After Anti-Semitic Attack, Columbia U. Professor to Light Campus Menorah
A Columbia Teachers College professor whose office was vandalized with anti-Semitic images earlier this week will light the first candle of the campus menorah.
Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, a psychology and education scholar whose work includes Holocaust studies, discovered her office at 120th Street near Broadway defaced with two large spray-painted swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur on Wednesday. Her office was vandalized in 2007 as well.
On learning of the attack, Rabbi Yonah Blum, who with his wife, Keren, co-directs Chabad at Columbia University, reached out to Midlarsky, who has been a guest at their Chanukah celebrations in the past.
“How else can you respond to what happened besides turning it around and making something positive of it?” asks Blum.
The proper response, he says, will be a large turnout at nightly menorah-lightings on campus, where students will be joined by campus leaders and dignitaries....