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ABINGTON, Pennsylvania — The Penn State Abington campus community, run by Hillel students, has built a sukkah to mark Sukkot, the seven-day harvest festival that commemorates the wanderings of the Israelites in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt.
A sukkah is a two-and-a-half or three-sided temporary outdoor structure and is reminiscent of the huts the Israelites built for shelter. This year, Sukkot begins on October 9.
Hillel’s mission is to educate, promote and engage university students in Judaism through meetings, events and holiday celebrations. The close-knit community is made up of Jewish students who want to connect with others who share the same faith, as well as students from different backgrounds who want to learn more about the Jewish religion. At Abington, the organization has approximately 70 students and membership continues to grow and diversify.
About Penn State Abington
Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education, resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers bachelor’s degrees in 24 majors, undergraduate research, Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more.