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

Special Exhibitions Gallery
October 22, 2023 - April 14, 2024

More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli is a community forged in food. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli explores how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, the exhibition reveals how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food culture.

Get a taste of deli history through neon signs, menus, advertisements, uniforms, photographs, and film and TV clips. Plus, spark and share your own deli memories with fun photo ops and interactives!

Illinois Holocaust Museum’s presentation of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli is made possible with generous support from:



Paul Langer and Judith Frank

Mark and Lisa Pinsky


Additional Funders

Golder Family Foundation

Photo credits: Robert Wedemeyer (Skirball Cultural Center)


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