(JTA) — Vandals broke apart a large menorah in front of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at the University of Kansas.
The 6-foot-high metal menorah was broken in half horizontally, and some of its branches were broken off and removed from the area over the weekend, the University Daily Kansan reported.
Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, co-director of the center in Lawrence, told the campus newspaper that he believes the attack was vandalism and not anti-Semitism. He also opined that because the menorah is so large and made out of metal that several people were involved in its vandalism.
The camage was estimated at $1,000. The center already has begun raising funds via its website for a new, larger menorah, according to the newspaper.