We are the foundation for Jewish Campus Life at the Pennsylvania State University. With approximately 5,000 Jewish students at the University, we recognize that Jewish students have a wide array of interests. Our calendar includes social, cultural, religious and educational activities, taking advantage of all that the Penn State campus has to offer — residence halls, theatre, athletics, classrooms, museums, etc.

Penn State Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of the estimated 5,000 Jewish students at Penn State so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Penn State Hillel’s student leaders, staff, and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Penn State Hillel helps students find a balance between being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Penn State Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability, and results.

Penn State University brings in a diverse population that is culturally alive and vibrant. The campus has close to 5,000 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students, as well as many faculty and staff members that are involved in the Jewish community. Through the Jewish community, students can find social outlets, religious learning, and service opportunities.

Above all, we are here to serve the Jewish student body at our amazing University. Penn State Hillel strives to be everything and anything that a Jewish Penn Stater wants it to be. Let us know what that is at hillel@psu.edu!

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