About Menorah in the D

Chabad public menorah lightings have become a fixture in hundreds of locations across the globe. In town squares and shopping malls and along well-traveled highways, the Menorah lights are a familiar sight all over the world. From Paris to Buenos Aires, Cairo to California, Madrid to Moscow, Chabad’s public Menorahs light up cities and towns, bringing the joy of Chanukah to all — and the city of Detroit is no exception. Our beautiful Detroit stands illuminating the night in good company.

Now in it's third year, the Menorah in the D event brings both Jews and non-Jews from the Metro Detroit area together for an evening of celebration and light. 

What is the Menorah in the D event? 
Menorah in the D is a community-wide menorah lighting event in downtown Detroit taking place this Chanukah 5774 (2013). The Shul with the Chabad-Lubavitch Foundation of Michigan in partnership with NEXTGen and Chabad in the "D" are hosting the event to renew a sense of Jewish identity, bring Judaism to downtown Detroit and welcome people of all ages, religions and backgrounds to the city for a night of celebration.

Menorah in the D, like other public Chabad-led menorah lightings all over the world, will be a source of inspiration and pride for Jews throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. The menorah will stand for the entirety of the Chanukah holiday (Wednesday, 11/27 - Thursday, 12/5). At 5:30 PM on Wednesday, December 4th, which is the last night of Chanukah, the public is invited to celebrate the Festival of Lights by coming to enjoy our grand 24 ft. steel menorah and holiday festivities.

We are so proud of our 24 ft. baby, designed and built by the artists (and brothers) Erik Nordin and Israel Nordin of Detroit Design Center in Corktown. This Chabad menorah will be erected each year in Campus Martius/Cadillac Square for the Chanukah holiday. Click here for pictures of the development and celebration of the Chabad Menorah.

In the spirit of the holiday, along with the menorah lighting ceremony, there will be music, traditional Chanukah doughnuts called sufganiot, a hot soup bar and lots more!

The Shul welcomes the support of selected businesses and individuals to co-sponsor our efforts to create an exciting and meaningful experience. We invite you to learn more about The Shul and our generous co-sponsors below.

The Shul 
The Shul – Chabad Lubavitch of West Bloomfield is founded on the principle that, while Jews embrace many levels of observance in their personal lives, there should be a place for all Jews - no labels, no affiliations - to develop a sense of community, to enhance the experience of being Jewish, to learn and to have fun. 

The Shul is just that place. By focusing on the individual's relationship to Judaism, The Shul appeals to all segments of the Jewish community. By offering a wide range of activities for adults, children and the whole family, The Shul follows many paths to enrich Jewish life in our community. And by bringing many different ideas together, The Shul can help you find The Jewish Community in your heart. 

NEXTGen Detroit & CommunityNEXT 
In recent years, the Detroit Federation has emerged as a leader in the engagement of the Gen X and Gen Y community. Now, with the establishment of NEXTGen Detroit, we have a new platform to attract, engage and retain the next generation of Jewish Detroiters. This new group brings together a variety of existing Federation programs focused on young Jewish Detroiters, including Community Birthright, CommunityNEXT, and the Young Adult Divi- sion (YAD). More than simply a combination of these efforts, NEXTGen is developing an entirely new model for building community within the 21 to 45-year old age group, supported by a range of new programs and initiatives. The goal is simple: Transformation. NEXTGen is working to make our city a vibrant and meaningful home for young Jews of every age, a place where meaning can be found in every facet of life, from professional to social, religious to cultural and more. 

CommunityNEXT (CNXT) is the source for all things young and Jewish in the Metro Detroit scene. CNXT focuses on building community, education, expanding the lives of young adults socially, culturally and professionally. Through hosting social and professional events year round, CNXT is able to keep Next Generation adults connected to the Detroit community. 

NextGen will assist in program development and help The Shul in its goal to assure that this program is an event that allows all members of the Detroit Jewish community to feel comfortable with a wide cross-section of the community celebrating Chanukah together.  

Quicken Loans 
Quicken Loans Inc., previously Rock Financial Corp., was founded in 1985 and is the nation’s largest online home lender and fourth largest retail lender in the United States. Today, Quicken Loans employs thousands of people dedicated to its downtown Detroit Headquarters and close loans nation-wide throughout the United States.

Dedicated to the city of Detroit, Quicken Loans is a community leader and is helping lead a revitalization of the city’s urban core.

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