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Student Newsletter - September 1, 2017
This Week's Highlight: BKind 

INCYMI: This was a huge week for the newly formed BKind Initiative on campus. Check out their articles in 

The Collegian,
PSU News,
and Rise Underground

+ follow them on Facebook and learn how YOU can get involved. 

BKIND, founded in Israel by Eran Rozen and Dan Liebeschutz, aims to reach schools, educational groups, workplaces, and diverse communities, and energize them to take on a positive, kind and caring attitude toward others around them. Through unique presentations, BKIND inspires to action and enhance their own perceptions of what we can do to affect our own reality. Participants of BKIND World receive the official BKind Card, a tool used to promote “good deed chains” that motivate and let others know how they too can take an active part in making this world a better place.
BKind at Penn State
This week's Shabbat grub: Mama Mia's pasta & salads! Kosher pasta will be available
We're Hiring!


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.

Happy Football Season! 
This Week On Campus

Shabbat Services and Dinner
September 1st, 2017 @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Birthright Registration Opens
September 5th, 2017 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

CEI Group Meetings
September 5th, 2017 @ 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Student Life Committee Meeting
September 6th, 2017 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

THON Baseball
September 7th, 2017 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Medlar Field
For more information, visit

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

Support THON at the SC Spikes Game! 

Yallah Sports and LEV are joining together to support THON sports. We will be going as a group to watch the State College Spike’s play FTK. There are a limited number of tickets, so please RSVP here!
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