If you need something to celebrate—anything, really, at this point—how about National Pastrami Day? Michael’s Deli in Brookline commemorates the meaty milestone each year by donating 10% of sales to The Greg Hill Foundation, founded by radio personality Greg Hill. The foundation responds to families touched by tragedy with immediate help, including victims of COVID-19 and restaurant workers impacted by the pandemic, as well as people suffering from disasters like house fires.

Michael’s Deli is one of Boston’s last remaining authentic Jewish delis, and owner Steven Peljovich has a soft spot for the gelatinous sandwich staple.


“I was born and raised in Miami Beach, and my small town had a two-block Main Street that had five different delis. I grew up going to them with my dad and watching the guys behind the counter ‘play with food.’ They had an energy and enthusiasm that was contagious,” he told JewishBoston back in 2017.

This year, he says, it means even more.

“From the standpoint of COVID, I’m thrilled that I’m going to be able to have the fundraiser this year and that I’m operating,” he said. “I also think it’s more important than ever to help local charities, restaurants and businesses.”

This year, due to COVID-19, a portion of take-home sales will also go toward Greg Hill.

On the menu this year:

Romanian Pastrami

Cured and smoked with coriander, allspice, mustard seed, garlic, paprika, cloves and black pepper

Balsamic & Fig Pastrami

Traditional pastrami glazed with a balsamic vinegar and fig reduction, then baked

Thorty Black & Gold Sandwich

Traditional black pastrami topped with cheddar cheese, hot peppers and honey mustard

Juban Sandwich

Traditional pastrami stacked with smoked ham, yellow mustard, pickles and Swiss cheese on a pressed sub

Pastrami Dog Knish

Pearl Kountry Klub frank wrapped in pastrami and topped with sauerkraut and mustard

Surfside Club Knish

Turkey, lettuce and tomato topped with crispy pastrami

“The Big Lebowski” Knish

Combo of fresh hot turkey and pastrami, topped with sauerkraut, hot pepper relish and Russian dressing

Hungry yet? Order here.