Sometimes it takes more to save a deli than just writing a
book or blog post about it. Sometimes a deliís salvation needs people to pitch
it, help out, and take risks. Sometimes, just sometimes, it requires a community
to step up to the plate and do whatís right.
Thatís the story out of Calgary recently, when the owners of the Haifa Kosher
Deli were hospitalized, and the deli threatened to shut down. In a small
community like Calgaryís, where the kosher population relies on a place like
Haifa for much of their food, this would have been terrible. ShalomLife picks up
In late December, co-owner Ivor Kavin underwent open heart surgery and his wife
Denise was left all alone to run the deli. The job took a toll on her health and
shortly after Ivorís surgery, Denise came down with bronchial asthma and
infected lungs. As soon as Ivor returned home from the operation, he took over
the store but fell ill again and ended up in the hospital at the same time as
his wife. Thatís when the community stepped in.
ďThey are a group of angels,Ē Denise said about the volunteers to the Calgary
Herald. ďHow do you thank them all?Ē
Sheila Martin led the pack after hearing about the coupleís misfortunes. She
phoned the House of Jacob-Mikhev synagogue to recruit volunteers. Soon, about 20
volunteers signed up for rotating shifts.
Thereís another story about the effort in the Calgary Herald as well.
This underscores more than anything Iíve heard, seen, or written about that the
link between Jewish delicatessens and their communities are deeper than those of
other businesses. Itís not just a restaurant, itís a lifeline for kosher eating
(if itís kosher), lifecycle catering (brisí to shivas), and love
between patrons and owners.
Zay Gezunt to you all Calgary. Maybe my brother left your city too soon.
3109 Palliser Dr. SW
(T2V 4W5) CANADA
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FAX: (403) 640-1977
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