Secular Holidays

How to Host a Friendsgiving Shabbat

Chris Harrison
Shabbat dinner parties are a great way for friends and family to connect, have fun, and engage in rewarding conversation – and for American Jews, the Thanksgiving weekend – when far-flung loved ones return home together for the secular holiday – can provide a perfect opportunity to make it happen.

What's Jewish about Thanksgiving? Lots!

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer
There are strong historical connections between Judaism and Thanksgiving. Most of the Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving were Puritans, a branch of the Protestant faith. The Puritans strongly identified with the historical traditions and customs of the Israelites in the Bible.