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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Judaism, Religion

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

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

7

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.