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Giant Menorah Lighting to be Held in Downtown Detroit - Chanukah celebration will include music, refreshments, entertainment and more in Campus Martius Park -
Detroit - December 11, 2011 - This Chanukah, Detroiters are invited to observe the holiday in a big way with the lighting of a giant Menorah ice sculpture in Campus Martius Park. At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, the first night of Chanukah, the public is invited to celebrate the Festival of Lights by coming to enjoy refreshments and holiday festivities. The Menorah is a traditional symbol of Chanukah, an eight-day festival, and is lit to commemorate the miracle of one day's oil burning for eight days.
The Shul of West Bloomfield and Chabad Lubavitch Foundation of Michigan, along with CommunityNEXT, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit (JFMD), and Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online retail mortgage lender, are sponsoring 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 merriment. In addition to the Menorah lighting, there will be music, traditional Chanukah doughnuts called Sufganiot and soup bar provided for free by Chef Cari, ice skating hosted by CommunityNEXT, and more.
Chabad centers all around the world - from Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City's Ground Zero to the White House Lawn - are all staging similar public displays to spread light and goodness in their respective communities.
"Every year, The Shul hosts a Chanukah celebration in West Bloomfield, Michigan, but this year we are bringing it to the streets of Detroit so we can reach a new, wider and diverse audience" said Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, Rabbi of The Shul.
The Menorah being in Campus Martius, makes the park the perfect place for people of all religions to celebrate the season. Everyone is encouraged to bring a candle to the event to light in unity. For more information, please visit http://www.theshul.net/.
About CommunityNEXT CommunityNEXT navigates the Metro Detroit scene for young Jewish adults living here and elsewhere, and for those looking to make the big move to the mitten. It's about community building, education, and providing insider access to expand your world socially, culturally and professionally. Sign on, dip in and get the low down on all things young, Jewish and Detroit. All together now! CommunityNEXT is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. www.communityNXT.com
About Quicken Loans Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation's largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed its 1 millionth loan and a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010. Quicken Loans generates loan production from five web centers located in Detroit, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as a San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010 and 2011. "QuickenLoans.com" has been named "Best of the Web" by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies To Work For" eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the Top-15 of Computerworld magazine's "100 Best Places to Work In Technology" for seven years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press' ‘Best Places to Work in Michigan' List in 2010 and 2011. The company has moved its headquarters and 3,700 team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit us on the web at www.quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
About The Shul The Shul 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. 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. www.Theshul.net