Tel Aviv meets Boulogne

The en­chant­ing dou­ble life of NW11

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY BIL­LIE JOSEPHS

OLD­ERS GREEN IS the bustling c u l t u r a l a n d re­li­gious hub of the Jewish com­mu­nity, with an ar­ray of kosher delis, butch­ers, bak­ers, grocers and restaurants. A cap­puc­cino cul­ture also thrives. Tem­ple For­tune, mean­while, has main­tained both its haimishe at­mos­phere and its sep­a­rate char­ac­ter as a vil­lage. In some ways it seems that time has stood still in this lit­tle cor­ner of North West Lon­don.

Joseph’s book­shop car­ries the most amaz­ing se­lec­tion and you’ll find all man­ner of Ju­daica and books at Aisen­thal. If you want to have your mezu­zot checked, com­pile a wed­ding list, or buy a Shabbat lamp, Aisen­thal can oblige. The gro­cery stores are rem­i­nis­cent of Is­raeli mini-su­per­mar­kets or mako­lets. And ev­ery so of­ten a French mar­ket pops up.

As a cou­ple from Il­ford who travel in on a Fri­day morn­ing to queue for chal­lah at Daniel’s ex­plain: “There is noth­ing where we live that com­pares to this. It’s worth the jour­ney.”

Tem­ple For­tune: scene of the oc­ca­sional French mar­ket

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