Jewish Center Menorah Vandalized For 3rd Time

February 09, 2016
Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign

Screenshot from security video taken at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life shows two people breaking one of the arms of an outdoor menorah.

University of Illinois Campus Police

U of I Campus Police say that they think they’ve identified a man and a woman shown on security video as they vandalized an outdoor menorah at a a campus orthodox Jewish center.

The attack on the menorah at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign occurred early Sunday morning. It was the third time the menorah had been vandalized since the start of last year.

Chabad Center director, Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel told the News-Gazette that the menorah, which had been repaired in the past, would be replaced with a stronger one. But he said the string of recent attacks showed the need to teach greater respect for differing beliefs.

Campus police say tips from the community have helped them identify suspects in the attack. They say anyone with information should contact them or Champaign County Crime Stoppers.

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