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Deli Luncheon

A communal holiday meal 130 years in the making

The season for communal meals is upon us—Easter Dinners and Passover Seders. In the Mississippi Delta town of Greenville, members of the synagogue, Hebrew Union, have been hosting a community luncheon—called the deli lunch—for the past 130 years. But in the past four decades, the Jewish population there has been dwindling, and now they’re wondering if there are going to be enough people to hold luncheons in the future.

Independent reporter Philip Graitcer attended this year’s luncheon and brings us this report.

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