THANKSGIVUKKAH CELEBRATION, NOVEMBER 29, 2013

With the unusual convergence between Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the synagogue celebration combined the two holidays. During the services Rabbi Stern led the congregants in the following songs:



THANKSGIVUKKAH, THANKSGIVUKKAH
by Gil Brodsky

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
Come light the menurkey
Let's have a party
With latkes and turkey.
Maccabbees and Pilgrims
Americans and Jews
Thankfulness and freedom-
The lessons we choose.

Chorus:
So come spin the dreidel,
And lighting the candles we gloat.
Hearts skip a beat
For we know soon we'll eat
Pumpkin pie and some sufganiot!
Hearts skip a beat
For we know soon we'll eat
Pumpkin pie and some sufganiot!

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
A joyous occasion
Everyone join in
This rare celebration
Lift up high your voices
With songs and with cheers.
The next one won't come for
79 thousand years.

Chorus

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
A marvelous yuntiff
Bringing together
The rebbe and pontiff.
Blending our traditions
Can give quite a shock:
Nays gadol hayah sham
At Plymouth Rock

Chorus
THE BALLAD OF THANKSGIVUKKAH
by Rabbi David Paskin

Imagine Judah Maccabee sitting down to roast turkey
Passing the potatoes to Squanto
And pilgrims in Jerusalem standing with Hasmoneans
Got to get this temple cleaned up pronto

Like applesauce with cranberries, turkey stuffed with fried latkes
It's clear that this is one heck of a mitzvah
Let's celebrate this great country, religious minorities
Everybody loves Thanksgivukkah
I had a little turkey(toykey), I named him Macabee
I tried and tried to spin him but I was not lucky

CHORUS
Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah
Let's celebrate across America
Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah
Happy Holidays, Thanksgivukkah!

Nun, Gobble, Hay, Shin
Apple, rhubarb and pumpkin

167 BCE the Has-mo-ne-an dynasty
Was challenged by the lure of Hellenizers
But Greek culture could not compare to spinning tops and Jewish prayer
The miracle of light kept burning brighter

In 1620 pilgrims came across the ocean here to claim
A new land where the Mayflower could dock
At a place we must mention they met native Americans
When they landed here at Plymouth...

Rock of Ages let our song
praise Thy saving power

CHORUS
Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah
Let's celebrate across America
Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah
Happy Holidays, Thanksgivukkah!
LIGHT ONE CANDLE
by Peter Yarrow

Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks that their light didn't die
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand
But light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker's time is at hand

Chorus:
Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears.

Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe
And light one candle for those who are suffering
Pain we learned so long ago
Light one candle for all we believe in
That anger not tear us apart
And light one candle to find us together
With peace as the song in our hearts

Chorus

What is the memory that's valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What's the commitment to those who have died
That we cry out they've not died in vain?
We have come this far always believing
That justice would somehow prevail
This is the burden, this is the promise
This is why we will not fail!

Chorus

Don't let the light go out!
Don't let the light go out!
EIGHT DAYS OF HANUKKAH
Lyrics by Sen. Orrin Hatch
Music by Madeline Stone
Recorded for Tablet Magazine

Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah
The festival of light
In Jerusalem The oil burned bright
They lit the menorah in that holy place
What a miracle to last eight days

Eight days of Hanukkah come let's celebrate
Eight days of Hanukkah let's celebrate tonight, hey
Eight days of Hanukkah come let's celebrate
Come let's celebrate tonight, Hey.

A small band of people led the way
Through the darkest night they prayed
Seeking religious freedom
Did more than just survive
They defeated a mighty empire
Free to believe
Just the way they wanted to
It made history

Eight days of Hanukkah
Come let's celebrate
Eight days of Hanukkah
Let's celebrate tonight, hey
Eight days of Hanukkah
Come let's celebrate
Come let's celebrate tonight
Hey

La la la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la, la la, hey
Eight days of Hanukkah
Come let's celebrate
Come let's celebrate tonight
Hey!

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