Your latest update on Jewish student life at Penn State!
Student Newsletter - September 8, 2017
This is a lengthy one but we encourage you to read in full -- there's good stuff in here!! 

This Week's Highlight:
High Holidays, what else?

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:

---> Friday, September 22 Announcement:

There will be NO Shabbat in the Pasquerilla Center on September 22. We are here to help you bring in Rosh Hashanah and start your New Year off right by hosting your own Shabbat experience. Think home-cooked meal in your apartment with a small group of friends, catered dinner with your entire suite, a trendy Shabbos brunch with all your best pals- the possibilities are endless. And we are here to make them all happen. Apply through JewPAC to get funding to host a Shabbat your way- no prior experience necessary 
The Poland Trip is Back

Penn State Hillel and AISH Penn State are accepting applications for this winter's Poland trip. Space is VERY limited so apply today ---> 

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!
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:

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.

Tailgate Weekend!!!!!!

Meet us THIS SATURDAY in Lot 12 beginning at 4:00pm. We've got the good food and games... you bring the good people.  

This Week On Campus

Shabbat Services and Dinner
September 15th @ 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Hillel Tailgate
September 16th @ 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Beaver Stadium, Lot 12

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

September 20th at Sundown 
Rosh Hashanah Begins
(see schedule under "This Week's Highlight")

For more information visit
This week's Shabbat: 
This Friday night Penn State Hillel will not be hosting a regular service, but instead we invite you to come engage in a create expression of Shabbat reflection. Together we will spend time reading prayers, reflecting on our week, and creating artistic expressions that tie it all together. Unwind before dinner and try something new with us! Alternative service at 5:30, dinner at 6:30.

Jewish Learning Fellowship


Penn State Hillel is offering it’s third 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 September 15 and candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis.


  • The first class is Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00-8:00pm
  • All following classes will occur weekly at 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesdays
  • Location is The Oak Building
  • Classes conclude in December (Exact date TBD)

Topics of Classes Include:

  • Sex, Love, and Romance: Toward a Postmodern Jewish Ethic
  • Life’s Big Questions: Or How To Get More Out of College Through Judaism
  • Judaism as Art: A Search for Congruity
  • Judaism from the Inside Out: Spiritual Practices for Real Life

Additionally, students attend two Shabbat dinners together – one at Hillel in a special private dinner, and the other at our educator’s home.

What you do: 

  • Jewish study on your terms, in a pluralistic conversation environment
  • Live the Jewish calendar
  • Create a strong Jewish social network, and
  • Have a Jewish mentor to help them address life’s big questions.

To apply, click 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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