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Police look for leads in holiday hate crime

Published On: Dec 19 2012 08:35:02 PM CST

A vandal defaced a menorah in a Rabbi's front yard.

Police were looking for leads Wednesday in a holiday hate crime targeting a Jewish menorah. Police received reports Tuesday that someone spray painted a swastika on a menorah in the neighborhood of Rockrimmon boulevard and Allegheny drive.

Rabbi Moshe Liberow is the rabbi at Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center. Liberow's synagogue brings out the menorah every year. He said this is the first time in 12 years that there has ever been an incident. The synagogue places the menorah in a new location each holiday season. This year, it was in Liberow's front yard.

Liberow described the vandal's actions as cowardly. He is staying positive thanks to the outpouring of support from the neighborhood. He said one neighbor took it upon themselves to clean off the menorah. Neighbors sent the Liberows cards and flowers; one neighbor hung a "Happy Hanukkah" sign across the family's front door.

"The kindness and wonderful involvement of the community, it's just been really really special to us," said Liberow.

This is coming on the heels of hates crimes on Monday. Vandals spray painted racial slurs on cars and a church. Police said the incidents are not related.

"Hate crimes still exist in Colorado even with this biased motivated statue but it has become much more marginalized," said Scott Levin with the Anti-Defamation League.

Levin said thanks to Colorado's new law against these sorts of hate crimes, people are empowered to speak out against them.

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