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Student Newsletter - October 9, 2017
Chag Sukkot Sameach

Our sukkah is open for all week this week for you to enjoy a meal with friends, study, or hang out! 
Hey you, yeah, YOU! 
It's not too later to register for Birthright Israel!
Register for your free trip to Israel by visiting www,

Parent and Family Weekend 2017

Roatan, Honduras – Apply for Spring 2018

​Two years ago, a trip of 8 students assisted in building a home for a family who lost theirs in a flood. Last year 14 students worked on the “Steps to Roatan” project to provide a means of travel to many residents of Roatan, Honduras. This year we wish to continue the incredible experience we had last year to 12 people and continue on the legacy of service in Roatan. Roatan is an amazing community and by going on this “Steps to Roatan” trip, you will not only do amazing service, but meet a lot of friendly locals and also have a great spring break!

Trip Basics:

  • Student Trip leader: Adam Schwartz — (914) 715-6483 and email –
  • Trip Staff: Springboard Fellow – Innovation Specialist, Emma Kaplan, Hillel’s Social Justice Coordinator, Emily Kass, and Nationally Renowned Motivational Speaker and Jewish Life Educator, Scott Fried
  • Trip dates: March 3-10 2018 (Penn State University Spring Break)
  • Cost per Participant: TBD  (cost to change depending on grant money raised by Hillel and individuals. Includes housing, 3 meals a day, flights, & on-the-ground transportation in Roatan)
  • Lodging: TBD
  • Meals: all meals are included in the cost of the program (dietary restrictions can be accommodated for)

Program Highlights:

  • Cool down from a hard day of community service on the beautiful beach
  • Interactions with locals who are able to tell their life stories
  • Midweek excursion to experience the culture of the beautiful island
  • Multiple day-long site work opportunities for community improvement and development
  • Free choice nightly activities with new friends

Participant Requirements:

  • Passport
  • Must be capable and willing to perform  half day of hard manual labor and or other community needs such as painting projects
  • Must be willing to do individual fundraising
  • Provide a $250 deposit for trip upon acceptance

We will contact you by mid-October to set up an interview if you are selected for the second round.

For more information, please email

Check out last year’s recap video!
This Week On Campus
LINK Pair Reveal
October 9th, 2017
8:00am - 10:00pm
HUB, room 321

Sukkah Israe-LIT
October 9th, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Jewish Learning Fellowship
October 10th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Challah Bake
October 12th, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Parents and Families Weekend Shabbat
October 13th, 2017
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Parents and Families Weekend Brunch
October 15th, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
Barranquero Cafe

For more information visit

Challah Bake for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Come to the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center from 5-10:00 on October 12th for our next challah bake! This week, proceeds from our bake will go to Breast Cancer Research!

This weeks flavors will be plain, chocolate chip and Pink Funfetti!

If you would like to order a challah click HERE!

The distribution will be held on Friday October 13th from 11:00-1:00 in the Pasq. You will be able to pick up your challahthen.

As always, if you are interested in baking, you DO NOT have to stay the whole time. We understand you have other obligations as well so please stay however long you are comfortable with. Any hedlp is much appreciated!

Although we do not charge for challahs since we distribute on campus, we highly encourage and accept donations.  We accept cash and Paypal (credit card)!

We can't wait to see you all on Thursday! The challah will taste amazing. You won't be disappointed!

The Deets About Birthright:

Join Penn State Hillel for your gift of a FREE Birthright Israel trip with Penn State! We send several buses to Israel over Winter and Summer breaks and what sets our trips apart is that we are able to experience Israel as a Penn State Community! You will come back to campus having experienced an amazing trip in an incredible country and you will come back with 40 new friends on campus.

Winter 2017/18 Trip Dates: 
Bus 1: December 17-28 
Bus 2: December 26-January 7

Registration for the winter trips are now OPEN. To register for your free trip to Israel by visiting www,

For more information about Birthright Israel:

Questions? Email Lauren Levinson at Penn State Hillel’s Israel Engagement Coordinator

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