HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville synagogue has been subjected to vandalism for the second time in less than two years.
Rabbi Moshe Cohen of Chabad of Huntsville told News 19 their nine-foot menorah was stolen from their front lawn.
Rabbi Cohen says he noticed the missing menorah from the synagogue property Monday afternoon. He believes it was taken Sunday night.
“The message of the menorah, the liberty of the freedom of religion and positivity and joy and light will continue even in a place of darkness and hate,” said Rabbi Cohen.
The rabbi maintained the Jewish community will not be intimidated by acts of hate or negativity.
“During this challenging time yes this is something that is a hateful act towards the Jewish People but we take this motivation and we take this hatred and we turn it into something that is good and something positive,” Rabbi Cohen added.
A donation fund has been set up in support of the area’s Jewish community.
The Etz Chayim Synagogue and Chabad of Huntsville were vandalized in April of 2020, where anti-Semitic graffiti was sprayed, including swastikas.
Though Huntsville Police released surveillance photos of last year’s vandal, no arrests were made. Authorities said surveillance video indicated the same person was responsible for both of those crimes.
Huntsville Police say they are investigating it as a theft of property case.
The vandalism in 2020 was discovered during Passover. This theft was discovered 12 days before Hanukkah.
At this time HPD investigators don’t believe the incident is related to last year’s crimes. If you have any information, contact Huntsville Police at (256) 722-7100.