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When Hanukkah meets Thanksgiving in Plimoth, they break into song and ask questions

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PLYMOUTH — Alexander Hailman finally got to meet his ancestor Myles Standish, although chances are that the storied Plimoth Plantation captain won’t be able to make the Lexington lad’s bar mitzvah.

Hailman, 12, is a student at Kehillah Schechter Academy, a Jewish day school in Norwood. Last week, the school traveled to Plymouth to celebrate a fluke in the calendar: the convergence of Thanksgiving with the first day of Hanukkah, dubbed “Thanksgivukkah” by a Kehillah Schechter parent, Dana Gitell.

Since no self-respecting holiday lacks its own song, Rabbi David Paskin, a co-head of the school, wrote “The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah,” which the students sang at the plantation and then at the Mayflower II. Yesterday, the students were scheduled to perform it again on the steps of the State House. They were hoping their Beacon Hill audience would include Governor Deval Patrick, who had already signed a proclamation declaring Thanksgivukkah Day in Massachusetts.

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