Do it tonight: Free Deli Dinner & “The Role of the Jewish American Deli in Pop Culture”

Turns out it was the matzoh ball soup, not Harry, that drove Sally so wild in that diner.

Turns out it was the matzoh ball soup, not Harry, that drove Sally so wild in that diner.

The description of this event on Kenyon’s calendar begins “In New York and other cities, the Jewish deli was a gathering place on par with the synagogue, a place where the overstuffed sandwiches — ” and it went on after that but I stopped at “overstuffed sandwiches” because oh my God, overstuffed sandwiches. Bagels with lox. Gefilte fish. Kreplach. Hamantaschen. I miss New York.

The lecture, hosted by Ted Merwin of Dickinson College, will discuss Jewish deli in society “from Aaron Lebedeff’s signature song, “Rumania, Rumania,” to John Belushi’s classic “Samurai Deli” sketch on Saturday Night Live, to Rob Reiner’s take-off of Woody Allen films.” Between the nosh and the pop culture references, this is one you can’t miss.

  • What: Free food and discussion about the role of Jewish American deli in pop culture
  • Where: Cheever Room, Finn House
  • When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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