Sunday, September 9, 2007

Neighbourhood Foray 7?

A Chinese, or maybe Thai, worker putting the final touches to the old building on the corner of Lilienblum and Herzl, now transformed into a jewel.

It's still erev erev erev erev Rosh Hashana but business along Allenby seemed brisker than usual. Time to slip out of the hot, bustling street and peek into the cool courtyard that contains Stefan Braun's.

Stefan Braun was once a furrier's and the original sign has been lovingly maintained with the discreet addition of symbols denoting its new vocation as an upscale restaurant. A big photo of what are presumably the prosperous looking Braun Bros in the 1940s adorns the old display window.

Most of Allenby is much less upscale. Over the road the "Little Russia" deli is one the many shops catering for Russian speakers. Juices, syrups, jams, cakes, meats, canned goods and lots of alcohol are imported from Russia and barely a word of Hebrew is visible in the whole place.

No use looking for Rosh Hashana atmosphere here. But on the corner of Allenby and Yehuda Halevy, between the Superpharm and the AM/PM 24/7 supermarket, someone, in time honoured tradition, has set up a basta selling cheap shana tova greeting cards.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful New Year (click on pic below for more details).

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