Plymouth Rock menorah lighting to mark ‘Thanksgivukkah’

A Poster celebrating Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

A Poster celebrating Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

When two holidays converge, what happens? Sometimes, a new holiday is born.

In a rare occurrence, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah this year. In reaction, some are calling the holiday Thanksgivukkah.


This year, the symbols from each holiday will also converge at a historic place, as Rabbi Yossi Kivman Chabad of Mansfield will light a menorah at Plymouth Rock next Wednesday. He said it would be the first menorah lighting at Plymouth Rock in history.

“When the Pilgrims came to America, they were running away from religious persecution and looking for freedom,” Kivman said. “Every year on Thanksgiving, that is what we are thankful for. This is very similar with what took place with Hanukkah, because the Jews were also oppressed and looking for religious freedom.”

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Besides the lighting of the menorah, there will be live music and dancing as well as traditional Jewish food. Kivman said there might even be a descendant of the Pilgrims present to light the menorah.

The festivities are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Water Street in Plymouth Memorial State Park.

Jasper Craven can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven
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