Skip To Content

Pizza-Bagel Throwdown and All the Week’s Hottest Dish

Who invented the pizza bagel? Seems like an innocent question, but it’s sparked a nasty war of words.

In this corner: Boston baker Richard Katz, who claims his father, Harry, invented the cheese-and-sauce-topped treat. Across: L.A. financial guy Bruce Treitman, who swears he created the pizza bagel while goofing around in the back of a local bagel store in the 1970s. Who’s right? Read and judge for yourself…

Mayor Rahm’s Favorite Deli Gets an Upgrade

Image by Facebook

During his campaign for mayor in 2010, Rahm Emanuel (left) strategized with David Axelrod over lunch at Manny’s.

Rahm Emanuel’s fave Jewish deli will soon see some big changes.

The Sun-Times reports that Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen, long a favorite with Chicago politicians and downtown workers, is getting a million-dollar renovation to be unveiled around Thanksgiving.

Hizzoner usually gets matzo ball soup and a combo corned-beef and pastrami sandwich, owner Dan Raskin tells the Sun-Times. Manny’s turns 75 this year.

‘Not Enough People Care About Kosher Food’

He tried kosher vegetarian, then just plain kosher.

But the owner of Oakland’s Amba restaurant is finally throwing in the towel after three-and-a-half years. “I don’t know what it is — if there’s not enough people who care about Israeli food, or not enough people who care about kosher food,” Jonathan Wornick tells JWeekly.

A group of Amba fans may band together to buy the restaurant. Stay tuned.

N.J. Deli Maven Jack Cooper Dies

Jack Cooper, whose five New Jersey delis routinely won “Best Deli” honors from New Jersey Monthly magazine, has died at 87, TapInto reports. The last of Cooper’s restaurants, Celebrity Deli in Edison, shuttered in 2003.

A Call to Action for Humane Treatment in Kosher Industry

Haaretz this week sounds a powerful call to action against animal abuse at kosher slaughterhouses. “The laws of keeping kosher were created to promote health and humane practices. It’s time to get back in touch with those values by revising the rules,” writes Alayon Eliach.

Feast Like the Middle East

A program that uses locally sourced and prepared food to connect with young Jews, has won an Innovation Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Louis. St. Louis digital strategist Shira Berkowitz is its creator.

Question of the Week

From syndicated columnist Phil Ball: “I’m a lapsed Quaker, but I love Jewish deli foods — lox, pastrami, chopped chicken livers with chopped onions and schmaltz, etc. But kosher gelatin? Where do they get it? From herds of orthodox, circumcised Hebrew steers raised in a synagogue?”

Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.