August 5, 2013 – Hillel’s Foundation for Jewish Campus Life has named Allegheny College as one of 20 “small and mighty campuses of excellence” in its newly updated college guide.
Williams, Wellesley, Middlebury, Trinity, Dickinson and Kenyon Colleges and Colgate University were also named among the top 20 colleges for Jewish campus life.
Hillel’s Foundation for Jewish Campus Life selected colleges for inclusion that had smaller Jewish populations but were “mighty” based on their innovative Jewish programming, a growing Jewish population, a dedicated professional leader, demonstrated administrative support and a commitment to serve Jews of all backgrounds.
Allegheny College has almost quadrupled its Jewish student population since 2003, a growth that reflects the college’s commitment to religious diversity. Students are actively engaged in exploring various versions of their Jewish identities and journeys, inspired by a campus rabbi and regular services, and are active in leadership roles that shape the vibrancy of Jewish programming and culture on campus.
Rachel Dingman, who graduated from Allegheny College in 2008, serves as the director of Hillel at Allegheny. “There are advantages to the college’s small Jewish population,” Dingman says. “Students have unique opportunities to quickly become leaders within the Hillel community.”
Allegheny’s chapter of Hillel is a student-led organization that supports and encourages the exploration of Jewish life and culture through religious, educational and social programs.