The changing face of Jerusalem

The face of some of Jerusalem’s most historic neighborhoods is changing. Recently, I ventured into the Bukharan Quarter for the first time in several months. Half of the market area is now a construction zone, with some of the beautiful old, late-19th century buildings bordering Yehezkel Street demolished to make way for yet another complex of luxury apartments.

But the faces of Israelis living in the Bukharan Quarter haven’t changed much.

A young troubador on a Bukharan Quarter balcony

Minding the store in the Bukharan Quarter

The owner of Felafel Teymani prepares a laffa bread

An old Yemenite Megillat Esther kept behind the counter of Felafel Teymani

L-R: The Baba Sali; Rav Shomo Amar…And can you identify the two on the right?

Hanging out in the ‘hood

In the Bukharan Quarter

Waiting for mincha; the Bukharan Quarter

The shtreimel repair guy in the Bukharan Quarter

Judy Lash Balint

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​Judy Lash Balint is a Jerusalem based writer and photographer. She is the author of two volumes of Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times​ (Gefen & Xulon Press) and blogs at Judy hosted the Jerusalem Diaries Show on Voice of Israel between 2014-2015.


Evelyne Schiff

Excellent photos which deserve a wide audience.
Can you send to other places and other countries where these beautiful pictures would be appreciated??
Good luck, keep well and cheerful.

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