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Small & Mighty: The Growth of Allegheny College Hillel

Meadville, PA | 2013

"I remember my first Shabbat at Allegheny: there were about 8 people there. Now that I'm a senior, it's heartwarming to see crowds of 15 to 25 students come out on a Friday night. “

Allegheny College in Western Pennsylvania has almost quadrupled its Jewish student population since 2003. Rachel arrived as a freshman in 2004 and is now the school’s Hillel professional and a full-time admissions counselor, and she gives 20% of her school-paid time to Hillel.

Rachel points out that there are advantages to the college’s small Jewish population. She engages with 25% of the school’s Jewish population weekly and students have unique opportunities to quickly become leaders within the Hillel community.

“The Hillel Schusterman International Center (SIC) is our hub for support and resources - and our source of inspiration. I use other Soref schools for resources and support, because they’ve been where we are and understand us. Hillel also helps connect students to larger conferences, activities and initiatives.” -Rachel Dingman, Admissions Counselor and Hillel professional, Allegheny College

"I remember my first Shabbat at Allegheny: there were about 8 people there. Now that I'm a senior, it's heartwarming to see crowds of 15 to 25 students come out on a Friday night. “ -Allegheny Student, Class of 2012

Group from Allegheny College Spring 2012.
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