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Shalom Deli-Jewish food and cultural celebration

Shalom Deli event announced in Modesto


Modesto, CA – Congregation Beth Shalom, the Center for Jewish Life in Modesto, has announced their plans for a new Jewish food and cultural celebration on Sunday June 5th called Shalom Deli.  Running from 10:30am – 2:00pm at the congregation’s campus on Sherwood near Doctor’s Hospital and Lady of Fatima, the event will include kosher pastrami sandwiches available as boxed lunches to-go or with an eat-in option.  In addition to the deli sandwiches and side dishes, there will also be a Bake Sale, Gift Shop with an extensive selection of Judaica items, a bouncy house for children, Sanctuary Tours, and live Hebrew music.  This event is a new format of the congregation’s very popular Café Shalom event which will return next year with an expanded holiday and international menu of Jewish cuisine in addition to other new features.  While the new and improved Café Shalom is “under construction”, the congregation will offer Shalom Deli as an opportunity to sample kosher meat and experience Jewish culture.

Kosher, which means “fit”, refers to the ancient Jewish dietary instructions which are first presented in the Hebrew Bible. These instructions include that only certain animals are to be eaten, that they are to be killed in a quick and painless manner that shows respect for the animal, that blood is not to be consumed, and that meat is not to be eaten with milk or other dairy products. Jewish food refers to the wide variety of cuisine associated with Jews who live in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, or who settled in Spain and Portugal or other areas around the world.  The Shalom Deli event will take place on Jerusalem Day, referring to the date in 1967 when Jerusalem became a re-unified city and religious access was restored for all residents and visitors after 19 years of the city being divided into separate Jordanian and Israeli sectors.  During these years, the Old City of Jerusalem including Judaism’s most holy sites, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, was closed to Jewish worshipers.

Shalom Deli, which is a fundraiser for the congregation’s Hebrew School youth programs, will cost $15.  Tickets can be purchased through, at the synagogue’s office, or at the door on Sunday, June 5th.  Café Shalom has historically been the largest Jewish cultural event each year in Stanislaus County.

Congregation Beth Shalom is the only Jewish congregation in Stanislaus County and the greater Modesto Area. As the Center for Jewish Life, they provide a wide variety of cultural, educational, holiday, and social programs for the diverse Jewish population and the local community.


For more information, please contact the congregation at:
(209) 571-6060



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