Thursday was Thanksgiving in the US,
a holiday when millions of American families
gather to eat an annual turkey dinner.
In Tel Aviv a special Thanksgiving dinner was held.
Also an annual event,
the Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin,
sponsors a mega turkey meal for lone soliders.
Away from families,
these young men and women, in uniform or out,
have come from around the world to enlist in IDF.
Not just Americans participated,
Mexico, Australia, Canada, Ukraine, and Great Britain,
did not matter where you were from,
good food and fun, if you get leave, you come.
Close to a thousand solders came this year.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett came,
and gave thanks for their contribution to Israel.
MK Michael Oren, who is a former lone soldier,
often participates in these events.
It took two hours to drive to Tel Aviv in the rain,
but glad we went to see the wonderful energy and fun.
Now time for Shabbat,
with turkey and most all the fixings,
still miss fresh cranberry sauce,
but will make do with lots of other side dishes.
From Jerusalem, giving thanks.
More photos HERE