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Penn Student Organizations

Penn students pursue their faith and fellowship within a wide variety of student organizations.
For more information please follow the links to each organizational website or contact our office.

Organizations are grouped by faith tradition and listed alphabetically.

Scroll down to browse the full list of groups below or sort by faith tradition:

Jewish:


Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania

Staff Contact: Rabbi Mike Uram                                                        
Student Contacts: Alon Krifcher, Gabriella Meltzer

Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania is the umbrella organization for Jewish life on campus.  We encompass many religious, educational, social, cultural, Israel advocacy, and other groups that allow students to explore and create their own Jewish experiences on campus.  Our lively, fun community is comprised primarily of Penn undergraduates, but we also have a group for graduate students and young professionals and we welcome students from Drexel, Temple, and other Philadelphia-area schools.

We are affiliated with the national and regional branches of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Life on Campus.


Conservative Jewish Community at Penn

Staff Contacts: Rachel Hollander
Student Contacts: Elena Leib, Jeremy Danziger

The Conservative Jewish Community at Penn offers social, educational and religious opportunities for the Penn community. CJC holds Shabbat services every Friday night and Saturday morning that are filled with upbeat melodies and singing. In addition, we foster a welcoming community and organize events such as informal learning, exciting speakers, social gatherings and delicious dinners.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Hillel's Jewish Graduate Student Network     

Staff Contact: Tslil Shtulsaft

The Jewish Graduate Student Network, a program of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, serves all of the Jewish graduate and professional students in the Philadelphia area through campus-based and city-wide events. The Grad Network offers a wide range of social, educational, cultural, and religious programs, as well as career development and community service opportunities.  The Grad Network offers extensive programming for Penn students as well as opportunities for Penn students to meet their peers at other universities.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


J-BaGeL

Staff Contact: Ira Blum
Student Contacts: Ian Fiedler

J-Bagel is a Philadelphia-wide student group dedicated to serving members of the LGBTQAI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual/Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Ally, Intersex) community. J-Bagel runs events for the Jewish and/or LGBTQAI community, including social gatherings, panel discussions, and Shabbat dinners. J-Bagel keeps an active online listserv where privacy is deeply respected.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Jewish Renaissance Project (JRP)

Staff Contact: Rabbi Josh Bolton, Emily S. Kaplan

The Jewish Renaissance Project is about you, your interests, your friends, and your Jewish identity! JRP is an alternative choice for Penn students who want to figure out what Judaism means in a sophisticated and intellectually open way with other people who look and talk just like you.  JRP programs are diverse (with different designs for freshmen, Greeks, those who live off-campus and everyone else in between) and cover any way that you could want to explore your Judaism. 

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Orthodox Community at Penn

Staff Contacts: Rabbi Yaakov Taubes, Mrs. Racheli Taubes             
Student Contacts: Daniel Raikin, Aaron Senior

The Orthodox Community at Penn is one of the most active and vibrant student groups of Orthodox Jews in the country! Join us for daily events, classes, and services - or just come chat in the kosher dining hall at Hillel (Steinhardt Hall, 39th and Locust).

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Penn Hillel Tzedek Social Justice

Staff Contact: Ira Blum
Student Contacts: Aliza Caplan, Ariana Schanzer

Tzedek Social Justice (TSJ), is Hillel's community service and advocacy group on campus. Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness), and tikun olam (repairing the world), Penn Hillel TSJ is committed to engaging and empowering students in meaningful public service both on and off campus and encouraging creative Jewish thinking about social justice issues. Some of our annual events include Mitzvah Day, Adopt-a-Family Drive and Relay for Life.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Reform Jewish Community

Staff Contact: Ira Blum
Student Contacts: Jacob Ruden, Emily Cutler

RJC is Penn's Reform Jewish Community, providing a spiritual, social, and religious home for Reform Jews on campus. If you are interested in musical and creative Shabbat services, warm and welcoming social events and dinners, or opportunities to learn more about Judaism, let us know!

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Shabbatones - (Jewish A Capella)

Student Contact: Sarah Beckoff, Adina Goldstein

The Shabbatones always put on a great show. Having toured London, California, Florida and Boston, they have brought their a capella delight far and wide. With a repertoire of popular Israeli, American and Jewish songs, the Shabbatones' music appeals to a wide group of people. So make sure to keep an eye out for this fantastic group as they rock their vocals all over campus.


Shira Chadasha

Student Contacts: Joe Step, Daniel Blas, Michale Goldberger

Shira Chadasha is a community which strives to provide Penn’s Jewish student body with spirited and inclusive prayer opportunities. We offer a traditional service that promotes the maximum participation of females and males within a halachik framework. Meeting throughout the semester, Shira Chadasha hosts lively Friday Night and Shabbat day services attended by a diverse group of students from throughout the Penn Hillel community. Shira Chadasha aims to increase awareness and discussion of issues related to prayer and spirituality, gender roles and Jewish Law, and the fostering of inclusivity in our Jewish communities.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel


Lubavitch House at Penn (Chabad)

Staff Contacts: Rabbi Ephraim Levin, Rabi Levi Haskelevich
Student Contacts: Logan Chipkin, Leeor Shimron

Lubavitch House, a branch of Chabad on Campus, creates an open and welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds and affiliations, to celebrate and explore their heritage. Our goal is to provide students a warm and non-judgmental space to participate in a variety of expressions of Jewish life: Educational classes, religious celebrations and holidays, community service and social programming. We strive to be the place where "every Jew is family."


Meor Maimonides of Greater Philadelphia

Staff Contacts: Rabbi Shmuel Lynn, Yoni Spinka

MEOR Means Illumination. Light reveals and inspires. Light expands vision and uncovers new realities. MEOR is dedicated to illuminating lives with Jewish light. We hope to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation of Jewish students who are; literate in Jewish wisdom, culture, and heritage; instilled with a deep personal identity that inspires commitment to Jewish values; empowered and actively engaged in Jewish community and support of Israel.

We are affiliated with the national branch of Meor, located in NYC.