Chabad of Penn State, a Jewish organization which serves the social, educational, and spiritual needs of Penn State students and community members, reported a theft of a large menorah that was placed outside of the Chabad house on East Warring Avenue.
Several suspects were filmed taking the menorah on a security camera outside of the Chabad House.
Chabad co-director Rabbi Hersy Gourarie stated that the menorah was stolen overnight on October 27 in an email to the Centre Daily Times. The menorah was subsequently found in front of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house in a damaged state the following day.
Gourarie said the Jewish fraternity chapter, which was suspended for at least two years after breaking university regulations in the wake of student Tim Piazza’s death, was also a target of the incident.
Gourarie told the Centre Daily Times that the incident has been taken very seriously by Penn State administrators and that, “I would like to commend the university for their strong support and zero tolerance for acts of this nature.”
The State College Police Department is currently investigating the matter.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post did not include Chabad co-director Rabbi Hersy Gourarie’s comment that Sigma Alpha Mu was a target of the incident. The post has since been updated to include this additional information.