Utah Jews gather at Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve

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MIDVALE, Utah -- Local members of the Jewish community gathered on Christmas Eve to enjoy a dinner at a Chinese restaurant, and the group hopes to make the meal an annual tradition.

About 65 Jewish people of all ages enjoyed a dinner at the Asian Star Restaurant in Midvale.

The group is calling themselves the Beechais--Bee for the Beehive State, and chai because it is the word for "life" in Hebrew. And for Seinfeld fans, yes, it is like that episode.

“It’s a Seinfeld joke,” said Dganit Herzig, who was among those who attended. “It's a New York, East Coast or maybe West Coast, San Francisco, L.A.… this is what Jews do on Christmas Eve, we go out for Chinese. So we're bringing that tradition to Utah now.”

The Beechais are part of the United Jewish Federation of Utah.

This is the first year they've had an organized Christmas Eve dinner, but participants said they hope the tradition continues for years to come.


  • Tanner

    I’m happy that they changed “Jew” to “Beechai Organizer”… Yeah, I saw that. Whoever wrote that should miss a few days.

  • Ben

    How great that you went back and edited the segment. You also pulled the original edit from youtube. In the original broadcast the transcript read “Local Jews…..” and the title card was “Jew” How does this get past your editorial team? Do you realize how offensive this is? I encourage you to issue a formal apology.

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