Prague Becomes a Bit More Pareve

Prague’s joining the kosher party? Perhaps. In a city of just a few thousand Jews, two brothers are working to ensure that there is enough babka and kreplach to go around. The NY Times travel section recently featured a blog post about the Gunsberger brothers and their new kosher shop, King Solomon’s Bakery and Deli, the first of its kind since WWII. The brothers are hoping their store services anyone looking for “a taste of something Jewish.”

The opening of the shop is definitely a sign that Prague’s Jewish community, while small, is sustaining. Actually, over the last 20 years JDC has had the opportunity to experience and support the revival of Czech Jewry. In collaboration with local Jewish leaders, we’ve helped create multiple programs and activities for Jews of all ages. Families can participate in annual Jewish educational seminars, youngsters can perform with the Jewish children’s theater group, elderly can live out their lives in the new Jewish HaGibor Home for the Aged, and the list continues.

It’s inspiring to see that Jewish culture has found a place for itself in commerce, too. Best of luck to the Gunsbergers. We presume they’ll bring pride—and palate pleasers—to Prague’s Jewish community.

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