CSUSM celebrated Sukkot with several activities spread out over the entire holiday. On Thursday, October 13th, students built a sukkah on campus at CSUSM. The sukkah was up for a total of 14 days and we estimated that over 2,000 students passed by. Inside the sukkah there were educational posters displayed so everyone who entered could learn about Sukkot.
The following Tuesday, we hosted Bagels in the sukkah. Students were invited to shake the lulav and etrog and enjoy the shade and community.
On Thursday, October 20th, we hosted Sushi in the Sukkah. Thanks to a generous grant from NJOP’s Sukkot Across America, we were able to host a Jewish meditation workshop and provide sushi for everyone who stopped by. Rabbi Alyson Solomon from Congregation Beth Israel joined us to teach students about Sukkot. In addition, we welcomed members of the Jewish Faculty Staff Association. This was the first time the Jewish Faculty Staff Association joined Hillel students on campus for an event.
On Friday, October 21st, students attended a creative Shabbat at Leichtag Commons, hosted by the Center for Jewish Culture. CSUSM students enjoyed a wonderful meal and Shabbat experience with fellow North County residents.
On Sunday, October 23rd, many students attended the annual Sukkot Festival at Coastal Roots Farms. This is the 4th year in a row that CSUSM students participated in this wonderful community event. We had a wonderful and memorable Sukkot holiday and look forward to next year’s celebration.