A large brass menorah was stolen from Washington Square Park in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood ( Filbert and Stockton streets) this weekend. The menorah, erected by Chabad is 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide and weighed over 100 pounds. It was installed two weeks ago in the northeast corner of the park as part of a neighborhood celebration of Hanukkah.
The menorah was taken before it could be lit for the second night of Hanukkah Sunday.
We are a stubborn, resourceful people. You can’t take the light from us.
The community responded by bringing their family menorahs to the celebration, filling the park with light.
North Beach Chabad has filed a police report. It is hoped that surveillance footage from neighboring businesses and residencies will lead to an arrest. In typical San Francisco fashion, this is not being treated as a hate crime.