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Hanukkah shopping in Paris

On Sunday, I joined Elodie and Delphine for a shopping walk through the Pletzl at the Marais. The smell of yummy food was everywhere and young boys were trying to sell us a "Hanukkah kit". But all we needed was some falafel mixture. So we ventured through the narrow Rue des Rosiers on the hunt for the magic powder mix.
I remember the tensions in this specific street some time a go, when the decision was taken to renovate the street and make it into a pedestrian zone. For many of the area's longtime merchants, it was considered the beginning of a conspiracy to rob the neighborhood of its heritage and its soul, to make it a ''Jewish Disneyland.''

Mmmh pizza"The light is there"? huh?

Oh, this one is a Paris landmark. Or better "was" a Paris Landmark. Sadly, Jo Goldenberg Pletzl is no more. It was the nirvana for food according to some.

I wanted to do a post on this place long time before; so here it goes:
The brothers who kept this restaurant lost both their parents and all their sisters in Auschwitz, but they survived the Nazi occupation of Paris.
The deli was the victim of a murderous terrorist attack on August 9, 1982, shortly after Israel ousted Arafat from Lebanon. Abu Nidal, a terrorist, had struck again against innocent Jews. A grenade tossed on the ground exploded and five men using machine-guns attacked diners and pedestrians at the Jo Goldenberg restaurant leaving six persons dead and 22 wounded. In less than 3 minutes, the restaurant, symbol of the Parisian Jewish Community life, became the symbol of international anti-Semitism
After the attack the restaurant became a gathering place for Holocaust survivors and resistance heroes, the bombing regularly commemorated with flowers, music and prayers.
The front windows still bear the bullet holes and articles about the shooting are pasted in the windows. A plaque on the front of the restaurant recalls the victims of August 9, 1982.

BAR- mizvah?
Oh I love this little shop

You can get all you want, from celebrities collector mugs... the "soft shabbat set"... plastic dreidels.

The Florence Finkelsztajn deli store, where I regularly get my beloved bagels...
mmmh beigels!
The nearby synagogue

Elodie doesn*t want me to show this picture, so I censored her face :)
We finally found our food at Benchetrit alimentation casher, a kosher supermarket that unfortunately may also close very soon...
oh they sell Papy Yehouda kosher wine? My favorite!

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