Yes, that’s right, even though I’m a Brit and don’t really understand what Thanksgiving is all about, as the IsraelB online community I run is all about connecting people and helping them feel at home in Israel, I have done a listing of what’s on, as well as featuring some popular recipes.
The concept of Thanksgiving, that is, of showing gratitude and appreciation is of course a very Jewish idea and something that is very much part of our Jewish culture and value system.
What’s happening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv?
So, firstly, I want to let you all know that this whole week at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem there is a fascinating programme of learning with the Jewish World’s top thinkers, including Rav Herschel Schachter, Rabbanit Shani Taragin, Rav Osher Weiss, Rav Shlomo Amar and Rav Yossi Rimon. Click on here for what’s on at the OU Center this week and for all the details and to read about the Thanksgiving Dinner they are putting on.
Secondly, throughout Israel there are events for the public for Thanksgiving. Mike’s Place as usual has special things on, as does the AACI and there are some other fun events on too.
Also, Nefesh Be’Nefesh have an event in a Beer Bar in the Jerusalem, ‘Shuk’. That sounds like something worth popping along to.
Furthermore, on Friday night in Tel Aviv there are a couple of Friday meals in honour of Thanksgiving organised by Nefesh Be’Nefesh and the Tel Aviv International Synagogue you may enjoy and meet new people at.
Click on here for all the details of what’s on in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere, both on Thanksgiving and the following Friday night.
I myself have eaten Pumpkin cake and pie and it is really yum, so I got a friend of mine who makes it for Thanksgiving to send me the recipes. Click on here to read them.
So, whatever you are doing and whoever you will be with – Most important to have fun and enjoy yourselves!