While the festival of Chanukah may only be eight days long, the Menorah in the D event is months in the making. Our dedicated team of organizers work throughout the year to provide Metro Detroiters with a memorable and meaningful holiday event.

  Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov

Mrs. Itty Shemtov 

Born on the eve of Chanukah, it is no wonder that Itty Shemtov has always been inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe's call, "let there be light." As the Director of Education and Programming at The Shul, Itty shares her life long love of celebrating the Jewish holidays and educating others on these most meaningful days of the year. Menorah in the D has become a big part of her family’s celebration, along with the other opportunities that The Shul has to offer. 


Benji Rosenzweig

Benji is a commercial real estate broker, specializing in the retail market of Wayne and Monroe counties. As part of the original Menorah in the D team, Benji has consistently been instrumental in planning and implementing this annual event from the very beginning.


Miryam Rosenzweig

Miryam is the Director of NEXTGen Detroit,  a division of the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit that operates as a platform to attract, engage and retain the next generation of Jewish Detroiters. Previously, Miryam was the Head of Development Initiatives and in charge of global next-gen strategy at World ORT and the Associate Director of National Young Leadership at the Jewish Federation of North American (JFNA).


Rabbi Yisroel Pison

A long time Detroit fan and an early proponent of Menorah in the D, Rabbi Pinson works on behalf of Chabad Lubavitch of Michigan to encourage and support Jewish life in Greater Downtown Detroit.


Mrs. Yaakovah Stein

Yaakova and her family moved to West Bloomfield in 2004 to work for The Shul. She is the Programming Coordinator for all of The Shul's events and has been involved with the Menorah in the D project from the very beginning. Yaakova and her husband Rabbi Dov Stein work together with The Shul to make Judaism accessible to everyone and to build the Jewish community in the Metro Detroit area.             


Mrs. Jessica Goodwin

Jessica is the Associate Director of NEXTGen Detroit, a division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.  Prior to her current position, Jessica worked  in the Federation’s Campaign Department, focusing on fundraising initiatives, programming for Federation’s Young Adult Division (now NEXTGen Detroit) and programming for Women’s Philanthropy.


Mrs. Rochel Leah Eliefja

Volunteer Coordinator