Thanksgiving and Chanukah VT-Style

The rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah takes place this year. It almost never happens—less than once in a lifetime—because of the complex relationship between the lunar and Gregorian calendars.

Some congregations are celebrating with “Thanksgivukkah” and passing out recipes for pumpkin latkes and fried turkey.  At The Village Temple, we decided to celebrate the way we always do: with music and kesher—connecting with our community. In this case, our community extends beyond the walls of our synagogue throughout Greenwich Village and lower Manhattan. We volunteered to co-host our neighborhood’s annual interfaith Thanksgiving service together with Judson Memorial Church, along with people from many (or no) faiths.  Join us on November 27 at 7 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church, on the south side of Washington Square Park, for an evening of song, music and poetry celebrating light, peace and friendship.

Don’t wait til then to see what we’re up to, however. Gerard Edery and Anita Hollander have been helping Rabbi Koster bring new dimensions to our weekly Friday night services, setting our prayers to a wide range of composers–from Bruch to Yupanqui to Debbie Friedman to James Taylor. Through our Prayer Project we are developing historic and contemporary understanding of our texts, as we try to figure out what being Jewish means to us. But it isn’t work, trust us! We think of Shabbat as a decompression chamber, a place to set aside the crush of business and daily cares. Our weekly services begin at 6:45 every Friday night. Hope to see you there.