Jewish Fraternity Spreads Awareness With Menorah Lighting

By Mallory Lane

Published 12/02 2013 06:39PM

Updated 12/02 2013 06:47PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Vandals spray-painted anti-Semitic slogans, swastikas and sexual pictures on several cars of members of Beta Sigma Beta, a primarily Jewish fraternity, last month.

Monday night, the fraternity is sending a new message to the local community.

Beta Sigma Beta lit the menorah for the 13th time, but they say this year's ceremony is different.

It's a crime Rabbi Nosson Meretsky says is hard to understand.

"We're trying to use it as a catalyst for something positive," he said.

Monday night, he and others in the State College community have a new message to share.

"The best way to counter act any kind of intimidation, vandalism, anti-Semitism, any kind of those things is by being more visible," he said.

Hundreds of people gathered at Old Main to light the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah.

Rabbi Meretsky says now, the celebration is even more visible.

"If we're more visible and more proud and more out in the open, then we're more respected," he said. "People will say, okay, we're not going to mess with them."

Turning darkness to light and teaching an important lesson to members of the State College community.

"If we do, in our daily lives, one more act of goodness and kindness, that really increases a light," Meretsky said. "So the whole world becomes a place of light and a place of goodness."

State College Police have not released the names of any suspects in the vandalism case and are still investigating.

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