At the Jewish Table


“At the Jewish Table” is an exhibit inspired by the Elmira Jewish Community’s most well-known public event, the Jewish Food Festival. While the festival creates an atmosphere reminiscent of New York City’s Lower East Side at the height of Jewish immigration to America, Elmira had its own “lower east side,” a neighborhood, now vanished, which was once the center of Jewish worship, family life, and business.

This exhibit invites you to explore the migration and evolution of Elmira’s Jewish community, its contributions to the city’s commerce, and the traditions of the table which have bound Elmira’s Jews together across cultures, congregations, families, and neighborhoods.

Savor History  At the Jewish Table
An Exhibit at the Chemung County Historical Society
On Display April 16th – September 29th, 2018
Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Opening Reception

Thursday April 26th, 7-9pm
with music by Cayuga Klezmer Kapelye

“Each of the foods that is prepared here comes from an individual's family tradition or memory. And I think that's one of the things that makes this a cultural event that's kind of unique.”

Lisa Goldberg