Lincoln Road's traditional seashell menorah was vandalized over the weekend when someone spray painted the words "You Killed Jesus" near the Holiday symbol. The giant menorah, which is displayed alongside a similar dreidel, was created by artist Roger Abramson and has become a Hanukkah tradition on Miami Beach.
The message of hate was marked on concrete supporting a raised area of grass where the symbols stands. It was quickly painted over.
The display also has a tradition of being vandalized.
"Originally, it had a history," Abramson told WSVN. "The very first year, it was dealt a great deal of violence, and that's why we built it out of shells because the first year it was torn down three times."
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Indeed, the seashell construction does provide for some quick cleanup. Vandalized seashells are easily removed and replaced.
On Monday, a group of interfaith Miami Beach residents gathered around the menorah and prayed for religious tolerance.
Anyone with information on who may have vandalized the display is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.