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

January 6, 2020

Updated January 6, 2020

The documentary Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of Our Jewish Food and Traditions celebrates the importance of food with a diverse range of Jewish families. Cuisine is 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. Interviewees include actors Fyvush Finkel and Tovah Feldshuh – who share Yiddish memories of their childhoods – and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

Watch on THIRTEEN, Thursday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, January 11 at 5 a.m., and Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m.


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.

THIRTEEN visited Yonah Schimmel Knishery in 2016 to discover how knishes are made. The company has been making knishes since it first opened at this Lower East Side location in 1890. Watch a newcomer’s introduction to knishes in its bakery, below.

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