COLUMBUS (Ashley Yore/Kate Liebers) — This Thanksgiving marks a once-in-a-lifetime holiday for the American Jewish community, as it overlaps with the start of Hanukkah. Some are calling it “Thanksgivukkah” — two holidays combined into one, both with a similar story.
“In the story of Hanukkah, they wanted religious freedom when the Greeks came,” said Pierce Grossman, a fourth grade student. “And the pilgrims had to leave for religious freedom.”
The Jewish religion follows a lunar calendar, and it’s very rare for the beginning of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving to overlap. Experts are not sure when it will happen again, if ever.
“It’s really unclear,” said Judy Miller of the Columbus Jewish Day School. “Even calendar specialists are unsure, but it was about 100 years ago that it happened, to my knowledge, but it’s exciting to know it’s happening now.” “For our children, we want them to understand the importance of this,” she said.
The school’s holiday mash-up is re-inventing holiday recipes, like a “tur-brisket” or latkes, which are like sweet potato pancakes. At Katzinger’s Deli in German Village, staff are making at least six times more latkes than usual at Hanukkah. “It makes everyone think about how the holidays are similar,” Seth Wensinger of Katzinger’s said.