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

April–September 2020

About the Exhibition

Take a delicious bite into the history and culture of Jews in America. Exploring how American Jews imported traditions, adapted culture, and built community through the experience of food, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli reveals how delicatessens became cornerstones of American Jewish food culture during the past century, evolving from specialty stores catering to immigrant populations into beloved national institutions.

By sharing the history of deli, the exhibition traces the larger arc of the Jewish experience in the United States during the twentieth century. On view will be neon signs, menus, advertisements, deli fixtures, packaging, and photographs, while lively interactives will invite you to engage with each other and your own memories of deli. Watch for a special focus on some of your favorite LA deli spots!

More information will be shared in the coming months. Check back again soon.