Since 1951, Purdue Hillel has been designed to feel like a home with a 4100 sq. foot facility that has a full service kosher kitchen, dining room, sanctuary/multi-purpose room, computer/study room, TV room/library, and 3 administrative offices. We celebrate Shabbat and have Friday night dinners while school is in session. We offer programs, lectures, classes, and social events. The building is open during the day for student use.
We have over 600 Jewish students on campus, a large number of Jewish faculty, Jewish administrators, a strong Jewish Studies program, a strong Hebrew program (conversational and biblical), and a large, established Jewish community. There is an active chapter of the AEPi fraternity, ZBT fraternity, and Sigma Delta Tau sorority.
There is a Temple (Temple Israel-Reform) in West Lafayette, and a Shul (Sons of Abraham-Conservative) in Lafayette. Although we celebrate all other major holidays at Hillel, when the High Holy Days occur on weekends, our students are invited to the Temple and the Shul. This is because so many of our students go home for Services when the Holidays are on weekends. When the holidays fall during the week, we have services at Hillel. We always have our own Kol Nidrei Service each year at Hillel, no matter when the holidays occur.
About Our Staff
Philip J. Schlossberg
Philip Schlossberg has been the Executive Director of Hillel at Purdue University since 2004, where he works with as many as 525 Jewish students in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to that, he served as director of the University of Georgia Hillel in Athens, Georgia for eight years. Philip has spent summers from 1992-2001 working variously as the Camp Coordinator, the NYC and Washington DC Trip Coordinator, and the ACA Reaccredidation Coordinator at Camp Judea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He also worked as Assistant Director and ACA Reaccredidation Coordinator at Camp Tel Yehudah in Barryville, New York in 2004. In 1991, he was hired by Young Judea as Regional Director of the Seaboard for three years and then Regional Director of New Jersey for two years. Prior to that, Philip was hired by B’nai B’rith Hillel/Jewish Association for College Youth in New York as the Director of Student Activates at Hofstra University and the Program Director at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. He received his Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts (his areas of concentration being history, psychology, and Jewish studies) from Hofstra University, where he did a Young Judea Year Course spending his freshman year studying in Israel. Philip, born and raised in New Jersey, staffed the inaugural Taglit-Birthright Hillel trip in December 1999 and has subsequently led 24 additional trips.
I was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, about 200 miles south of Purdue. I am finishing a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and hope to pursue a second in Electrical Engineering. I heard about Hillel when one of my friends told me that Philip offered free coffee once a week in the Union. As I continued to attend coffee with Philip, I was exposed to more and more of the Jewish lifestyle and its philosophies. This sparked my curiosity, and I began to learn as much as I could. I started attending other Hillel events and Friday night dinners. I was blown away by Hillel’s hospitality and the feeling of family that I experienced during my visits. Because of my involvement with the setup and cleanup of events, I was offered the Host position for the summer of 2016 to fill a gap between Hosts. Then, when the previous Host graduated and found a job out of state I was offered the position full time. Through this position, I hope to maintain the feeling of hospitality that first impressed me years ago.
MSW, Director: Philip J. Schlossberg– Email
Host: Danny Krause
Hillel Student Board (HSB)
President: Ethan Hirsh – Email
Vice President: Jonah Ross – Email
Treasurer: Sam Bortnick – Email
Secretary: Skyler Loundy – Email
Technology and Public Relations Chair: Alaina Bartfeld – Email
Religious Chair: Bailey Czerkiewicz – Email
FYSH Chair: Talia Hirsh – Email
Social Media Chair: Emily Sullins – Email
Tzedek Chair: Lucas Stein – Email
Social Chair: Ronni Sharpe – Email
Special Advisor: Solomon Blinchevsky – Email
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