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The Menurkey Is Happening: For When Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Overlap This Year

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on October 2, 2013

On November 28, 2013, the Hanukkah and Thanksgiving holidays will fall on the same calendar day for the first time in recorded history.

Mazel Turk! Eight days of leftovers! Gribenes and giblets! Thanksgivukkah!

Given some shorthand extrapolation, it’s also the only time this will happen before you spin your last dreidel. This once-in-a-lifetime crossover opened the door for a nine-year-old entrepreneur named Asher Weintraub, who envisioned the typical American Jewish family gathering around a special menorah to mark the occasion: The Menurkey is happening.

via Anthony Weintraub, special to HyperVocal

via Anthony Weintraub, special to HyperVocal

Backed by 820 people, The Menurkey’s Kickstarter raised more than $48,000 to take Asher’s invention from his head to the 3D printer to the kiln.

Now the Weintraubs are producing the finished products. HyperVocal spoke with the young inventor’s father, Anthony, who filled us in on the production side: “We really don’t have any set number — the short answer is we’re trying to produce as many as people want.” So far, it’s all about the plaster. “We have a lot of demand for the plaster edition, and we’re likely to make a couple of thousand of those. The ceramic edition is very limited, so we’ll probably only produce about 500 of those.”

“The Jewish Museum will be the exclusive retailer in New York City,” Weintraub told us. “We’ll also be selling them online from our website and through other online retailers.” The official website can be found here.

This is Asher. Anthony said his son “is loving this, but he’s a nine-year-old and much more concerned with his birthday party (which is less than two weeks away) and the book he is reading right now. Today he told me about a new bike lock he wanted to invent.”

asher menurkey

Here’s Asher’s original 3D prototype on Tinkercad:

menurkey 3d

Check out the 3D Printer prototype:


And here’s ceramic artist Connie Smith’s prototype, front and back:



Considering this holiday won’t come around again for more than 70,000 years, it’ll also be a potential collector’s item down the road.

And keep your eye out for young Asher Weintraub: Who knows what this visionary will invent for us down the road? Happy Thanksgivukkah!

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