New menorah on UI campus to be dedicated Wednesday

New menorah on UI campus to be dedicated Wednesday

The executive director of Chabad Center for Jewish Life on the University of Illinois campus said he is "excited and pumped" now that the center's new menorah has been installed.

Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel made the comments after crews put up the rectangular steel structure Monday morning at 509 South Fourth Street.

The old menorah has been damaged four times since 2015, including in late October. The new symbol is carved into the structure, which includes a Block I.

Tiechtel said he is blown away by the sight of the new menorah.

Tiechtel said the only work left to be done on the menorah is providing electricity to the structure so that it can have LED lighting. He said the menorah is more than nine feet tall, weighs 3,600 pounds and is three feet deep into the ground.

A dedication of the new symbol will be held on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Tiechtel said there has been interest from other communities to put the old menorah up in front of their Jewish centers once it is taken down.

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burl55 wrote on December 15, 2017 at 7:12 am

How long will it be before Democrats attempt to vandalize this one? President Trump, unlike the last guy in that job. Kept his promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and to show America’s support of Jewish people everywhere. At 3,600 pounds, it will surely smash any drunk frat boys that try to unbolt it from its base.