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Student Newsletter - September 8, 2017
This Week's Highlight: Student Groups

Get to know a bit about our student groups. Each group is listed on our website and welcomes new students all the time! Programs and events are updated at Plus, feel free to reach out to committee members for more information or visit their websites (by clicking on the photos below), Facebook pages, or instagrams for updates! 
This week's Shabbat: 
Renew and Refresh. Come enjoy a service filled with music, prayers, and supportive discussions. Service at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. 
We're Hiring!

Date Coordinator Intern

Job Responsibilities and Expectations
  1. The Engagement Data Coordinator is responsible for the uploading and maintenance of our engagement tracking system. The data coordinator is responsible for leading the mass import of student information into REACH, and logging the event attendance and individual coffee dates of students and staff into REACH.
  2. The Engagement Data Coordinator meets with the Assistant Director one time a week to review progress, address challenges, and create weekly action plans to assist with the uploading and maintenance of our engagement data base.
  3. The Engagement Data Coordinator works on average four to five hours a week to facilitate accurate engagement measurement.
  4. The Engagement Data Coordinator commits to maintaining the privacy of our students’ personal information – cell phone numbers, e-mails, etc.
  5. The Engagement Data Coordinator keeps and maintains a weekly hour sheet. This can be submitted electronically or in person.

Hillel Staff Responsibilities and Expectations

  1. You can expect me to be prepared, engaged, and thoughtful in our meetings.
  2. You can expect me to keep our meetings sacred; they are a time for us to problem solve together and ensure you get the support that you need.
  3. You can expect me to keep your job description consistent; while it may change on the edges, the core of your job will be to clean up our current data input system on Google Docs, to upload it to REACH, and to add information as it comes along.
  4. You can expect to receive the training you need to do your job well; this includes basic training in Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, and REACH. Additional trainings may be required as the job develops.

Email Resume to Penn State Hillel Assistant Director: Rachel Dingman:


Penn State Hillel’s Phone-a-Thon is a year-long, student-led fundraising initiative. The Phone-A-Thon internship provides an opportunity to gain professional, leadership and relationship  building skills. As a Student Caller, you play an integral role in helping Penn State Hillel achieve its mission. Student Callers reach out to alumni, parents and general supporters of our organization to raise money over the phone for our incredible programming (i.e. Shabbat dinners, the Chicken Soup Hotline, Israel events, etc.). If you are interested in fundraising for the future of Jewish life at Penn State, please apply below. For more information, contact Hannah Giterman, Director of Community Engagement, at
Team Chefs

We’re hiring a team of chefs to cook for our weekly Shabbat dinners! Each chef must work at least 2 weeks a semester.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Prepare the weekly Friday Shabbat dinners (currently for about 60-80 people/week) includes a meat, vegetarian and gluten-free option
  2. Creation of weekly menu plans and grocery list to provide the grocery shopper
  3. Managing a kosher kitchen and following all kosher food laws
  4. Abiding by ServSafe requirements

ServSafe certified preferred. There is an opportunity to get certified.

Compensation: $10/hr

This job entails about 10 hours of work a week with a flexible schedule. Hours are typically completed between Wednesday-Friday.

**Hospitality Management Majors: These hours count towards your 1000-hour of work graduation requirement**

If you are interested in this job, please send Jamie Butler your resume. Also, please reach out to her if you have any questions.

Penn State Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of the estimated 4,000-6,000 Jewish students at Penn State so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Penn State Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability, and results.

This Week On Campus

Shabbat Services and Dinner
September 8th @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

SSI Board Meeting
September 10th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Private Meeting

9/11 Remembrance hosted by SSI
September 11th @ 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: TBD

Challah For Hunger Bake
September 14th @ 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

LINK Information Session
September 17th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

For more information visit
We often ask ourselves... why must there be pumpkin spice on EVERYTHING in the fall? PSL Season is here and we're preparing for some extreme pumpkin treats...

Heads Up! High Holidays!

Rosh Hashanah: 
9/20 - Erev Rosh Hashanah Services at 7:00pm
9/20 - Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner at 8:00pm
9/21 - Morning Services - Day 1 at 10:00am
9/21 - Evening Services - Day 1 at 7:00pm
9/22 - Morning Services - Day 2 at 10:00am

Yom Kippur
9/29 - Kol Nidre Service at 6:45pm
9/30 - Yom Kippur Morning Service at 9:30am
9/30 - Yizkor Service at 6:30pm
9/30 - Neilah Service at 7:00pm
9/30 - Break the Fast Dinner at 7:50pm

All services & meals will take place at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center ( on the corner of Allen and Curtin)

Pre-sale tickets are $18 per students, $36 per non-student.
Ticket prices will increase the day of! 

Tickets are available on our website at:

High Holidays YOUR WAY with...

JewPAC allows you and your network to 
host an event in whatever capacity 
feels right for you! 

Follow these easy steps:
  1. Fill out the JewPAC request and get your JewPAC idea approved
  2. Grab all the things you need for your event, save your reciepts and get reimbursed by Hillel!
  3. Gather your friends together - enjoy the High Holidays your way!
Some great examples of High Holiday events: 
make your own candy apple, Rosh Hashanah 
dinner & discussion, pre-fast meals, 
break-the fast meals, card making, 
baking honey cakes, apple picking, etc.

To Learn More:
Apply Here:

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  summer 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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