Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap spurs thanks, angst among American Jews

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.

That's what students at suburban Detroit's Hillel Day School are doing -- creating paper-and-paint mashups of menorahs and turkeys, and the birds combined with dreidels.

The recent class projects at the Farmington Hills school illustrate one way U.S. Jews are dealing with a rare quirk of the calendar on Thursday that overlaps Thanksgiving with the start of Hanukkah. The last time it happened was 1888 and the next is 79,043 years from now -- by one estimate.

The convergence of the secular and sacred holidays is presenting opportunities for many Jews and challenges for others.

Concerns include everything from extra preparation and party planning to those who think they will dilute or devalue both celebrations.

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