The Miraculous Tale of the Stolen San Francisco Menorah

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A menorah made by Yochanon "Mitch" Bogart in Massachusetts burns brightly during Hanukkah.
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This 100-pound menorah was stolen from Washington Square Park in San Francisco. It belonged to the Chabad of North Beach. Police think the thieves may have wanted the brass. Dec. 26, 2016
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Since the menorah was stolen, Rabbi Peretz and Miryum Mochkin asked people to bring their own menorahs to the park. Jews and non-Jews gathered Monday night at Washington Square Park, lighting several menorahs on a picnic table. (Dec. 26, 2016)
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Someone lights a smaller menorah on the third night of Hanukkah at Washington Square Park after a big brass one was stolen. Dec. 26, 2016
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Yochanon "Mitch" Bogart shipped his collapse-able menorah to San Francisco for about $300. Each menorah sells for about $700.
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Yochanon "Mitch" Bogart of Massachusetts heard about the plight of the Jews at the Chabad of North Beach in San Francisco. He makes menorahs on the side and sent them an extra one he had, made out of fir, to arrive for the fifth night of Hanukkah.
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Chabad of North Beach's Miryum Mochkin is thrilled to have a new menorah for the fifth night of Hanukkah. "This Hanukkah miracle is that this was such a kind, generous act," she said.
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The Mochkin family of Chabad of North Beach puts together a new menorah sent to them from Massachusetts in time for the fifth night of Hanukkah. They plan to light this one and then bring it back in the house. Dec. 28, 2016
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Rabbi Peretz Mochkin of the Chabad Jews of North Beach prepares to light a menorah at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. (Dec. 28, 2016)
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Rabbi Peretz Mochkin lights a menorah at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco during the Chabad Jews' Hanukkah celebration Wednesday night. (Dec. 28, 2016)
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A menorah at Ghirardelli Square is lit Wednesday evening during a Hanukkah celebration by Chabad Jews in San Francisco. (Dec. 28, 2016)
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Chabad Jews of North Beach dance to music during a Hanukkah celebration Wednesday in San Francisco. (Dec. 28, 2016)
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Chabad Jews enjoy music and dancing under the light of a menorah at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. After their 6-foot menorah was stolen last weekend, they'll celebrate with a new one on Friday or Saturday. (Dec. 28, 2016)
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