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Written by: Rachel Jacobson on April 21st, 2020

Student Spotlight   Adam ’20 has been very involved in our alternative spring break trip to Roatan, Honduras over the past few years. This year he was one of our two student leaders for the trip. He took on a remarkable role organizing to take 12 students to Honduras over spring break, empowering other students… 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

Want to play a role at this year’s Passover Seder?

Written by: Hannah Giterman on March 1st, 2016

As Passover is quickly approaching us we are looking for people who would be interested in leading our various Seders. We are currently looking for leaders for the following Seder’s (all are on the 22nd of April): Traditional Seder On one Foot (an abridged version of a traditional Passover Seder) Freedom Seder (a Seder focusing… read more

Unlocking My Jewish Identity by Caitlin Wolper

Written by: Hannah Giterman on February 15th, 2016

Unlocking My Jewish Identity by Caitlin Wolper, BA/MA English ’17     My first international flight, in a way, brought me home. We landed around five in the afternoon, Tel Aviv hinting toward sunset as we shook out our shoulders from the eleven hour trip. Spilling into the airport, we all tried to message our parents:… read more

Shabbox Shalom! Jewish life lights up across campus

Written by: Hannah Giterman on November 13th, 2015

State College, PA, November 13, 2015 – ‘Shabbox Shalom!’ set to launch the week of November 16, hopes to empower students to create their own Jewish space on campus. For the first time ever, Penn State Hillel helps students bring Shabbat home by providing a ‘Shabbox’ for personal weekly Shabbat ritual. ‘Shabbox Shalom’ created by… read more