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December 06, 2002 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-06

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The Glow Of Chanukah

Menorah-topped vehicles form Oak Park to West Bloomfield procession.

Staff Writer


he-annual Chabad Student Outreach parade of
menorah-topped cars and trucks had a new addi-
tion this year.
"For the first time, our members joined in," says
Itty Shemtov, who directs the Shul-Chabad Lubavitch in West
Bloomfield with her husband, Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov. "The
last 20 cars were ours."
By the time the 101 participants of the Dec. 1 parade,
which began at the Oak Park Jewish Community Center,
made its way to the Shul, there were 200-partygoers ready to
have Chanukah fun. There they celebrated with games, latkes,
music and the lighting of a 6-foot wooden menorah, designed
and handmade by Shul member Martin Abel of West
"Last year, we didn't even have a building,". Itty Shemtov
says of the Shul's newly opened facility. "We had to light a
menorah outside. But this year we have a new building, a new
menorah and a new Chanukah tradition." ❑

Clockwise from above:
Henri Medwed, 7, ofWest Bloomfield sings with the Shul choir.

Max Mezhiborsky, 9, of Southfield takes a shot at the
candy-filled "I Wanna Be a Maccabi" pinata.

Sam Berke, 9 ofWest Bloomfield stands atop his
menorah-decked car after the procession.

Eileen Stein of Farmington Hills cooks up latkes for
the post-procession feast.

Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov lights the menorah at the Shul
Chanukah party. Cantor Nasanel Carmen of
Southfield is at center.




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