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DETROIT, MI–A beautiful one of a kind 24-foot high Menorah which was created by a local artist will be the centerpiece of this years celebration of Chanukah in Downtown Detroit. The Shul of West Bloomfield, a Chabad Lubavitch Community Center, commissioned the Menorah that is made of steel and glass. The celebration of Chanukah translated means “rededication”, which will feature a great opportunity for Detroiters to join in on the fun and celebration of the holiday.

Media Event on Friday December 7th from Noon-2pm, the Menorah will be installed at Campus Martius located in Cadillac Square in Downtown Detroit, which will present a great photo opportunity and chance to talk with Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov about the meaning and the importance of Chanukah.Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov explains, “The Menorah being placed in Downtown Detroit is a reminder to all of us that we should continually work to warm and illuminate the world around us.”

On Wednesday December 12th at 530pm, “Menorah Lighting In The D” takes center stage as thousands of celebrants are expected to attend ‘the’ super big community Chanukah party of the year featuring the lighting of the Menorah, a Free Soup Bar, Donuts and Dreidels. Live music will liven up the December night air along with one of the most unique light shows ever to take place in Downtown Detroit. An additional light will glow each night for the eight nights of Chanukah. Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov and a representative from NextGen will be on hand to talk about the meaning of Chanukah.

The Shul of West Bloomfield, NextGen, a division of the Jewish Federation and Quicken Loan sponsor the Chanukah Celebration.

The Menorah which was created and built by the highly acclaimed Nordin Brothers of the Detroit Design Center has all of the features of modern day artistry while remaining true to the Temple’s Menorah of 2,000 years ago. Itty Shemtov, Director of Education of The Shul says, “The Menorah is a remarkable work of art and to have such tremendous community support for the City Menorah Celebration is very heartwarming.”

Interestingly, the public lighting of the Menorah is rooted in Chabad tradition and is seen worldwide, from the White House to the Eiffel Tower. It is therefore fitting that Downtown Detroit is also included in this celebration for the second straight year. Advance interviews along with video and photos are available of the Menorah. Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov is also available in advance and at Campus Martius for interviews regarding the meaning of Chanukah. For more information, visit,




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