The Jewish Quarter

Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme -  Mon-Fri 11am-6pm. Sun 10am-6pm.

The Hotel de Saint-Aignan, 71, rue du Temple, is the new home of the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme. Opened in 1998, the museum owns the Dreyfus archives, the collections of the now closed Musée d'Art Juif de Montmartre and also pieces collected by Isaac Strauss, composer and former conductor of the Paris Opera Orchestra.

The Jewish Quarter

As the tide of gentrification sweeps remorselessly through the Marais, the only remaining islet of genuine local, community life is in the city's main Jewish quarter, still centred around
Rue des Rosiers,  just as it was in the twelfth century. Though many of the little grocers, bakers, bookshops and original cafes are under pressure to sell out to more upmarket enterprises (for a long time local flats were kept empty, not for property speculation, but to try to stem the middle-class invasion), the area manages to retain its jewish identity. There's also a distinctly mediterranean flavour to the quartier, testimony to the influence of the North African Sephardim, who, since the end of World War II, have sought refuge here from the uncertainties of life in the french ex-colonies.  They have replenished Paris 's jewish population, depleted when its Ashkenazim, having escaped the pogroms of Eastern Europe, were rounded up by the Nazis and the French police and transported back east to concentration camps.
Don't leave the area without wandering around the clutch of surrounding streets which best represent the evolving identity of the quartier : rue du Roi-de-Sicile (with our apartment : Studio Sicile), with its unpretentious eateries, the cute place Bourg-Tibourg (with our studio Marais, rue du Bourg-Tibourg) off rue de Rivoli, the intimate rue des Ecouffes, rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, with its lively gay bars, rue Vieille-du-Temple, where a medieval cloister, the Cloitre des Billettes, at nos 22-26, hosts free exhibitions of art and crafts. On the other side of rue de Rivoli, at 17 rue Geoffroy l'Asnier, the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine mounts exhibitions concerned with genocide and oppression of peoples, and guards the sombre Mémorial du Martyr Juif Inconnu, Memorial of the unknown jewish martyr.

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A Strange Jewish Cemetery in la Villette

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Les Champs-Elysées
La Place de la Concorde
L'Opéra Garnier
Père-Lachaise Cemetery
Musée d'Orsay
Musée du Louvre
La Madeleine
Les Invalides
Ile St-Louis
Tuileries Gardens
Musée Marmottan
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