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Thugs break Utah menorah, but not Hanukkah spirit

Published December 3, 2013 9:32 am

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Someone broke a Salt Lake City Jewish community's menorah, but not its holiday spirit.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, someone broke several of the candles off the menorah that is on display in front of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, 1760 S. 1100 East. Rabbi Benny Zippel, the center's executive director, suspects "some passing thugs" were responsible.

"I find it deplorable that acts like this take place, specifically during a holiday that celebrates religious freedom in our country" Zippel wrote in a statement.

But the vandalism did not ruin Hanukkah. Chanukah on Ice — the center's evening of ice skating, music and the lighting of Utah's largest menorah — went on as planned Sunday at the Gallivan Center.

"In the spirit of Chabad philosophy," Zippel wrote, "we are taught to never waver in face of adversity and bigotry."

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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