“Where Harry Met Sally” – The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture

CJHS & Jewish Bookfair Present:

Two Special Programs about Jewish Delicatessens

Sunday, October 27

Where Harry Met Sally

Ted Merwin, the author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli”, will present an entertaining, interactive program about the heyday of the deli, the changing representation of Jewish-American delis in music, film and television and the evolution of delis today. Ted has published numerous articles and given more than a hundred public lectures on Jewish-American food and culture.

Please join us for this special presentation and a one-night only Pop-Up Kosher Deli Buffet Dinner presented by Harvey & Ed’s. Deli Buffet Dinner begins at 5:30 followed by the program at 7:00 pm.

Tickets to the Deli Buffet Dinner are SOLD OUT!  Tickets to the Program will still be available for purchase at the door.

Title Sponsor


A great night with a delicious dinner followed by an exciting speaker:


Date Sunday, October 27

LocationJewish Center, 1125 College Ave

Time5:30-Dinner Buffet, 7:00-Program

Now Open!!! From Bris to Brisket

How do we develop a Jewish community? When did the synagogues of central Ohio open and which remain? Who were our rabbis, our mohels and our shochets?

And. very importantly, where did we find our kosher food?

CJHS explores this history and finds some suprises!

Date Opens January 2019

LocationThe Historical Collection, 1175 College Ave.

TimeWeekdays and 1st Sunday of each month

Letters Home, 1918

CJHS will present our play “Letters Home” one final time! Developed from actual letters in our archives this funny and touching play recounts the lives of Jewish men and women of central Ohio who were involved in WWI. Letters Home is researched, written and directed by CJHS. It will be performed on the Jewish Center stage.


If you saw this play in May, come back again- there are a few surprises in store!

Buy Tickets Online

Date Wednesday, July 10

LocationJewish Center, 1125 College Ave

Time8:00 p.m.

Seltzertopia – The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink

CJHS and Jewish BookFair welcome author Barry Joseph who will speak on the history of the seltzer business. Mr. Joseph who says he accidentally became the “world’s expert on soda”, investigates the Jewish roots of this popular drink.  A special soda tasting sponsored by Harvey & Ed’s will accompany this presentation!



Date Sunday, June 2, 2019

LocationThe Historical Collection, 1175 College Ave.

Time2:00 PM

Kosher Restaurants, The Past & The Future

CJHS will look at the kosher food options in central Ohio since the 1900’s then special guest Joel Marcovitch will talk about what the future might hold. Bring your memories of the local restaurants and delis!


Date Sunday, April 7, 2019

LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

Time1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Talk begins at 2:00PM

Now Open – “From Bris to Brisket” at the Historical Collection

How do we develop a Jewish community? When did the synagogues of central Ohio form? Who were our rabbis, our mohels and our shochets? And, very importantly where did we get our kosher food? CJHS explores this history and finds some surprises. Come visit the Historical Collection at our exhibit space at 1175 College Ave.


LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

TimeTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

1918 – Central Ohio Jews and the World War

CJHS is proud to announce the newest exhibit in The Historical Collection.

1918- Central Ohio Jews & the World War

CJHS artifacts enable visitors to step back in history


This exhibit explores our community in 1918, the 261 central Ohio men who served the United States and the effects of the War on the home front.


A Jewish American Story


The Historical Collection is open from 10- 3:30, Monday – Friday

We are open the first Sunday of each month (except holidays) and

by appointment, call 614.238.0374 or email history@tcjf.org.


CJHS Wall of WWI Veterans


We hope to see you soon.

We are located at 1175 College Ave., the Jewish Federation/Foundation building


The rich CJHS archives revealed


CJHS artifacts


Butler family


Luper family reunion attendees visit





Date Feb 4 2018 - Dec 15 2018

LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

Time10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Mon-Fri

Two Super Programs on Superheroes – Highlights from event

CJHS & Jewish Bookfair Present

Two SUPER Programs on Superheroes









Program 1

Arie Kaplan is coming to Columbus! 

Author of the award-winning book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books , writer, cartoonist, screenwriter and comedian, Arie pays homage to the Jewish comic book writers who inspired him and who led the way in the development of the Superhero. Arie has had a career writing for Mad Magazine, The Simpsons and developing Superman Stories, LEGO inspired books for young readers, Little Golden Books, video games and a variety of pop-culture projects. 

This program presented in cooperation with Jewish Bookfair.

For the adults: 

Arie will speak at 7:00 pm in the JCC. October 21, 2018

Location: JCC 1125 College Ave, Cols OH

Tickets are $18. Available only through the Columbus Jewish Historical Society. Checks payable to CJHS, 1175 College Ave, Columbus Ohio. Pay online via our website ColumbusJewishHistory.org or on our facebook page. For further info call 614.238.6977.

Program 2

Create Your Own Superhero

Arie Kaplan presents a SPECIAL workshop for kids grades 4-8 on Sunday afternoon. Learn how comic book and video writers develop a superhero. Then use this information to create YOUR OWN SUPERHERO!  This is a unique opportunity to meet a comic developer and learn his methods. 

This is a FREE program thanks to the sponsorship of The Wasserstrom Family! 

Program is at 3:00 PM on October 21, 2018.

Location: JCC 1125 College Ave, Cols OH

Here are some pictures from these two fantastic events:




Date Sunday, October 21st, 2018

LocationJewish Community Center 1125 College Ave, Columbus, Ohio


First Sunday – 1000 Years of Memories

Join us as I. David Cohen presents his new book 1000 Years of Memories.

Newly published, this book recounts the life stories of 10 local individuals who

have reached the age of 100 or beyond. Each one is asked for their earliest memory

which triggers a flood of stories- happy and sad. Two of those interviewed are members

of the Jewish community. David will recall the interviews and tell us more about his experiences

with these centenarians.

Exhibit opens at 1.00, talk begins at 2.00

At The Historical Collection, 1175 College Ave.

Date Sunday, August 5th, 2018

LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

Time2:00 - 3:00 PM

Wounded Warriors 1918 and 2018 featuring Dr Ian Valerio

Wounded Warriors—1918 and 2018


The nature of war injuries has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, but so has the quality of medical care.  Modern techniques now allow functional survival after injuries that were uniformly disabling or fatal 100 years ago. Of our 262 central Ohio WWI veterans, several sustained life changing injuries. Join us at The Historical Collection on July 1 for this special presentation.

Dr Ian Valerio
Photo Courtesy of The Ohio State University website

Speaker:      Dr. Ian Valerio, MD, MS, MBA,CDR, MC, USNR

Associate Professor, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Department Head, General and Trauma Surgery, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2012-2013

Date Sunday, July 1st, 2018

LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

Time2:00 PM (Exhibit Opens at 1:00PM)

“Letters Home: Jewish Columbus in World War One”

CJHS will premiere a brand new production (more…)

Date Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

LocationRoth-Resler Theater, Jewish Community Center - 1125 College Ave

TimeCurtain 8:00 PM

Genealogy Super Sunday – at Local Jewish Sunday Schools

For the fifth consecutive year, the CJHS will introduce Jewish middle schoolers to genealogy with the intention of stimulating their interest in where they came from and who they are!

During the Thanksgiving holiday season, seventh and eighth graders at: Congregation Beth Tikvah, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Israel and Congregation Tifereth Israel had a special “homework” assignment. They were asked to talk to their relatives, especially the elders, about their families’ origins and stories. They came to religious school, with their parents, on December 3rd or 10th, depending on the school, to participate in Genealogy Super Sunday. During each session, CJHS facilitators encouraged the students to share family photos, keepsakes, documents, and other family memorabilia that they have collected.


Pictures from our 2018 event with Temple Beth Shalom held at the New Albany JCC:





Below are just a select few pictures of this wonderful event at both Beth Tikvah and Temple Israel from 2017:

Date December 3rd or 10th 2017

LocationCongregation Beth Tikvah, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Israel, and Congregation Tifereth Israel


When Women Wore Hats – Pics from the now closed exhibition

When Women Wore Hats: Jewish Women’s Organizations in Columbus

Opened May 23! Celebrate Columbus Jewish women, the organizations they founded and the good that they have done.  When Women Wore Hats explores the many women’s organizations that have existed locally.

The exhibit will be on view at the Historical Collection until November 30, 2017. There will also be a few First Sunday discussions focused on Jewish Women’s Organizations and religious headcoverings.


Now that the exhibit has closed, here are some pictures from the recently closed event:


Date May 23, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017

LocationCJHS Historical Collection , 1175 College Ave


First Sunday – The Glad Rags Project: Exploring the Secret Language of Clothes featuring Pam Spence

Author and Editor of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle, Pam Spence will present her book Glad Rags: Inspiring Clothes and the Women Who Wear Them. Ms Spence is the founder of The Glad Rags Project which is a celebration of clothing and how one uses it to express ones’ self. Her interesting and entertaining style guarantee a spectacular event!



Below are just a few pictures of this wonderful event that all participants thoroughly enjoyed and learned from:

Date Sunday, November, 5th 2017

LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

Time2:00 - 3:00 PM

First Sunday – The History of Women’s Hats featuring Gayle Strege

Gayle Strege Photo Courtesy of The Ohio State University

Gayle Strege’s talk will include headcoverings from the 1800’s to present day. She will be focusing on what has changed and what hasn’t. She will also analyze why hats have fallen out of favor. Please join us for what will be a fascinating conversation!!!!!


Here are some pictures from the wonderful and educational presentation:


Date Sunday, October 1st 2017

LocationCJHS Historical Collection - 1175 College Ave

Time2:00-3:00 PM