Many Hillels spent this Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in conversation with survivors who stressed the importance of remembering the past, living with joy, and addressing injustices in the world.
Explore University of Pennsylvania HillelPenn Hillel is one the best parts of being at Penn. Each year, Hillel reaches over 90% of the 1,750 Jewish undergraduate students on campus, with a dizzying array of different Jewish opportunities ranging from social justice to Israel, and from Jewish culture offerings to Jewish religious expression. No matter what your interest or Jewish background, Penn Hillel is there to get know each and every Jewish student by name and by story so we can help connect them to the next set of experiences, communities, and relationships that will provoke them to grow into Jewish adulthood. Penn Hillel has over 40 different student communities and initiatives who create over 300 events per month. This includes a weekly soup kitchen, a wide variety of opportunities to engage with and learn about Israel, world famous speakers and public intellectuals, and trips to the American South, UAE, Israel and beyond. All of this is in addition to the nearly 300 students who experience Shabbat each week. Steinhardt Hall, our home base, is a state of the art facility that includes Falk at Penn Hillel, a kosher Penn dining hall that provides the best food on campus with the warmest and most welcoming community. Penn Hillel`s mission is to create the relationships, experiences, and communities that provoke students to engage in a process of Jewish Self Authorship. Self Authorship is a term used to describe the process by which students come to understand themselves on their own terms and through which they enter into adulthood. Hillel embraces this mission by encouraging students to: Pursue tzedek (social justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), Deepen their engagement with Israel and other Jews all over the world Inspire new levels of spiritual exploration, Delve into expansive intellectual inquiry and Jewish learning, and Celebrate and sweeten key moments of the year through Jewish holidays and ritual.
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- Served by Hillel Yes
- Religious Services Available Yes
- Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus Yes
- Kosher Food Available Yes
- Birthright Israel Participation Yes
- Alt Break Participation No
- Jewish Studies Offered Yes
- Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
- Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program
- Israel Fellow Yes
Dining is located on the first floor of Steinhardt Hall and provides kosher lunch and dinner each weekday as well as Shabbat dinner and lunch. Wonderful food is served in the state of the art dining room. All students with a Penn Card can simply swipe their card to eat at Steinhardt Hall. There is a $2 surcharge for all meals at Steinhardt Hall, including Shabbat and Holidays, which can be paid with Dining Dollars as well as charged to the bursar bill. Cash is also accepted for meals.
Options: University meal plan-extra cost
Shabbat at Penn Hillel is one of the places to be on Friday night at Penn. Services are warm and welcoming, with a special kind of pluralism rarely found in other Jewish communities. Hillel hosts a wide variety of student-led services that fit the needs of Jewish student from all backgrounds, including: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Shira Chadasha (a partnership miynan). After services, students from across campus and all the different options join together for a delicious Shabbat dinner. On Saturday mornings, Hillel hosts Orthodox services. Late in the afternoon, student gather again for additional services, a third meal and havdalah.
Frequency: Contact this hillel
Additional Campus Information
- Private/Public Private
- Acceptance Rate 8%
- U.S. Region Mid-Atlantic
- Commuter/Residential Residential
- Tuition In-State $58,620
- Tuition Out-of-State $58,620
- Out-of-State/Int’l 82% / 13%
- Greek Life Yes
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