidst the turmoil of total war, low student enrollment and the occasional draft calls that defined colleges in the war years, NC State did not forget its Jewish population during World War II.

On this day in 1943, the newly commissioned Hillel Counselorship hosted its first public meeting. The meeting featured a film about the plight of Jews living and suffering in Hitler’s Germany.

The organization was established by Col. John Harrelson, the dean of administration, and Rabbi Harold L. Gelfman to provide a place for Jewish students and faculty to worship and gather once a week for the sake of community, according to an account in the Technician.

The Counselorship event also hosted a speaker, Israel Weinstein, director of the Jewish Welfare Board, who had lived in Hawaii and witnessed the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

The film and public meeting was the second event the Hillel Counselorship hosted. On March 5, the first worship service was held.

–Molly Green

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