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Deli Days 2010

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As if lox-loving residents weren't already having visions of bagels dancing in their heads, while anxiously awaiting the return of the Jewish food festival Deli Days, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel decided to taunt residents even more by posting a deliciously painful photo of fresh-baked spinach and kasha knish on its Facebook page.

Deli Days--Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25--will serve up traditional Jewish favorites of kosher corned beef, pastrami, bagels and lox, Israeli salad, hummus and pita, and potato knish. Also, sample the wide sea of desserts and baked goods, including rugelach and the three-cornered filled pastries known as hamantasch.

Enjoy live music and dancing as you overindulge and head to the beer and wine garden to help wash down slices of homemade rye bread. The congregation will also offer tours of the temple during the festival, which is its main fund-raising event.

The Deli Days Facebook page, in addition to instilling strong cravings for fresh challah, promises, "You'll see the mayor, and maybe even the governor." Sharing pastrami with elected officials in the company of friends and neighbors--huzzah!

Thursday, June 24, 11 a.m-8 p.m.; Friday, June 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St., ahavathbethisrael.org.