Thursday, June 21, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, June 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St., 208-343-6601, ahavathbethisrael.org.
Put down the bologna and packaged pepperoni. Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel is flying in authentic pastrami and corned beef from the East Coast for the annual Deli Days, a celebration of scrumptious food and Boise's Jewish community.
Deli Days will take place Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel. The foodie-friendly event will feature a New York-style kosher deli replete with meaty goodness. But don't leave your vegetarian friends behind: veggie-centric fare will be available, as will locally grown produce and many homemade desserts. The festivities also include a beer and wine garden, so you can wash back all the food you've crammed in your belly, along with live music and dancing.
While you digest all that authentic goodness, take a tour of Boise's historic synagogue, which was constructed in the late 19th century, making it the oldest synagogue in continuous use west of the Mississippi River. It once stood on State Street and was relocated to the Bench.
"Deli Days is an opportunity to showcase the Jewish community to the community at large," said Billy Ganz, an event coordinator.
Can't wait for the event? Orders for everything from potato knish to dinner for four can be placed by phone and delivered to most Boise locations for free. Check out the congregation's website for a menu, prices and stipulations.