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Monday, December 02, 2019

Denverite: Jewish Family Service offers turkeys, all the fixings, and lessons in an American outlook



Denverite: Jewish Family Service offers turkeys, all the fixings, and lessons in an American outlook

Denverite featured a story on November 28, 2019 about Jewish Family Service's Thanksgiving food program and how several refugee families have benefited over the years:

The refugee couple from Ukraine reminisced as one about some of their first encounters with the centerpiece of Thanksgiving.

Simon Kaganov, sitting at his kitchen table in his Windsor Gardens apartment in south Denver, began: “Usually we took a turkey and went to a- ”

” -special Polish store and they smoked the turkey,” his wife Alla Sheherbi finished for him.

“Very tasty. But now- ” Kaganov continued,

” -they’re closed,” Sheherbi concluded.

Their turkeys — along with all the fixings — are among those donated to families every year by Jewish Family Service, a nonprofit that Sheherbi and Kaganov said offers lessons about not just their new homeland’s holidays, but its spirit.

(Photo above: Alla Sheherbi pours tea for her husband, Simon Kaganov, in their home at Windsor Gardens, Nov. 16, 2019. Credit: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 

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