The Menorah at the Illini Chabad center was damaged for the second time in the 2015-2016 academic year on Sunday.
Illini Chabad is working with the University of Illinois Police Department to determine who vandalized the Menorah. Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel said video footage showed two people involved with the vandalization of the Menorah early Sunday morning.
At the start of the school year, a 20 year-old Parkland College student was charged with a class 4 felony for damaging the menorah. The offender, Max Kristy, was caught on a Chabad surveillance camera attempting to knock the Menorah over.
Kristy broke the Menorah at it’s base, causing almost $3,000 in damage. Kirsty turned himself in following the initiation of a UIPD investigation. He was issued a state of Illinois notice to appear.
Following damages caused by a similar act of vandalism that took place in April, Illini Chabad has created an Illini Menorah Rededication Fund. The Menorah was rededicated on Dec. 7.