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A virtual Menorah in the D with new activities Happening Thursday, December 10th from Campus Martius

Posted at 7:47 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 07:47:15-05

LANSING, Mich. — This year the Jewish community can celebrate Chanukah with events that promise connection and fun while staying safe during the pandemic. Virtually thousands of Michigan residents will safely light their 1st Chanukah light at the same time in their homes as the large Detroit Menorah is lit in Campus Maritus. Chanukah begins Thursday, December 10th at sundown – December 18th. Only a handful of dignitaries will be allowed to be at the Menorah on December 10th and that will be included invited guests Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Representative Brenda Lawrence, and Yochanan Polter of Detroit Chessed. Additionally, Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Vice president of Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan, and partners The Shul, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Chabad Greater Downtown Detroit, and will have a small amount of people to comply with Covid-19 protocols.

For the past 10 years, the lighting of a large menorah in downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park has attracted many enthusiastic participants of all ages. This year, Menorah in the D, presented by Chabad-Lubavitch Centers in Michigan, The Shul, Chabad Greater Downtown Detroit, and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, will feature its traditional torch lighting of the menorah at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Viewers will be greeted by community leaders and dignitaries and 10 Year Recap and the incredibly significant Torch Ceremony with honorees from Detroit & around the world. Then following the lighting of the Menorah an after Party on Zoom bringing the community together to share their lighting family celebrations together all beginning at 6pm

Though Campus Martius is a public plaza, organizers are encouraging people to watch this year’s Menorah in the D from home instead of in-person. Greetings from community leaders and dignitaries, as well as entertainment and an after-party, will be live-streamed. Visit [] for more information and to register for a special Menorah in the D box of Chanukah-related items encouraging all participants at home to be a Lamplighter

Bruce Schwartz, who has been involved with Menorah in the D since its inception, says that households are encouraged to light their Chanukah candles at the same time as the lighting downtown. Some in-home lightings will be featured on the live video.

The one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life steel and glass Menorah, designed by renowned local artists the Nordin brothers of the Detroit Design Center, was erected in Campus Martius on Wednesday, December 2nd and will be onsite through the holiday ending December 18th.

As we light the Menorah tonight, we honor individuals in our community

who actualize the vision of sharing the light. It is with your energy that we light the DETROIT Menorah and encourage the entire community to illuminate their personal flame.

The 2020 Lamplighters are

  • Harve and Judy Disner, Coronavirus Survivor
  • Chaim Lieberman, Beaumont Hospital
  • Yochanan Polter, Project Chessed
  • Amanda Smith, Umatter
  • Andrew Lukoff & Madi Ishbia, Jarc, Ort, The Holocaust Center, NextGen
  • Richard and Harriet Cooper, Kelly Cooper Fund
  • David Sherman Family, Fisher Foundation
  • Dr. Darienne Hudson, CEO and President of United Way

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple.

Chanukah 2020 Safe & Joyous Celebrations throughout Metro-Detroit!

(list is updated on [])

1st Night of Chanukah
Thursday, Dec. 10

Chabad Lubavitch of Michigan
Menorah in the D - LIVESTREAM
5 pm []

Chabad Toledo
Chanukah Drive-in
5 pm
Franklin Park Mall []

3rd Night of Chanukah
Saturday, Dec. 12

Rabbi Yudi & Rivky Mann
First ever Public Menorah Lighting
7 pm
Drive-in at the Rec Center []

Drive-In Menorah Lighting
8 pm
Allegro Parking Lot-7295 Orchard Lake Road -248-894-5201

4th Night of Chanukah
Sunday, Dec. 13

Chabad of Commerce
Outdoor Menorah Lighting
4:00 pm
Chabad Jewish Center of Commerce []

Lubavitch Yeshiva
Car-Top Menorah Parade
4:15 pm
15151 W. 10 Mile Road []

Chabad Jewish Center of Troy
Drive-In Menorah Lighting
4:30 pm
Chabad Jewish Center of Troy []

Chabad Jewish Center Royal Oak
Drive-In Menorah Lighting
4:30 pm
Parking Lot by Main and 7th St []

ChabaD of Greater Downtown Detroit
Donuts in the Dark
6:30 pm
Registration required, Ages 18-40

5th Night of Chanukah
Monday, Dec. 14

Chabad of Bingham Farms
Drive-In Menorah Lighting
5:30 pm
Birmingham Groves High School

6th Night of Chanukah
Tuesday, Dec. 15

The Shul-Chabad Lubavitch
Zoom Lighting with our Grand-friends @ Senior Facilities
5:30 pm

Cheder, Yeshiva & Young Israel of Southfield
Menorah Parade and Lighting
5:00 pm
Young Israel of Southfield / Southfield Public Library []

Chabad Jewish Center of Troy
Jewish Kid’s Club Grand Chanukah Bash
4-7pm - 1/2 hr slots
Location given upon registration []

Chabad Jewish Center @ MSU
Events Throughout Chanukah []

To learn more, visit []

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