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The smell of schmaltz-popped corn greeted the noisy crowd filing up the stairs of the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side last week. The draw? A Moth-like storytelling event, with food, called “Schmaltzy: 5 dishes. 5 stories. So Jewish.”
My doorbell rang one recent Friday, and when I answered the door a smiling stranger handed me a paper gift bag. Inside, there was a small, fragrant challah from Zucker Bakery and a hand-written note:
On a recent morning, I met Naama Shefi for breakfast at Zucker Bakery, a petite Jewish café and bakery in New York’s East Village. Shefi is the founder of the Jewish Food Society, a new project dedicated to preserving and revitalizing Jewish food traditions. And Zucker, which is owned by an Israeli pastry chef and serves date jam rugelach and chocolate babka, among other sweets, has become for her both a satellite office and a home away from home.
In the late 1800s a saloon owner named Kate Hester purportedly defied Pittsburgh’s new licensing laws by running a secret establishment where locals in the know could drink and enjoy the company of friends and strangers. When the evening’s festivities got too loud — as the story goes — Hester would hush the crowd by saying “Speak easy, boys.” And from Hester’s saying, the term “speakeasy” was coined.