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Thanksgivukkah Sweeps The Nation With A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

"They're calling it Thanksgivukkah because it is the first time since 1888 that the first day of Hanukkah is actually on Thanksgiving."

Hagerstown, Md. - On November 28, Americans across the nation will gather around the dinner table, eat some turkey and remember what they're most thankful for. But for Jewish-Americans, November 28 will mean something much more.

"They're calling it Thanksgivukkah because it is the first time since 1888 that the first day of Hanukkah is actually on Thanksgiving," said Lieba Cohen, President of Congregation B’nai Abraham in Hagerstown.

And if neither the Jewish or Gregorian calendars change, it's not expected to happen again until over 77,000 years from now.

"I think it's kind of cool,’ said Ari Prost, Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Abraham. “Especially in Reform Judaism, which is the Judaism that we practice here in Washington County. We're open to the full expression of people finding different and creative ways to express their religiosity."

"I'm an American, but of course I celebrate Hanukkah because I’m Jewish,” said Jeanne Jacobs, the first female president of Congregation B’nai Abraham. “So it's fine that both of them correspond this year. I will celebrate both of them."

Jacobs, who is French-American, converted to Judaism at the end of World War II, prior to moving to the United States with her husband, and after hiding some of her best friends from the Nazi’s during those tumultuous days in Paris.

For those Jewish-Americans who are looking to celebrate both holidays, there are a few traditions to consider.

"My big dilemma was, 'How do I decorate?'," said Cohen.

Others are more concerned about what goes in their guests’ stomachs.

"To the extent of my knowledge, no one has suggested actually putting the Hanukkah candles into the turkey yet,” said Prost. “Some dishes are going to go over really well, and others you’re going to wish, well, we’re glad that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving only come together every once in awhile.”

“I think there’s going to be a lot of culinary creativity at this time of year,” Prost said. “We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

And because the two holidays coincide, there are a few new things on store shelves this year, like a turkey shaped menorah - otherwise called “The Menurkey.”

But regardless of the food or decorations, both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are reasons to celebrate.

“It's a time to reflect on our history as Americans and as Jews,” said Cohen. “And I'm grateful for both."


RECIPES:

Pumpkin Challah Bread - http://www.thatskinnychickcanbake.com/2013/10/pumpkin-challah-fallharvestdinnerparty.html

Challah Chestnut Stuffing - http://theshiksa.com/2010/11/10/savory-challah-stuffing/

Sweet Potato Latkes - http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/kutsher-tribeca-celebrates-thanksgivukkah-feast-article-1.1471942

Cranberry-Orange Apple - http://www.marthastewart.com/872915/cranberry-orange-applesauce?search_key=cranberry%20orange%20applesauce

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes - http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/sour-cream-smashed-potatoes-recipe

Cranberry Sauce Filled Sufganiyot - http://thanksgivukkahboston.com/cranberry-sauce-filled-sufganiyot-recipe/

Applesauce Pie - http://suitableforconsumption.blogspot.com/2008/12/applesauce-pie.html

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