Virtual Lecture: "Pastrami on Rye – An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli" 

Virtual Lecture: “Pastrami on Rye – An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli” 

September 2, 2020
2:00 PM

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Virtual Lecture: “Pastrami on Rye – An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli” 
Wednesday, September 2 | 2:00 PM | Cost: $10 

In New York, L.A., Chicago, and other cities, the Jewish deli was a gathering place on par with the synagogue, a convivial space where the overstuffed sandwiches symbolized the achievement of the American Dream. Over time, the deli also became an iconic part of popular entertainment. From Aaron Lebedeff’s signature tune, ‘Rumania, Rumania’ to John Belushi’s ‘Samurai Deli’ sketch on Saturday Night Live to Rob Reiner’s film ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ the deli and its fare became emblematic of Jewish culture for Jews and non-Jews alike. Deli historian and collector Ted Merwin will grab our attention, telling tales of tongue, pastrami, and corned beef, even uncovering a roasted meat debate in the Talmud!

A native New Yorker, Ted Merwin grew up in Great Neck and went on to Amherst College and the City University of New York Graduate School, where he received his Ph.D. He is the author of the National Jewish Book Award-winning, “Pastrami on Rye – An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Delicatessen.” His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Moment, and Hadassah. Dr. Merwin is a former professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College and is currently the AIPAC’s Synagogue Initiative Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Questions? Please contact Frieda Enoch fenoch@benderjccgw.org

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