Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of Our Jewish Food and Traditions

December 1, 2016

In the documentary Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of Our Jewish Food and Traditions, mouthwatering moments with a diverse range of Jewish families celebrate the importance of food as a cultural connection to the past and a hope to maintain tradition in the future. Snippets of home life, holiday gatherings, humor and history come together like the ingredients of a favorite grandmother’s Shabbat chicken soup, reflecting a community’s collective memories and perhaps sparking new ones. Interviews include actors Fyvush Finkel and Tovah Feldshuh – who share Yiddish memories of their childhoods – and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

The film airs Thursday, December 8 at 9pm on THIRTEEN with a repeat on Sunday, December 11 at 12:30pm. Share what you’re cooking up for Hanukkah in the comments, below!


The Oldest Knish Bakery in New York City

Yonah Schimmel Knishery

Yonah Schimmel Knishery, 37 E Houston St, New York, NY. Photo by Nils von Barth.

Whitney McGowan, Associate Director, Social Media, at THIRTEEN visited Yonah Schimmel Knishery this week to discover how knishes are made. The company has been making knishes since it first opened at this Lower East Side location in 1890.