Families from Neighborhoods Adjacent to L.A. LIVE and Los Angeles Convention Center Treated to Dual Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Celebrations as Holidays and Cultures Come Together for the First Time Since 1888
WHAT: Break out the Menorah and the pumpkin pie because this WednesdayThanksgiving Eve and Hanukkah are colliding in an event that could only be known as Thanksgivukkah.
To commemorate the first time that Thanksgiving Eve has coincided with the first day of Hanukkah since 1888, the Salvation Army’s fifth annual Feast of Sharing Holiday Dinner will have a dual meaning and purpose when it takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The celebration also marks the first event in AEG’s Season of Giving, the company’s annual initiative designed to raise funds and generate awareness for non-profit organizations that serve youth and families residing in low income households in Los Angeles County.
Thanksgivukkah 2013 will be celebrated by approximately 1,300 members of families from the neighboring Pico Union community who will come together with members of the local Chabad House to share holiday traditions, cultural games and stories. The evening will include a sit-down combined Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Eve meal with all the trimmings, such as traditional latkahs and everyone’s favorite cranberry sauce. The festivities will include music and the lighting of a Hanukkah Menorah by Rabbi Greenwald, Salvation Army Officers and special guests.
A second lighting ceremony will take place at approximately 7 p.m. outside of STAPLES Center’s Figueroa St. entry.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 27
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall
MORE INFO: This holiday collision was not possible prior to President Abraham Lincoln establishing Thanksgiving in 1863 and will not overlap again for another 77,798 years (although Hanukkah will fall on actual Thanksgiving day in 2070 and 2165)! Encompassing the traditions of people from various backgrounds, this event will truly bring the spirit of the season to the people of Los Angeles.