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Lone Soldiers and Olim Celebrate “Thanksgivukkah” in Tel Aviv

"Lone soldiers" from the US are not forgotten in Israel, even on Thanksgiving when supporters make sure they can gobble on turkey.

"Lone soldiers" from the US are not forgotten in Israel, even on Thanksgiving when supporters make sure they can gobble on turkey.
Photo Credit: Studio Tel- Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh

Fifty lone soldiers and over 200 young professional Olim celebrated “Thanksgivukkah” at a festive event organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh and White City Shabbat.

Revelers celebrated the once-in-a-lifetime double holiday of Chanukkah and Thanksgiving at the landmark Goren Synagogue in Tel Aviv with a three-course meal replete with traditional holiday foods including latkes and turkey.

After the meal, Tel Aviv’s deputy mayor Asaf Zamir led the Chanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. This event was also sponsored by the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth L’Israel, JNF and the FIDF as a part of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s ongoing social events for its Olim and Lone Soldiers.

As a gesture of showing thanks and in order to promote acts of kindness towards those less fortunate, dinner guests were encouraged to donate lightly worn clothes for the event’s clothing drive.

“We are excited to have teamed up with White City Shabbat on this exceptional holiday event. This was a great opportunity for young professionals and lone soldiers to enjoy a traditional festive meal and express their thanks together with fellow Olim from around the country,” said Benji Davis, Events & Programs Coordinator at Nefesh B’Nefesh.

White City Shabbat is a volunteer-run portal for Jewish life in Tel Aviv that hosts a range of intercommunity events, including its hugely successful monthly Shabbat meals.

As a native Brit, Deborah Danan doesn’t feel that Thanksgivukkah is exclusive for Americans. “The theme of Thanksgiving is anyway inherent to the festival of Chanukkah which all Jews celebrate,” said Danan, who co-directs White City Shabbat together with Eytan White, “And of course, as our tagline states, ‘you don’t have to be American to give thanks!’ People from a broad spectrum of nationalities are coming together to show their gratitude for being able to celebrate this unique holiday in Israel.”

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6 Responses to “Lone Soldiers and Olim Celebrate “Thanksgivukkah” in Tel Aviv”

  1. Quetta Bird says:

    Thanksgivukkah!!
    May God bless and keep Israel and her people

  2. @JubelFoster You folks are awesome! Chag sameah! xo

  3. I am happy to hear that there was a celebration of Thanksgivukkah in Israel. It's always good to give thanks, whenever the opportunity arises..even if there is no opportunity…make one.

  4. Leo Erwin says:

    NOT SO MARTHA STEWART BUT SUCH A NICE EVENT…..AND LOVE THE LATKES ON THE TABLE….LOOK SO GOOD….IT MAKES ME HAPPY TO SEE SUCH TOGETHERNESS OF LOVING HUMANITY…THE WORLD IS NOT LOST TO MORONS YET……HEHEHEHEHEH

  5. congruence of thanksgiving and chanuka in israel requires that you stuff the turkey with jelly donuts

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