More Than a Meal: The Jewish Deli

Kathleen Hinkel

The Illinois Holocaust Museum presents “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli until Sunday, April 14. The exhibition explores Jewish culture intersecting with American food. 


“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli displays the Jewish deli as a community founded on a love for food. Open now through April 14, the exhibit investigates Jewish immigrants, particularly from Central and Eastern Europe, adapting their culinary traditions with Western restaurant ideologies to create something new.

Through the exhibition, guests will learn how Jewish food became an avenue of connection for Holocaust survivors and refugees in the United States. The exhibit also emphasizes the importance of Jewish food on American culinary culture.

Full of fun photo ops around neon signs and advertisements, the engaging exhibit also includes photos, film, and TV clips.


On each last Friday of the month, for the Museum’s Free Fridays, stop at the cafeteria at lunchtime. Enjoy deli sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, cookies, and more authentic Jewish delights while the exhibit is running. 

“I’ll Have What She’s Having” also offers an event-related program, Lunch & Learn: “Everything’s Kosher.” Join director and filmmaker Adam Fried as he shares about his new film, Everything’s Kosher. This documentary follows a Jewish man from Chicago living in Germany with his only daughter.

The event will take place on April 11 at noon on Zoom. Museum Members can attend for free, and the event is open to the public for $5. Reserve your spot now.


Admission to “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli is accessible with an Illinois Holocaust Museum ticket. Guests can also attend by booking a group tour or field trip.

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