April 27, 2016
Susquehanna University has been recognized by the Baltimore Jewish Times as a welcoming and supportive campus for Jewish students.
Susquehanna was included along with several other schools as a university that has adopted effective strategies to attract and support Jewish students, such as creating Jewish studies departments, setting up Hillel programs and offering kosher meal options.
"We're very happy to learn of this recognition," said Eli Bass, interim director of Jewish life at Susquehanna University. "Our Jewish community is a vibrant and growing presence on campus and we owe a debt of gratitude to both the faculty and student leadership for our continued success."
Among the educational, cultural and social opportunities available for Jewish students are:
- The Goldstein Weis Hillel House is a gathering place for the Jewish community at Susquehanna where all Jewish holidays are observed. It features a kosher kitchen, meditation room and library, WiFi and large rooms for hanging out.
- Shabbat dinners are a celebration of Jewish identity and community and are held every Friday at the and the Degenstein Campus Center
- Susquehanna's Jewish and Israel Studies program offers a regular cycle of courses and programming.
- Hillel, the campus Jewish life organization, partners with local schools, including Bucknell University and Dickinson and Gettysburg colleges, to travel to Israel through Birthright Israel, an organization that provides a free, 10-day trip for Jewish students.
- Students are offered opportunities to engage regionally and nationally with Jewish students from other campuses
- Students are regularly welcomed to Beth-El, a nearby congregation. Some students teach at Hebrew school. Rides are available.
- Professors make allowances for students who wish to return home for High Holy Days or who worship locally and may need to miss class.
- Arrangements can be made to use the ingredient kosher kitchen in the Hillel House and limited kosher food is available during Passover in the university cafeteria.
Other schools mentioned in the Baltimore Jewish Times article include Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, Vanderbilt, Washington and Lee and Case Western Reserve universities; and Franklin & Marshall College.
The Baltimore Jewish Times is a weekly publication founded in 1919 and is centered in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor.