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Student Newsletter - December 9, 2016


Literally Just 29 Hilarious Tweets To Get You Through Finals Week
A little laughter can save you from finals madness. And a student discount from GEICO can save you money on car insurance! (via
Mazel tov, Aaron!

This year we are honoring our Executive Director's 15-year milestone with Hillel. Thank you, Aaron, for your dedication to Penn State Hillel's students, staff, and community! We are so lucky to have you as a teacher, mentor, innovator, and friend in the Jewish community.

Kol Hakavod! 
Can We Brag For A Minute...
How awesome is Penn State Hillel?

ORLANDO, Fla. – Penn State Hillel has been awarded a "Top 5 University with Greatest Improvement in Breadth," a certificate for achieving significant improvement in student engagement, as part of Hillel International’s Measuring Excellence program.

This week marked the 3rd annual Hillel International Global Assembly, bringing together over 850 Hillel professionals from across the world to celebrate successes on campus, learn with each other, reflect on growth, and to think critically about future goals. This year’s opening night began with the 2016 Drive to Excellence Awards, recognizing Hillels that demonstrate Excellence in Hillel’s movement-wide Strategic Implementation Plan, The Drive to Excellence.

Through the Drive to Excellence and the CEP grant, Penn State Hillel aims to know the names of 90% of Jewish students on campus; interact at least once a year with 70%; form an ongoing relationship with 40% and provide high impact experiences (think Birthright Israel, leadership roles, fellowships, service learning, Jewish study) with at least 20% of Jewish students each year. Penn State Hillel has achieved those goals by tripling its engagement numbers and reaching nearly 2,400 Jewish students on campus.

None of this would be possible without our dedicated student leaders and staff! Thank you for making Hillel THE place for Jewish life at Penn State. We love you! 
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Check out our Chicken Soup Hotline Program VIA -- 

"One Penn State organization aims to make the cold weather a bit more bearable with its free matzo ball and vegetarian soup delivery service.

Penn State Hillel's program, delivering soup on the University Park campus and to downtown State College, has been around for just a few years and has brought many smiles...

Centre County Report's Samantha Goldstein takes you behind the scenes of Penn State Hillel's soup delivery service."


Good luck on finals!!
Challah For Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah in effort to raise funds and awareness for social justice causes. Read more here

Live Your Best Life- The Repair the World Fellowship is a unique 11 month opportunity for talented individuals ages 21 to 26 to recruit and engage the Jewish community to address social justice issues through meaningful service. The Fellowship takes place in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Repair the World provides training, a living stipend, communal housing, and other what are you waiting for?

Apply Today! The first application deadline is January 31st.


We're still hiring!

PHONE A THON CALLERS -- WE ARE HIRING FOR SPRING SEMESTER -- $9.00/HOUR -- FLEXIBLE HOURS -- Penn State Hillel’s Phone-a-Thon is a year-long, student-led fundraising initiative that provides you with an opportunity to gain professional, leadership and relationship building skills. As a Caller, you play an integral role in helping Penn State Hillel achieve its mission. Callers reach out to alumni, parents and general supporters of our organization to raise money over the phone for our incredible programming. APPLY HERE
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