Secular Holidays

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.

5 Jewish Readings for Memorial Day

Kate Bigam Kaput
Memorial Day may not be a Jewish holiday, but the concept of remembering and honoring our dead is certainly a Jewish value. Here are a few Memorial Day prayers you may wish to recite in honor of this holiday.

Judaism and the Music of Thanksgiving

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
November 20, 2014

Ah, fall! In many parts of the country, the temperature has dropped, the leaves have turned shades of red, orange and yellow and are falling off the trees. It's time for Thanksgiving in the U.S.

For many Americans, the holiday evokes powerful sensory images