Detroit will once again kick off Chanukah with a 26-foot tall menorah

click to enlarge Detroit will once again kick off Chanukah with a 26-foot tall menorah
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Details have been announced for the annual "Menorah in the D" event, which kicks off the first night of Chanukah in Detroit with the lighting of a 26-foot tall menorah.

A lighting event is planned for Sunday, Dec. 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cadillac Square in Campus Martius Park. Now in its fifth year, the event will feature a 40-by-260-foot heated tent, live music, kosher food, a beer garden, and games — as well as new activities, like a 300 ft. Zip Line. (You know, the traditional Chanukah 300 ft. Zip Line.)

The lighting is set to begin at 5 p.m. Afterward, live entertainment includes acrobats, jugglers, and live music from singer and pianist Avy Schreiber and dance music from DJ Phreddy. 

The free event is hosted by The Shul of West Bloomfield, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit, with support from Quicken Loans and other sponsors. The steel and glass menorah — designed by local artists Erik and Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center — will stand at Campus Martius until Friday, Dec. 11.

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