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A Deli Luncheon in Ole Miss that Needs to be Saved

The folks at Vox Tablet’s podcast bring us a wonderful story about a deli luncheon in Mississippi.

Half a century ago, the Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville, Miss., was the stateís largest synagogue; its sanctuary overflowed during the High Holidays, attracting worshipers from the city and surrounding communities. But many children of those earlier congregants have moved away, and by 2000, the temple dismissed its full-time rabbi. One tradition, though, has held on: Hebrew Unionís annual deli luncheon, a fundraiser for the Temple Sisterhood and a much-anticipated event for both the Jews and non-Jews of Greenville. (In 2009, 1,400 corned beef sandwiches were served.) Reporter Philip Graitcer attended this yearís luncheon earlier this month and filed this dispatch from a tradition that might not endure.


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