Brookline Temple Rededicating Menorah That Was Stolen, Then Recovered

The 500-pound menorah was taken from Temple Emeth in November 2018 and found badly broken in West Roxbury

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A 500-pound menorah stolen from a Jewish temple in a Boston suburb last year is being rededicated after being recovered and repaired.

Temple Emeth in Brookline will hold the dedication ceremony Friday evening as the eight days of Hanukkah are set to begin Sunday.

The Boston Globe reports the six-foot-tall copper menorah was one of two that had stood on the temple's grounds since 1948.

It was ripped from the cement in the temple's rotunda in November 2018 and found badly broken on a street in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood.

Authorities believe multiple thieves ripped a 6-foot-tall, 300-pound menorah out of the ground at Temple Emeth on Grove Street, vandalized it, then ditched it in the area of Church and Weld streets in West Roxbury where police discovered it at about 6 a.m.

The owners of an auto body shop near the temple and other local residents helped restore the structure free of charge.

They'll be honored Friday for their efforts, which required more than a month to repair the menorah's lamps, and arms and set a new concrete foundation.

Rabbi Alan Turetz, of Temple Emeth, said their generosity has reaffirmed his faith in people.

Jewish groups warn that anti-Semitic crimes are on the rise in the U.S., but authorities believe the thieves may have been trying to steal the towering candelabra for its valuable metal.

They say the menorah was chained to a large vehicle and dragged about a mile before being discarded.

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