NEW YORK - The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the vandalism of a large electric menorah at the Carl Schurz Park on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The menorah was found on the floor, half broken on Monday morning. It had been lit on Sunday night, the first night of Chanukah, by Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and Chabad of the Upper East Side. Close to 1,000 people reportedly attended the annual ceremony.
“Last night we gathered to kindle the menorah, bringing light to the world, and this morning we found that we were met by an act of darkness,” Rabbi Elie Weinstock of Kehilath Jeshurun told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Monday. “But light always overcomes darkness.”
Even after being toppled over, the Carl Schurz Park menorah was found still lit up in the morning.