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List of 2013 Chanukah Events in Detroit

Hanukkah / Chanukah -- The Festival of Lights

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Menorah on the first night of Hanukkah

Menorah on the first night of Hanukkah

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The Jewish holiday of Chanukah (or Hanukkah) lasts for eight days and falls differently each year. In 2013, it starts before Thanksgiving. While it actually runs from Thursday (11/28) to Thursday (12/5) in 2013, the first candle of the menorah is lit after sundown on Wednesday, November 27th.

According to SimpletoRemember.com, 94,000 Jews reside in the Metro-Detroit area. Like most holidays, however, not everyone celebrates Chanukah. For those who do, there are several Chanukah Events in Detroit:

The Shul of West Bloomfield hosts a couple of Chanukah-related events:
  • The Surfside Town Hall Chanukah Celebration includes a grand menorah lighting, music, face painting, magic show, and caricatures. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 27th at 5:30 PM. While admission is free, food is available for purchase.
  • The Bay Harbor Chanukah Movie Night celebrates the fourth night of Chanukah on Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 PM. The event will be held at the open field, 1177 Kane Concourse. The event includes a grand menorah lighting and a family movie. Cinema food will be available for sale.
  • The Grand Chanukah Music Show takes place on Sunday, December 1st at 2 PM at The Shul. It includes Klemzer, Yiddish, Chanukah, Chassidic & Freilich music by Yakov Hersher and Jaime Bronsztein. Admission is $18 a person.
Hillel of Metro Detroit (the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at Wayne State University) is celebrating Hanukkah with a party:
  • A Pre-Hanukkah Party combines the OCC Jewish Student Organization and folks from the JARC in a celebration of the holiday. The event includes games, the Chanukah Story, bingo, music, and Kosher food. It is scheduled on Sunday, November 24th at 12 PM. RSVP required at (313) 577-3459.

Menorah in the D 2013 is scheduled for the last night of the holiday: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. The event is in its third year and will include food, live music, and children activities. The huge Detroit Menorah was designed by the Nordin Brothers of the Detroit Design Center and will be located at Campus Martius during the week of the holiday.

Helm Hanukah-TIme at the PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater at 2 PM on Sunday (12/1), Saturday (12/7), and Sunday (12/8) includes a kids workshop. Admission is $10 an adult/$5 a child. The workshop after the shop costs an additional $8 a person. The show follows the story of Mr. Schlemiel.

Latke Vodka 9 with Collision Six is a show sponsored by NEXTGen Detroit at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The show is scheduled for Saturday, November 30th at 9 PM and includes a live band, Kosher catering and a photo booth. Admission is $20 in advanced/$25 at the door. 

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