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Upcoming Exhibition

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

Snack at Manny’s Delicatessen, Chicago, IL, 2010. Image Professionals GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo


  • Capital Jewish Museum
    575 3rd Street, NW, Washington, DC


  • $15 Adult
  • $12 Ages 65+
  • $10 Ages 21-13
  • Free Ages 12 & Under
  • Free for Members


“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli explores how American Jews imported traditions, adapted culture, and built community through the experience of food. In addition to showing how the Jewish deli forged an entirely new, quintessentially American cuisine by combining Central and Eastern European dishes with ingredients abundantly available in the United States, the exhibition traces the larger arc of the Jewish experience in the US during the twentieth century.

On view will be neon signs, menus, advertisements, fixtures, historical footage, film and television clips, and artifacts that illuminate how delicatessens evolved from specialty stores catering to immigrant populations into the beloved national institutions they are today.



Media support provided by Nycci Nellis and The List Are You On It.

Organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Partial support for the exhibition is provided by Connie and Jay Krupin in memory of Mel Krupin.