Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life

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An architectural rendering of the Cohen Center. Photo courtesy of Hillel Foundation.

The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life is a cultural and religious Jewish center on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The center, usually referred to as the "Cohen Center," occupies the site of the former Hillel Foundation building.

Amenities include:

  • Student lounge
  • Program spaces
  • Upper level deck for BBQs and the Hillel Sukkah
  • Wireless-Fidelity Internet access
  • Dairy and meat kosher kitchens
  • Drop-in Starbucks coffee bar
  • Wheelchair accessibility
Former Hillel Foundation building. Photo courtesy of the News-Gazette.

The center opened on December 4, 2007, and cost $8 million to build. The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, JFMC Facilities Corporation and the Hillels of Illinois funded construction. Chicago architecture firm Amstadter Architects designed the center.

The Preservation and Conservation Association, Urbana-Champaign's local preservation society, listed the demolished Hillel Foundation building that formerly stood on the Cohen Center site as "one of the few significant buildings" on campus from the 1950s.

The center's address is 503 E. John Street in Champaign and its telephone number is (217) 344-1328.

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