‘Thanksgivukkah’ fever hits the Southland

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By Brenda Gazzar

Pumpkin-pie flavored doughnuts. Fried sweet potato pancakes with cranberry relish. Menorahs shaped like turkeys. Social media sites are abuzz with all-things “Thanksgivukkah.” That’s the term given to the extremely rare convergence of Thanksgiving with Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, on Nov. 28.

Enchanted with the culinary and cultural possibilities of this hybrid holiday, many American Jews in the Southland are gobbling up the phenomena.

“I’m not surprised there’s national media attention or that it would be an important pop cultural moment,” said Dana Gitell, 37, a marketing professional from the Boston area who claims credit for coining the term a year ago. “But I am shocked by the level of interest, the amount of media attention and the excitement as early (as this) in the season.” [...] read more