U of I Softball Player Suspended Indefinitely

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CHAMPAIGN – The softball player, who police say damaged the menorah at the University of Illinois is suspended from the team, indefinitely.

Ruby Rivera, from California issued an apology and sent it to our news partners at the Champaign News Gazette, stating she meant no disrespect toward the Jewish community. Rivera faces preliminary charges in the case.

This marks the third time the menorah outside the Chabad Jewish Center in Champaign has been damaged, in recent months.  The center’s executive director is calling for efforts to make the University of Illinois Campus more open to cultural differences.

“We are in conversation with the university to see what we can do to better education,” said Rabbi David Tiechtel. “Kids come to college, they don’t just come to get a degree. You come to college to learn to be a functioning member of society, to learn how to respect and treat others as well. The university can do more, and they want to do more, and hopefully will do more to help students understand cultural diversity.”

The center has installed several security cameras, one of which caught the latest incident, on February 7th.

Meanwhile, Tiechtel says his center has received support from religious groups and others in the community.

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