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Student Newsletter - January 12, 2018
Winter Break | Highlights

We spent an incredible, emotional, and powerful week in Poland. We challenged ourselves to walk in the steps of our ancestors, to come face to face with the horror of the Holocaust, and to hold our heads high with pride in the resiliency of the Jewish People. We leave this trip sad, a little broken, and incredibly honored and proud to be Jewish.

Students also spend their winter break in Israel! Two buses of Penn State students traveled to Israel for a 10-day journey through old and new Israel. They uncovered the history of the land, the people, and the state. Together they formed an unbreakable bond, strengthened their Jewish identities and connected to the global Jewish community. 

Onward Israel | Join the Bus

Penn State Hillel Onward Israel participants will be matched with internships that connect to their creative passion and offer real-world experience in unique fields towards what they are hoping to achieve at Penn State. Participants will explore Israel and experience living like a local with other Penn State students in Tel Aviv!

Penn State Hillel Onward program is geared towards students from Penn State looking to live and work in Israel over the summer. This opportunity stretches to a variety of different internship placements and allows students to gain experience in an international community. Students will get to live with other Penn State students on top of travel and learn throughout the experience.

This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, and Masa Israel Journey.

Participants on Onward Israel programs that are run in partnership with Masa may return to Israel on long-term Masa programs after Onward Israel. They may also be eligible for additional scholarships from Masa to help fund their participation, although the size of that scholarship may be influenced by prior participation on Onward Israel. For details please contact Masa Israel Journey directly.

Masa-eligible participants in programs which are part of the Onward/Masa partnership may qualify for additional scholarships. For more information, call Onward Israel or your local partner professional.

Dates: June 6 – July 31, 2018

Cost: $600

  • Cost includes housing, insurance, modest food stipend, transportation within city, and program costs
  • All participants are responsible for cost of and arranging their own flights.
  • Participants will be required to submit a $250 participation and security deposit upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.
  • The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.

Admission is rolling. Applications will close on March 15, 2018 or earlier if the program fills.


  • Apartments or dorm-style housing in the Tel Aviv area.
  • The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program.
  • While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

Acceptance Criteria

  • This program is open to young adults from Penn State University with an interest in interning with the field that compliments what they are studying:
  • Between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program) who have NOT spent 3 or more months in Israel as part of an educational or peer-program (this includes semester abroad, gap year or any other MASA or Onward Israel program)
  • Fluent in English
  • Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged for any eligible applicants
For More Information: Lauren Levinson
Apply today:
Coming Up On Campus
Paint Night with LEV
January 21st, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
2000 Degrees

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*This is a JewPAC sponsored program.
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Penn State Hillel is offering a 10-week learning course! The JLF is a 10-week experiential, pluralistic, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. JLF adds two critical components to traditional study:
  • It builds a cohort of students within each class who befriend one another and create a community.
  • It teaches classical Jewish texts by drawing on the life experience and intuition of college students themselves.

The JLF cohort will consist of 20 students. No experience with Jewish learning or text study is required! We rely on your life experience and intuition to drive the conversation.  Upon completion of the JLF, students earn a $300 stipend.

Applications are due January 16th and candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here! 

Need Work? | Intern With Us

Campus Engagement Internship - Penn State Hillel is seeking dynamic, creative, and self-motivated individuals who want to dramatically enhance Jewish life on campus! Campus Engagement Interns create a world outside the tent of Hillel, in a way that is significant to the individuals they are engaging. You will have the opportunity to work with fellow students one on one and in small groups to grow your community. Given a stipend and a budget to hold events you see as relevant and Jewish, you will shape a new Jewish culture at Penn State!

Penn State Hillel is excited to offer paid internship opportunities to students who have:

  • The ability to build broad social networks with a variety of people
    The ability to find and engage Jewish students
    The ability to create programs and small events with meaningful Jewish content
    The ability to maintain a presence on social media
    The ability to analyze data to drive decisions

This internship will begin in January 2018 and go through May 2018.

Applications are now OPEN. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Emma Kaplan,, or Lauren Levinson,, for any questions.

Be A Chef - 
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.

Penn State Hillel’s LINK Program is a yearlong engagement initiative that pairs first year students (Linksters) with upperclassmen (Links). For a first year student, an upperclassman serves as a peer mentor, buddy, and link to all things Penn State. First year students who apply to be a Linkster will be matched with a Link based on the self-described interests and personality of the student. In addition to the peer mentorship component of LINK, monthly events will be held as a way to bring all LINK pairs together. Whether you’re looking for someone to attend a football game with or you are in need of a study buddy, LINK is a great way to meet new people!

Non-First Year Students (upperclassman): Click here to apply. First Year Students: Click here to apply.
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