Mangel called the event "a great celebration of right over might, good over evil, light over darkness."
Haddonfield Police Chief John Banning said he believed the disappearance, reported around noon Wednesday, was the first criminal incident involving the menorah, which had not been recovered as of Thursday afternoon.
"There's no indication this is a hate crime of any sort or a bias crime," Banning said. "We're treating it as a theft."
Banning said it was possible that metal scavengers took the menorah, which also was made of aluminum.
The Hanukkah symbol stood near a Nativity scene and a decorated Christmas tree, which were untouched, Banning said. The menorah was one of about a half-dozen Chabad Lubavitch has erected around South Jersey, according to Mangel. The congregation paid from $1,500 to $1,600 to replace it, he said.
Haddonfield allows private groups to install religious displays in the prominent public site during the holidays.
Jews and non-Jews had e-mailed and called congregation leaders to express concern about the missing menorah, Mangel said. At least one person volunteered a donation and reward money, he said.
"It shows the goodness of people and it really speaks to the message of the candles," Mangel said.
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Inquirer columnist Kevin Riordan contributed to this article.