There are only two weeks left to check out the exhibition on Jewish-American food at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Vintage Kosher cookbooks? Check. Kitschy bar mitzvah decorations? Check. Vintage ads? Check. Here’s the official line:
Forshpeis! A Taste of the Peter H. Schweitzer Collection of Jewish Americana reveals different aspects of American Jewish life by looking at food and its practices in a range of settings: in the kitchen, during celebrations, at the deli. The exhibition explores the role food played in helping immigrant Jews adjust to life in the United States and illustrates how Jewish foods, like American Jews themselves, have become a part of the American mainstream.The flavors of American Jewish life include dishes that American Jews brought with them, primarily from Eastern Europe, during the great immigration between 1880 and 1924; cuisine that Jews coming from other parts of the world ate regularly or created when they came to this country; and foods connected to Jewish rituals and practice.