A dying 92-year-old rabbi has picked pastrami at Lower East Side institution Katz’s Delicatessen as his last meal.
According to reports, the pastrami is part of the bucket list of Rabbi Israel S. Dresner who is dying due to stage four metastatic colon cancer.
The rabbi’s son Avi Dresner said his father choose pastrami since they have been regularly eating at Katz’s since the 1970s since his father was born just a few blocks away.
Avi revealed his father wrote his dying bucket list after his doctor told him last month that he would not make it to his 93rd birthday in April.
Sources said after eating his last pastrami on rye at Katz’s, Avi and his sister Tamar helped their father fulfill his wish of davening one last time at Midtown’s Central Synagogue.
He said now that his father has consumed his last sandwich, they are now working with him on drafting his death notice and planning his own funeral.