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Menorah vandalized on eve of Salt Lake City Chanukah celebration

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A menorah in front of a Salt Lake City Jewish center was vandalized just hours before a scheduled Chanukah celebration, according to a statement from the center's leaders.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A menorah in front of a Salt Lake City Jewish center was vandalized just hours before a scheduled Chanukah celebration, according to a statement from the center's leaders.

A statement from Chabad Lubavitch of Utah says unknown vandals broke the menorah displayed in front of the building, located at 1760 S. 1100 East. Chabad Lubavitch has been planning a community Chanukah celebration at the Gallivan Center Sunday evening, which includes the lighting of Utah's largest menorah. The menorah that was destroyed is different than the one that will be lit at the Gallivan Center.

Rabbi Benny Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch said the vandalism happened around 1 a.m. Sunday.

"I find it deplorable that acts like this take place specifically during a holiday that celebrates religious freedom in our country," Zippel said in a statement.

Zippel told ABC4 on Sunday that he was told about the vandalism early Sunday morning by a Salt Lake City Police officer who responded to the scene. Zippel said police are investigating the incident but so far have few leads.
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