A new chapter for Tmol Shilshom, the iconic bookstore turns 20

Tmol Shilshom is more than a quirky, iconic restaurant in a century-and-a-half-old stone building.

By GIL STERN STERN ZOHAR
July 3, 2014 13:43
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Café Tmol-Shilshom owners David Ehrlich and Dan Goldberg. ‘One of my ideas is to be a place beyond time. It’s not about fashion,’ says Ehrlich. (photo credit: GIL ZOHAR)

Twenty years ago, journalist David Ehrlich had the idea of setting up a funky bookstore in a historic courtyard in downtown Jerusalem’s Nahalat Shiva neighborhood.

“I thought perhaps a little corner with coffee. Next thing I know, I had a restaurant with some books,” quips the 55-year-old founder of Tmol Shilshom at a Roaring ’20s-style retro party last month celebrating the café’s two decades of delicious dairy food.

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