Returning for the 7th consecutive year is Menorah in the D, a holiday tradition hosted in Campus Martius Park that celebrates the Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony, featuring a 26-foot Menorah.
Starting as a small gathering of 500 people, this celebration has grown into an assembly of 3,000 guests, standing together in the heart of Campus Martius Park to join the festivities that surround the annual occasion.
From the pre-glow all the way to the closing festivities, we have the inside scoop on how you can make the most of this year’s Menorah in the D along with parking information and how you can RSVP to the event.
Get your glow on at the Pre-Glow, located in Cadillac Square from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The party starts at 5:30 p.m. and features a variety of activities, live entertainment and food: hot soup, warm cider and s’mores, to name a few!
The best part: admission is free to all guests.
Make sure you come early to enjoy crafts, face painting, fire juggling, balloon sculpting, and a performance by the Pistons Extreme Team.
The Menorah Lighting Ceremony
The main event is at 6:00 p.m., when the community-wide Menorah Lighting Ceremony begins.
The lighting of the Menorah is a celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, signaled by the lighting of the 26-foot Menorah, designed and built by Erik & Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center.
Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, the founder of Menorah in the D, describes the excitement surrounding this event that ‘brings the community together.’
“For the Jewish community, it’s a moment of inspiration and pride: Coming together in the center of the city and celebrating the holiday,” said Shemtov.
Jewish Heritage Night at the Little Caesar’s Arena
Following the Menorah lighting is Jewish Heritage Night at the Little Caesar’s Arena. Menorah in the D participants will receive discounted ticket prices for the Pistons vs. Nuggets game, along with exclusive on-court opportunities.
As Menorah is the D is located at Campus Martius Park in Detroit, 800 Woodward Ave., there are plenty of parking opportunities in and around the city center.
The event recommends parking at the One Campus Martius Garage located at 1140 Farmer St., between Gratiot and Monroe Streets.
If you’re worried about the garage filling up fast, check out our article on Parking in Detroit’s Popular Spots for a complete list of downtown parking options.
Celebrate the Holiday Season
The event is hosted and sponsored by The Shul Chabad-Lubavitch of West Bloomfield in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit in addition to Quicken Loans and other supporters.
Menorah in the D invites all guests of all ages, religions and backgrounds to enjoy the night of celebration.
“Many people from all walks of life come and join,” says Shemtov. “Hanukkah has a beautiful message of how a little wick of flame can light up the darkness and warm up the heart. This is what it’s about to celebrate: each and every one of us lights up the world around us.”
Be sure to RSVP your spot before you attend the event, and don’t forget to use #MenorahInTheD in all your pictures. Follow all the event coverage on the official Facebook event page for Menorah in the D.