Lights of Evanston, Illinois menorah smashed

Days after menorah found toppled over in New York park, vandals attacks menorah near Chicago in what police call possible hate crime.

Cynthia Blank ,

Hanukkah (illustrative)
Hanukkah (illustrative)
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The electric lights of a six-foot menorah in Evanston, Illinois were smashed late last week during the Hanukkah holiday.

According to Chicago's CBS Local, the damage to menorah is being investigated by Evanston police as a possible hate crime. 

The menorah stands outside a hospitality facility run by the Chicago Mitzvah Campaign (CMC), a Jewish community organization which provides an array of services to Jewish patients, visitors and staff at local hospitals. 

“The menorah’s lights were smashed and the switches were all ripped out,” CMC Director Rabbi Aron Wolf told CBS Local.

“This wanton destruction of property is incredibly disheartening, and especially at this time of year, when we should be recognizing everyone’s right to celebrate holidays in a spirit of brotherhood and goodwill.”

Earlier last week, a menorah standing in Carl Shurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was found toppled over. 

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the vandalism, which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said has "no place here or anywhere."