After Dartmouth menorah was vandalized, Hanover police seek more information – Concord Monitor

Posted By on December 22, 2020

Published: 12/21/2020 5:46:12 PM

Police are continuing to investigate who is responsible for shooting out seven of the nine lights on the menorah on the Dartmouth College green with what appears to be a pellet gun last week.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon called the incident an appalling act of anti-Semitism that went beyond vandalism or a prank because it seeks to diminish the rich culture and history of the Jewish people.

The college did proceed with lighting the eighth candle Thursday night, and a group of community members came to show support for the areas Jewish community.

Shira Hoffer, a 19-year-old from Hanover, attended the gathering. As an intern for the Anti-Defamation League of New England, Hoffer says shes been dealing with reports of vandalism and anti-Semitism in other forms. But it was a jarring experience to have this happen in her town.

I was surprised that this happened here, in part because its a very close-knit town and you never really imagined this type of thing would happen in your town, she said.

Hoffer said the group went through a pretty standard menorah lighting. The rabbi said a few words, and the eighth light was lit.

It was still poignant for Hoffer because, she says, one of the goals of the Jewish holiday is to publicly display the miracle of Hanukkah.

Youre going to try and destroy our public declaration of faith, and were going to come back the next night and fulfill the commandment anyway, she said.

The menorah is now in the colleges maintenance shop for repair.

Hanover police and Dartmouth security are investigating the incident. In a statement Friday, Hanover police said they had not found video that showed the area of the menorah. The department says that the incident happened between Tuesday and Wednesday night.

If anyone has more information, theyre encouraged to call 603-643-2222.

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