Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mea She’arim Bakery Closes After 123 Years

After operating for more than a century, the iconic Lendner Bakery in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim quarter has closed.

A notice posted on the doors of the landmark bakery at the corner of Leib Dayan Street and Moshe Dov Lendner Street said: “The Lendner Bakery, which was established by Rav Moshe Dov Lendner in 1896, is closing its doors after 123 years of a family tradition of baking, helping others and supporting the community, which was passed down from father to son.”

The note continued: “We thank our steadfast and faithful customers for the trust they placed in us for all these years.” The bakery, named for its founder, was best known for its Shabbat and holidays challah loaves.

While the closing of the bakery marked the end of an era, it wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Matti Lendner, the third-generation operator of the bakery, died in 2016 at age 87 after decades of working the ovens. Dubi Lendner, one of Matti’s sons, told Haaretz on Monday that the bakery’s oven was in desperate need of repairs, and it simply was not cost effective to fix it.

“A piece of Jerusalem history with aromas that only challah from Lendner have,” tweeted Arye Erlich, deputy editor of Mishpacha magazine. “A big chunk of the joy of Shabbat in my childhood. Oy, what can replace it?”

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