Category: News Briefs Published on Monday, 10 December 2012 09:39 Written by thehuffingtonpost
It's time for Motown's Jewish community to get out the menorahs and get ready for a heap of Hanukkah happenings. Saturday marks the first night of the eight-day Jewish holiday and Detroiters have several events they can attend in the city this year.
Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates an ancient Jewish miracle that, according to tradition, allowed a one-day supply of oil to burn for eight days in Israel during the time of the Maccabees. The holiday is celebrated with a special candelabra called a menorah that is lit each night of the festival.
Two public menorah lightings will be held in Detroit during this year's festival. The first of these, sponsored by Shalom Wayne, Hillel of Metro Detroit, will take place on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. on Wayne State University's campus at 5221 Gullen Mall. The Shul, a West Bloomfield congregation that sponsored last year's downtown menorah lighting ceremony, will also be returning to host their second annual "Super Big Menorah Lighting in the D." The Dec. 12 event will begin at 5:30 at Campus Martius and will feature hot soup, donuts and several fun Hanukkah activities.
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