Rabbinical, cantorial, and education students in the HUC-JIR Year-in-Israel program celebrated Thanksgiving together as a community on the Jerusalem campus. Their contributions to the Thanksgiving dinner proved their considerable culinary talents with an impressive Thanksgiving spread. Students shared their thoughts about things they are thankful for, donated money to support the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen in New York, collected dried goods for a soup kitchen in Jerusalem, and debated the meaning of a section of the Birkat Hamazon.
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