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Salt Lake City Menorah Vandalized (VIDEO)

The vandalism won't destroy the Chabad mission of responding to adversity with increased joy and celebration. Still, if the vandals are apprehended, Chabad will press charges.
The Chabad chanukiah in Salt Lake City was vandalized Sat. night, Nov. 30.

The Chabad chanukiah in Salt Lake City was vandalized Sat. night, Nov. 30.
Photo Credit: KSL screen capture

There are fewer than 6,000 Jews living in the state of Utah. During the Hanukkah holiday there is a 6 foot Chanukiah on display in Salt Lake City, which is where most Utah Jews live.

The chanukiah is located in front of the Chabad Lubovitch of Utah, a place which executive director Rabbi Benny Zippel explained to a local media outlet, is “designated to educate Jews, especially the unaffiliated, to develop a further education and appreciation for Judaism.”

But the huge chanukiah was vandalized sometime overnight on Saturday, Nov. 30.  Three arms which hold the lightbulb “flames,” including the wiring, were knocked off.

As is the Chabad way, Rabbi Zippel explained that their response to the vandalism, “is to face adversity and bigotry with increased joy and celebration, looking more to the positive than the negative.”

However, if the vandals are found, the Chabad leadership will press charges. Here is KSL’s newscast about the vandalism.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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10 Responses to “Salt Lake City Menorah Vandalized (VIDEO)”

  1. Hate is all around us

  2. Ch Hoffman says:

    Mormon reaction to perceived Jewish proselytizing

  3. Please don't automatically attribute this case of vandalism in Salt Lake City to Mormons. Mormons in Utah have have usually had warm relations with Jews.
    http://www.jewishmag.com/136mag/mormons/mormons.htm

    SLC is only about half Mormon, and there are hooligans everywhere. Rabbi Zippel himself attributes it more to hooliganism than to possible antisemitism. If the vandals are discovered to be Mormon I'm confident that they will be subjected to church discipline.

  4. I'm a Jew in Salt Lake City. Hoffman, apparently, is not. If he were characterize a crime against an LDS Temple as a "Jewish reaction to Mormon proselytizing," he would see how damaging his assessment of this situation was. The LDS Church and the Jewish community have a long-standing history of building good relationships and mutual respect. The people of this city work to build good relationships. Disparaging an entire people is something Hoffman should abhore.

  5. Probably bored and stupid teens. I, too, am a Jew in SLC. The lack of perceived diversity and awareness of the "other" is also part of the problem.

  6. Jennifer Miller-Smith says:

    i thought about drunk college students, also.

  7. Years ago we sold our old house on a contract. When the buyers defaulted I went to look at the property. Leaning against the shed was a very old Hebrew headstone. I called the Jewish cemetery. Their records showed it was one of theirs. I suggested they retrieve it (I couldn't legally). Lots of times these things are done by people who are drunk or high (as was likely the case with our irresponsible buyer based on garbage we found in the house after we foreclosed on it.

  8. Years ago we sold our old house on a contract. When the buyers defaulted I went to look at the property. Leaning against the shed was a very old Hebrew headstone. I called the Jewish cemetery. Their records showed it was one of theirs. I suggested they retrieve it (I couldn't legally). Lots of times these things are done by people who are drunk or high (as was likely the case with our irresponsible buyer based on garbage we found in the house after we foreclosed on it.

  9. Ch Hoffman says:

    Tracy Hall Jr. for $25, you can buy a new sense of humor with the irony option at any one of a dozen websites

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