Matzah ball is the English for knaidel, a round dumpling made of ground matzah (matzah meal). SHUTTERSTOCK

Where to Eat this Week: Kosher Deli Night at Café Chabad

If there's one thing Dayton could use a little bit more of it is a good deli. We have a few, but for that incredible NYC Jewish deli experience you have to leave town. 

For one night this January, Chabad of Greater Dayton aims to change all of that. 

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On Jan. 12 at 7:15 p.m., it will host a Kosher Deli Night. The cost is $30 per person and buys an array of deli sandwiches, home-made knishes, matzah ball soup, coleslaw, pickles, homemade babka, rugelach and more. 

Whether you plan on going or not, you should be familiar with the dishes Café Chabad will be serving up in addition to the heaping corned beef and pastrami. 

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Interfaithfamily.com has a great cheat sheet on Jewish foods. with an extensive list of items. 

Here are three of the dishes that will be served up at this event that Interfaithfamily.com gives a good guide on: 

BABKA

What’s that mean? It means grandmother in Polish, probably because the Polish version of the cake looks like a tall hat that someone associated with their grandmother. 

What’s in it? The Jewish version is a yeasted cake with chocolate or cinnamon-sugar filling swirled through it. 

What’s it like? It’s a very sweet cake with a bread-like crumb.

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MATZAH BALLS 

What’s that mean? Matzah ball is the English for knaidel, a round dumpling made of ground matzah (matzah meal). 

What’s in it? Most recipes call for matzah meal, egg and salt. Depending on the family tradition, they can also contain schmaltz, seltzer or broth. 

What’s it like? Some people prefer light, fluffy matzah balls that float in the soup. Others like substantial matzah balls that sink. Some prefer them with flavorings like ginger or dill, and others just want the flavor of the soup. 

Rugelach are rolled up pastry dough with jam, raisins, chocolate and/or nuts rolled into them. SHUTTERSTOCK

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RUGELACH

What’s that mean? Rugelach are cookies. The name comes from Yiddish diminutive of a Hebrew word, roglit, meaning vine. The “ch” at the end is like the one in Loch Ness. 

What’s in it? Rugelach are rolled up pastry dough with jam, raisins, chocolate and/or nuts rolled into them. Unless they are marked pareve, the dough is made with cream cheese or cottage cheese. 

What’s it like? The pastry is flaky and the fillings are sweet, and there’s a nice contrast between the richness of the pastry and the fillings. 

HOW TO GO

What: Café Chabad presents Kosher Deli Night 

Where: 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 

Cost: $30 per person 

More info: RSVP at www.ChabadDayton.com/RSVP or 937-643-0770 x1

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