Rabbi: UK Jewish Student Center vandalized in apparent hate crime

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-A Lexington Jewish leader is asking people to speak out against hate after someone vandalized the University of Kentucky’s Jewish Student Center over the weekend.

Rabbi Shlomo Litvin says someone targeted the center’s sign and menorah in an apparent hate crime.

According to the Rabbi, the menorah was leaning dangerously on Sunday morning, but it’s been fixed. The Rabbi says the sign should be fixed by the end of the week.

He says especially during COVID-19 these physical symbols can be a reminder to students, their community is still with them.

“Having that sign that you do have a home here on campus. You are welcome here in Lexington, especially for students coming, either from places with a very large Jewish community, or a place with no Jewish community, they’re building their Jewish identity now in college, that sign has tremendous value to them,” he said.

Litvin says this is particularly disturbing after recent threats he’s received and several hate crimes against Jewish centers across the country.

He says Lexington Police are investigating and he hopes other community members will speak out against hate.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the foremost leader of Judaism in the modern era, whose teachings and vision inspired the establishment of our Center, taught ‘God gave each of us a soul, which is a candle that He gives us to illuminate our surroundings with His light,’ and that ‘a little bit of light will dispel a great deal of darkness’ We pledge to continue to be that light,” Litvin wrote.

Litvin asks you contact him at UKCJSC@gmail.com if you’d like to help.

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