(idea submitted and written by Samantha H.)
What’s more Jewish than a Sunday brunch of bagels, lox and shmear? Brunching is one of the greatest traditions of Jewish Young Adults, but it is a trend that may have actually been stolen brunch from Jesus-loving counterparts. Apparently, brunch, which combines the greatest foods from breakfast and lunch, was a big meal eaten by Christians after attending mass. Regardless of its roots, Jews have hopped on this trend like white boys from the suburbs dig Kanye.
But why is this meal different from all other meals? Brunch is an excuse to meet up with friends when you’re still hungover, then drink beverages like Bloody Mary’s and exchange stories of last night’s shenanigans with the goyfriend. Plus, it’s like two meals for the price of one; and JYAs love bragging about their bargains.
Whether it’s eggs benedict, whitefish, or homefries, brunch is one of the greatest traditions most JYA’s were brought up with. Beginning with extravagant brunches after a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, trying to reach for some fruit salad between the deafening “Mazel Tov’s” from long-lost relatives. Since then, through college, and into adulthood one of the greatest constants has been brunches with family and new and old friends, regardless of the city. JYAs have been spotted brunching the world over; Saturdays in LA or NYC, Sundays in London, or Friday’s in Tel Aviv. A cup of coffee, a big glass of OJ, and two hours of gossip makes everything seem more bearable.