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Jewish Wisconsinites celebrate rare "Thanksgivukkah"

Menurkey and sweet potato latkes for Thanksgivukkah (Photo from: ISTJonathan/Creative Commons).
Menurkey and sweet potato latkes for Thanksgivukkah (Photo from: ISTJonathan/Creative Commons).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Jewish Wisconsinites took a rare opportunity for an extended observance of Hanukkah. 

That's because the day fell on Thanksgiving, when most people didn't have to work.

In Madison, about a dozen members of the city's Jewish Federation got together at a house last night for a Hanukkah and Thanksgiving potluck dinner.

It was the first time since the 19th century that Hanukkah fell on Turkey Day -- and it's not supposed to happen again for another 70,000 years. 

Eliza Gepner told the Wisconsin State Journal she didn't have to cram a celebration between the end of the school day and bedtime for her three kids. This year, her family took their time to exchange gifts and light candles before having their Thanksgiving turkey. 

La Crosse rabbi Saul Prombaum said many non-Jewish people have asked him whether Jews celebrate Thanksgiving -- apparently because Hanukkah can be so close to the secular holiday. Prombaum told the State Journal the convergence gave Jews a chance to show others, "We celebrate most all holidays."

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