Penn Hillel Annual Report 2022-2023

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One of the most famous episodes in our people’s formative story is the epic travel of the Israelites from Egypt to Israel, lasting 40 long years. Interestingly, the Torah describes this time as a series of journeys - some lasting days, some last years. Our tradition understands this to be a useful metaphor in our own era; namely, that our own lives can be viewed both as a long, uninterrupted lifetime, but also as a series of personal journeys. This is certainly true of the lives of our students at Penn; their experiences can be seen as a series of journeys, be they professional, social, religious, emotional, and more.

At Penn Hillel we are exceedingly proud of our role in supporting students throughout their Jewish journeys, and their life journeys. Whether during their academic pursuits, their engagement with campus politics, their encounter with social impact opportunities, their taking on of Israel education and advocacy, their involvement with the full gamut of campus clubs and arts, Penn Hillel provides a platform for students to feel safe and secure while growing in all possible ways. We are deeply committed to being partners and supporters of students in the full breadth and depth of their Jewish journeys on campus, whatever that means and looks like to them.

This year, the notion of “journeying” took on a special resonance, in that this was the first post-Covid year that our actual physical journeying away from campus was back in full force. This meant traveling close to Penn; like when we took a group of a dozen Russian-speaking students on a day-trip to Northeast Philadelphia, the central location in the region for Russian speaking Jewry; or when 20 of our students and staff went to see the antisemitism-themed play Parade on Broadway, followed by a talkback with the starring actor Micaela Diamond. It also meant a return to traveling farther afield and internationally; see our “On the Road Again” inset to learn about our trips to Israel, the UAE, Germany, and the US South.

The richness and spectrum of Jewish life at Penn continues to grow and thrive in new ways. We are so grateful to our supporters who make Jewish life so robust and exciting for our students. As we receive no fiscal support from Penn itself, we could not do this work without you. Penn Hillel continues to be one of the elite laboratories for Jewish life in the country, and our students go on to leadership positions at the tops of their professional, social, and cultural arenas.

As we continue to journey forward, thank you, and for this past year we say chazak chazak v’nitchazek - we had great strength, and now to move forward boldly.

In thanks, Rabbi

Rabbi Gabe Greenberg



Briefly describe your Jewish background prior to coming to Penn:

I’m lucky to have grown up in the vibrant Syrian Jewish community in Deal, New Jersey, where tight knit family and delicious food were never far away. I went to a small Jewish high school where we learned a dual curriculum, both English and Hebrew subjects. Before Penn, I had never really experienced any form of Ashkenazi Judaism let alone made friends from Reform or Conservative circles. Coming to college has broadened my horizons on what it means to be Jewish, and that was only possible through Hillel.

What motivated you to get engaged with Penn Hillel?

From the start, Penn Hillel has always been a ready-to-go resource for Jewish life on campus. I remember reading emails about the Preorientation retreat and NSO events like “late night pancakes” before I even registered for classes. Coming to Penn, I knew the value of Jewish community in my life, and Hillel did not skip a beat in giving students that platform to create our own Kehila no matter their background.

What have been your most rewarding, inspiring, and/or surprising Penn Hillel experience(s) thus far and why? What were your main take-aways from these opportunities?

Although there are a ton of programs to choose from, one that always sticks out to me is the Hillel soup kitchen, which prepares hot and ready meals every Sunday evening for those experiencing food insecurity in West Philadelphia. Doing hesed on campus and giving back to the place we live was more rewarding than I could have imagined, and I know we are making a real difference in people’s lives.

How do you think your experiences with Penn Hillel might influence you going forward?

Hillel, and its incredible family, has taught me a respect and understanding for all types of Jewish life on campus. I’ve also learned to be grateful for the wonderful resources available to me, and to take charge in using them to further build our great and one of a kind community.


College of Arts and Sciences, 2026

MAJOR: PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics)

LEADERSHIP: Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, Alpha Epsilon Pi Philanthropy Chair, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Penn Habibis, Orthodox community at Penn.

I grew up in a Jewish household and in a community with a large Jewish population, but was not involved in religious activities or with Jewish peers to the extent I had desired. Despite my pride in being Jewish, my knowledge relating to the religion seemed deficient. After my bat mitzvah, I lost touch with many of my friends from Hebrew school, I would generally attend services only on High Holidays, and most of my closest friends were not Jewish.

I intended to be involved with Hillel before I stared at Penn; however, by the time I moved onto campus (late due to Covid), my interest in most on campus activities had waned. Moreover, my closest friends were not Jewish and the prospect of going to Hillel alone seemed intimidating. At that time, I was unaware how welcoming Hillel would be. It was not until the end of my sophomore year that I made Jewish friends who encouraged me to get involved with Hillel and broke the ice for me.

Junior year I was invited to participate in the Beren Greek Life Fellowship. Through Beren I developed close relationships with Ariel and Rabbi Misha,, and learned so much about Judaism that was not covered in Hebrew School. I finally felt I had a Jewish community at Penn and attended more Hillel events. Attending three Passover Seders this past year, compared to none the prior year, signifies my strong connection to Hillel and tremendous “Jewish” growth. These experiences showed that it is never too late to find a Jewish community; my only regret is that I didn’t become involved with Hillel earlier.

I know that no matter how many years removed I am from Penn, Hillel will always hold a special place in my heart. Undoubtedly the relationships and memories I have formed will stand the test of time.

CLASS YEAR & SCHOOL: Wharton, 2024

MAJOR: Finance, OIDD (Operations, Information and Decisions)

LEADERSHIP: Member of the Women’s Fencing Team, President of the Wharton Alumni Relations Council, Teaching Assistant for Finance 100 & Finance 101, Kite and Key Tour Guide Society, Wharton Women, Alpha Phi Sorority, Wharton Management Club

Measuring the Journey

Our mission is to support students on their journeys - their Jewish journeys into adulthood, and their Penn journeys overall. We are committed to making sure that every single Jewish Penn student has the opportunity to discover which parts of Jewish tradition they might find valuable, and how their heritage can instill meaning, joy, and purpose into their lives.

Some students come to Penn with an established sense of their Jewish identity, and are looking to deepen it... while others come in with little knowledge or experience and are seeking to learn and soak up everything that they can. Wherever our students come from, we are thrilled to accompany them on their personal journeys. This year, we took hundreds of students on actual journeys, as you can learn about elsewhere on this page.

Israel Learning Lab provided a transformative experience for me, coming from an interfaith family; it enriched my understanding of an aspect of my identity and bridged the gap to a part of myself I had yet to fully acknowledge, fostering a deeper connection to my Jewish heritage and community.

PENN HILLEL TRIPS 2022 Students traveled
PENN HILLEL 2022 Students engaged
SHABBAT MEAL OR SERVICE Students attended at least one 508 EVENTS AT THE BAYIT Students engaged outside of Hillel Building 268

An incredibly meaningful part of the past year was getting to take students on overseas travel experiences again. We took 25 students to Israel and the West Bank as part of the Perspectives Fellowship; 15 students to learn about the past and future of Holocaust education in Germany during Spring Break; and introduced a new program this year, the Habibi Fellowship, which culminated in a 10-day trip to the UAE and Israel. The 22 Habibi Fellows were a mix of Jewish and non-Jewish students, all of whom were Wharton undergraduates. The itinerary highlighted the way that business opportunities are thriving between the two countries, particularly as a result of the Abraham Accords. Students learned about the economic and social ties on a business to business, government to government, and person to person level. They left with insights into the way that Israel can and should be understood as a normalized business and innovation partner on the world stage, and returned to campus eager to share this message and understanding with their friends.


Closer to home, Penn Hillel students explored Jewish life in different ways in Philly, New York, and elsewhere in the country. These types of “journeys” cultivate students’ awareness of the richness and diversity of Jewish life, and the ways that it intersects with American culture. Rabbi Misha Clebaner - himself a Russian-speaker - took a group of Russian - speaking students on a day trip to Northeast Philly to explore local Jewish culture and food. A group of students went up to New York for the day to have lunch and view the Tony Awardwinning performance of “Parade”, followed by a talkback by Jewish actor Micaela Diamond. And during Spring Break, students participated in a week-long trip through Mississippi and Alabama, learning about the Civil Rights era and ways in which the Black and Jewish communities supported each other historically.

This absolutely surpassed all my expectations tenfold. I think the perspectives that were impressed upon us, combined with the intellectual stimulation and joy of exploring new countries will be impossible to replicate. I do not think I will ever be able to go on a more impactful trip in my life ever again.


Lillie Abella

Elle Baker

Mackenzie Coultoff

Hannah Dayan

Chloe Deitelzweig

Sydney Finkelstein

Abraham Franchetti

Ethan Gotian

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Nicole Muravsky

Caroline Press

Remy Rabin

Lucas Richman

Emily Roberts

Noah Rosen

Ben Rosenthal

Bethy Rush

Maor Schultz

Claudia Tawil

Lyla Waitman



Special Thanks to Our Supporters

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We thank all of you whose contributions this past year allowed us to inspire Jewish life and community at the University of Pennsylvania.


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President, Lauren Krasilovsky

President, Eitan Weinstein

Vice President of Shabbat and Holidays, Joshua Chertok

Vice President of Shabbat and Holidays, Molly Cohen

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Steven Sable

Michelle Sahl


Orthodox Community at Penn (OCP) Co-Chair, Sophia Reich

Orthodox Community at Penn (OCP) Co-Chair, Ethan Rutta

Shira Chadasha Co-Chair, Sadie Waldbaum

Shira Chadasha Co-Chair, Elan Roth

Reform Jewish Community (RJC) Chair, Karen Raphael

Reform Jewish Community (RJC) Chair, Tova Tachau

Sephardi / Mizrachi Jews at Penn (Habibis) Chair, Morris Hakim

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Robert Wallner

Bonnie and Ben Wasserman

Benjamin Weinstein

Lee Weinstock

Gary Weisband

Julie and Eric Weissman

Sarah Weitzman

Chellie and Jacob Wilensky

Spencer Willig

Deborah Winter

Jay Harris

Risa and Joshua Wolf

Susan and Michael Yellin

Judith and Harvey Zalesne

Jack Zeldis

All gifts were received between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

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First Year Leadership Board (FYLB) Mentors:

Emily Albert

Lauren Krasilovsky

Molly Cohen

Tess Asness

Gabriel Steinberg

Matthew Rabinowitz

JBagel Co-Chair, Sarah Kane

JBagel Co-Chair, Sarah Bernstein

Penn Israel Alliance Chair, Sarah Bender

TAMID Co-Chair, Julia Marks

TAMID Co-Chair, Eric Lieberman

PIPAC Co-Chair, Noah Rubin

PIPAC Co-Chair, Maya Harpaz

SSI Chair, Dennis Fleish

Nariya Chair, Jake Zubkoff

Shabbatones Co-Chair, Alana Schreibman

Shabbatones Co-Chair, Ethan Soloway

Soup Kitchen, Luke Finkelstein

Tikun Olam Makers, Noah Rubin


Deborah Shapiro (L ’92), Chair

Daniella Rohr (C’10) and Sam Adelsberg (C’10)

Susanna Lachs Adler (C’74, ASC ’76) and Dean Adler (W’79, L’83)

Jackie Einstein Astrof (C’93) and Joshua Astrof (W’93, C’93)

Kenneth Baer (C’94)

Ellen and Adam Beren

Kimby (C ‘95) (WG ‘00) and Lawrence Berger (W ‘94) (WG ‘00)

Suzanne (C’92) and Jacob Doft (W’91)

Chancellor Arnold Eisen (C’73)

Jane and Ishaia Gol

Adam Hanover (C’10)

Kim and Alan (W’87) Hartman

Sally Katz (C’82)

Caroline (C’11) and David (C’11) Klatt

Debbie Kupfer Cosgrove (C’91) and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

Susan and Martin Lautman

Elayne (C’90) and Howard Levkowitz (C’89, W’89)

Leora Mogilner and Richard Linhart (W’83)

Debra and David Magerman (C’90)

Meryl (EAS’81, W’81) Joseph Mark (WG’82)

Jason Merrin (ENG’13) and Rachel Liu (ENG’13)

Elayne and Barry Moss (W’85)

Arlene (C’59) and Albert Perlstein (W’57, GGS’96)

Julie (C’79) and Marc Platt (C’79)

Allison Rosenthal (L’91) and Bennett Rosenthal (W’85, WG’86)

Leslie (W’92) and Ricardo (W’93) Salmon

Max Schapiro (C’08, W’08)

Deborah (L’92) and Steven Shapiro (C’89, L’92)

Esther and Claudio Szajman

Gayle and Larry (W ‘87) Wieseneck

Rabbi David Wolpe (C’81)


Kenneth Baer (C ’94), President

Guy Abramovitz (WG ’04)

Kimberly Berger (C ’94, WG ’00)

Suzanne Doft (C ’92)

Pasha Gol (C ’12)

Jill Golub (C ’17)

Lauren Krasilovsky (C ’25)

Sally Katz (C ’82)

Richard Lester (W ’88)

Len Lodish

Jodi Miller (C ’91, WG ’97)

Albert Perlstein (W ’57)

Justin Pines (C ’05)

Jonathan Sassover (C ’11)

Jodi Schwartz (C ’81, WG ’84, L ’84)

Deborah Shapiro (L ’92)

Robert Steiner (C ’60)

Eitan Weinstein (C ’25)

Steven Weitzman

Leora Zabusky (C ’95)


We support Penn Hillel because it is an institution that plays a critical role in promoting a robust Jewish community on campus. It was an important part of our Penn experience and we want it to continue to impact students for generations to come.

Kimby (C’95) (WG ‘00) and Lawrence (C’94) (WG’00) Berger

We invest in Penn Hillel because it was a central part of our college experience. Hillel provided us with the framework to live Jewishly on campus without any barriers and with enormous support. We are in gratitude to Hillel for providing us with a place to call home.

Nina Rohr (C’18) and Yoni (ENG’18) Cooper


A Word from the Hillel Presidents

If you walked into Penn Hillel during this past year you would hardly know that we are just out of a global pandemic. From students studying in the library or having a cappella practice downstairs, Jewish life has been in full swing and as vibrant as ever. This would not be possible without the hard work of our wonderful staff and engaged student leaders, and of course the generous support of our donors and wider community. We’ve had an incredible year, and we’d love to share some highlights to give a taste of what Penn Hillel has offered students of all backgrounds and interests.

• Record participation in Jewish Learning Fellowships covering topics from Jewish art to life’s big questions

• Opportunities to give back to the Philadelphia community through weekly soup kitchen, visits to the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA), and an exceptional Good Deeds Day

• Communal celebration of Jewish holidays through late-night Hanukkah latkes, a fun Purim auction, and enough kosher Passover snacks to keep everyone energized throughout the week

• Ways to engage in Israel education through Israel Learning Labs, Israel Week, and Hillel-sponsored trips to Israel

• A wide range of religious communities that give a meaningful home to so many in our community

While all of these programs, communities, and fellowships are impactful, Penn Hillel is all about the connections and friendships that are formed that will last a lifetime. Come any night and you’ll see Falk dining packed with students from all corners of campus bringing the building to life and making Penn Hillel the joyful and meaningful place that it is for so many of us Quakers. This year we will continue to strive to make Penn Hillel accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to all. We offer a huge thank-you to all of Penn Hillel’s donors for all you have done to support our community in creating a home away from home for students. Penn Hillel means so much to us and we know it does to you too, and please know how grateful we are for your commitment to robust Jewish life at Penn.

Yours truly, Lauren

THANK YOU to our key partners

Eitan Weinstein Lauren Krasilovsky
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