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The Downtown Menorah

What is it?

The annual Grand Menorah Lighting in Downtown Cleveland. One of many thousands taking place worldwide, with over 10 of them in the Cleveland area.

When is it?

Thursday night, the 5th night of Chanukah, December 26th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Perfect time when on your way out of your workday looking to wind down, and also early enough to bring the family over to downtown.

Where is it?

At Cleveland Public Square in downtown — in the middle, facing the NE corner.

Why downtown?

This is the relevant center of town. In addition to the opportunity to celebrate our holidays in freedom at the core of our city with the business commuters, it is now also a hotbed of Jewish millennials and baby boomers.

Who is it for?

The entire community is invited to join, come with your whole family!

How do I get there?

If you live or work downtown, it’s just a walk to the square. If you drive, come down through Superior Ave. and park nearby, or you can choose to take the train into Terminal Tower.

Where can I park?

Parking is available at nearby lots for a fee.

What if I have a Menorah on my car?

Car Menorahs ONLY will be permitted to park on the actual square.

Wait, what is a Car Menorah?

There are vehicles roaming town sporting Menorah’s on their top. Watch out for them as they arrive at the lighting, definitely a sight to see!

Will there be a Car Menorah Procession?

This year the procession will take place on Sunday, on the eastern suburbs. Check the Facebook event for details!

What will happen at the event?

We will be gathering together to celebrate Chanukah. Dance to music. See the large Menorah being lit. Mingle with public officials and lay leaders. Enjoy some hot chocolate and hot apple cider, chocolate Chanukah Gelt, potato Latkes, donuts and more. All items are Pareve, dairy-free.

So by joining, did I perform the Mitzvah of the Menorah too?

Lighting the Menorah is a Mitzvah that should take place at private homes, in addition to Synagogues and public places. A generous donor has sponsored Menorah kits, in response to the darkness happening in the US and around the world. If you or someone you know does not yet have a Menorah to fulfill the Mitzvah, please contact us to receive your complimentary Menorah kit. They will be available throughout this event as well.

What is your rain date?

Rain or shine, this event will happen. It might be cold, it might be snowy. We are working on getting propane heat columns.

Are there restrooms?

There are public restrooms outside Rebol, located in the SW quadrant of the square.

What is the cost to attend?

The event is free. We encourage people to celebrate Judaism in the most proud and open manner, something Jews throughout the generations weren’t as privileged to do. This is a great opportunity to do so, as Chanukah also has a universal message.

Who is sponsoring all of this?

This event is made possible by our dear sponsors, as can be seen on the event promo. Thank you all so much! If you see any of the people associated with a sponsoring company at the event, please thank them! All our funding comes from local donors such as you, and every penny stays here as well. It’s not too late to join! Click here to donate, and note in the comments “Chanukah.” We will be forever thankful, and you will feel good about it too.

How do I RSVP?

Simple! Go to the Facebook event, mark that you’re going, and make sure to share the event and invite your friends as well.