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Sababa Box

Written by: Stefanie Tapper on November 11th, 2020

Wellness Shabbaton: November 13-14, 2020

Written by: Stefanie Tapper on November 2nd, 2020

Hillel is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students and encourage all to practice self-care methods. Hillel will be holding a Wellness Weekend Shabbaton filled with ways to help students destress. In these uncertain times, we must remember the Jewish values of B’rit (Health) and R’fuah (Healing). Register below! Schedule: Friday, November 13… read more

Open Mic Night

Written by: Stefanie Tapper on October 26th, 2020

Show your skills or support your friends at our virtual open mic night on November 18th at 7 PM! Performances are limited to five minutes or less. Disclaimer: All performers must use respectful language, with no excessive profanity, and avoid sexual innuendos. Be mindful of how someone else may interpret what you are saying. We… read more

Everything Bagel Challah

Written by: Jenna Tsvayg on September 10th, 2020

Everything Bagel Challah combines two iconic Jewish foods- bagels and challah. Recipe and photos submitted by Leah Bodinger, Penn State Challah for Hunger’s secretary. She recommends pairing this challah flavor with cream cheese!                                   Ingredients (for one large loaf):… read more

Making a Difference From Across the Pond

Written by: Stefanie Tapper on August 12th, 2020

Press Release July 2020 MAKING A DIFFERENCE FROM ACROSS THE POND A few months ago, my mouth was practically watering thinking about the endless falafel and hummus I would be eating all summer long, as I planned my two-month trip to Tel Aviv. I was eager to return to the place that has grown to… read more

Cinnamon Roll Challah

Written by: Jenna Tsvayg on July 9th, 2020

Penn State Challah for Hunger’s recipe for Cinnamon Roll Challah This is an original PSU Challah for Hunger recipe, provided by Leah Bodinger, the PSU Challah for Hunger secretary Swirl mixture and dough- before spreading and after After being coated with swirl mixture, the dough is rolled and braided   Ingredients (for one large loaf):… read more

Student Stories

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

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

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

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

In The News

Written by: Hannah Giterman on January 22nd, 2016

1/21/2016 – Jewish Chronicle – With service in mind, Penn State Hillel students apply tikkun olam in Honduras