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A rare convergence of holidays

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A sizable crowd turned out for what became an opportunity to learn more about the Jewish holiday and the original events that inspired it.
A sizable crowd turned out for what became an opportunity to learn more about the Jewish holiday and the original events that inspired it.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- For the first time since 1888, the Jewish holiday of Chanukah and the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving are converging, and for the first time in anyone’s memory, Kalamazoo will have a Menorah in Bronson Park near the corner of South and Rose.

They lit the first light last night and will light one each night for the next eight days of the Jewish "Festival of Lights".

The first full day of the Jewish celebration is on Thanksgiving Day, and some Jewish families have been working up new recipes, finding ways to blend traditional Jewish dishes with a Turkey dinner.

This year the trimmings may include potato Latkes made with sweet potatoes and challah stuffing.

Some have nick-named it "Thanksgivvahkah".

Enjoy it because according to one calculation, this convergence won't be seen again for another 77-thousand, 798 years.

 

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