'Thanksgivukkah' menorah lighting set at Sherman Green
The lighting of a menorah on Sherman Green -- marking the first night of Hanukkah -- is scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m., sponsored by Chabad of Fairfield.
With Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coinciding for the first time in 125 years -- creating what many Jewish groups are calling "Thanksgivukkah" -- Chabad urged attendees to bring canned goods for donation to the town's needy.
Food items brought to the green at Post and Reef roads will be donated to Operation Hope, which operates the town's homeless shelter and a food pantry.
The last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincided was 1888. This year's phenomenon has the Internet awash with "Thanksgivukkah"
T-shirts and a wide array of YouTube videos of people performing their own original "Thanksgivukkah" songs.
In that spirit, Chabad said a team at Wednesday's menorah lighting would use canned food ultimately destined for the needy to build a "Thanks and Giving Can-norah."
But there will be food to eat, too, Chabad said, including traditional Hanukkah fare "with a Thanksgiving twist." The event also will include holiday music and games.
"This year's calendar presents us with an opportunity to rediscover the true theme of both holidays; thanksgiving to the almighty for all our daily miracles," Chabad's Rabbi Shlame Landa said.
Chabad said it also is organizing a parade of cars outfitted with electric menorahs that would leave its Stratfield Road center at 4 p.m. and roll across town, arriving at Sherman Green before the lighting ceremony.
For more information, call 203-373-7551 or visit www.ChabadFF.com.