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Thousands raised after Menorah vandalised in Epping

Crime / Mon 1st Jan 2024 at 11:17am

OVER £2,000 has been raised to replace a vandalised Menorah in Epping.

The multi-branched candelabra of Judaism, placed in the High Street, is used to celebrate Hanukkah.

The Menorah has been erected in the High Street for the past four years in December in the lead up to Hanukkah.

There has also been Menorahs erected in Ongar and in Harlow.

Rabbi Yossi Posen said the vandalism would not stop them from putting the Menorah up again.

The rabbi said it had been “warmly” received by people in the town.

He started the online fundraiser to raise £4,500 and said the response had been “heart-warming”.

“The love towards the Jewish community in Epping is so moving,” he told the BBC.

Rabbi Posen said this was the first time it had been vandalised and the money raised is due to be put towards a new Menorah. 

“We are blessed to live in a country that allows us to practice religion freely and I look forward to a nicer, bigger and brighter Menorah up on the High Street next year to remind us of the message of light, love and hope,” he said. 

He said it was not known for sure which day the vandalism took place, but the damage was reported to Essex Police on 23 December.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Officers attended the scene for initial inquiries with the investigation currently ongoing. 

“If you have any information in relation to the incident, please contact us via 101 or online quoting incident number 1187 of December 23.” 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-67723239

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4 Comments for Thousands raised after Menorah vandalised in Epping:

Bruno G
2024-01-01 11:41:54

Multiculturalism working beautifully.

Me.
2024-01-01 12:54:05

No doubt it will happen as soon as it is replaced.

Tim the Turtle
2024-01-01 17:49:59

What has happened to the Harlow Menorah featured in this picture with Andrew Johnson?

Mr Grumpy
2024-01-02 16:05:23

No doubt vandalised by the ignorant idiots of this world. I blame the countries leaders for all this anti-religious feelings recently. After all it is they who start wars, not the general populous who have to suffer the after effects.

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