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Susquehanna University Welcomes New Director of Jewish Life

SELINSGROVE — Rabbi Kate Palley of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been named director of Jewish life at Susquehanna University. The first person to hold this new position, Palley will work independently and as part of the university chaplain’s staff to oversee the activities of the Jewish student organization, Hillel, and teach academic courses that serve the Jewish studies minor and the university’s central curriculum. In addition, Palley will initiate programs, develop student leaders and maintain personal contact with Jewish students to enrich Jewish life on campus. She  will also facilitate interreligious dialogue and coordinate religious celebrations, learning opportunities, and social and cultural events as part of her new position.

Palley will report to the university chaplain and work closely with the director of Jewish studies. “Our vision for this new position is to unite leadership and support of students with effective classroom teaching,” said Mark Wm. Radecke, chaplain to the university. The search committee was impressed with Rabbi Palley’s abilities and enthusiasm in both areas.”

Palley was director of Jewish campus life for Oberlin College Hillel in Oberlin, Ohio, from 1999-2002. More recently, she  served a rabbinical fellowship at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Tallahassee, Fla., where she was among the first cohort of the Legacy Heritage Fund Rabbinic Fellowship. She also provided end-of-life spiritual support for patients and their families as chaplain of the Mollie and Jack Zicklin Jewish Hospice in Riverdale, N.Y., and served as a rabbinic intern at the Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; chaplain at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn.; and second-grade teacher at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, Conn.

Palley received her rabbinical ordination in May from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She pursued post-graduate studies at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing seminars from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones

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