Deli Man


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Thursday, November 12
Time: 11 am
Location: The Gershman Y
Director: Erik Greenberg Anjou
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 92 Min
Language: English


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“You can taste the diaspora,” says David “Ziggy” Gruber, a third generation deli man, and owner of Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen in Houston, Texas. Though the affable Gruber and his story are the main focus of this tantalizing new documentary by PJFF alumnus Erik Greenberg Anjou (The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground), we are also treated to a pastrami sandwich-sized serving of both delicatessen and American Jewish history.

Interviewing both veterans and newcomers to the deli scene, Anjou travels the country sampling traditional Jewish deli fare and chatting with regulars about their favorite dishes, while back home in NYC, old-style deli connoisseurs like Fyvush Finkel, Jerry Stiller, and Larry King emphatically share what it is that brings them back, year after year. What makes DELI MAN even more entertaining is that rather than bemoaning the ever-shrinking kosher deli scene, it celebrates these uniquely American Jewish institutions and their enduring resonance for Americans today.

Special Guests: Film Followed By Deli Lunch and Discussion with Deli Man Director Erik Greenberg Anjou; moderator Ariella Werden-GreenfieldRuss Farer, Manager of Schlessinger’s; Hymie’s Deli owner Louis Barson; and Chef Laura Frangiosa of Avenue Delicatessen

Sponsors: Schlesingers Delicatessen and Restaurant & Allan Domb Real Estate

Community Partner: DoubleTree by Hilton, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, Hymie’s Deli, National Museum of American Jewish History, Schlesinger’s Deli, The Avenue Delicatessen, Tinsel & Tine

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