For Immediate Release
Dana Gitell, 617‐840‐7926
Boston, MA, August 1, 2013 ‐‐ On November 28, 2013, an extremely rare convergence of the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars will result in the first day of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving Day for the first time ever – and the last time for more than 70,000 years.
Dana Gitell and Deborah Gitell, creators of the popular Facebook page “Thanksgivukkah,” (www.facebook.com/Thanksgivukkah) have teamed with modern Judaica retailer ModernTribe.com and graphic illustrator Kim DeMarco to create a line of souvenir tees and holiday cards dedicated to this unique moment in Jewish‐American history.
“There are so many kitschy and hilarious ideas that come to mind when you consider a mash‐up of this magnitude. Fried turkeys stuffed with latkes. Wicker cornucopias overflowing with dreidels and gelt. Pilgrims and Rabbis hugging,” explains Dana Gitell. “But we quickly realized that these holidays are both manifestations of common values: religious freedom, gratitude and family. Thanksgivukkah is not just about Jews and the rest of America celebrating on the same day. It’s a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity for all of us to celebrate the ways religious freedom makes America great.”
Jennie Rivlin Roberts, president of ModernTribe.com discusses the retail offerings. “After talking with Dana, and seeing the modern designs and illustrations of Kim DeMarco, I knew that a collaboration to create Thanksgivukkah items was a perfect match for our mission to create ways for modern Jews to express their faith and keep our traditions alive, meaningful and fun.”
Available in early September on ModernTribe.com, Americans of all stripes can purchase Thanksgivukkah tees for themselves and as holiday gifts for every culture‐savvy celebrant on their lists. Printed on American made tee‐shirts by American Apparel , these fine jersey cotton tees come in modern cuts for men and women at a price of $36 each. Holiday cards are also available in 4 designs, sold in sets of 10, including two designs in each set, at a price of $18. In the spirit and traditions of both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, ModernTribe.com will donate portion of all proceeds to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.
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- ModernTribe.com provides design‐conscious Jews gifts and Judaica that celebrate age‐old traditions with modern style. ModernTribe is the inventor and manufacturer of No Limit Texas Dreidel.
- Kim DeMarco is an artist and designer whose work has appeared in and on the covers of The New Yorker Magazine and The Select clients include Harrod’s, Kate Spade, and Barney’s New York. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, and other institutions. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.kimdemarco.com.
- Learn more about MA ZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger at www.mazon.org.