Member Previews for "I'll Have What She's Having: The Jewish Deli"

  • May 11 - 12, 2024
  • Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

    575 3rd Street Northwest
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Members of Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum are invited to be the first to view our upcoming special exhibition before it opens to the public! The support of our Members has been instrumental in the making of this important Museum, and we are thrilled to share “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli with you. The exhibition will be open to members only from 11:00 - 4:00pm the weekend prior to the public opening. There will be a food truck onsite for purchases of deli foods, docent-led tutorials of the interactive map table highlighting DC metro region delis, complimentary black and white cookies, and much more.

Special Member Preview Dates:

Saturday, May 11th 11:00 - 4:00 pm

Sunday, May 12th 11:00 - 4:00 pm

Enter the Member Code on your digital Membership card to register for this free event. Members can book up to four tickets per transaction and are welcome to attend both dates. For assistance with your member code, please contact Membership and Development Operations Manager, Raven Orlikoff, at or 202-525-2250.

“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.

Image credit: Anne Russ Federman serving customers at New York’s Russ & Daughters, with Hattie Russ Gold in the background, 1939. From the collection of Russ & Daughters.

Date & Time

May 11 - 12, 2024

Venue Details

Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

575 3rd Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20001 Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum
Capital Jewish Museum

The Capital Jewish Museum explores the Jewish experience in the national capital region and inspires visitors to connect, reflect, and act—connect personally and collectively, reflect on the relevance of the past to today, and act on behalf of their communities and values. With its experimental spirit, the Museum connects the past to the present through thought-provoking exhibitions, dynamic programming, and creative public experiences. The Community Action Lab invites visitors to engage through hands on-activities, resources, workshops, games, and more.

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