Hobokenites create “America’s Table”

11/15/2007:

Here’s something nice as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Not everything has to be about corruption, potholes and Hooters.

America’s Table: A Thanksgiving Reader

Hobokenites Ken Schept and David Dessel are celebrating Thanksgiving in a unique way. Schept, a writer, has created “America’s Table,” a Thanksgiving reader, published annually by the American Jewish Committee. This year filmmaker David Dessel collaborated on the project to create nine short documentaries that profile individuals who are featured in the reader.

In a world too often threatened by differences, Thanksgiving is a day to appreciate how our various backgrounds make America vibrant while our democratic values unite us and keep America strong. America’s table tells this story and helps us express gratitude for being part of it.

Profiles of individuals whose lives and work exemplify these themes, complement a brief narrative. The narrative can be read aloud prior to the Thanksgiving meal by simply going around the table and taking turns. The profiles can be read at the Thanksgiving table and the documentary versions can be watched on the web.

The collaboration began when Schept and Dessel were walking home from the PATH train. They ended up creating an innovative, multicultural portrait of America.

Watch the videos and download your free copies at: www.americastable.org.

See one of the documentaries on YouTube.

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