Friday, December 30, 2016
A replacement menorah has been shipped to Washington Square Park after the original one (which was made of metal and stood at 6 feet tall, weighing over 100 pounds) was stolen over the weekend. Police were notified at around noon on Christmas Day.
The menorah belonged to Rabbi Peretz Mochkin, who supervises Chabad (a Hasidic Jewish organization) of the North Beach of San Francisco. It was located at Filbert and Stockton streets and reportedly stolen shortly before a scheduled candle lighting to mark the first two nights of Hanukkah. The news of the theft spread nationwide.
Upon hearing about the incident from a business partner, Sharon, Massachusetts resident Mitch Bogart (who holds a degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) shipped a wooden, fold up menorah (which he had built himself and reportedly kept in his garage) to Rabbi Peretz, his wife, Miryum Mochkin, and their five children. It is allegedly worth $700, excluding shipping charges.
NBC Bay Area shared that Bogart had crafted 15 menorahs this year. He had three left, two of which he gave to his sons (both of whom are rabbis), and the last of which was sent to San Francisco.
The Mochkins received the new model at around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Rabbi Peretz has described Bogart's donation as "unbelievable." He and his children began putting the model together and are planning on decorating it. Rabbi Peretz and Miryum have expressed their gratefulness to reporters.
The family will reportedly display the fold up menorah and hold a candle lighting in Washington Square Park on New Year's Eve, which will mark the eighth night of Hanukkah.
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