(CBS) — A six-foot tall menorah was damaged on Thursday, in an incident that is being investigated by Evanston police as a possible hate crime.
The electric menorah is located at a hospitality facility at 1022 Central St, outside the Evanston Metra station.READ MORE: Protesters Say Benet Academy In Lisle Rescinded Lacrosse Coach's Job Offer Because She Is A Lesbian
The facility is run by a Jewish community service organization called the Chicago Mitzvah Campaign (CMC), and provides a variety of services to patients, visitors and staff members at the hospital.READ MORE: Local College Professor Charged With Hate Crime, Accused Of Yelling Racial Slurs At Woman, Spitting On Her, And Hitting Her Car In Oak Park Jewel-Osco Parking Lot
“The menorah’s lights were smashed and the switches were all ripped out,” said the CMC’s director, Rabbi Aron Wolf. “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.”MORE NEWS: Metallica Performs Surprise Show At The Metro
Security cameras were not able to identify the vandals, but police are currently investigating to see if surveillance in nearby facilities may be of assistance.