- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Police says someone has vandalized a large menorah outside a Jewish center on the University of Illinois campus. It’s the second time it has happened this year.

University police are investigating the Wednesday incident but tell The News-Gazette in Champaign (https://bit.ly/1NHzjHF ) that they haven’t yet made any arrests.

Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel (TECH’-tel) directs the Chabad Jewish Center. He says the incident shocks him.

In a security-camera video that the center shared with police, a man struggles to push the 9-foot menorah down before finally knocking it to the ground around 6 a.m. He then walks away and joins two other people on a nearby sidewalk.

Tiechtel said the center is already looking for a replacement menorah.

Someone similarly damaged the menorah on April 10. No arrests have been made.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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