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Sermons of Thanksgiving

By Lauren Gilbert  Senior Manager for Public Services, Center for Jewish History  Sermons of Thanksgiving It is widely believed that the Pilgrims modeled their Thanksgiving feast after the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. In its modern incarnation as a secular festival focusing on gratitude, an appropriately Jewish concept, Thanksgiving has been observed by American Jews from its earliest days. When George Washington declared a non-denominational National…

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Photo of the day: Outdoor religious services at country camp, circa 1950. National Jewish Welfare Board Records. From American Jewish Historical Society. For more archival photos, visit the Center for Jewish History’s Flickr photostream.

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