Giving thanks in the holy land

25.11.2011                      28.Cheschwan. 5772

Jerusalem:

Giving thanks in the holy land

Thousands of Israeli Americans and US expats gear up for the American holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Pumpkin and chestnut soup, traditional stuffed turkey and pumpkin pie are some of the traditions of Thanksgiving. For many American immigrants in Israel, mentions of these foods stir up as much nostalgia or more than matzah, latkes, hamentashen and other festive Jewish foods.
Jerusalem has always had a large contingency of Americans, and many do something to mark the holiday of Thanksgiving. Friends and family gather together and many prepare the traditional meal complete with all the trimmings. Frozen turkeys can be purchased at Mahane Yehuda market, and American brands of items like cranberry sauce are available at most supermarkets….