Ohio.com staff


For the first time since 1888, the first full day of Chanukah will coincide with Thanksgiving Day, reports Akron.com. The two holidays will not be on the same day again until 2070.



Many Jewish families are excited about the coincidence, and are planning to incorporate traditional Chanukah foods into their Thanksgiving meal.



This year, the annual community menorah lighting at Summit Mall, organized by Kaila Sasonkin of Anshe Sfard Revere Road Synagogue in Bath Township, will be taking place a little later in the eight-night Chanukah celebration.



At 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, residents are encouraged to make their way to the Food Court at the mall, 2875 W. Market St., to watch the lighting event.



The menorah will be made out of thin pipes, and doughnuts ith holes will be put over pipes to form the top of the menorah. The bottom of the menorah will feature jelly-filled doughnuts. Sasonkin palns to order 500 doughnuts from a kosher bakery in Cleveland.



For the fourth year in a row, the community lighting event will also feature a "canorah" - or menorah made of canned goods - that have been donated for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.



Anyone interested inc ontributing can drop off canned goods at the Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 750 White Pond Drive. There are also drop-off locations at Beth-El Congregation and The Lippman School, as well as Temple Israel and Revere Road Synagogue. Cans will also be accepted at the event, but will not be able to be used in the canorah.



The evening will also feature student singers from The Lippman School, as well as a visit from Judah the Maccabee and the Dreidel Man. 



For more information on the event, click here.