Detroiters in Israel celebrate Thanksgiving together.
Detroiters in Israel celebrate Thanksgiving together.

Eighth annual event draws several dozen attendees.


Don Cohen

JN Contributing Writer

More than two dozen Detroiters and Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv last Saturday night to celebrate Thanksgiving over a festive meal. It was the 8th year that the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit brought together Detroiters who had moved to Israel, visiting Detroiters and Israelis from the partnership community in the Central Galilee.

“It even smells like Thanksgiving,” and “it even looks better than last year” were just some of the comments overheard as guests gathered in the rooftop apartment of Eden Adler, just a short walk from the Dizengoff Center shopping mall.

Dinner featured a 25-pound turkey with all the fixings, in this case a wide of array of Israeli salads. Salmon delighted the non-meat eaters, though the vegans didn’t go hungry either. The guests brought a variety of wines to enjoy, and the pumpkin pie and other desserts rounded out the kind of Thanksgiving meal that their fellow Jews had enjoyed in Detroit days earlier.

Organized by Yoav Raban, the Federation’s former shaliach in Detroit who now works on its behalf to engage Detroiters in Israel. The group was overwhelmingly young adults, many of whom knew each other, but there were also plenty of introductions. An effort was made to tune in the Michigan-Ohio State game, but the signal lagged just as the Wolverines did the same.