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Student Newsletter - September 29, 2017
Break the Fast with US! 
7:45pm at the Pasq.
Sponsored by Irving's and free for students! 

Hey you, yeah, YOU! 
Birthright Israel registration is still open!
Register for your free trip to Israel by visiting www,

Hillel Student Organization Pre-Fast Meal

Join us on TONIGHT for a Pre-Fast Meal! Hillel's Student Orgs have joined forces to bring every hungry Jewish student the opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner in preparation for the Yom Kippur fast. Dinner will be catered by Noodles & Co! Gluten-free & vegetarian options will be available. 

Thanks to the generous funding of Penn State Hillel's JewPAC, tickets will only be $4 (pre-sale) or $7 (day of). Cash or Venmo is accepted. You can Venmo me (@Sarah-Zisling) or message me to set up a time to meet. 

We hope to see everyone next week. Come hungry & bring friends!
This Week's Highlights:

High Holiday Gift Card Drive

In Judaism, the period of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) represent a time of reflection. On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the start of a new year. On Yom Kippur, we atone for our sins and plan to do better this upcoming year. Jewish people are required to perform mitzvot (commandments). One of these commandments is to help those in need. During this time of repentance especially, we do good deeds and give tzedakah (giving to charitable causes).

Recently, Texas and Florida have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. This devastation occurring just before the high holidays begin puts us in a unique position to be able to directly make a difference in our own country. 

In an effort to fulfill both the needs of those affected and our duty to give tzedekah during this time, Penn State Hillel is hosting a gift card drive. We are looking for gift cards to Wal-mart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowe’s in any denomination above $5. We will be collecting these starting now until the end of Sukkot (celebratory harvest festival following Yom Kippur) which ends on October 11, 2017.

We are asking for gift cards as this was the recommendation of many Jewish organizations in Texas. The synagogues there will be distributing gift cards to those with the greatest need who have to begin rebuilding their lives and homes.

The collection box will be out at all of our high holiday services. During other times, the box will be in the Hillel offices 114-117 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our student president Sarah Holtz at
Why I Hillel

With nearly 1,300 student organizations on campus, what makes students get involved with Penn State Hillel? We know our students and staff are passionate about building, growing, and sustaining Jewish community for so many reasons. This holiday season we wanted to celebrate our student community and their commitment to Jewish life at Penn State. We went straight to the students to hear what Penn State Hillel means to them. You can watch all the videos here
Jordan Heffler
Opportunities For You

Chicken Soup Hotline Intern: 
Demand is high for 
Chicken Soup on campus. Help us deliver a taste of home to sick 
students as a chicken soup hotline intern. Flexible hours and shifts. 

Contact Emily at for more information.

Data Coordinator Intern: The Engagement Data Coordinator is 
responsible for the uploading and maintenance of our 
engagement tracking system. 

Contact Rachel at for more information.
Parent and Family Weekend 2017

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!
This Week On Campus

Kol Nidre 
September 29th, 2017
6:45pm - 7:45pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Yom Kippur Morning Services 
September 30th, 2017
9:30am - 11:30am
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Yizkor Service 
September 30th, 2017
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Neilah Service 
September 30th, 2017
7:00pm - 7:45pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
For more information visit
Nadav Ezra Day of Giving is BACK!

Here's the rundown -- Coming up on October 8 -- The Nadav Ezra Day of Giving is Rebuild-U Penn State's annual day of service. It’s mission is to engage students in meaningful service projects based on their passions and interests to better our world. We highly encourage and promote hands on work and while creating relationships with our neighbors in State College.

Sign up to volunteer here. Spots are filling up fast. 

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 winter 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

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.

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Penn State Hillel
114-117 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
University ParkPa  16802