100 Gifts, 100 Days

Penn State Hillel’s ‘100 Days, 100 Gifts’ is a 100-day awareness and fundraising campaign, running from March 22, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Every day, see one more way our Annual Campaign directly impacts the approximated 5,000 Jewish students at Penn State.

Over the next 100 days, follow our progress and learn more about how Penn State Hillel is empowering Penn State students to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood.

Take a look at 100 ways Penn State Hillel is making an impact on Jewish life at Penn State, Jewish students, and the State College Jewish community. 

Day 31 of 100: Students are able to celebrate Shabbat in their own spaces on and off campus with funding from Hillel. They can order a Shabbox, which contains all of the basics to host your own Shabbat. Additionally, students use JewPAC to fund their meals for these gatherings. The celebrations can take place Friday evening for dinner or for Shabbos Brunch on Saturdays.

Day 30 of 100: On Wednesday of each week, the Penn State Hillel staff designates an hour out of their day for individualized Jewish learning. Each staff member has chosen an area of focus for the year (i.e. Shabbat, Jewish music, Talmud, Jewish leadership, etc.). At the designated hour, the staff gathers in the Beit Midrash (House of Study) to study and learn in a joint space. During this time each staff works on their individual projects to further his or her Jewish learning. To assist in the learning process, each staff is able to order books or educational resources that cover their topic of choice. 

Day 29 of 100: Making Shabbat feel like home has always been a priority for our students. This year the Innovation Specialist has been able to purchase decor (including lights, center pieces, and art) for our Shabbat Dinner and Service space to create a more welcoming and comfortable ambiance for all of our students.

Day 28 of 100: Each year, the Jewish Leaders Gala brings together all of our student leaders once a year for a large celebration. The gala is a formal evening with a nice dinner and a guest speaker from the University. In recent years we’ve had the Women’s Volleyball Coach, Russ Rose, University President, Eric Barron, and VP of Student Affairs, Damon Simms. The gala is a time to celebrate the success of our Jewish students on campus throughout all aspects of campus life. 

Day 27 of 100:  Students leaders are given the opportunity to participate in a daylong workshop on leadership. The work shop includes a Bartell & Bartell assessment followed by a workshop lead by a guest from Bartell & Bartell. Bartell & Bartell is an organizational diagnostics and leadership development organization that assists our staff and students in becoming the most comprehensive leaders they can be. 

Day 26 of 100: Design Thinking Workshops – Our Innovation Specialist is able to purchase supplies to have an interactive Design Thinking Workshop for student leaders to think about the role of empathy in their program planning work on campus. According to Forbes.com, “in its simplest form, design thinking is a process—applicable to all walks of life—of creating new and innovative ideas and solving problems. It is not limited to a specific industry or area of expertise.”

Day 25 of 100: Dinner and Discussions – Students have the ability to host their own Jewish learning experiences with their peers around a meal on campus or in spaces off campus. They can work with staff to plan these learnings and then push themselves to lean meaningful discussions with their peers.

Day 24 of 100: Campus Engagement Interns (CEI) Programming – CEIs have the ability to develop leadership skills through an intensive semester-long internship, while creating Jewish programming in new spaces on campus and reaching networks that are not already involved in Hillel. This year, CEI build programming around women’s role in Judaism, sports and Judaism, Israel, and more!  

Day 23 of 100: Alternative Breaks combine Judaism and social justice in a week-long service trip. Through Alternative Breaks, students have opportunities to explore new cultures and deepen their connections to Judaism and Jewish peers, while working for the greater good.

Day 22 of 100: This year, Penn State Hillel partnered with NECHAMA’, the former Jewish Disaster Relief Corps, to sponsor an Alternative Break trip in New Orleans. NECHAMA’s primary program, disaster response, strengthens communities in need by directly supporting volunteers to assist disaster survivors with cleanup and recovery. Students spend the week volunteering during the day, participating in conversations in the evening, and enjoy a night out in the city.


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