Jerusalem Market Neighborhoods

Exploring the ancient neighborhoods of Jerusalem through the winding streets named for heroes of centuries past-all on your way to Mahaneh Yehuda market!

July 30, 2015 13:15

Yehosef Schwart Street in Jerusalem. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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Not many Jerusalem streets are named for women – biblical or otherwise. That’s why I was surprised to run into a lane named for Gitel Dinewitz – “Woman of Valor: One of the Defenders of Jerusalem” – while researching an article on this city’s relatively unknown neighborhoods.

It turns out that in the early years of the 20th century, Dinewitz owned a grocery store on the Street of the Jews in the Old City. During the First World War, when Jews and Arabs alike were starving in the Old City streets, she was one of the very few with stocks of food who did not jack up the prices and take advantage of their distress.


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