Looking for a fun interesting club to join? Join Hillel! We are best known for our shirts: Just Jew It.
When people come across our table at involvement fairs or when I tell my friends I have a Hillel event, they always ask, what is Hillel? Hillel is the Jewish student organization on campus, but you do not need to be Jewish to be a member or come to events.
We have events on various Friday and Saturday nights in Sykes called Shabbat and Havdalah. Shabbat is the Friday night service where we eat delicious bread called hallah, drink grape juice, and have a small 30-minute service. Saturday nights are Havdalah where we have an even shorter service, followed by a fun activity such as making caramel apples.
Our services are led by our rabbinic intern, Janine. She makes services not so boring and everyone always has a good time.
Starting this semester, we have Wednesday night non-religious activities such as movie night and game night. Out of about 900 Jewish students that attend West Chester University, there are only about 20-30 active members in our club and it has been growing. Since our club is small, everyone is very good friends which is what makes Hillel so much fun. Hillel is a great organization where you can be involved as little or as much as you want!
For the High Holidays in the fall, we have started to hold them in the ballrooms for the first time as Hillel continues to grow. After services, we had so much food, including bagels and lox! As we continue to grow, we receive higher budgets, which allows us to hold even bigger events. Hillel is a great way to meet more people and to get involved with the school.
We have some exciting events coming up! We will be holding a bake sale on Wednesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be selling hamantaschens for Purim and later that night we will be holding a Purim Party at Sykes at 7 p.m. with mask making and food! We are still selling Just Jew It t-shirts for $10 each.
Don’t be shy to come out; we are always looking for new members no matter what your religion is! To become a member, join our Facebook group: WCU Hillel and follow us on Twitter: @WCUHillel and Instagram, @WestChesterUHillel. We will be tweeting all of our upcoming events!
Lindsey Vernick is a second-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at LV800761@wcupa.edu.