Allegheny`s student-driven Hillel reaches all students by sponsoring cultural, religious, educational and social events of all kinds. Allegheny is home to over 85 Jewish students and nearly 20 Jewish faculty and administrators. A number of supportive alumni and trustees contribute to our continuing success through program funding and ongoing communication.
Hillel provides a safe and supportive community for Jewish students to explore and celebrate their Jewish heritage, strengthen our Jewish community, and discuss issues of mutual concern. Every year, our students find new and exciting ways to encourage the entire student body to learn more about the Jewish faith. Supported by the Office of Religious Life, Hillel students proudly organize campus-wide celebrations for every Jewish holiday, including high-holiday services, the building of Sukkah, Passover Seder, lunch discussions and much more. Hillel has invited speakers from as far away as Poland and the Netherlands, sponsored events that spark conversations between Jewish and Muslim faiths, and raised money for several community projects. Jewish learning doesn`t stop in the classroom or in on campus, we also have a wonderful relationship with the Arava Institute in Israel, many students take advantage of studying in Israel.
It is an exciting time to be a part of Hillel. Over the past four years, Allegheny`s Jewish student body has more than doubled in size. Every year the number of students who attend our events increases, bringing together a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. And, most recently, Rabbi Ron Bernstein-Goff has joined the Allegheny faculty. His presence has greatly enriched not only the curriculum but also the lives of our Jewish students. Rabbi Ron provides bi-weekly Shabbat Services (and usually delicious dinner to follow)!
Hillel provides the support you expect from Allegheny, allowing our students to explore all of their interests and passions. We hope you will plan to join us!
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