American Jews will have a once in a lifetime opportunity on November 28th to celebrate the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. The holiday mash-up has inspired a burst of creativity in New England, and beyond. (Nov. 21)
NATSOT: "Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah - let's celebrate across America..."
IT'S BEING CELEBRATED IN SONG...
AND IN MERCHANDISING...
"We've sold almost 2,000 t-shirts, which is very high for us"
ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA...
"'we have over 8500 likes."
AND OF COURSE, IN THE KITCHEN:
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, MANY AMERICAN JEWS WILL CELEBRATE THE 'EXTREMELY' RARE CONVERGENCE OF THANKSGIVING AND HANUKKAH.
IT MAY NOT HAPPEN AGAIN FOR TENS-OF-THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
THE EPICENTER OF THE MERGED CELEBRATION APPEARS TO BE IN NEW ENGLAND, WHERE BOSTON RESIDENT DANA GITELL TRADEMARKED THE TERM "THANKSGIVUKKAH' MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.
SOUNDBITE: Dana Gitell, trademarked "thanksgivukkah"
"We're the closest jewish community to Plymouth Rock and where thanksgiving happened, so it's awesome to see so many people in the New England community embracing this opportunity."
GITTELL HAS PARTNERED WITH ATLANTA-BASED COMPANY "MODERN TRIBE" TO CREATE A LINE OF THANKSGIVUKKAH MERCHANDISE.
SOUNDBITE: Jennie Rivlin Roberts, ModernTribe.com
"The most popular item is our Woodstock inspired design. (over vo) Another one is the American Gothic painting. Ours we call American Gothikkah because we've turned the painting into a Hanukkah-Thanksgiving inspired mashup."
AND, OF COURSE, THERE'S THE MASH-UP 'MEAL', AND THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD SOME LATKES TO THE TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MENU.
SOUNDBITE: Tina Wasserman, Jewish cookbook author
"Thanksgiving is probably the one holiday that you could put another carbohydrate on the table and nobody would notice."
(SONG) "like apple sauce with cranberries, turkey stuffed with fried latkes, it's clear that this is one heck of a mitzvah...
RABBI DAVID PASKIN CO-WROTE THIS "BALLAD OF THANKSGIVUKKAH" AND SHARED IT WITH THE CHILDREN AT HIS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL NEAR BOSTON.
HE SAYS THE CONFLUENCE OF HANUKKAH AND THANKSGIVING PROVIDES A FUN, AND MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE BEING AN AMERICAN, AND A JEW.