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Chabad of Penn State

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews 129

Nonprofit Issues:

Religion

Address:

443 Waring Ave. State College PA 16801 USA

Mission:

To foster Jewish pride and identity by providing a warm environment that enables Penn State students to explore their Jewish heritage regardless of religious background or financial status. To be a true ‘Home Away from Home’ for every Jewish student at Penn State.

Geographic areas served:

North-Central PA

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Chabad at PSU has definitely provided me with a home away from home. I love spending Shabbat with Rabbi and Sarah and their family. I also love attending the Women's Lunch and Learn every week. They always welcome questions and discussions about Judaism and how it is so much a part of everyday life. I have recently started embracing my Jewish heritage, and they have been an amazing resource for me and so many other students. Fun times, awesome friends, amazing lessons, and great food are all found at the Penn State Chabad House!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The lunch and learn has really helped me understand Torah at a much deeper level.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other people who also want to learn as much as they can about Judaism, but at all our own paces.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always willing to listen and answer any questions I have.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

um...give me some! It could definitely do more advertising.

Ways to make it better...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Chabad of Penn State was the closest thing to having a home while at college. It gave me great peace of mind to know that I could always go to the Chabad house for advice, to talk to someone, or to enjoy a great meal. Moreover, I met some of my best friends there; friends which I will have for the rest of my life. There are few people in the world who are more altruistic and selfless than Rabbi Nosson and Sarah.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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12 people found this review helpful

When I came to Penn State, I was very concerned about where I could attend synagogue services and how I would be able to celebrate shabbat. I was so lucky that during my first week on campus, the Rabbi and Sarah Ita found me, and invited me to Chabad PSU! Ever since our first meeting, they always made me feel welcome, and I have forged a life-long friendship with them. They provide spiritual support to students, they dedicate their lives towards spiritually enriching the community, and they really give their 100% to helping others.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they made Judaism a fun and exciting experience for my friends and me. The values that I've learned from Chabad PSU, I try to transmit to my friends and family.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Chabad of PSU has provided an outlit for my growth as a Jew and as a person. With PSU Chabad I was able to participate in weekly dinners, take trips to meet Jews from other cities and states, learn about our faith, and make life long friendships. The part that I miss most about college is Chabad. They allowed me the opportunity to be as involved as I wished, helping make dinners and assist teaching Hebrew school. I learned something new every day. I feel that Chabad at Penn State has made me a better Jew.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing! The Rabbi and his family are kind people who always have time to answer a burning question or just sit down and talk. During your college years, that means the world. They have taught me so much about my faith and about myself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My husband and I were in State College for a post-Shabbat wedding. We needed a place and eat on Friday night through Saturday night. The Meretskys graciously extended an invitation. It was a delightful Shabbat complete with an excellent speaker, a full-house for services, and great food. Not only students benefit from the Meretskys presence at Penn State, travelers do too. The Perelmans of Pittsburgh

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the Rabbi and his wife

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have known Rabbi and Sara Meretsky since 2003 when I was a student at Penn State. They run an amazing Chabad house, and provide a very valuable service to all of the students at Penn State. They run a tight ship, and make very good use of all donations and contributions. They are my favorite charity to contribute to, and I encourage everyone to do the same.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how they spread Judaism to the students at Penn State, and make them realize their Jewish identity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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