Stolen menorah replaced in N.J.


NEW YORK (JTA) — A menorah stolen from a New Jersey park was replaced with a larger one.

The previous menorah, erected in a public park in Haddonfield, N.J., by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, disappeared late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

The menorah was replaced by the local Chabad in time for a planned Thursday night Chanukah celebration.

According to the Haddonfield Patch website, Haddonfield Police Chief John Banning said he had no reason to believe that the theft was a hate crime. Rather, he suggested that the 6-foot-tall aluminum menorah may have been stolen for scrap metal.

There have been previous metal thefts in the southern New Jersey borough.

A nearby Christmas tree and Nativity scene were not harmed.

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