It’s been eight years since we celebrated Thanksgivukah…when the holidays of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah converged. Here we are again…almost. This year the first night of Hanukkah begins on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, which creates the opportunity for special celebrations for families who normally don’t have the chance to be together to light the festival’s candles. Latkes do taste good with cranberry sauce, by the way, and I predict there’ll be plenty of tables combining the two holiday favorites.
Last Hanukkah, before COVID vaccinations were available, most celebrations took place over Zoom. Fortunately, with so many people now vaccinated (and even boosted), this year will be different. With that in mind, we asked Terri and Lonny Sarfan, Carol and Allan Brum, and Rosanne and Bill Simon what they are looking forward to this holiday. They all had their plans in place and their responses are on page 17.
Also trying to return to a bit of ‘normalcy,’ several synagogues have Hanukkah events on the calendar that are open to the community. The listing begins on page 18.
In addition to some delicious sounding recipes, this section offers articles that range from one about a man in New York who has collected 4,000 tiny dreidels to a story about retail Hanukkah goofs. Plus, the Simon Family JCC’s Black Friday Deals are highlighted on page 20.
However you plan to celebrate—in-person or on Zoom, all of us at Jewish News wish you a Happy Hanukkah…and a Happy Thanksgiving, too!