February 22, 2024
Posing with the brand new menorah at Chabad Home within the School Space. Photograph credit score: Courtesy

A brand new menorah was put in Saturday outdoors the Chabad Home, simply east of San Diego State College.

This greater, brighter and vandal-resistant menorah – it weighs 1,500 poiunds and is 20-feet tall – replaces one which was destroyed earlier this 12 months in a suspected hate crime.

Rabbi Chalom Boudjnah, religious chief of the SDSU Jewish pupil neighborhood, and supporters had been available Saturday morning when the menorah arrived from Florida, the place it was specifically designed and crafted by professional metallic employees. 

“It is an indication of hope, an indication of sunshine preventing over darkness,” Boudjnah stated. 

The earlier menorah was destroyed in March by suspected antisemitic vandals. That incident was the third time in two years wherein the menorah – which graces the entrance entrance to Chabad Home, on Montezuma Highway – was badly broken.

Native residents of all faiths mobilized in April to fund development of the brand new menorah.

“I heard concerning the vandalism and I felt it was simply horrible,” stated Barry Soper, a Level Loma resident, who’s spearheading fundraising for the menorah and different enhancements at Chabad Home.

“Whether or not it’s a menorah, a cross, or every other non secular image, I do know all San Diegans can be outraged by such destruction, and like me, do what they will to assist restore these essential icons.”

The School Space Jewish neighborhood can be joined by native leaders and college students to dedicate and lightweight the menorah on Thursday, the primary night time of Hanukkah.