USA - Menorah vandalized, damaged in Lancaster city

Vandalized menorah is shown at Penn Square in Lancaster Saturday Nov. 27, 2021 / Andy Blackburn | Staff Photographer
Lancaster, PA
- A menorah placed in downtown Lancaster was intentionally damaged sometime overnight, according to city police.

An unidentified vandal or vandals damaged the 460-pound steel menorah in Penn Square sometime Friday night or Saturday morning, police said in a news release.

The custom-built menorah is brand new, having been unveiled in the northeast corner of the square just last weekend, a few feet away from the city’s Christmas tree, said Miriam Baumgartner, board president of the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, which helped purchase the menorah.

The menorah is designed to resemble a red rose bush as a nod to the City of Lancaster. Eighteen roses are placed on the menorah, representing the Hebrew letter “chai,” meaning “life.”