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Student Newsletter - November 10, 2017
Penn State Hillel | Statement on Menorah Incident

We are deeply saddened to learn about the theft of the Penn State Chabad menorah that took place on October 27. The menorah was stolen from the Chabad house and transferred to the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house resulting in significant damage. This crime was believed to be an attack on Sigma Alpha Mu, a historically Jewish fraternity, and Chabad at Penn State.
Penn State Hillel condemns this act, which has no place on campus or in the State College community, and we stand united with our friends, neighbors and colleagues at Chabad and Sigma Alpha Mu.
For many of us, this event hits close to home. Penn State Hillel works hard to create a welcoming and thriving Jewish student community, and we will continue to work closely with the Penn State administration to maintain the safety of all the students at Penn State. Our staff and student leaders are always available for anyone interested in chatting over a cup of coffee or looking for resources on how to respond to acts of hate and anti-Semitism. Please feel free to stop by our offices at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, email us at or give us a call at 814.863.3816.

Shabbat Shalom | On Campus

Apply Today | Student Life Committee

The Student Life Committee is a group of driven and passionate student leaders within Penn State Hillel. The group works together to plan innovative and engaging programming for all Penn State students. This group coordinates Penn State’s academic calendar and Jewish calendar with annual programming including Welcome Week, Shabbat and High Holidays events, and general social events. This committee works with staff members to receive in-depth leadership training and continued Jewish learning. This year-long commitment includes bi-weekly group meetings, several times for setting up/cleaning up Friday night Shabbat dinners, assistance in setting up High Holiday/Passover dinners, and general support and attendance at Hillel events throughout the year.

The Jewish Student Life Committee seeks driven and passionate student leaders to create innovative and engaging Jewish programs for students on campus. Student Life Committee are responsible for general Jewish programming for High Holidays and Passover, but also social programs like Penn State’s Welcome Week to bring Jewish students together.

Applications are open through November 10. Applications are available here. Questions? Email current Student President, Sarah at

Hen Mazzing | A Conversation

November 15 at 6:00pm in 5 HHD Building
Free Chick-fil-A sponsored by Students Supporting Israel

Hen Mazzig is a young, energetic Israeli – a writer, international speaker, social media activist and advocate for his country. Hen served in the IDF for almost five years as an openly gay commander. Hen’s family comes from Iraq and North Africa, giving him a unique background for his talks, in which he shares his family’s story and the story of 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

During his service as a lieutenant in the COGAT unit, he worked as an intermediary between the Israeli Defense Forces (the IDF), the Palestinian Authority, the UN, and the many non-governmental organizations that work in the West Bank.

Join us to hear Hen’s unique story and for a FREE catered dinner.

Coming Up On Campus

*ASA Shabbat Dinner & Challah Bake
November 10th, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Homecoming Shabbat Dinner
November 10th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
State Theatre

Grilled Cheese for a Cause
November 13th, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm
301 S. Pugh Street

A Conversation with Hen Mazzig
November 15th, 2017
6:00pm - 7:00pm
5 HHD Building

Challah For Hunger Bake
November 30th, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

For more information visit

*This is a JewPAC sponsered program.
To learn more about JewPAC visit
Onward Israel | Pre-Register Today

When you grow, so do your opportunities. Global experience gives you that extra competitive edge. Our programs take you Onward – personally and professionally – and allow you an authentic taste of modern day Israel while gaining experience and knowledge through an internship opportunity. Onward Israel is designed with the beginning in mind: The beginning of your success story.

Trip Options:

  • Jerusalem – Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship side by side with Israeli peers. This tailor-made Jerusalem-based internship program provides you with work experience based on your skills, interests and future plans. Hillel Onward Israel in Jerusalem is an immersive internship program offering resume-building placements in a wide variety of opportunities in the greater Jerusalem area. Click here for more details.
  • Tel Aviv: Live, work, and play on the Mediterranean! The Hillel Onward Israel program in the bustling start-up city of Tel Aviv offers you the opportunity to develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship tailor-made to you! The heart of our program is a resume-building work experience based on your skills, interests and future plans. You will also have the chance to connect with Israeli peers through Hillel’s vast Israel network. Click here for more details.

Click here to learn more about Onward Israel or contact Lauren Levinson.

Repair the World | Apply Today

What Is The Fellowship?
The Fellowship is a unique 11 month opportunity for individuals ages 21 to 26 who are passionate about social justice, community engagement and meaningful service to recruit and engage the Jewish community to address issues of hunger and education access through volunteering. 

What Do Fellows Do?
Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change. In 2016-2017 our Fellows engaged over 25,000 individuals in our programming.

What's In It For The Fellows?
Repair the World will provide deep professional training, a living stipend, health insurance, communal housing, and other perks. We currently place Fellows in Detroit, Miami, New York (Brooklyn & Harlem), Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia.

Our Priority Deadline is January 29thget your application in today!
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