Police in Brookline are trying to figure out who stole and damaged a 6-foot tall, 300-pound menorah from outside a synagogue before abandoning it about a mile away.
The steel menorah was found in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood on Wednesday morning after being taken from outside Temple Emeth in Brookline.
Rabbi Alan Turetz said he hopes the theft was not a hate crime and that police told him someone may have stolen it to sell as scrap. He said there was no graffiti left on the temple.
Turetz said he hopes to repair and reinstall the menorah.
The congregation was founded in 1939 and the temple was built in 1948.
There was no word on arrests.