SHREWSBURY – A Shrewsbury Police Department investigation determined that the menorah in the Town Common was damaged by wind and rain, not vandalized.
Community members noticed that the menorah had been damaged on Dec. 11. In a press release, the department said that between Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 there was heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 39 mph.
“We were not aware of any information to suggest that the Menorah was purposely damaged, vandalized or knocked down,” the department said. “However, out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety of all of our residents, our department has completed a full and extensive investigation into this incident.”
Shrewsbury police viewed security camera footage from multiple businesses in the area, and their investigation determined that the menorah was knocked over and damaged from the wind and rain.
Since it was damaged, the community rallied to replace the menorah.
Sarah Fogelman and Rabbi Shmulik Fogelman – who run the Chabad of Shrewsbury – posted about the destruction on Facebook and set up a GoFundMe. Less than 24 hours later, the GoFundMe had raised over $3,600, surpassing the $2,500 goal.
Sarah said there will be a menorah lighting on the Town Common at 4 p.m. Thursday.