Celebrating American Diversity on Thanksgiving

AJC national radio message
November 21, 2011 – New York – The weekly AJC message airs on 400 CBS stations and is heard by more than 35 million. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

The full text of this week’s message follows:

Thanksgiving is around the corner.

It's a wonderful holiday--a day for parades, family gatherings, football, and feasts.

And a day, we shouldn't forget, for giving thanks.

The Pilgrims originated the holiday in 1621. They drew their inspiration from the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, when Jews give thanks for the bounty we enjoy.

After 9/11, we at AJC felt that Thanksgiving was the perfect time not only for all Americans to express gratitude for that bounty, but also to emphasize the special blessing of America and the ties that bind us.

Together with several partners, we created America's Table: a Thanksgiving Reader. It highlights our diverse roots and our shared values as Americans.

In just a few pages, we seek to capture the unique story of America, and of eight Americans who exemplify the richness of our nation's mosaic.

Use the Reader at your holiday table. You'll be adding something important to your celebration.

To get a copy, visit http://www.americastable.org.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.Date: 11/21/2011
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