Penn Hillel is one the best parts of being at Penn. Each year, Hillel reaches close to 90% of the 1,700 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 that we can help connect them to the next set of experiences, communities, and relationships that will provoke them to grow into Jewish adulthood.
Hillel is proud to offer a two-pronged approach to engaging Jewish students on campus. Inside Steinhardt Hall under the banner of Hillel, there are 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 alternative break trips to Rwanda, Israel and beyond. All of this is in addition to the nearly 300 students who experience Shabbat each week (we offer six different services on Friday night and four options on Saturday morning).