Our friends and partners
Congregation Beth-El is an egalitarian, progressive, and non-denomenational synagogue in Sunbury, PA. Beth-El is about 15 minutes away from Susquehanna University by car, and rides to and from synagogue can be provided. Students are also encouraged to volunteer as educators or ushers at Beth-El.
The rabbi of Beth-El, Rabbi Nina Mandel is available for rabbinic guidance for students. Rabbi Nina also occasionally teaches classes at Susquehanna in the anthropology and religious studies departments.
Susquehanna Hillel is a proud partner of Hillel International, a world-wide organization of over 550 Jewish campus organizations. Our Student President of Hillel interacts with other Presidents of Hillel across the world. Programs supported by Hillel International include: Israel/Israeli Culture Programming, Birthright, and the Engagement Associate program.
Scott Kershner, the University Chaplain of Susquehanna University, is a huge support the continued growth of all minority religious life on campus. The Director of Jewish Life is in frequent communication with the Chaplain, and sits on many university committees chaired by the Chaplain. The entire Kershner family often joins us for shabbat dinners!
Chaplain Kershner is available to talk to any student regardless of religious background.
center for diversity and inclusion
As Jewish Life and Susquehanna Hillel represent students from a minority religious and cultural community, we are partnered with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. We regularly partner with the Center on programming about Jewish culture, Jewish faith, and programming against the recent rise of anti-Semitism.
jewish and israel studies
Students interested in learning about Israel, the middle east, or Judaism are encouraged to take the minor in Jewish and Israel studies. There is also an opportunity to take Modern Hebrew at Bucknell University, a 30-minute drive from Susquehanna University.
jewish learning fellowship
Depending on student interest and availability, Susquehanna University participates in the Jewish Learning Fellowship, or the JLF. This twelve-week program created by Hillel International is an interactive program wherein students learn about Judaism and Jewishness and how it relates to their college lives. Students receive a stipend for completing the program. You do not have to be Jewish to apply to JLF, but an interest in the way Jewishness can impact your life is required!
The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center partners with Hillel and Jewish Life to put on programming wherein students can learn about and prevent dating and gender-based violence.
The Director of Jewish Life, the University Chaplain, and counselors at the Counseling Center are confidential resources to whom students can talk to about gender based violence they have experienced. (Other university employees may be required to make a report about disclosed violence, dating violence, or gender violence experienced on campus.)
gender and sexuality alliance
welcoming and affirming
We are proud to be a welcoming and affirming community for our students from historically marginalized sexualities and gender identities. Susquehanna Hillel participates in the Gender and Sexuality Alliance's PRIDE festival.
Jewish faculty members are invited to the monthly or every-other-month Jewish Faculty Luncheons with the University Chaplain and the Director of Jewish Life. Relationships with Jewish faculty members support our mission of furthering Jewish life on campus and encouraging and fostering community between faculty and students.
Over the past year, Dr. Jennifer Wiley has been helping Susquehanna Hillel as a faculty liaison.