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New Student Orientation 2013 -
Religious Group Events during NSO

NSO is a great time to make a connection with the many strong religious communities on campus. Take a look below for information on the wide range of fun events offered through NSO and the early days of the Fall semester

Please click here for the full list of all official Penn NSO events

For a full list of Penn Hillel NSO events please click here


7:30pm - Penn Hillel “If You Give a Freshman a Cookie

Early Move-in Dessert Reception for Students and Families

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel



12pm-2pm - Penn Hillel “The Very Hungry Freshman”

Water Ice with Hillel Student Leadership

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall Porch (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel

Penn Hillel “Make Way for Freshmen” - First Shabbat at Penn

Walking groups from the Quad and Hill - 6:30pm
Mocktails - 6:45-7:15pm
Services - 7:30pm
Shabbat Dinner & Shabbatones Concert - 8:30pm

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel


Penn Hillel “Sammy Spider’s First Shabbat”

Orthodox Services - 9am
Conservative Services - 9:45am
Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Mike - 12:30pm
Saturday Afternoon Activities - 2-4

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel

10pm - Penn MSA Chocolate Extravaganza

This will be a night filled with chocolate-dipped fruits, delicious Halal treats, and kinect and Cranium games! Come meet other freshman and friendly upperclassmen to enjoy a fun night of wholesome fun!

Location: Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
Sponsors: Penn Muslim Students Association, Penn Bangladesh Society, Penn Bengali Students Association, and Penn Pakistan Society

10pm - Orthodox Community at Penn Arcade Night

Join us for a night of fun and games as the Orthodox Community at Penn presents Arcade Night! Meet and mingle with upperclassmen and get to know the Orthodox community on campus.

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Orthodox Community at Penn

10pm-1am - Penn Cru Electric Tailgate

Come join us for a glowing neon tailgate complete with hot dogs, a root beer keg, and lawn games of various forms, radiating late into the night.  Meet other new and returning Penn students in either competitive or relaxing atmosphere, you make the choice!  

Disclaimer: Glow-sticks and black lights are not required but definitely encouraged!!

Location: Hill Field
Sponsor: Penn Cru



12pm-2pm - Penn Hillel “Where the Wild Jews Are”

Carnival ‘n’ Lunch

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall Porch (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel

11pm - PRISM Make Your Own Root Beer Float Night

This is a great opportunity for new students to be introduced to the various faith communities on campus as well as interfaith life. At the event, we will be making root beer floats. The twist is that the ice cream will be homemade ice cream using the double plastic bag technique that many of us learned in middle school science classes. This should be a delicious and fun flashback as freshmen begin their first days of college.

Location: Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
Sponsors: PRISM (Programs in Religious, Interfaith, and Spirituality Matters), Penn Catholic Students Association, Newman Center, Hillel, Muslim Students Association, Hindu Student Council & Young Jains of America, Penn Cru, PennJAM, Baptist Campus Ministries, Christian Association



5pm-8pm - Penn Hillel “One Fish, Jew Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Sushi, Sweets & Service with Tzedek Social Justice - 5-6:30pm
Israel Event Dinner - 6:30-8pm

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel

7pm-9pm - NSO Campus Christian Community Fair

This event gathers together all the available Christian ministries at Penn in one room for new students to meet and help them find an on-campus fellowship to join. There will be a short program to serve as an introduction, and then a meet-and-greet time will follow to allow students to interact with the different fellowships.

Check the Facebook Event here for more information

If you cannot attend but would like a ministry and church directory, please write on the event wall and we'll send one to you!

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall 2nd Floor Auditorium (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsors: Campus Christian Organizations

9pm - Harvest Christian Fellowship presents: Karaoke Night

Whether singing, listening, or dancing along, karaoke is always fun! Join the Harvest Christian Fellowship for a karaoke night and meet and greet with members.

Location: Bistro, Houston Hall
Sponsors: Harvest Christian Fellowship (Grace Covenant Church) 

9pm - Oh Clap Your Hands!

Come gather around the campfire with the  New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir and Full Measure Acapella for great musical performances and open-mic. Make s'mores while meeting upperclassmen to get the inside scoop on Penn Campus Life!

Location: College Green
Sponsors: New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, Full Measure Acapella

10pm - Penn Hillel Midnight Pancake Breakfast

What’s the only thing better than late night breakfast food? Late night breakfast food at Hillel. Bring your friends and enjoy a late night snack at Hillel (Steinhardt Hall)! There will be different varieties of pancakes and even more toppings – the combinations are nearly endless! While you are enjoying your midnight breakfast you will be able to meet upperclassmen involved in Hillel. This event is going to be incredible, the only questions is – how many pancakes can you eat?

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel



12-2pm - Penn Hillel “Green Eggs & Lox”: A J-Bagel Event (LGBTQAI)

Location: Penn Hillel Steinhardt Hall (215 S. 39th St)
Sponsor: Penn Hillel



9pm-12am - Penn Meets Philly

Join the Christian Assocation (CA) on Friday, Aug. 30 from 9-12 for our late-night event, including a photo scavenger hunt around campus as well as a dessert bar complete with a chocolate fountain!

The CA is located at 37th and Sansom, just behind Pottruck Gymnasium.

Location: Christian Association (37th & Sansom)
Sponsor: Christian Association