Susquehanna Hillel and Jewish life at susquehanna university

Jewish Life, Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave.

Selinsgrove PA 17870

570-372-4440

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Our friends and partners

Beth El Congragation in Sunbury PA

Congregation Beth El regularly opens its doors to our students. They are about a 15 minute drive away from campus. Rabbi Nina Mandel is the congregational rabbi at the synagogue and teaches on campus. They are a regular partner and friend to our Hillel programs. We have students who attend services on shabbat and during holidays. We also have students who teach in the religious school. 

If you are interested in teaching at the religious school please reach out to Maria to get in contact with our partners at Beth-El.

Beth-El's webpage can be found here

Hillel International

We are proud of our partnership with Hillel International. We are a part of a network of 550 campuses who serve the needs of the Jewish community on campus. Together we are committed to furthering Hillel International's vision and mission. Our students have had wonderful experiences through Hillel International, including attending conferences, going on Birthright trips, and participating with Bucknell University's Hillel. 

Mission of Hillel International: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that the may enrich the Jewish people and the world. 

Vision of Hillel International: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. 

 

Religious and Spiritual Life at Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). ELCA colleges are committed to welcoming students from diverse religious traditions. Susquehanna is deeply committed to welcoming students regardless of faith or non-faith background. Jewish Life works is part of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, which is housed within Student Life. We regularly work with interfaith partners on campus from a variety of religious and cultural traditions. 

 

Students are encouraged to consider the minor in Jewish and Israel studies. Taking classes in the Jewish and Israel Studies Program allows students to learn about Judaism, the history of the Jewish people, and Israeli culture and history in a rigorous and academic context. Our students apply their classroom learning to conversations with peers at Hillel. In addition to our Judaic studies program, students are able to take Hebrew at Bucknell University a 30 minute commute from campus.

Jewish Learning Fellowship

We are proud to work with Hillel International by offering the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF). Through this Fellowship, students are able to sign up for a 10-week (non-credit, extracurricular) casual class on topics related to Judaism and Jewishness. Small stipends are available for students who are accepted into the Fellowship. Information about the Fellowship for the 2019-2020 year will be forthcoming - all interested students should email Maria.  

The Avi Shabbat is a regular highlight for our students. Avi Schaefer was a student at Brown who was killed in a tragic accident. The Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) is dedicated to nurturing Avi’s values of mutual respect and understanding. Our Avi Shabbat is student-led event wherein students can embody the values of mutual respect and understanding across cultural and religious lines. We have worked with the ASF for 4 years, and are excited to continue this partnership..

We constantly endeavor to make our space and community as welcoming and accepting as possible. Our building has an all-gender bathroom on the second floor. We are also proud to be a LGBTQIA+ safe space. We are glad to be a diverse community. Our wheelchair accessible building is part of our commitment to welcoming those who experience mobility challenges. We are proud to learn from Keshet the Jewish LGBTQIA+ organization. If you are interested in learning more about Keshet, queer understandings of Judaism, and how to build Jewish community in queer/LGBTQIA+ spaces, please feel free to contact Maria.

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