Montclair, NJ - The Montclair Police are investigating the destruction of a grand Menorah located on Church Street.
On Wednesday evening, Rabbi Yaacov Leaf received a call from Police Chief Todd Conforti, informing him that the Menorah had been vandalized. Though officials have not rushed to label the destructive act a biased incident, this comes in the midst of the festival of lights, Hanukkah.
Last Sunday, hundreds gathered at the location to celebrate the Hanukkah and to light the first candle. After the massive ice display was carved, Conforti then lit the first candle.
Lighting the grand Menorah on Church Street has been a tradition started by Leaf and his wife since 2014. In what had started as a gathering of a few dozen has now grown into a gathering of hundreds.
Yesterday, Leaf sorrowfully displayed before and after photos on his social media page saying,
"That was our beautiful Menorah on Sunday eve
And this is the current state of the Menorah.
On Weds eve I received a call from our police chief informing me that the Ice Menorah on church st was vandalized. A witness observed what looked to be a juvenile destroying the Menorah.
While I don’t know the motive behind this destructive act, I can’t help but think the possibility of this being a biased incident. I sure hope not.
At any rate let’s light those Menorah’s and let our lights shine bright! I want to thank the MPD for their attention to this matter."
According to reports, a juvenile was seen destroying the massive carved ice sculpture. Montclair Police are currently investigating.