Capital Campaign

With a vision to create a new home for Penn State Hillel solidly in place, many efforts are now underway to achieve this goal as soon as possible including a $15 million Capital and Endowment Campaign.

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The new facility, to be located on East Beaver Avenue, will be 25,000 square feet and will provide for the needs of current and future generations of Penn State Jewish students, and will house all of Hillel’s resources in one convenient, central location.  It will serve as a focal point of Jewish life throughout campus, and as a hub of Jewish identity and expression. Upon completion of the campaign, Penn State Hillel will boast an exceptional facility and improved financial resources, resulting in a vastly enhanced and expanded program. This will ensure that Penn State remains one of the premiere centers of Jewish student life in the country. During their college years, students embark on a journey of exploration, growth, and change as they begin to craft their lives. It is critical that Penn State Hillel offers students a joyous, celebratory Jewish experience while they are on campus — an experience imbued with Jewish values they will carry with them once they graduate and move into adulthood. Penn State Hillel is at the heart of Jewish life on campus. Working closely with the Pennsylvania State University, Hillel actively partners with many other campus organizations to serve the estimated 5,000 Jewish students at Penn State.

Penn State Hillel enhances the campus experience for all students.  Its stellar record of service, involving students from every corner of campus, is a wonderful complement to students’ academic pursuits.  The proposed building will be a beacon of pride for Jewish students and the entire Penn State community. Dr. Christian Brady, Dean of the Schreyer Honors College

Penn State Hillel’s Center for Jewish Life will feature student lounges, where students can hang out, study or catch the latest Nittany Lions game on the big-screen TV. Students will be able to utilize the wireless network available throughout the facility. An indoor game room will offer other recreational choices. Multi-purpose rooms will be used for leadership meetings, events and informal classes. The chapel can easily be transformed into a flexible space for lectures, film series and social gatherings.  The facility will house a kosher kitchen and dining area capable of hosting the hundreds of students who come to Penn State Hillel for weekly Shabbat dinners, Passover seders and other religious celebrations.  The new Center will also feature an attractive café that will, for the first time, make kosher food widely available at Penn State. To learn more, please contact Executive Director, Aaron Kauffman at 814-863-4825 or via email at

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