Menorah vandalized, then fixed by onlookers in Cambridge


Witnesses say the suspect dropped his bike then charged at the Menorah to knock it over.

“And we’re walking down and within 20 seconds of us getting out of the car we heard this big bang,” said Jon O’Toole of Somerville.

A few seconds later Jon O’Toole and his wife saw two young women trying to pick up the menorah.

Jon stepped in to help, while his wife took video Sunday afternoon. You can see five people people in all pushing the menorah back up on the Cambridge Common.

“It feels great tis the season. Whatever we can do, whatever little thing that we can do to help the situation that was otherwise bad feels great,” said O’Toole.  

The menorah belongs to the Chabad House at Harvard.

“That is very much the story of Hanukkah where it was a few people who came together and to triumph over the darkness and to demonstrate love can overpower hate and good can overpower evil and that’s exactly what they did,” said Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi of the Chabad House at Harvard. 

One light bulb was broken in the fall.

Cambridge police are investigating.

Jon is glad he was able to help. He says one of the others who lifted the menorah was an older Jewish man who was emotional seeing it just laying on the ground on the first night of Hanukkah.

“The old gentleman gathered us all around and said a prayer it was really, really sweet,” said O’Toole.

There will be a special lighting on the common at 5:00 on Thursday night for the community to come together and heal following this weekends vandalism. 

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