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Alternative Spring Break 2018 – Roatan, Honduras

Written by: Hannah Giterman on March 5th, 2018

Once again, dedicated students and staff have embarked on a journey to the town of La Colonia in Roatan, Honduras. This is the 3rd year that Penn State students will spend in Roatan. Why Roatan, Honduras? Eleven years ago, Scott Fried, motivational speaker, HIV/AIDS educator, activist, and author, traveled to the island of Honduras on a… read more

Winter Break 2017 Reflections

Written by: Hannah Giterman on January 11th, 2018

POLAND This winter, Penn State Jewish students spend their breaks learning with their peers, connecting with their Judaism and diving into the history of the Jewish people. This first trip this break included 40 students who traveled to Poland. These students spent an incredible, emotional, and powerful week diving into history. For centuries, Poland was at… read more

Official Statement on Menorah Incident

Written by: Hannah Giterman on November 10th, 2017

State College, PA – November 10, 2017 – We are deeply saddened to learn about the theft of the Penn State Chabad menorah that took place on October 27. The menorah was stolen from the Chabad house and transferred to the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house resulting in significant damage. This crime was believed to… read more

Israel American Council | National Conference

Written by: Hannah Giterman on November 2nd, 2017

This weekend is the Israel American Council National Conference in Washington DC. We’re sending 4 students there to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring gathering will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, bring together the Israeli-American and Jewish communities for deep dive discussions, and… read more

Never Forget by Jamie Butler

Written by: Hannah Giterman on May 3rd, 2017

Jamie, senior hospitality management major, has been an active part of Jewish life on campus, as former student President and trusty Hillel chef, Jamie’s passion for and commitment to Jewish life is undeniable. When Jamie arrived on campus, she had her own mission – to bring Holocaust education and awareness to Penn State and State… read more

Tips and Tricks To Get You Through Finals:

Written by: Hannah Giterman on May 1st, 2017

1. Channel your inner Beyonce:  Exams have NOTHING on us.  2. Prepare a boatload of snacks Food is fuel. Food that is fuel is probably supposed to be healthier than what’s pictured above but lets be real…. its finals week and the only thing getting us through is that extra bag(s) of Doritos.  3. Craft… read more

Alternative Spring Break 2017 – Roatan, Honduras

Written by: Hannah Giterman on March 7th, 2017

14 students and 2 staff embarked on a journey to the town of La Colonia in Roatan, Honduras. This is the second year that Penn State students will spend in Roatan. Why Roatan, Honduras? Ten years ago, Scott Fried, motivational speaker, HIV/AIDS educator, activist, and author, traveled to the island of Honduras on a holiday cruise…. read more

Alternative Spring Break 2016 – San Marcos, Texas

Written by: Hannah Giterman on March 8th, 2016

Howdy y’all from Penn State Hillel’s 2016 Alternative Spring Break trip in Texas! Last year, the area of San Marcos, Texas was declared a zone of natural disaster after the flooding that occurred here. We teamed up with the JDRC and Nechama (and the Saint Bernard Project) to help repair homes in this area that… read more