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Penn Jewish Students Will Enjoy Holiday Services Despite #1 Rank on Playboy’s Top 10 Party Schools

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Playboy magazine on Monday announced its highly-anticipated Top Party Schools rankings, and this year the University of Pennsylvania, Penn, takes top honors.

This might be perplexing news to Penn Hillel, which reaches out to 2, 200 undergraduate students on that happy, happy campus, “with a dizzying array of different Jewish opportunities ranging from social justice to Israel, and from Jewish culture offerings to Jewish religious expression.” And, of course, all the kosher wine and beer you can drink.

So, while all this dizzying partying is going on, Penn Hillel invites Jewish students and their loved ones to choose from 5 different Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, including Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox.

Rabbi Joshua Bolton, a dynamic young rabbi will be conducting our Reform Services at the University Museum with cantorial soloist, Meara Lebovitz. Rabbi Michael Uram, Director of Penn Hillel, will lead the Conservative Services at Irvine Auditorium with Cantor Emma Ellman-Golan. Student leaders will again lead our Orthodox Services located at Steinhardt Hall (Rosh Hashannah) and Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall (Yom Kippur).

“We also have incredible food for all holiday meals in our dining hall, ” their website announces.

The following schools have earned a spot on Playboy’s 2014 Top 10 Party Schools list:

University of Pennsylvania
University of Wisconsin
West Virginia University
University of Arizona
University of Iowa
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Miami
Colorado State University
University of Texas
Syracuse University

Playboy’s editors considered a variety of factors in their selection process, including access to nightlife and musical events, and creativity when planning social gatherings. Information from the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, and the US Economic Census was also considered.

In addition to its Top 10 rankings, Playboy also honored Vassar College for having the “Coolest Indie Music Scene” and Oberlin College for being the “Sexiest Small School.”

Too late to send in your application? So sorry…

Last year West Virginia University was Playboy’s number one. The magazine’s first party school list, Top 40 Party Colleges, appeared in its January 1987 issue with California State University-Chico taking the top spot.

Back to Penn Hillel: it runs a separate organization called the Jewish Renaissance Project (JRP) that “brings Shabbat dinner, Jewish dialogue, and deep educational events to students in the dorms, the fraternity and sorority houses, and off campus in West Philly. By bringing Jewish life to students where they live, work, and play, JRP insures that every Jewish student, regardless of background, can have a safe and meaningful space to explore and grow Jewishly.”

When they’re not partying, obviously.

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