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November 19, 2013 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

November 19, 2013

Dear Friends,

Thanksgivukkah is finally upon us! For those who have been dreaming of a cranberry-filled Hanukkah, light up the stove and fry up the oil. We have Thanskgivukkah recipes to get you started, as well as Thanksgiving and Hanukkah kids’ book recommendations, activity ideas, holiday how-to videos and our Guide to Hanukkah for Interfaith Families.

If you haven't yet taken our 2013 User Survey, it is now open to everyone: Whether you are an IFF Network member or not, you can enter to win a $500 gift card at the end of the survey! Want to know how other interfaith families celebrate the December holidays? Read what we learned in our 10th annual survey!

As you think about holiday giving, please consider a donation to InterfaithFamily. As a thank you, we'll send a Hanukkah e-card on your behalf. Support the work we do and gift a gift today.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Philadelphia
Interfaith Couples Trip to Israel & Interfaith Family Shabbat
The deadline is approaching to sign up for IFF/Philadelphia's subsidized Interfaith Couples Trip to Israel March 29-April 6, 2014! Save $2,000 per couple! Find out more about this unique opportunity to visit Israel with other interfaith couples or apply here.

Interfaith Family Shabbat services, programs and events are in full swing in the Philadelphia area. For a list of participating synagogues and links to their event listings, go to
Hanukkah with Family
Hanukkah How-To
Whether you’re new to Hanukkah or need some kid-spiration, here’s your toolbox for DIY activities and how-to videos for celebrating all eight crazy nights.

Get 8 Nights of Activities
How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah
How to Play Dreidel
How to Make Latkes
Interfaith Families
When Johanna was invited to a day-after-Thanksgiving dinner in 2003, it was a convergence of Shabbat, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. See how she celebrated all three
Thanksgivukkah Recipes
Celebrating two holidays on the same day means double the food, right? Or perhaps you can blend traditions from both holidays into one dish. Here are some ideas, courtesy of
Get the recipes
Books for Kids
Kids' Book
Holiday Giving
With two holidays comes two lists of books for kids! Both holidays teach about giving and generosity and Kathy Bloomfield has curated the best titles for teaching these values to your tots. See the book recommendations
Holiday Booklets
Hanukkah BookletHanukkah Booklet
Hanukkah is one of the most home-based and family-centered of the Jewish holidays. But what's it all about? This booklet explains the history of Hanukkah and the symbolism and significance of its rituals. It also makes a great handout for program professionals. Read more
Hunger Games
Elizabeth Banks & Rachel Bilson
One of Elizabeth Banks' many films in the pipeline is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters Friday—see what else she has on tap, and find out how Rachel Bilson will bring Hanukkah to Bluebell in Hart of Dixie on Monday. Read more

From the Blog
Thanksgivukkah BlogsOn the Staff Blog: Lindsey shares a round-up of Thanksgivukkah in the news and Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia has a fun Thanksgivukkah Quiz to test your holiday knowledge. Rebecca from IFF/SF Bay Area gets in on the holiday fun with a look at an Elf on the Shelf alternative.

Guest blogger Jodi Rosenfeld from Philadelphia shares her experience of leading her Conservative synagogue's Interfaith Work Group. IFF/Boston's Joshua muses on Jackie Robinson and how it's time for the Jewish community get ready to play ball, so to speak.

Parenting & Wedding Blogs: We say farewell to wedding blogger Matt as he rides into the sunset with his new wife. But not before he shares some touching thoughts about his journey and some beautiful photos of the big day. Meanwhile, Jane starts her family's holiday prep with a trial of another Elf on the Shelf alternative and Jessie comes clean on how she's doing with her resolution to unplug on Shabbat.

 Coming Up in Philadelphia
 Hanukkah with Family
 Interfaith Families
 Books for Kids
 Holiday Booklets
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Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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