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Menorah Vandalized on First Night of Hanukkah

A menorah put up outside Alameda City Hall was destroyed on the first night of Hanukkah prompting the city to declare: “We have no tolerance for hate.”

But by Friday morning, the city’s Recreation and Parks Department had erected a new one.

“Chanukah is a time for joy and dedication, the city said in a Facebook post. “We celebrate to remember that hate does not win when we rise up against oppressors. 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year, but Alamedans are resilient, and we will recover. For most of us, our new menorah will shine brighter than ever before. In Alameda, we believe strongly that everyone belongs here in our inclusive community.”


Francisco Soto was jogging by Friday morning when he saw the toppled menorah, which is supposed to be lit for eight nights during the Jewish festival of lights. His wife posted on Facebook that she is “sick and tired of seeing hate perpetuated” in Alameda and elsewhere.

If anyone has information on the Alameda menorah, please call the police at 510-337-8340.