09/05/2013 10:33 am ET Updated Sep 05, 2013

Brooklyn Menorah Burning Investigated By NYPD As Possible Hate Crime (VIDEO)

NYPD officials are investigating the burning of a large, wooden menorah outside a Brooklyn synagogue as a possible hate crime.

The menorah was set on fire early Wednesday morning, the first day of Rosh Hashana.

FDNY officials say Chabad Lubavitch of Kensington was vacant at the time of the burning.

“Knocking something like this down is making a big statement, trying to destroy an essential part of the Jewish religion here in New York,” a Jewish chaplain told CBS.

No injuries were reported. As of Thursday morning, no arrests have been made.