Menorah Taken From Alabama Synagogue Targeted By Vandals

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Jewish congregation that was targeted by vandals last year had a large menorah taken off its property, but police don't believe the incidents are related, news outlets reported.

Rabbi Moshe Cohen, who leads Chabad of Huntsville, said he noticed the 9-foot-tall (2.74-meters-tall) menorah missing from outside the building on Monday. Police were investigating the case as an apparent theft, but no one was arrested.

Chabad of Huntsville and the Etz Chayim synagogue were vandalized in April 2020 with anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas. Police released surveillance photos of a suspect, but no arrests were made.

Cohen told news outlets the theft of the menorah was a “hateful act” toward Jewish people.

“You think you’re going to take away our menorah, you think you’re going to take away our religious freedom? We’re going to double down, we’re going to putting out more menorahs throughout north Alabama, we’re going to be putting out more efforts to spread goodness, kindness and joy. So in a way, I thank you for taking my menorah,” he said.