Celebrate Thanksgivukkah at the Pico Union Project November 29 for a Once in a Lifetime Experience Blending Thanksgiving and Hanukkah

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On November 29, 2013, Los Angeles residents will have a chance to visit the newly opened Pico Union Project and celebrate Thanksgivukkah.

Thanksgivukkah Festival

Thanksgivukkah Festival

I’m asking Jews and non-Jews alike to pass over ‘Black Friday’ and celebrate the freedoms America provides to Jews and others.

On November 29, 2013, Los Angeles residents will have a chance to visit the newly opened Pico Union Project and celebrate Thanksgivukkah at the only Thanksgivukkah event endorsed by the creators of the "Thanksgivukkah" Facebook page.

As has been reported in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and on the popular website Buzzfeed, Thanksgivukkah is the name given to the extremely rare convergence of the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars resulting in the first day of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving Day for the first time ever. It will also be the last time for another 78,000 years.

Deborah Gitell, co-creator of the Thanksgivukkah Facebook page, has teamed with Craig Taubman’s Pico Union Project to create the Thanksgivukkah Festival scheduled for Friday, November 29, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Pico Union Project. The event will give all members of the community a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the "Once-in-an-Eon Overlap" of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving through food, beverages, music, crafts, and stories.

"I’m so excited to bring Thanksgivukkah to Los Angeles," said Deborah Gitell. "I’m asking Jews and non-Jews alike to pass over ‘Black Friday’ and celebrate the freedoms America provides to Jews and others. I thank the brilliant and creative Craig Taubman for hosting this fun festival."

"The brain child of Deborah Gitell, this celebration is a sure bet to bring in the whole community," said Craig Taubman. "We will provide great food, fun activities, and stellar performances."

A growing roster of participating groups and activities include:

Talent: The Moshav Band, Moose (the kid rock band), Keshet Chaim, Beit T'Shuvah, Ari Herstand, AquaMarina Mariachi, Hillel Tigay & Judeo, LIFE Choir and Kosha Dillz

Food Vendors: DogHaus, The Canter's Deli Truck, The Kosher Palate, Mama’s International Tamales, Bibi's Bakery, The Bun Truck and Challah Connection

Activities: Carnival Games, Moonbounces, Arts & Crafts, Tree Planting with Millions of Trees LA, and "Jamba Jews" Bike Blender

Thanksgivukkah Festival will incorporate Jewish and American values of religious freedom and social justice by designating 10% of the proceeds of the festival to Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger and to theatre programming for at risk kids at the Pico Union Project.

In order to make the event affordable for all, Gitell and Taubman are raising funds via the Jewish crowdsourcing site, Jewcer, at http://www.Jewcer.com/Thanksgivukkah.

Tickets for Thanksgivukkah Festival are $5 general admission and $20 for a family of four. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.thanksgivukkah.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Pico Union Project is located at 1153 Valencia Street in downtown Los Angeles. Dedicated parking is available.

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