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April 24-May 22
April 26th is the Journée Nationale de la Déportation (National Day in Memory of the Deportation) in memory of the victims and the heros of the Nazi deportations during WWII. There are several events in Paris commemorating the solemn event, including a ceremony at the Mémorial National des Martyrs de la Déportation at the Square de l’Île-de-France (the eastern tip of the Ile de la Cité, behind Notre Dame) at 9:45am; a ceremony at the Mémorial de la Shoah (17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 4th) at 3pm; and a ceremony at the Memorial Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe at 6:30pm. 

April 25
Internationally renowned peace activist Ravi Shankar will be in Paris tonight for a presentation, "Discourse, Music & Meditation" from 7-9pm at the Maison de la Mutualité (24 rue Saint Victor, 5th), tickets €15-€50.

April 30
Paris is the host city for the 2015 International Jazz Day, with a live broadcast performance at the grand UNESCO headquarters (7th) with internationally renowned jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves. Other events will take place around Paris including at the Club Rayé. Check out the website for the program. And read this Guardian article for a rundown of the best jazz clubs in Paris.

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Thursday
Mar182010

Goldenberg Deli Reopens as Fashion Boutique

When I was a student in Paris 15 years ago almost every shop on the Rue des Rosiers was Jewish...delis, bakeries, boutiques, restaurants. But fashion has been slowly taking over like a virus, as one by one they all get transformed into high-end clothing boutiques (Lee Jean's excepted; what a waste of a fabulous location). Today I walked past the old Goldenberg Deli, closed for several years since the owners couldn't afford to bring their kitchens up to modern health code standards. Now it's a clothing boutique called Le Temps des Cerises - Japan Rags (a chain of vintage-style clothes). They've kept the tile facade of the historic deli as well as the name on their awning. But really, who cares? Aside from the ever-expanding As du Falafel, the Jewish district is shrinking every year, and soon the Marais will look like any other Paris shopping district. A shame.

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Reader Comments (4)

Wow, that is a shame. I don't think they should be allowed to keep the name Goldenberg on the awning. How sad that the place was able to survive a terrorist attack but not a fashion attack!
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam
like paris needs another boutique.
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaria
The shrinking of Jewish Marais has been going on for years. One by one, the Judiaca shops left. Goldenberg's was eastern European Jewish cooking a bit overpriced but still worth a lunch there for the cultural & historical value. I have missed them. I hope the other place (whose name escapes me) is still there...a pavot at least twice during a visit is mandatory for me.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Arizona
It's sad and true! Maybe it's time for me to open up a Jewish deli in the Marais.........
March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBriana E.
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