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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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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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