Nov 27, 2013 8:04 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Thanksgivukkah Celebrations

While many of us are preparing turkeys, sweet potatoes, pies, and gearing up for Thanksgiving, some are celebrating the start of a Holy Season.

At sundown the first candle was lit to begin Hanukkah. This year is very rare with Thanksgiving falling during the Jewish holiday. As a result, it's being dubbed "Thanksgivukkah, which won't happen again for another 70 thousand years.

In Lafayette at Temple Shalom, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah preparations were in full swing in the kitchen and in the dish Pumpkin Latkes.

"We're kind of putting on a spin since it's Thanksgiving and Hanukkah," Shelly Nork said, who's cooking for Thanksgivukkah. "Normally for Hanukkah you fry things in oil to celebrate Hanukkah, and we're doing instead of just potatoes, we're using pumpkin as well," she said.

Rabbi Barry Weinstein says this year's Thanksgivukkah, is especially meaningful.

"It's very special because it gives us a chance to thank God for the blessings of liberty that America guarantees us," Rabbi Barry Weinstein said. "And it reminds us as Jewish people how precious our Jewish community is, and to give thanks for the right of our religion, our faith and people to practice freely as all other religions here in America and particularly in Greater Lafayette."

Along with food, the Thanksgivukkah celebration will include lighting the first candle of Hanukkah, as well as prayers and Thanksgiving blessings for America.

"It's really a very special time, and we ask God's blessings upon this country, upon our community, upon Israel and her neighbors," Rabbi Weinstein said. "What a special time for all of us," he said.




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